The Other Two – Season 1

This is the funniest show I’ve seen in a long time. The writing is really sharp with expertly crafted callbacks and amusing lampoons of pop culture. It kind of reminds me of Arrested Development, not only because of its approach to comedy but the fact that it’s about a family navigating the public eye. Plus, actor Drew Tarver totally feels like a young Jason Bateman. His reactions and delivery are perfect. So it sucks that he’s often given the worst storylines. In the first few episodes, his character, Cary, struggles to understand what his relationship is with his roommate, but it ultimately goes nowhere and provides zero laughs. Later in the season, Cary gets a little too fame hungry and pushes away the high school teacher he met earlier, a charming character I was hoping we’d get to see more of.

The best material is when Cary and his sister, Brooke, have to deal head-on with living in their younger brother’s celebrity shadow. Chase’s sweet naivety clashes so perfectly with Cary’s and Brooke’s jealousy that it’s a shame Chase isn’t in the season more. I get that the show is about “the other two,” but I’m more interested in what makes them “the other two” and not just Cary and Brooke as themselves. Like, Cary becoming somewhat famous because of Chase’s song about his gay brother and Brooke having to be Chase’s assistant are perfect plot points. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention Ken Marino as Chase’s manager, who is perhaps the best thing about the show. I love how incompetent and insecure he is, and I hope future seasons find ways to keep him around now that Chase is apparently off to college.

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Clark
Gamer, programmer, writer, and educator.

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Clark

Gamer, programmer, writer, and educator.