Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Series Ending: Bittersweet or Just Right?

As a long-time fan of the CW tv-series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” I was pretty sad to find out that the fourth season would be its last. After four years, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has gone from a simple musical comedy to a stunning representation of mental illness and female sexuality, touching on topics such as the importance of therapy and medication, surrogate parenting, abortion and relationship boundaries. So how did this final season hold up?

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” premiered on October 15, 2015 and released its final episode on April 5, 2019. After 62 episodes and 9 awards (including a Golden Globe for Rachel Bloom’s portrayal of Rebecca Bunch), the final season had to be good. Although the fourth season had an abbreviated 18 episode run, each episode toward the end was full of humor, heartbreak, and of course amazing musical numbers. While my eternal favorite will always be “Gettin’ Bi” from season 1, “I Hate Everything But You” was a particular treat for my cynical heart.

While season 4 contained quite a few exciting plotlines, I enjoyed the love quadrangle between Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), Greg Serrano (Skylar Astin) and Nathaniel Plimpton III (Scott Michael Foster) for its subversion of the trope of a woman who cannot choose between several men. Unfortunately, some of that drama came at the cost of the development of other beloved characters, such as Darryl Whitefeather (Pete Gardner) and Paula Proctor (Donna Lynne Champlin), among others. While I am not complaining that more attention was given to the resolution of Rebecca’s relationship addiction, that did contribute to several episodes feeling unbalanced.

However, I cannot complain about the ultimate ending of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” While I will not spoil the end, I will say that it is very satisfying, no matter where you stand on the love quadrangle debate. For the most part, everything felt perfectly tied up in the end, which is all you can really ask from a series finale. After airing the final episode, the CW then aired a taping of the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” live show, “Yes, It’s Really Us Singing!” Bloom, who co-created the show alongside Aline Brosh McKenna, made good use of the extensive show songbook to create a fun musical revue. With little comedic skits and shots to some of the more ridiculous audience costumes, it was a nice cap on the show, reminding fans that, even though the show has ended, they can always return to musical moments.

If you have not watched any of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” I would highly recommend it. Luckily, most CW shows have their episodes uploaded to Netflix a few weeks following season’s end, and that includes “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” It is sure to be a great time, whether you binge it all in a week or allow yourself to enjoy episodes at a steadier pace. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is the perfect show for those who love musical theater and subversive humor.

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