I mentioned in my post about writing comedy from the heart that the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is an important piece of art for me. And there are lots of lists of the top songs, I guess, though the only one I’ve paid attention to is my imaginary podcast bff Glen Weldon’s. (Weldon himself is not imaginary; the conceit that he and I are bffs is.)
But I wanted to do something more personal.
I came to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend a little late, not very – I think I started watching as soon as the first season was available via Netflix, maybe? I loved it immediately. The sheer perfection that is the song “West Covina” made my musical theater nerd heart sing, and I honestly saw a sort of alternate universe version of myself in overachieving lawyer Rebecca. (Because getting a PhD in Information and Library Science is the underachieving path in my mind, apparently?)
Anyway, this show has made me feel seen in a way few things have, so I thought I’d share the top 3 songs that resonated with me the most.
3. I’m the Villain in My Own Story
For all those times when you realize the “good” things you were doing didn’t outweight how you were being a jerk.
2. Sexy French Depression
The line “My bed smells like a tampon” is, like, scarily spot on. And this subtitle crawl:
My anxiety is so out of
control that all I can think
thinking about thinking
about thinking about fixing
everything I’ve ever done
wrong and all of the ways
I’ve already messed up my
life beyond repair.
Perfection. If you ever look at my face and wonder what’s on my mind, it’s probably that.
1. You Stupid Bitch
This is a classic internal monologue of a person with anxiety and/or depression. This song makes me cry because it makes me not feel alone.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is amazing because, as Glen Weldon points out, the show “[respects] how fraught and complicated a prospect it is to turn the travails of mental illness into blistering one-liners and catchy ditties … and then [does] it anyway.” I’m actually finding myself without more words to talk about why it’s so important to me.