In a potent, prickly episode, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend feels like a musical again 

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To try to break down Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s songs into two or three categories is a fool’s errand. There are well over 100 at this point, and if you call one a parody and another an “I want” song, what of the parodies that are also “I want” songs? And if those are the three categories, then what about “I want” songs…

On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Tucker is the new Trent (but not in a creepy way)

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When Trent (Paul Maddock) showed up in the back half of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s first season, it was like someone threw a firecracker into some sort of especially fraught family dinner. Things were bad, tense, likely to rupture at any moment—then instead of the intended explosion, people scrambled, shrieked, and were…

Rebecca makes a big discovery with the help of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s New Jim Swing 

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Sometimes a person spends weeks, months, years making a big decision. Such moments can come with effort—pro-con lists and many, many conversations—or gradually, one tiny decision of realization at a time. And then sometimes, those decisions just arrive without you realizing they were ever in process, and your only…

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is ending, but don’t worry—it will take a long time

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In the series premiere of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rebecca Bunch moved to West Covina, California, changing for life for reasons that had absolutely nothing to do with Joshua Felix Chan (so weight, right?!) The lie that mattered most was the one she told herself, one she could believe even as Paula called her out on its…

Adam Pally, Rachel Bloom, and the Most Likely To Murder gang would definitely kill Sixteen Candles

Dan Gregor’s new movie Most Likely To Murder takes the “man returns to his hometown and rediscovers old drama” trope in film, and adds a Rear Window-esque, murder-mystery twist. Most Likely To Murder follows a former big man on campus returning to his hometown to discover his high school sweetheart dating former high…

Adam Pally, Rachel Bloom, and the Most Likely To Murder crew reflect on the horrors of high school

Dan Gregor’s new movie Most Likely to Murder takes the “man returns to his hometown and rediscovers old drama” trope in film, and adds a Rear Window-esque, murder-mystery twist. Most Likely To Murder follows former big man on campus Billy (Happy Endings’ Adam Pally) returning to his hometown to discover his high…

Rachel Bloom guest stars in a murder-free, occasionally musical iZombie

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What a difference a murder makes—or, in the case of this episode of iZombie, the lack of one. For the first time this season, there was no murder case for Liv and Clive to solve and the result was an episode with room to breathe and, most importantly, explore Liv’s new quest to become the new Renegade. This isn’t…

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is breaking new musical ground, one wise reprise at a time

Stephen Sondheim is a genius. Any conversation about the greatest works of musical theater would have to include one or more pieces of his extraordinary work, several of which are as rich and intricate as anything created for American stages and screens. Start peeling back the layers on Sweeney Todd, for example, and…

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend isn’t stalking you, it’s just on tour

The third season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend draws to a close this week, as Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) decides “Nathaniel Is Irrelevant.” But the season finale doesn’t mean an end to the singalongs for the year—according to Entertainment Weekly, Bloom and the rest of the core cast are taking their poignant, biting comedy act…

Fred and Carrie help Rachel Bloom land a date in this exclusive Portlandia clip

Celebrity cameos on Portlandia range from the recurring (think Kyle MacLachlan as “Mayor”) to the kooky and entrepreneurial (Jeff Goldblum hawking actual knots), so multi-hyphenate performer Rachel Bloom’s appearance in the final season could really go anywhere. Does she lead a marching band through the city, or maybe…

Rebecca goes off the rails in a fun but frustrating Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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“Oh Nathaniel, It’s On!” has a Rebecca Bunch problem. To be honest, I’m surprised it hasn’t cropped up before — and it’s of course possible that it has, and that this humble writer just missed it. Rebecca’s actions, outsize and irrational as they are, aren’t the issue with the plotting of a consistently entertaining…

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend hits its 100th song, and it's hundo-p great

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Suspense is a powerful tool. It’s great when it’s used in a heightened, blood-pumping way, as in a great car chase or a complicated heist. It’s sometimes even better when instead of being jolted through a thrill ride, you’re simply left waiting for the other shoe to drop, like watching a wreck in slow motion. And yet…

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