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“…Having the freedom on the network we’re on, and with all the talent that I am lucky to have at my disposal, the ability to do episodes that break form, or just take a little pause on the main story to do something else in a different way is just really fun, and it’s it was incredibly gratifying.” Stephen Falk

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/1/16 – Season three of You’re The Worst premiered on FXX at the 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night. The series dutifully maintains the parent FX brand by giving us edgy, profane and culturally reflective comedy.

Falk (far left), with the stars of You're The Worst (Photo: Frank Micelotta/FX)
Falk (far left), with the stars of You’re The Worst (Photo: Frank Micelotta/FX)

Stephen Falk is the creator and writer behind You’re The Worst; and he explores the grumpy, depressing underbelly of sexual relationships that strain to evolve into something more meaningful. The main carnal combatants are Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash). Jimmy is a British smart ass with a drinking problem and Gretchen is a lusty promotions exec who’s willing to give love a chance. Moreover, Gretchen has depth and insight that Jimmy lacks. After Jimmy finds out Gretchen doesn’t ‘wash her legs’ in the shower, he wonders what else he doesn’t know about her.

You’re The Worst is sometimes reminiscent of Seinfeld in its mission to be about nothing except the self-absorption of its main characters. Characters who mope through the best years of their lives in a state of chronic existential angst.

Though Jimmy and Gretchen get most of the screen time, the real comedy gold lies in the unfathomable union of Paul (Allan McLeod) and Lindsay (Kether Donohue). Paul is a doughy, fastidious nerd who is ready to re-order his life for family. Lindsay is a buxom spitfire who’s pregnant and wants family; but who is really just a party girl at heart. Paul is driving her up the wall with his obsessive preparations for her pregnancy. We watch Lindsay slow burn with annoyance as she slices and dices mushrooms, culminating with her depositing a paring knife into the flabby love handle of Paul. Nothing lethal, just a little spurting blood. Quite a closing scene to the season premier.

(L-R) Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner Stephen Falk, actors Chris Geere, Aya Cash and Desmin Borges speak onstage during "You're The Worst" panel discussion at the FX portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel on January 16, 2016 in Pasadena, California.
(L-R) Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner Stephen Falk, actors Chris Geere, Aya Cash and Desmin Borges speak onstage during “You’re The Worst” panel discussion at the FX portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel on January 16, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

With no laugh track, few boundaries, and the willingness to go dark and slapstick in the same instant, Falk and Co. seem unafraid to swing for the fences with every episode. In the mined out genre of the relationship comedy, You’re The Worst is currently the best.

January 16, 2016 at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena – THT, the TCA and other reporters had the opportunity to speak with Creator/Writer Stephen Falk and stars Chris Geere and Aya Cash:

Chris Geere talked about the series and his relationship with the other actors,

CHRIS GEERE: “Such a great family, because we started this together, we can discuss everything that goes on in social media, whatever, and just enjoy the whole process together. And then when we get in the bus to go to set and put on a terrible pop tune and dance together before we arrive, that kind of brings us back down to earth, and we just do it again. But I’m really enjoying all the characters evolving and us as actors evolving together. And, you know, I’m very proud of all of us and, you know, we’re great friends.”

Aya Cash talked about Stephen Falk’s freewheeling, unpredictable style of writing,

AYA CASH: “Stephen is like on lock down. He does not let us know anything, ever, and we’re constantly pitching ideas, which he smiles and nods at. So I didn’t know anything until I started reading. He sort of gave me a head’s up on the arc of Season 2. I like to know. Chris doesn’t. So I sort of was like, “What’s happening?” And when I read Episode 4, and she’s in the car crying, I was like, “Wait, wait, wait. Where is she going? What is she doing?” So he sort of gave me a head’s up. But I think what’s so great is just like in life, you get to know people and you sort of judge them on a surface level, and they’re fun, and they’re funny. And, you know, they’re fucked up and drinking too much. But it’s part of like their charm. And then there’s usually something rooted in that. So even though I didn’t know she was clinically depressed for a season, I obviously knew it made perfect sense to me when we discovered that, because obviously people don’t behave that way without some something else going on. It doesn’t have to be clinical depression, but, generally, if you’re doing as much coke as these characters, you’re probably running from something.”