You’re the worst is not your typical rom-com to watch. It is a comedic love story about what happens when two toxic, self-destructive people fall in love despite themselves and attempt the impossible- a relationship.
Even though this is a comedy that’s actually sarcastically funny, it deals with essentially complex characters. A well crafted story that is equally full of wit, brains, and scathing. If you want to fall in love with a show, try FX’s “You’re the Worst.
British writer Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere) is an egocentric novelist in the middle of a writer’s block, unable to write a follow up to his apathetic first novel, Congratulations, You’re Dying. Jimmy is selfish and insensitive, he excuses his tactless behaviour as merely “telling it like it is”. He is constantly distracted by alcoholism, and trying to write a novelisation of NCIS LA.
Jimmy meets Gretchen Cutler (Aya Cash) at his ex girlfriend’s wedding where the two hook up for what they both believe is a one night stand. This turns out not to be the case and they soon go from “I don’t do relationships “ to full on commitment.
Gretchen is a sardonic, self destructive music PR executive with clinical depression she keeps hidden.
This is a show about fear- fear of commitment, fear of buying into an inauthentic life. While being grossed out by the terms “girlfriend” and “boyfriend” is part of the show, it isn’t the central dilemma on this show. This show gets down to real issues, like Gretchen’s struggles with depression and Jimmy’s frustration at not being able to fix her.
The central characters are surrounded by well rounded strong characters. Lindsay Jillian (Kether Donohue) is Gretchen’s best friend who settled by marrying a nerdy man for his money, who also has the best lines. And Edgar Quintero (Desmin Borges) is an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD and Jimmy’s best friend and roommate.
Besides being one of the best groundbreaking comedies in recent times, You’re the Worst is also one of the better representations of mental illness on television, something of the like has never been done before.
Things to look forward to- Gretchen’s cocktail fuelled breakdown scene. Her “I feel nothing” rants that is so relatable to clinical depression.
What makes You’re the Worst so amazing is the fact that it doesn’t strive to be perfect, perfect, perfect. It is disastrous and beautiful, like real life.