Thursday, June 8, 2017

Now on Amazon Prime: Catastrophe, Season 3 (2017)

Catastrophe, Season 3 (2017) - Directed by Ben Taylor; Written by Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney; Starring Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, Mark Bonnar, Daniel Lapaine, Ashley Jensen, Jonathan Forbes.

By Kenny Howell

Over the last few years, Catastrophe has been one of the most consistently good comedies, and I am not sure if it is because they are only six episode seasons (less room for error), or it is just in itself about perfect.

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan continue that just about perfection in season 3 of the series, which came out at the end of April on Amazon Prime. For those who don't know, they are a couple who got together after American Rob had an one night stand with Irish girl Sharon while on a business trip in London. They gave a relationship a shot, and it worked out, and by season 3 they are well into family life with two kids and your typical relationship problems.

When we left season 2, we didn't know whether Sharon might have hooked up with a younger man after a drunken night, and this was after Rob had to take a leave of absence from his work after a woman at his work accused him of sexual harassment, which was just a misunderstanding. From there, we see Rob and Sharon try to get back to some kind of normal. Did I mention this is really funny?

Over the three seasons, Delaney, who didn't have much acting experience when this started, has caught up with his writing ability, and he and Sharon Horgan have become one of the better on screen couples in the TV genre. They have an innate ability to really get at the foibles of relationships, especially those of delightfully crass couples, emphasis on the delight. They are also not afraid to go to painful or dark places, something that is in one of the bigger plot lines of the season.

The common complaint of the show is there isn't enough, and I agree, less than three hours a season leaves you wanting more. But that want speaks volumes because Delaney and Horgan have really created something special. And not enough people have seen it.

The first three seasons of Catastrophe are now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Rating: ***1/2

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