FX gives the comedic love story a twist in its new show, You’re the Worst. They the ditch flowery romance of a typical love story with plot lines styled straight out of The Notebook and present the quest for love in a more perverse and disastrous tone, much like a Judd Apatow-directed film.
Struggling writer, Jimmy (Chris Geere), meets publicist Gretchen (Aya Cash) at a wedding while drukenly drowning in mutual misery. They both hate the world and everyone in it, only caring about themselves and the truth. Of course, this means that Gretchen needs to go home with Jimmy to sleep with him. This is the point where FX lost me because there were too many raunchy sex scenes throughout the pilot episode. It’s important to point out this show is for adult audience only; no kids should be watching this.
While the show may be trying to gain some new audience with risque decisions, it does lose the plot of the story for a while. Once viewers can see a hint of the story line coming back, it seems that Gretchen may be falling for Jimmy, as she is the only girl who has ever spent the night at Jimmy’s and still been there the next morning. While she tries to find herself and where she stands with her new and uncomfortable feelings, she hooks up with someone else. Great way to figure out you’re feelings, not! Again, FX loses me with another pointlessly raunchy sex scene that has awkward comedy thrown in to top it off. In the end, Gretchen can’t seem to stop thinking about Jimmy and the feelings are mutual.
With the odd sex scenes, weird foot fetish and hit-or-miss comedy, I think it’s going to take time for this show to develop a fan base. Some people have already hinted that while they don’t understand the plot line, they’re willing to give it a chance. It’s fair to say that this show can have potential but it’s narrowed down to a smaller audience. The intent to create a comedic show based on a love that neither character wants is creative. It’s the show’s delivery that is questionable. It’ll be interesting to see how the show develops over time. Hopefully it’ll find a fan base.
Premieres Thursday, July17th at 10:30 ET/PT on FX.