The Gay Best Friend exists mostly to add variety, funny mannerisms and cheap laughs to an otherwise all-straight story and sometimes show of political correctness.The GBF may talk about sex a lot, but is seldom depicted as having any, because too many viewers would find that disturbing.But it applies to the ground-level mechanics of storytelling as well: How well the series raises, manages, and satisfies our expectation, and how effectively it surprises us while still playing fair.
It is not violent or “gritty” — unless you count Rebecca’s psychic self-flagellation, which we’ll get to.
(Fox/Hulu’s excellent The Mindy Project attempted a similar deconstruction of these messages in its first couple of seasons, but either lost the thread or got bored with it.) The show’s supporting characters — a no-big-deal patchwork quilt of races, nationalities, and sexual orientations — are likewise addicted to the hope dope of Happily Ever After.
Josh Chan — a Filipino American who’s helped define a social type rarely celebrated on TV, the Southern California Asian bro — has stuck with Valencia Maria Perez (Gabrielle Ruiz), his first serious girlfriend after Rebecca, for 15 years without proposing; he seems to think if he marinates in comfort and predictability long enough, passion will emerge.
Co-created by star Rachel Bloom and her writing and producing partner, Aline Brosh Mc Kenna, this freshman series flouts received wisdom about which shows qualify as Art.
There are no brilliant-cool-suffering dudes on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; the plotlines are built mainly around a woman, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), a lawyer who relocates to West Covina, California, to chase her ex-boyfriend Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III), with help from her best friend and co-worker Paula Proctor (Donna Lynne Champlin).