Okay so for all the posts I’ve written about television since I’ve started this blog, I’m quite surprised that it has taken me this long to dedicate an entire post to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend…I promise there will be more to come!
This is a musical dramedy about a woman who quits her job in New York and moves to California to attempt to rekindle her romance with her summer camp fling- there is ever so much more to this plot premise but that will have to be discussed at another time.
For now, I’d like to shine some light on the show’s best musical numbers (in no particular order):
(also a quick side note, light spoilers ahead! Also, click on the song title to be redirected to the music video 🙂 )
When a song’s lyrics start with…
We’re in a yoga class
Now is the time to let your mind go blank
And focus instead
On how awesome the yoga teacher is
….you know hilarity will ensue! This gem was gifted to viewers in the second episode, and see’s just how wild Rebecca’s (the main character and ‘crazy ex girlfriend) imagination can run when she takes a yoga class taught by her ex-fling’s current girlfriend.
Hilarity aside, the musical number is a fun catchy tune and the dance sequence deserves a lot of recognition!
We’ve all been there right? Whether you’re ‘stalking’ your crush’s/ex-boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s current flame, we’ve jumped down the rabbit hole of social media ‘research’.
This number sees Valencia and Rebecca, both of Josh’s exes at this point, performing a thorough investigation into Rebecca- it’s relatable and hilarious, and I’m sure most of us would agree we’ve all been here at one point or another!
Never has a musical number allowed me to find so much humour in something that I have always painfully struggled with- anxiety. This musical act is relatable to anyone who suffers with a mental health disorder, whether it be anxiety, OCD, or depression (for examples). Something we all share in common is we think a lot, we catastrophize a lot, and our mind takes us to the most random places that they think we need reminding of or places that don’t exist but will terrify us.
What I love about ‘thought bubbles’ is that not only does it bring humour to a dark subject manner that is very painful and personal to so many of us, but it removes the stigma by allowing the viewer to discover that Josh, a seemingly ‘normal’ guy, goes through a lot of emotional turmoil in his mind. If there is one thing this show has always succeeded in, it’s removing the stigma behind mental health disorders, and this number is a perfect example.
Another musical act that achieves to shine the light on an issue, that also has been stigmatised by society, but does so in a humorous manner. This time, the issue is Greg’s acceptance over his alcoholism.
From a musical perspective, the song would appear to be a cheery Irish celebration filled with happiness, but when you listen to lyrics, you will soon realise that it takes the viewer through Greg’s journey with alcoholism and how self-destructive it has been for him and his relationships. It’s tragic yet hopeful, and once again proves this show knows how to tackle important issues whilst still keeping the comedic nature of the series alive.
5. Love Kernels
I think the picture is intriguing enough, but this is one of the most hilarious numbers on the show so far, and probably the one where the viewer fully realises just how toxic Rebecca and Josh’s relationship is.
She is comparing herself to a cactus in the desert, starving for some water (metaphorically meaning Josh’s attention). She clings onto the smallest form of acknowledgement he gives her, but is always desperate for more. Once again this is probably something we’ve all struggled with, so it’s wonderful when we can find something that makes us laugh about it! 🙂
I’ve written before about how women need to stop being pitted against each other on television. What’s hilarious about this song is that it addresses the issue but in a way that is intentionally contradictory.
Valencia sings about how women need to stick together and have each other’s backs, but she always makes sure to add jabs and digs about the women she doesn’t like or the ‘bitch’ who crosses her.
Trying to impress your partner’s parents is never easy, but what about when you’re trying to impress your ex-partner’s parents in an attempt to ‘steal’ them from their current partner.
This number sees Rebeca go to Josh’s house for Thanksgiving and act like the best ‘dream’ daughter-in-law they could ever wish for- enough said!
8. JAP Battle
Two Jewish-American Princesses battle it out in a scene that is based on legal battle, but actually boils down to some aggressive competitiveness and hostility these two characters have had against each other for years.
The song is all about trying to prove who is better and who will stand on top at the end- not the healthiest approach towards relationships coming from two people who are adults, but this show has never shied away from bringing laughter to human’s unhealthiest habits.
This song highlights the most extreme measures some of us women will go to become ‘beautiful’ for a ‘hot date’. It’s hilarious and you’ll want to listen to the song on repeat.
This is a parody/appreciation dedication to Spice Girls- I’ll leave it there for all you 90s nostalgics to discover 🙂