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The hybrid comedy follows twenty-something Kyle who comes to Austin to finally convince his old best friend from camp they are perfect for each other. Unfortunately, she just got engaged. A lot of guys would give up, but Kyle is not one of those guys. To Kyle’s surprise, even though he came to town looking for “the one,” he might end up with much more than that.
This is essentially what happens to Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) at the beginning of the popular CW series, right down to the camp part, though Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has moved beyond that premise to offer an honest exploration of mental health.
It’s not clear if 25—which comes from Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and will be produced by Rogen and Evan Goldberg—will have that nuance, but the gender-flipped premise rubbed the internet the wrong way. There were also some questions about whether a show that features a man pursuing an ex who has clearly moved on is something we really need right now. An old Donald Glover bit about why women don’t have fun crazy ex-boyfriend stories was circulated in response.
FINALLY WE CAN START GENDER-FLIPPING SO THAT DUDES HAVE THEIR OWN STORIES— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) February 8, 2018
LIKE, WHEN WILL WE GET REY IN STAR WARS, BUT LIKE, A GUY? WHEN WILL WE GET GREY'S ANATOMY BUT WITH ALL BROS? WHEN WILL MERYL STREEP BE A DUDE FINALLY OR WHATEVER
WHEN WILL MEN FINALLY GET GOOD ROLES? https://t.co/KkCpgW4nVc
crazy ex-girlfriend w a dude is just a true crime show and we already have like 80000000 of those, move along pls https://t.co/CcrauEulNC— Helena Fitzgerald (@helfitzgerald) February 8, 2018
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fans also made a grand reaction GIF showing in the comments of the AV Club tweet.
H/T AV Club
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.