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Crazy Ex Girlfriend (TV series)

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Network  The CW
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Genre  Romantic comedy Black comedy Satire Comedy-drama Musical
Created by  Rachel Bloom Aline Brosh McKenna
Starring  Rachel Bloom Vincent Rodriguez III Santino Fontana Donna Lynne Champlin Pete Gardner Vella Lovell Gabrielle Ruiz
Opening theme  "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" performed by Rachel Bloom (season 1) "I'm Just a Girl in Love" performed by Rachel Bloom (season 2)
Ending theme  "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (instrumental, season 1) "I'm Just a Girl in Love" (instrumental, season 2)
Composer(s)  Adam Schlesinger Jerome Kurtenbach (pilot only) Frank Ciampi
Awards  Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Program creators  Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna
Cast  Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is an American romantic musical comedy-drama television series which premiered on October 12, 2015, on The CW. The series was created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, and stars Bloom in the lead role.


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On March 11, 2016, The CW renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on October 21, 2016. On January 8, 2017, The CW renewed the series for a third season.

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Rebecca Bunch is a Yale- and Harvard-educated lawyer, who works for a top New York firm. She panics when offered a partnership and bumps into Josh Chan on the street. Josh was her first love from summer camp in 2005 and she never got over the way he dumped her at the end of camp. Josh tells her he could not hack it in New York and is moving back to West Covina, California ("Just two hours from the beach, four hours in traffic"). While watching a butter spread commercial, Rebecca decides to follow Josh in search of happiness. She hops a plane to L.A., gets a job at Darryl Whitefeather's West Covina law firm, buys a house, and flushes all her depression and anxiety meds down the sink. She becomes friends with the firm's paralegal, Paula, and begins an on-again-off-again relationship with Josh's friend Greg, while trying to reconnect with Josh.


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  • Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Nora Bunch, a lawyer originally from New York City. Suffering from depression and anxiety and prone to rash decisions, she uproots her life and relocates to the suburb of West Covina, California in an attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend Josh. Rebecca is intelligent, but often lacks awareness as to what is appropriate in a given situation, is rather selfish and tends to be very delusional.
  • Vincent Rodriguez III as Joshua "Josh" Felix Chan, Rebecca's caring yet unavailable ex-boyfriend and the object of her affection.
  • Santino Fontana as Greg Serrano, an "angry" underachieving bartender and Josh's best friend, who has complicated feelings for Rebecca. He departs West Covina to attend Emory University and to try to get away from his destructive and unhealthy relationship with Rebecca despite loving her deeply. (seasons 1–2)
  • Donna Lynne Champlin as Paula Proctor, Rebecca's co-worker and new best friend. To distract herself from her own failing marriage, she hatches schemes and gives questionable advice in support of Rebecca's pursuit of Josh. She later begins to focus instead on pursuing her Law degree.
  • Pete Gardner as Darryl Whitefeather, Rebecca's often clueless boss. A middle-aged divorced dad; he discovers he is bisexual and begins dating White Josh.
  • Vella Lovell as Heather Davis, Rebecca's "cool" college student neighbor who gives sage advice and discovers she has feelings for Greg. She later starts working as the face of the "Miss Douche" feminine product and becomes Rebecca's roommate.
  • Gabrielle Ruiz as Valencia Maria Perez, Josh's controlling girlfriend and Rebecca's rival for Josh's affections. In season 2, Valencia is no longer Josh's girlfriend and is befriended by Rebecca (recurring, season 1; main, season 2).
  • Recurring

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  • Esther Povitsky as Maya, the millennial administrative assistant at Whitefeather.
  • Tovah Feldshuh as Naomi Bunch, Rebecca's divorced and overbearing Jewish mother.
  • Gina Gallego as Mrs. Hernandez, the communications director at Whitefeather. Although mute for all of Season 1, she finally speaks in "Who Is Josh's Soup Fairy?". She generally dislikes Rebecca and disapproves of her life choices.
  • Jacob Guenther as Chris, a young boy who frequents Greg's bar, offering precocious commentary.
  • David Hull as "White Josh" Wilson, Josh Chan's Caucasian friend, a surf-casual fitness instructor. He begins dating Darryl after the latter comes out as bisexual.
  • Erick Lopez as Hector, a randy and occasionally oblivious friend of Josh and Greg. He still lives with his mother, with whom he has an unusually close relationship.
  • Rene Gube as Father Joseph, also known as Father Brah, a non-traditional younger priest who is Josh's childhood friend and confidante.
  • Cedric Yarbrough as Calvin Young, a potential client for Rebecca's law firm. He almost has an affair with Paula.
  • Steve Monroe as Scott Proctor, Paula's husband. They begin to address their marital problems when he is roped into Paula's scheming.
  • Michael Hyatt as Dr. Noelle Akopian, Rebecca's straight-laced therapist. Rebecca imagines a more vibrant version of her giving advice.
  • Michael McMillian and Burl Moseley as Tim and Jim, staffers at Whitefeather who are initially antagonistic toward Rebecca.
  • Stephnie Weir as Weird Karen, Rebecca's co-worker with off-putting personality quirks, including giving away too much information.
  • Ava Acres as Young Rebecca, shown in flashbacks that detail the origins of Rebecca's various neuroses.
  • Johnny Ray Meeks as Kevin, Greg's overly accommodating boss.
  • John Yuan and Matthew Yuan as Ben and David, twin boba stand attendants.
  • Rachel Grate as Audra Levine, Rebecca's longtime rival who has replaced her at her old firm.
  • Hunter Stiebel as Marty, a white grocery clerk with an afro.
  • Benjamin Siemon as Brody, a grocery clerk with half an eyelid.
  • Olivia Edward as Madison Whitefeather, Daryl's daughter from his previous marriage. She has her own YouTube page where she showcases her pet snails that she often names after figures in popular culture.
  • Amy Hill as Lourdes Chan, Josh's mother.
  • Alberto Issac as Joseph Chan, Josh's father.
  • Tess Paras and Coryn Mabalot as Jayma and Jastenity Chan, Josh's sisters.
  • Steele Stebbins as Tommy Proctor, Paula's son.
  • Robin Thomas as Marco Serrano, Greg's father.
  • Paul Welsh as Trent Maddock, Rebecca's old Harvard classmate who has an obsessive crush on her.
  • John Allen Nelson (Jay Huguley in "I Hope Josh Comes to My Party!") as Silas Bunch, Rebecca's estranged father who left her after a heated argument with Naomi. She briefly visits his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but is brought back home by Naomi, at Silas' suggestion. He ultimately comes to West Covina for the wedding of Rebecca and Josh.
  • Parvesh Cheena as Sunil Odhav, a classmate of Paula's who becomes a close friend.
  • Scott Michael Foster as Nathaniel Plimpton III, a successful lawyer and new boss for Rebecca introduced in season 2 when he buys equity in Whitefeather & Associates. He and Rebecca have admitted to being physically atracted to each other.
  • Danny Jolles as George, an ex-employee at Whitefeather and Associates, but everyone keeps calling him the wrong name.
  • Guest Stars

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  • Roshon Fegan as Nguyen
  • Amber Riley and Ricki Lake as the Dream Ghosts.
  • BJ Novak as himself.
  • Lea Salonga as Aunt Myrna, Josh's Aunt.
  • Brittany Snow as Anna Hicks, a new love interest for Josh.
  • Patton Oswalt as Castleman, a graveyard security guard.
  • Patti LuPone as Rabbi Shari, Rebecca's rabbi from Scarsdale.
  • Seth Green as Patrick, a delivery guy
  • Adam Kaufman as Robert Donnelly, Rebecca's former professor at Harvard, with whom she had an affair. After he rejected her, she burned all of his clothes, was expelled from Harvard as a result of a restraining order Donnelly filed against her, and put under psychiatric evaluation.
  • Production

    The series was originally developed for Showtime, and a pilot was produced, but Showtime opted not to proceed with it on February 9, 2015. The CW picked up the series on May 7, 2015 for the Fall 2015–2016 season. The series has been extensively reworked for The CW, expanding the show format from a half-hour to a full hour and adjusting the content for broadcast television, as the original pilot was produced for premium cable. On October 5, 2015, shortly before the series premiere, The CW placed an order of five additional scripts. On November 23, 2015, the CW ordered another five episodes, raising the total for season 1 to 18. On March 11, 2016, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was renewed for a second season, along with eleven other CW series. The second season commenced on October 21, 2016. The second season will be shown in the UK on Netflix with episodes available the Saturday after US airdate.


    On September 30, 2014, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III and Michael McDonald joined Rachel Bloom in the series regular cast. With the move to The CW, the series went through casting changes and McDonald departed the cast. Shortly afterwards, Vella Lovell and Pete Gardner were added as regulars; with Lovell in the role of Heather, Rebecca's underachieving neighbor; and Gardner replacing McDonald in the role of Darryl, Rebecca's new boss.

    On May 23, 2016, it was announced that Gabrielle Ruiz, who portrays Valencia, was promoted to series regular for season two. In November 2016, it was announced that Santino Fontana would be departing the series, with episode four of the second season resulting as his last as a series regular.


    Each episode contains two to three original songs. These are usually sung by Rebecca or a character with whom she is having a direct interaction, parodying the musical theater conceit of characters bursting into song at significant moments in the plot. In "Josh Has No Idea Where I Am", it is revealed that Rebecca has these musical fantasies out of passion for her love of musical theater. In later episodes, several other characters sing while Rebecca is not present.

    A few of the songs on the show are shot twice, one clean version and an explicit version. The explicit versions are posted on Bloom's YouTube channel.

    The first volume of the soundtrack of season one was released on February 19, 2016. It includes all the songs from the first eight episodes of season one, alongside Bloom's a cappella rough demos of "Feeling Kinda Naughty", "I Have Friends", "Settle for Me" and "Sex with a Stranger" as well as Adam Schlesinger's demo version of "What'll It Be".

    Critical reception

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend received critical acclaim, with critics praising the show's writing, musical numbers and Bloom's performance. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the first season received an average score of 78 based on 23 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 96% positive rating, with an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 based on reviews from 49 critics, with the site's consensus stating: "Lively musical numbers and a refreshing, energetic lead, Rachel Bloom, make Crazy Ex-Girlfriend a charming, eccentric commentary on human relationships."

    The second season received a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 9 out of 10 based on 13 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend remains delightfully weird, engaging, and even more courageous and confident in its sophomore outing." On Metacritic, it has a score of 86 out of 100 based on 8 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".


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