You, Me, Her

11 Jun

309130-2This review really isn’t fair. I’ll tell you why at the end.

This spring, almost unnoticed, a new comedy debuted called You, Me, Her. The setup was simple: a not-quite-young married couple, Emma (Rachel Blanchard) and Jack (Greg Poehler), are moving up in their professional relationship — he’s in line to become dean at a prestigious private school and her architecture firm is bidding to build a new fine arts building for that same school — but their personal life is in a rut. They’re seeing a marriage counselor for help, but Jack takes the advice of his older brother and makes an appointment with an escort. The escort he finds is Izzie (Priscilla Faia), a college student who’s trying to make her rent money.

Nothing happens (well, nothing much), but when Jack confesses to Emma, she is more curious than mad, to the point of making her own appointment with Izzie, then confessing to Jack that she felt a spark with the younger woman. Eventually, Jack and Emma come to believe that Izzie might be the solution to their problems. They attempt to make a financial agreement with Izzie but soon, as so often happens in these stories, the feels get in the way. The first season (two more have already been ordered) follows the trio as they try to figure out what they mean to each other, what their relationship means to the world around them, and how to balance everything.

The performances of the three main cast members are fantastic. All three are not only able but allowed to convey complex emotions without dialogue. Poehler, the brother of SNL and Parks and Rec standout Amy, gives Jack a somewhat confused air, as though he’s not always quite sure of what’s happening, but is game to go along. Blanchard’s Emma is a bit more worldly than her husband, and generally seems to know what she wants, even if she’s afraid to express it. Faia’s Izzie is at least as complex, walking a thin line between determined and fragile, and out of her depth as she falls for this married couple.

The show isn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as a lot of the more mainstream sitcoms; it’s more like an indy romcom compared to a Katherine Heigl chick flick. But I found it touching and endearing.

The reason this review is unfair is manifold: You, Me, Her aired on the Audience Network, which is owned by AT&T. Which means, as far as I can tell, it’s only available on DirecTV and Uverse. In addition, the first season wrapped on May 24, and it’s not showing either on the OnDemand listings or as airing in the next couple of weeks. The good news (such as it is) is that they’ll probably broadcast a marathon of the 10 episodes before Season 2 starts (I recorded 8 of the 10 episodes during a marathon showing). The bad news is, there’s no indication yet of when that will be. I strongly recommend keeping an eye on Netflix and on your local listings, and catching it when it pops up again.

I give You, Me, Her 7 Cheeseburgers

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