I’m Sorry: Season 2 — a review

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This is streaming on Netflix now, if you watched Season 1 and liked the show.

Actually, it’s on Netflix whether you liked the first season or not. I should be more precise in my use of language.

In order for me to consider a television comedy to be effective, it must pass a couple of tests. First, since it is a comedy, it needs to make me laugh. If not out loud, at least a chuckle or a chortle, perhaps even just a big smile. I’m Sorry has succeeded in this, during both seasons. It has also made me cringe, groan, and sometimes shake my head in disbelief. The series revels in uncomfortable situations, and it’s an even-money bet as to which response it will prompt on a scene-to-scene basis.

The second test is an affirmative answer to one simple question: Do I like it?

Yes, I like this series. Creator/writer/lead Andrea Savage is a funny woman, attractive in a very real way, and relatable. The show itself isn’t reinventing the wheel here. It can trace its family tree back to dozens of television comedies, but it is a direct descendent of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Louie, Parks and Recreation, and 30Rock. The viewer witnesses many entertaining conversations between friends and acquaintances that don’t always seem to the integral to the episode’s main plotline. The humor in this series is often dark and usually somehow profane. Seinfeld may have done an entire episode about masturbation in “The Contest” without ever actually mentioning the word or describing the act, but I’m Sorry won’t hesitate to discuss masturbation or any sexual topic openly in an episode about something as mundane as a lice breakout at Andrea’s child’s school.

Andrea Savage and Tom Everett Scott as married couple Andrea Warren and Mike Harris make an appealing on-screen duo and seem to have genuine comedic chemistry. Scott often has to play straight man to Savage’s zany television persona, but he does it well. Kathy Baker and Martin Mull also shine as Andrea’s divorced parents. Andrea also has a varied assortment of wacky friends, including Scott Aukerman from Comedy Bang! Bang! as Andrea’s writing partner this season, largely replacing Jason Mantzoukas, who was her partner in the first season. Other standouts include Gary Anthony Williams as Brian, and the very busy Allison Tolman as Jennifer. Lots of other familiar acting faces pop up on the show throughout the season, causing me to think that appearing on the show must be considered a badge of honor in Hollywood.

This is episodic television, so there’s no real story arc here. It is refreshing to have a show featuring a female lead that is largely written by the same woman. And its also nice that the show isn’t always just about being a female comedy writer or mom in Los Angeles. Angela Warren comes across as a real person (or at least as “real” as you can expect a sitcom character to be), who is a lot of different, and sometimes contradictory, things at the same time. Confident, neurotic, funny, vulgar, caring and callous.  Like most of us.

I will admit that I am sometimes annoyed by the character, too. She always seems to be “on,” trying out a bit or taking a joke too far. But, that’s real, too. We’ve all had people in our lives who could be like that. If you haven’t, then it’s probably you.

I enjoyed this second offering of ten episodes, and am happy that the show has been renewed for a third season to appear in 2020.

Even though this is a TruTV series, it may be a little too explicit at times for the less-than-mature or easily-offended. The rest of you will probably find something here to like.

Firewater’s Hard-to-Say-I’m-Sorry-Again Report Card: A

A

Still a solid higher-than-passing grade from me. I’m looking forward to the Three-peat.

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