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You're the Worst premiere: Chris Geere, Aya Cash (FX)

'You're the Worst' premiere recap: The beginning of a disaster

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Pilot” | Aired July 17, 2014

Starring Chris Geere (Waterloo Road, Pete Versus Life), a British character actor new to American audiences, and Aya Cash (fresh off a hot streak of roles in high-profile fare such as The Wolf of Wall Street, The Newsroom and CBS’s recently deceased We Are Men), You’re the Worst marks FX’s attempt to lure the older end of the Girls crowd.

We learn very quickly that our protagonist, Jimmy, is a bit of human garbage. The show opens on Jimmy taking photos of his genitals with disposable cameras set out for guests at his ex-girlfriend Becca’s wedding. After getting into a verbal altercation with the bride, Jimmy is swiftly tossed out on the street—where he conveniently meets Gretchen, who has just stolen a package from the gift table in hopes that it contains a food processor. (Spoiler alert, it’s a blender.) It turns out that Gretchen is best friends with Becca’s sister, so they quickly and drunkenly bond over expensive cigarettes and their mutual dislike of the bride.

Gretchen goes home with Jimmy, and they proceed to have shockingly explicit, subscription cable–level sex between bouts of oversharing about every awful thing they’ve ever done. Though both of them claim they don’t really “do” relationships, Gretchen ends up spending the night. Like the annoying guest who just doesn’t know when to leave, she then sits down for breakfast the next morning, where she meets Jimmy’s ex-drug dealer/PTS-stricken veteran roommate, Edgar.

We come to find that Jimmy is a failed author (his novel is entitled Congratulations, You’re Dying, natch) who has blown all his advance money on buying a house in the Silver Lake neighborhood of L.A., and Gretchen is a publicist for an Odd Future-esque rap group. After a particularly hard day at work, Gretchen realizes she has to go back to Jimmy’s house for her purse. Things get heated as Jimmy accuses her of leaving it on purpose, culminating in Gretchen delivering a verbal beat-down worthy of RuPaul’s Drag Race and slyly “borrowing” his car.

Gretchen drives (illegally, in a stolen car, without a license) to the film director’s house with whom she has been having casual sex for some time, just to prove to herself that she is NOT falling for Jimmy. Gretchen’s meeting with her “friend” is evidence that it is possible to embody the definition of the word douchebag so fully that even the way you have sex is cringe-worthy. She finds herself in his bathtub with a large box of cocaine when her phone rings. It’s Jimmy (of course), whom Edgar has just put in a choke hold in the name of knocking some sense into him. As they both look out onto the L.A. night sky while having foot-fetish-themed phone sex, these two crazy kids decide to give this thing a shot. Just two terrible people, falling in love at light speed. What’s the worst that could happen, right?

Most pilot episodes don’t exactly knock it out of the park, and You’re the Worst is certainly no exception. I found it mostly devoid of laughs, and the air of “trying too hard” hangs low over the entire production. The relationships and dialogue between characters come off as inauthentic—forced, even. The choice to get the two main characters together by the end of the first episode was an odd one, from a narrative standpoint.

That said, there were a few brilliant lines that, with the proper delivery, would have killed. I do see some potential here, and I hope that as the actors grow into their roles and the writers develop these characters further, You’re the Worst can live up to the legacy FX Thursday-night comedies have left behind over the past decade.

You’re the Worst, rated TV-MA, airs Thursdays at 10:30/9:30C on FX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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