SPOILER ALERTS for Season 3 of ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’, now available to stream on Netflix and The CW app.
The journey from broken Rebecca Bunch, jilted at the altar by lifelong crush Josh Chan, to pseudo-psychotic Rebecca, charged with plotting illegal crimes for the sake of unrequited love, happened across just 15 episodes, proving to the most intense, thought-provoking and, for lack of a better word, ‘crazy’ season to date and perhaps left off on the biggest cliff-hanger in recent television history.
Though some fans are campaigning for a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend/Orange Is The New Black crossover, things don’t look particularly bright for The CWs dark musical-comedy.
In 2017, it was renewed for a third season despite disappointing numbers from its second season- something that had already been gambled on by the executives at The CW just a year previously. Season 3 not only had the most ambitious production value to date, but promoted Scott Michael Foster (Nathaniel Plimpton III) and David Hull (White Josh) to series regulars and garnered itself a prime time position on the viewing schedule. Yet, as new numbers have shown, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend only received an average of 600,000 viewers per episode, with TV by the Numbers reporting that its tumultuous finale received almost 9,000 viewers less than its mid-season episode, ‘Nathaniel Needs My Help!’.
In the figure-focused world of television broadcasting, many an executive would look at those numbers and very quickly give Rebecca and the gang of the boot. But, as they’ve proved in the past, this spunky glitter-bomb of a show might just have life left in it still. Here are some of the reasons Crazy Ex-Girlfriend needs a fourth season.
- That Cliffhanger, Though
If you didn’t already read my little disclaimer, there are a lot of spoilers here.
Season 3 ended with Nathaniel promising to get Rebecca out of jail for the accidental murder of psychotic ex Trent. However, in the courtroom, Rebecca changes her plea to ‘guilty’. We don’t know whether she’ll receive jail-time for it- the episode helpfully cut just before that could be revealed- but there’s certainly still a lot of questions to be answered.
Will Nathaniel and Rebecca make it work? Will White Josh and Darryl get back together? What about Darryl’s new baby? Josh Chan? Are Hector and Heather going to be the same after she had a baby for another man? Will Paula ever be a proper lawyer? And perhaps most importantly: is Rebecca going to be okay?
To end the show now would be a slap in the face to its loyal fanbase. So many viewers, including myself, are heavily invested in the events of this show and to end without much warning, or without a neat bow to tie everything up with, pushes all these questions aside and leaves everything wide open to interpretation. WE NEED ANSWERS, DAMMIT.
- The CW loves it
When the show was renewed for season 2 in 2016, it was much to the surprise of the television community. It had been limping behind other programming at the time and seeing as The CW was still a relatively small network compared to the other big boys in American terrestrial broadcasting, it looked as though it might have been heading for an early retirement. But, as CW President Mark Pedowitz said in 2016, he has ‘great faith in the show’ and wanted to see it continue, despite its low ratings. If those who control what’s on and off want to keep it, it’s likely that Season 4 might just be right around the corner. Even if The CW decided they wanted to shelve the show, streaming sites like Netflix or Amazon Studios may find it a new home as part of their original programming, especially as the show has found great success internationally through Netflix streaming services.
- Critics love it
When Rachel Bloom won Best Actress in a Comedy in 2016, beating out comedy veterans like Julia-Louis Dreyfuss (‘Veep’) and Lily Tomlin (‘Grace and Frankie’), no one was more surprised than the actress herself, who made a tearful acceptance speech upon receiving the Globe. But, what it did was bring to light what critics had been saying for months — that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was one of the best shows on television. In 2017 alone, USA Today named it the #1 show of the year, with Variety placing it at #5 and E! at #6, among other lists of the year. With an average 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and The Guardian calling it ‘near miraculous’ upon its release, the show has easily charmed the critics with its raw blend of musical comedy and dark honesty. Generally, shows that sit in the pocket of the critics are kept on TV for as long as they can, particularly if they continue to garner award nominations and a steady stream of dedicated viewers- as the last year has proved their still able to.
- The most diverse show on television?
Many have praised Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for being one of the most diverse and well written shows on television. It has been recognised multiple times for its excellent portrayal of the LGBTQIA+ community (including a Huey Lewis influenced musical number about bisexuality in Season 2’s incredible ‘Gettin’ Bi’), mental illness and the societal stigma surrounding it, including depression, anxiety, OCD, borderline personality disorder and female sexuality and empowerment. The show’s lead male love interest is Filipino (played by Vincent Rodriguez III), and at least half of the cast is non-white, choosing not to fall back on the obvious stereotypes that television struggles to get away from. Not only has it garnered at two GLAAD award nominations for Best Comedy, but critics and viewers alike have praised its unique diversity since its inception. Television audiences have been clamouring for new, diverse content that stretches the boundaries of the medium — something Bloom and co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna have been doing since the very first episode (giant pretzel anyone?).
With rumours abound that ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Season 4 might be the end of the show altogether, we hope that the CW makes their decision soon, because I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Rebecca Bunch just yet.