I’ve done the research, you guys, and it turns out that fourteen is the average number of STIs contracted over the course of a single season of Bachelor in Paradise, or the exact number of times per episode Chris Harrison has to remind himself that, yes, this is what his life has become.
What do you say we get on with it? Let’s do this one for Chris Harrison, okay? He needs our support now more than ever.
#14: You’re the Worst
In its first season, You’re the Worst proved itself a hilarious and razor-sharp examination of dating in the modern age of narcissism. I mean, seriously, it’s a fun game to rotate through the cast and determine, in any given episode, which character deserves the title most. However, in its second year, the show transformed into one of the best and most honest comedies on all of television, and chances are you aren’t even watching it. #nojudgement #plentyofjudgement
What took Worst‘s second year to another level is that, once Gretchen and Jimmy become a couple, the show uses their relationship to further characterize them rather than to undo all we’d learned. Gretchen’s erstwhile hidden depression manifests mid-way through the season, allowing Aya Cash to hit new acting heights and the show to explore a topic in such real and raw ways. Even more impressive? It never loses its caustic, biting humor.
That’s to say nothing of the outstanding supporting cast, including Kether Donahue’s Lindsay — maybe one of my favorite characters on television — who gets to bust out lines like this: “I thought all English people were fancy, but these are like Alabama English people.” Seriously, great stuff.
Assuredly but without much fanfare, You’re the Worst has entered the upper echelon of comedy series; it’s a show with a distinct voice and point of view, as well as something to say about modern love. I’d have to have been absolutely snozzled not to include it amongst the very best of the year.
Ooh! Looks like thirteen’s up next, though somehow Monday the 13th just doesn’t have the same ring to it…#top20in20