You’re the Worst

You’re the Worst

A quirky and deceptive romcom series that still packs a lot of substance


TV Show

United States of America
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Andrew Daly, Aya Cash, Chris Geere
26 min

The take

You're the Worst is the story of the relationship between Jimmy and Gretchen, or lack thereof. Jimmy (Chris Geere) is a smart but insensitive British novelist, a lone wolf with an excess of confidence. Equally smart and self-involved, Gretchen has clinical depression and a distinctive self-destructive streak. They meet, they have sex, she steals his car. As you do.

What ensues is, to some extent, a classic will-they-won't-they comedy between two very cynical but often likeable people with a lot of humor drizzled on top. The electric chemistry between the two leads is topped off by their two weirdo sidekicks: Edgar, a war-veteran who suffers from PTSD, and Lindsay, a self-proclaimed “hot awesome sex fox” who married a nerd for money.

Written and created by Stephen Falk, one of the writers and producers for Orange Is the New Black and Weeds, You're the Worst acts as if it cares about the standards of the genre, but, especially in season two, it also deals fearlessly with the subject of Gretchen's mental health, which some have called the best explanation of clinical depression on television ever. Thanks to its witty writing, You're the Worst will likely start off as the perfect watch-two-episodes-over-dinner-every-night series, until the plot sucks you in and you find yourself so hooked that you can't watch anything else.

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This was a show I didn’t think I would like because of it’s focus on romance and the constant nagging attitude of the protagonist on everyone and everything, but it grew on me by the end of the first season to the point where I watched it all in about 2 days (playing in the background while I did other things on occasion).
This show has some low points with questionable choices by the characters, but that fact is never neglected and tends to be a central aspect to how they progress and mature.
The show seemed like a mix of Bojack Horseman and, at times, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia which gave it the freedom to take their characters in all sorts or directions.
Finally, the ending is one of the best I’ve seen for any comedy romance and really nails it shut so you’re left satisfied instead of that feeling that it was too cliched or edgy for the sake of being edgy. Highly recommend watching a couple episodes and seeing if it grows on you.

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