The genre elements of AMC’s Kevin Can F ** K Himself might have landed with a little more ‘oomph’ if the world of beloved sitcom tropes hadn’t been explored recently on Marvel’s WandaVision, but given that this series sneaks in and out of a manipulative marriage, taking searing punches at the very particular breed of TV comedy husband, there’s still plenty of gold to me. And with Emmy winner Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) headlining, as a “bet on” suburban woman struggling with a male child, this comedy-drama is a bizarre and insightful winner.
Murphy’s Allison is an overly tolerant woman, who has 10 years of marriage to Kevin (Eric Petersen), a cable TV installer perfectly content with his lack of relationship growth, his own lack of goals and his inability to recognize. Allison as a true partner. For most of the scenes between Allison and Kevin, Kevin Can F ** K Himself comes across as a tried and true three-camera sitcom, giving us happy moments that one could easily imagine playing on past shows with Kevin James, Jim Belushi. , Ray Romano, and countless other hapless halves of “silly married / nagging bride” couples over the years.
That the cliché of the buffooning husband – which dates back to Honeymoons and Ralph and Ed’s get-rich-quick schemes – was a reflection of society, informing said society, or both, is what is examined here. With a snake eating its own tail, art is a reflection of relationships while also shaping what people are looking for in relationships. When Allison leaves the room and walks away from Kevin, color flows from the screen and the show turns into a one-camera drama where she finds herself alone and unsatisfied. The true detrimental effects of a ‘Well, I like the big spike’ or ‘I can fix it’ mindset are laid bare as we watch Allison begging for Kevin’s basic minimum.
Even Allison’s dream of moving to a more upscale new neighborhood still involves her pouring Kevin a beer, just in a better glass. Thinking that a move will help them reboot and reboot is also a common relationship mistake, which lets us know that Kevin Can F ** K himself not only holds up a microscope for sitcoms, but also traps more. wide unhealthy couples.
Murphy is shining, playing a very different character than the one that won him high praise from Schitt’s Creek while still being able to play as someone experiencing profound change. The first episode, “Living the Dream,” signals that the series holds great promise, although it will be interesting to see if this mix of genres can last a whole season without going out of date. It’s a fun and unique concept, but also one that can get weary if left on autopilot. There’s also an element here implying that Allison doesn’t just want to be mad at Kevin or leave Kevin, but wants to kill Kevin and that increased addition of square pegs a cartoonish cog in the story that doesn’t completely merge with the rest.
In “Living the Dream”, Allison carries the weight of her tenth birthday, having to tolerate another “birthday of debauchery”angry Instead of spending quality time together. On top of that, borrowing from the sitcom realm, she also has to throw a separate ‘boring’ party for Kevin’s stuffy boss and keep the man entertained while everyone has fun in the backyard. Looks a lot like a hi-jinx sitcom we’re used to, striking revelations fill the third act as Allison begins to realize that Kevin made her think she’s inferior to her. “Do I never finish things or does he take things from me?” Is a line that hits like a hard slap, as does her realization that her inaccurate reviews have trapped her in a prison of anxiety. So here, out of the gate, the juxtaposition of sitcom silliness and emotional heaviness works well. Whether or not he has legs, in the long run, remains to be seen.
It will also be interesting to see how Allison’s relationship with neighbor Patty (Mary Hollis Inboden) evolves over the course of the show. At first, Patty is just one part of the riff-wise riff that fills the sitcom side of the series, but the show allows Allison to interact with Patty in the darker “lonely” world and it’s here that Patty is allowed to go from being Kevin’s best friend’s beer-drinking spouse to someone who perhaps finds solidarity in Allison’s angst. Allison and Patty’s dynamic also allows others to join in the boredom, away from the coma of TV comedy. Kevin, as the white whale antagonist, will likely be the last to make the transition, but it will be worth it.