Written by Sarah Millican

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Binging: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

A series with a smart, flawed, funny, normal woman centre forward? Sarah Millican can’t get enough and implores you to join her in loving Rebecca Bunch’s bonkers life choices.

Changing her tune: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom). Photos: CBS.

Changing her tune: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom). Photos: CBS.

I can’t tell you how much I love Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Actually, I can. I’m not a pusher generally. One of those twats who tells you that you MUST watch The Wire or Breaking Bad and when you tell them that you’ve tried both and they’re not for you (one was boring and one was too violent), they DISAGREE because they know what’s best for you, clearly.

I know that what’s best for me is not to bring up bingey boxsets as a topic of conversation. YOU MUST GIVE IT ANOTHER GO.

I tell those people, both on here and to their faces, to fuck off.

I don’t respond well to pushers. I still haven’t seen any Charlie Chaplin films because my mam once told me that I MUST. No, I must brush my teeth and be polite to waitresses. That’s it. The rest is up for grabs.

But I am quietly and slowly urging all of my friends to watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. And they are all quietly and sometimes publicly thanking me for it. Like I made it. And I beam with pride that I have brought something excellent into their lives. Like I made it.

“I didn’t mention there are songs, did I? No, don’t go. They’re funny songs. Properly funny. And WOWSERS they are catchy.”

I was on a train having quite the shitty day when I vaguely remembered a pal on Facebook saying it was funny. I watched an episode on my phone and was instantly hooked. My crusty, tearstained blotchfest of a face was smiling.

If me just telling you to watch it isn’t enough for you, how about the below.

It’s about a mid-20s New York lawyer, Rebecca, who is having a crappy time dealing with pressure and stress. She is offered a promotion and while having a pavement meltdown (Come on guys! We’ve all had one), she bumps into an old boyfriend from 10 years ago (Come on guys! We’ve all had one) who is moving back home to West Covina, a small town in California. He paints a picture of a laid-back lifestyle, calls her hot and WHAMMO, she makes the brilliant, bonkers decision to move there.

That’s not a spoiler, by the way, it’s in the titles.

So yes, she’s impetuous, but she’s also smart, funny, normal and a cracking bloody singer. I didn’t mention there are songs, did I? No, don’t go. They’re funny songs. Properly funny. And WOWSERS they are catchy. So catchy, my husband (who loves the show too DESPITE the musical element which he normally hates though he did once plead to see Wicked because he thought it sounded like a “good story”) was singing the yoga song (he, like me, doesn’t really know what yoga is beyond bending in pants and we both do that fairly well and a lot. Hey, sometimes I drop biscuits) in Marksies while I was singing (aloud, not humming) I HAVE FRIENDS I DEFINITELY HAVE FRIENDS. You guys are going to love that song!

rebecca in spanx gif
We can all identify with Rebecca Bunch. Like all of us, she is both a loser and a winner at the same time. She was clinging to the past because the present sucks. I once sent a Christmas card to a friend from junior school because all of the girls in senior school ignored me. Like all of us, she sometimes looks great and sometimes looks like she’s slept on the sofa and her bra smells of meat.

She is a fully rounded, flawed, sometimes makes terrible decisions, clever as SHEESH, funny, sexy, complicated woman. She is us. Though, if the looks I got in Marks and Spencer are anything to go by, she is a MUCH better singer.

And there are 18 episodes! Yay America! And there’s another series on the way. I asked her (Rachel Bloom who stars in, co-writes and co-created the whole thing) on Twitter and she replied and then followed me! I am fangirling A LOT.

@SarahMillican75

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Written by Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican is a comedian, writer, reformed workaholic, feminist, cat and dog mam, wife and lover of food.