A noisy You're The Worst features a divorce party, an erotica convention, and an important phone call

“A Bunch Of Hornballs” might be a noisier episode of You’re The Worst than usual—a $6,000 lavish divorce party and a gaudy erotica convention doesn’t add up to “quiet”—but make no mistake, it tracks the muted moment following a major realization when you have nothing else left to do but take the next logical step.…

Jimmy and Gretchen move on in a subtly emotional You're The Worst

You’re The Worst has frequently excelled at introducing broad premises and deepening them so slowly and effectively that oftentimes you don’t notice when shit becomes real. That’s arguably the basis of the original series—two commitment-phobic, toxic narcissists enter into a relationship—but that one’s a bit obvious;…

Gretchen goes to war with Jimmy on a claustrophobic You're The Worst

Last week, I expressed some doubts about the decision to keep Jimmy and Gretchen apart during this season of You’re The Worst. I wondered about the sustainability of that approach over the course of an entire season, using “This Is Just Marketing” as a model for what the series’ future might look like. Though I don’t…

You're The Worst explores the world outside of Jimmy and Gretchen's relationship

After four episodes, it’s become clearer what Stephen Falk and company want to accomplish with this new season of You’re The Worst. Instead of artificially reuniting Jimmy and Gretchen, or even keeping them in the same orbit, the move is to keep them apart as much as humanly possible. This risky approach could only be…

Jimmy and Gretchen are on the run in the one-hour You're The Worst season premiere

“It’s pathetic to live in anything but the truth,” Jimmy tells Bert (Raymond J. Berry), his crusty retiree friend, near the halfway point of the You’re The Worst hour-long fourth season premiere. That line scans as a clichéd quip you would read in a mediocre self-help book under the best circumstances, but coming from…

Everything starts to crumble on a wedding episode of You’re The Worst

Sometimes it only takes a single thing to illustrate the deep-seated instability lingering in your life that you’ve otherwise ignored. Maybe it’s jokey banter taken too far. Maybe it’s a professional break at the unintentional expense of a loved one. Maybe it’s things unsaid coming back to bite you in the ass. Maybe…

A relatively lighthearted You’re The Worst turns existential in its final minutes

For the most part, “Talking to Me, Talking to Me” resembles a standard “get back to normal” episode after last week’s digressive turn. It pleasantly, lightheartedly ambles across four different storylines—Jimmy builds a treehouse, Gretchen practices mindfulness, Edgar scores a writing gig, and Lindsay has an…

Paul and Vernon face their own misery while lost in the woods on You’re The Worst

Are we miserable because we expect too much from those we love or are we miserable because we don’t expect enough? How much personal humiliation can one person stand for the good of the next generation? Does domestication inherently beget or breed emotional castration or are “crisis of masculinity” fears simply a…

Gretchen plays mom to the rest of the gang on a very funny You’re The Worst

Jokes come and go, but structure is forever, at least when it comes to sitcoms. There’s a certain thrill that comes from watching a sitcom episode that’s clearly structured with intent as opposed to just watching scenes strung together by jokes and setpieces. Think of the best episodes of Cheers, or Seinfeld, or 30…

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A farcical You’re The Worst tackles death and emotional vulnerability

“Delivering tragic news is like a kind of service. Sacrificing your own comfort so they can have the gift of truth: That is true nobility,” says brorthopedic surgeon Vernon to a distraught Edgar late in this week’s You’re The Worst. It’s one of the few sincere statements in an episode mostly filled with petty snark…