4. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend asks: Will you settle for it? (The CW)
Even by the relaxed standards of the CW, less than a million people watching Rachel Bloom’s wonderfully deranged comedy each week probably isn’t enough to keep it on the air much longer — even though roughly half of those viewers are TV critics tweeting, “Please watch this show!” Besides co-producing and co-writing with Aline Brosh McKenna, Bloom anchors every episode as Rebecca Bunch, a brilliant-but-damaged New York lawyer who’s moved to an unglamorous California town to be closer to a guy she dated as a teen; cue stalker-ish delusions of eternal romantic bliss. To be honest, there are plenty of clever TV comedies about women and men who’ve gone off the rails on their way to adulthood. (You’re the Worst, for example, has been crushing it this season.) But what really sets Crazy Ex-Girlfriend apart are its musical numbers: twisted pastiches of pop and Broadway, partially penned by Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger.
Last week’s episode featured two showstoppers: In “Sex with a Stranger,” Rebecca starts out singing about wanton lust and ends up digressing into STD tests, complaining, “Your balls smell weird.” And then in “Settle for Me,” she does a Fred-and-Ginger routine with her scrappy, charming bartender pal Greg (played by New York stage vet Santino Fontana). He urges her to think of him as “like 2% milk or seitan beef” — an acceptable substitute for the man she really wants. How many television shows on the air right now are staging sumptuous black-and-white song-and-dance numbers, with its characters in tuxes and gowns? People, get with the program. We have a genuine gem here.