Do “The Last Man on Earth” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” represent the new frontier of television comedy? Netflix is now streaming a show written for NBC, a network in flux when it comes to their comedic branding, while Fox is trying to turn a bold adventure into something relatable for the masses. What does that say about what’s to come in the comedic world, and what does each show’s “success” tell us about the medium necessary for just that? Could “Kimmy” have succeeded on NBC? Would “The Last Man on Earth” be braver on Netflix? And what are we to make of non-comedy comedies like” Togetherness” and not-new, new comedies like “The Odd Couple”?
And then, perhaps the most important question of all: Are these shows actually any good?
Indiewire’s TV Editor and TV Critic try to answer as many of these questions as they can — without sounding like pompous buffoons — and many, many more on the new episode of “Very Good TV Podcast” available above. You can also subscribe via iTunes, if you so prefer.
For a full season review of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: Review: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Takes The Charms of ’30 Rock’ To a Darker Place on Netflix
For the story Liz references on its theme song: ‘They Alive, Damnit!’: How the Unbelievably Catchy ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Theme Song Came To Be
For a full season review of “Togetherness”: Review: ‘Togetherness’ Takes Jay & Mark Duplass From Mumblecore to Normcore (In the Best Way Possible)
For a breakdown of “The Odd Couple”: What ‘The Odd Couple’ Gets Right & Wrong About Film-to-TV Adaptations
For all your relevant NCAA Tournament news: The Iowa Hawkeyes are the Greatest Sports-ing Team To Ever Exist