Chances are you’ve heard chatter around the internet (or maybe among your musical-loving friends) about the CW show
This show is full of amazing original songs. The theme song itself (which changes every season) is golden, but each episode has at least one new song, which is always catchy, imaginative, and hilarious (like “Let’s Generalize About Men” from the season three premiere). Sometimes the songs are winks to past pop eras, other famous bands, or popular musicals, but they’re always fantastic additions to each episode that you’ll be singing for days after you watch the episode. Some other fun songs to check out if you still need convincing are “Greg’s Drinking Song,” “The Sexy Getting Ready Song,” and “The Buzzing from the Bathroom.”
An Incredibly Diverse Cast
Two of Rebecca’s best friends are played by women of color—Vella Lovell, who plays Rebecca’s neighbor Heather, is biracial of black and white descent, and Gabrielle Ruiz, who plays her rival-turned-friend Valencia, is Mexican-American—and plus-sized women are portrayed as vibrant, healthy, beautiful, capable characters where fighting their weight isn’t a part of their storyline or a punch line.
A Realistic Portrayal of Mental Illness
It’s often hard to find a good portrayal of mental illness on television and movies, which means it can be even harder for sufferers thereof to explain how they’re feeling to friends and loved ones. But
So Many Badass, Funny Women
In addition to having a diverse cast, the show also highlights a lot of different kinds of women. The female characters on the show are complex, flawed, strong, likable, unlikeable, funny, and never reduced to simple stereotypes. Even tertiary characters on the show are given moments to highlight the surprising depth to their characters. For the most part, the female characters support each other rather than try to fight each other for men and power. Even two characters who are initially set at odds over a joint love interest end up putting aside the conflict to become close friends. It’s awesome to see women portrayed as more than stereotypes, and even cooler to see women interacting with one another in a realistic, supportive way.
It Is Irreverent, Weird, and So Hilarious
While it’s awesome to see a show with a diverse cast that raises responsible awareness of mental illness and portrays women in ways that transcends stereotypes, all of that would mean nothing if the show were a snoozefest to watch. This show is irreverent and weird (in some of the best ways), and will always make you laugh.
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