Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (TV series)

For the LMN series with a similar title, see My Crazy Ex.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Created by
Opening theme

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" performed by Rachel Bloom (season 1)

"I'm Just a Girl in Love" performed by Rachel Bloom (season 2)
Ending theme

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (instrumental, season 1)

"I'm Just a Girl in Love" (instrumental, season 2)
Composer(s) Adam Schlesinger
Jerome Kurtenbach (pilot only)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Aline Brosh McKenna
  • Rachel Bloom
  • Marc Webb
  • Erin Ehrlich
  • Sarah Caplan
  • Rachel Specter
  • Audrey Wauchope
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 40–43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network The CW
Original release October 12, 2015 (2015-10-12) – present
External links

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is an American romantic musical comedy-drama television series which premiered on October 12, 2015, on The CW.[1][2] The series was created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, and stars Bloom in the lead role.

On March 11, 2016, The CW renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on October 21, 2016.[3]


Rebecca Bunch is a Jewish, Yale- and Harvard-educated lawyer, who works for a top New York firm. She freaks out when offered a partnership and bumps into Josh Chan on the street. Josh was her first love from summer camp in 2005 and she never got over the way he dumped her at the end of camp. Josh tells her he could not hack it in New York and is moving back to West Covina, California ("Just two hours from the beach, four hours in traffic"). While watching a butter spread commercial, Rebecca decides to follow Josh in search of happiness. She hops a plane to L.A., gets a job at Darryl Whitefeather's West Covina law firm, buys a house, and flushes all her depression and anxiety meds down the sink. She becomes friends with the firm's paralegal, Paula, and begins an on-again-off-again relationship with Josh's friend Greg, while trying to reconnect with Josh.


The series was originally developed for Showtime, and a pilot was produced, but Showtime opted not to proceed with it on February 9, 2015.[4] The CW picked up the series on May 7, 2015 for the Fall 2015–2016 season.[5] The series has been extensively reworked for The CW, expanding the show format from a half-hour to a full hour and adjusting the content for broadcast television, as the original pilot was produced for premium cable.[6] On October 5, 2015, shortly before the series premiere, The CW placed an order of five additional scripts.[7] On November 23, 2015, the CW ordered another five episodes,[8] raising the total for season 1 to 18.[9] On March 11, 2016, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was renewed for a second season, along with eleven other CW series.[10] The second season commenced on October 21, 2016. The second season will be shown in the UK on Netflix with episodes available the Sunday after US airdate.


On September 30, 2014, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III and Michael McDonald joined Rachel Bloom in the series regular cast.[11] With the move to The CW, the series went through casting changes and McDonald departed the cast.[6] Shortly afterwards, Vella Lovell and Pete Gardner were added as regulars; with Lovell in the role of Heather, Rebecca's underachieving neighbor; and Gardner replacing McDonald in the role of Darryl, Rebecca's new boss.[12]

On May 23, 2016, it was announced that Gabrielle Ruiz, who portrays Valencia, was promoted to series regular for season two.[13]


Each episode contains two to three original songs. These are usually sung by Rebecca or a character with whom she is having a direct interaction, parodying the musical theater conceit of characters bursting into song at significant moments in the plot. In "Josh Has No Idea Where I Am", it is revealed that Rebecca has these musical fantasies out of passion for her love of musical theater. In later episodes Greg, Paula, Valencia and Darryl sing while Rebecca is not present.

A few of the songs on the show are shot twice, one clean version and an explicit version. The explicit versions are posted on Bloom's YouTube channel.[14]

The first volume of the soundtrack of season one was released on February 19, 2016. It includes all the songs from the first eight episodes of season one, alongside Bloom's a cappella rough demos of "Feeling Kinda Naughty", "I Have Friends", "Settle for Me" and "Sex with a Stranger" as well as Adam Schlesinger's demo version of "What'll It Be".[15]




Guest Stars


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
118October 12, 2015 (2015-10-12)April 18, 2016 (2016-04-18)
213[18]October 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)


Critical reception

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was met with positive reviews, with critics praising the show's writing, musical numbers and Bloom's performance. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the first season received an average score of 78 based on 23 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[19] Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 96% positive rating, with an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 based on reviews from 49 critics, with the site's consensus stating: "Lively musical numbers and a refreshing, energetic lead, Rachel Bloom, make Crazy Ex-Girlfriend a charming, eccentric commentary on human relationships."[20]

The second season received critical acclaim. It has a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 9 out of 10 based on 13 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend remains delightfully weird, engaging, and even more courageous and confident in its sophomore outing."[21] On Metacritic, it has a score of 86 out of 100 based on 8 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[22]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
18–49 rating
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Monday 8:00 pm 18 October 12, 2015 0.90[23] April 18, 2016 0.82[24] 2015–16 195 1.03 0.4[25]
2 Friday 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00pm (episode 8)
13 October 21, 2016 0.53[26] TBA TBD 2016–17 TBD TBD TBD


Year Award Category Recipients Outcome
2016 People's Choice Awards[27] Favorite New TV Comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Nominated
Golden Globe Award[28] Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Rachel Bloom Won
Critics' Choice Award[29] Best Actress in a Comedy Series Rachel Bloom Won
Dorian Awards[30] Unsung TV Show of the Year Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Nominated
Young Artist Award[31] Recurring Young Actor (13 and Under) Steele Stebbins Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards[32] Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Nominated
Outstanding New Program Nominated
Individual Achievement in Comedy Rachel Bloom Won
68th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Kathryn Burns, "I'm So Good at Yoga", "A Boy Band Made Up of Four Joshes", "Settle For Me" Won[33]
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Adam Schlesinger, Rachel Bloom and Jack Dolgen - "Settle for Me" Nominated
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Rachel Bloom & Adam Schlesinger Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series Kabir Akhtar - "Josh Just Happens to Live Here" Won
Poppy Awards[34] Best Comedy Series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Nominated
Best Actress in a Comedy Rachel Bloom Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Donna Lynne Champlin Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Santino Fontana Nominated
Gotham Awards[35] Breakthrough Series – Long Form Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Won
2017 Artio Awards[36] Best Casting in a Television Pilot and First Season Comedy Felicia Fasano, Bernard Telsey, Tim Payne, Tara Nostramo Pending


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