Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Name: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
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Creator: Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna
Date(s): 2015 - present
Medium: television
Country of Origin: USA
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical comedy TV show on the CW. It was developed by and stars Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, who leaves her high-paying job in New York City to follow her summer camp boyfriend to West Covina, California.

The show also stars Vincent Rodriguez III as Josh Chan, Donna Lynne Champlin as Paula Proctor, Pete Gardner as Darryl Whitefeather, Vella Lovell as Heather Davis, and Gabrielle Ruiz as Valencia Maria Perez. Fan favourite Santino Fontana as Greg Serrano left during season 2.

Cast

Actor Character Seasons
Rachel Bloom Rebecca Nora Bunch Season 1—present
Vincent Rodriguez III Joshua Felix Chan Season 1—present
Donna Lynne Champlin Paula Proctor Season 1—present
Pete Gardner Darryl Whitefeather Season 1—present
Vella Lovell Heather Davis Season 1—present
Santino Fontana Greg Serrano Seasons 1, 2 (4 episodes)

Recurring cast

David Hull as Josh Wilson
Josh's friend known as "White Josh" as he and Chan look alike
Gabrielle Ruiz as Valencia Perez
A yoga instructor and Josh Chan's ex-girlfriend
Erick Lopez as Hector
Another guy in the Josh friend group
Paul Welsh as Trent Maddock
A guy Rebecca went to Harvard with
Stephnie Weir as Karen
A strange, attention-seeking lady at Whitefeather & Associates

Themes

The story begins with Rebecca making a Felicity-esque decision to move to her one-time camp boyfriend's hometown, framed as a fairy-tale, rom-com narrative, which is actually the foil for everyone within Rebecca's life in West Covina, California. Rebecca's suffering from various mental health disorders, which she does not treat. Although people who meet her also benefit from her presence, it's not a direct result of her actions as Rebecca mostly is concerned with how to fix her life by winning over Josh Chan. Josh, meanwhile, is in a unhealthy relationship for 15 years, not dealing with his severe self-esteem issues which has him never standing up for himself and being verbally abused by his girlfriend. Overall, the series is a deconstruction of toxic media narratives and the negative impact living in fear and constantly focusing on the concept of material success have on people's happiness.

Self care

A recurring theme is characters not caring for themselves, both in terms of mental and physical health, of varying degrees. There are the more serious cases such as the above mentioned, as well as Greg, who uses his parental abandonment as a reason to never attempt anything he wants; Paula, who fixates on Rebecca's love life as a way to distract herself from what is lacking in her own life; Darryl has a daughter he loves but a 5-year marriage full of cheating and a self-perception that's lacking. Although the characters are shown to be stuck in ruts, it's never ridiculed for comedic effect, but rather the characters are honest with each other eg. Greg saying to Paula if she really is unhappy with her life she should do something about it, cause people do that, then remarks 'Except me', noting the fact that he should take his own advice.

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Shipping

The most popular ships for the show are Rebecca/Greg and Rebecca/Nathaniel. The main slash ship is the canon Darryl/White Josh, and the most popular femmeslash ship is Heather/Valencia. Other common ships are Rebecca/Heather, Rebecca/Josh and Rebecca/Valencia.

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