TV Review: You’re the Worst
With season 4 of You’re the Worst set to premiere in early September, I thought I should finally get around to reviewing this show — because it’s amazing and everyone should be watching it. You’re the Worst is funny, terrible, extremely relatable, and somehow — against all odds — does an incredible job at portraying mental health.
Considering the characters on this show are regularly trying to break up weddings, stab each other, and generally be super shitty people (à la It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), positive mental health representation should not work. But it does, and it’s one of the main reasons I sing praise for You’re the Worst.
Unlike so many TV shows, YTW is unashamed in its representation of mental health, especially in giving screen time to people suffering from depression, PTSD, and anxiety. There’s no point trying to make any of these characters more likable, because from the very beginning, it’s clear none of them are.
However, spending the time to reference their struggles with mental health is an important way to not only legitimize these disorders to viewers, but also to make the characters more interesting and relatable. Sure, they do ridiculous things, but in the end, they are people, just like you and me, with struggles and flaws that are worth addressing.
As someone who regularly experiences anxiety and panic attacks, there is one episode in season 3 of YTW, where Edgar’s PTSD reaches a breaking point, that I had a really hard time watching. And the biggest reason that episode makes me so uncomfortable is because it does such a good job of portraying anxiety and PTSD — and that is scary as shit.
With high camera angles, which gives viewers very little information about a scene, Edgar’s precarious mental state, and the fact that this show regularly does some pretty fucked up things, I was genuinely worried for Edgar’s safety for the duration of the episode, because it felt so real and I’ve experienced those feelings first-hand.
When the camera is lying low on the ground of a car, and you can’t see where the person is driving, but they’re laughing after having pulled off the highway on the verge of a panic attack only a little while earlier, that experience as a viewer is incredibly nerve-wracking.
Which is definitely not something I would have ever expected from a show like this when I first started watching it. But Stephen Falk and all the people who make You’re the Worst possible do a really good job portraying not only mental illness, but modern relationships and lifestyles that it makes me really excited to see what they are going to do next.
Despite the ridiculous and often hyperbolic actions of the characters in You’re the Worst, this show is fresh, inspiring and deeply relatable. Nothing is off-limits here, including abortion, divorce, infidelity, addiction, death, and family relations.
Which is great. I’m so excited to see a show that is willing and able to talk about issues that really matter to people, to take these issues seriously and give them the attention they deserve, but also while being funny at the same time.
If you aren’t watching You’re the Worst yet, you really need to be. I highly recommend it.