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‘Catastrophe’ Season 2: Could a Drama Be This Honest and Succeed?

'Catastrophe' Season 2: Could a Drama Be This Honest and Succeed?


If you haven’t checked out “Catastrophe,” what’s stopping you? The incredibly charming relationship comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan was one of the best surprises of last year, and Season 2, which launched last Friday on Amazon, shows no signs of flagging.

READ MORE: Review: ‘Catastrophe’ Season 2 Magically Balances the Brutal and Hilarious Truths

As TV Critic Ben Travers pointed out in his review last week, one of the show’s fundamental selling points is the way it uses comedy to bring the relationship between Rob and Sharon to life — but is that essential to the show’s success? And would the show be as successful if it chose instead to take a more dramatic approach to the subject matter?

That’s the question that Ben and Indiewire’s TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller dig into this week, as well as the nuances that impact how we appreciate funny people saying funny things on television (like, should characters laugh at each others’ jokes?).

Check it out above, and don’t forget to subscribe to Very Good TV Podcast via Soundcloud or iTunes. Follow Indiewire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news, and check out Liz and Ben’s Twitter feeds for more, more, more. Plus, don’t forget to listen to Indiewire’s other podcastsScreen Talk with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson, as well as Indiewire Influencers, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris and featuring various guests relevant to anyone tracking independent film or the entertainment industry in general.


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