Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Musical Comedy Meets Feminist TV Show


What once seemed to be an anti-romantic musical comedy full of cliches—with the main character leaving behind her life in New York to follow her ex to West Covina, California—turned out to be a surprisingly feminist TV show. Even though this is not the first show to tackle issues of sexism through comedy, it’s certainly unique. The show uses comedic musical songs to address issues such as societal female expectations of beauty, one of the most notable being the “sexy getting ready song.” It is especially being praised for its honest portrayal of mental health issues. The show is praised for showing females as a whole and not just parts of a stereotype. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s fourth and final season premiered last month.

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