Mr. Corman: (Full Season discussion)
October 3, 2021 4:10 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

The days and nights of fifth-grade teacher Josh Corman as he struggles with anxiety, loneliness, forfeited dreams of a music career, and the sinking suspicion that he sucks as a person.

This started off slowly, the first episode involving an awkward almost one-night stand where Josh's anxiety ruins a potential relationship. Episode 2 deals with his attempts to address and cope with his growing mental health crisis.

From there on in, the show took off in a way I never expected. Against the background of the pandemic, Josh's relationships with his sibling, parents, roommate, friends, students and ex-girlfriend are explored and examined, in ways that are sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, but always with a feeling of truth at the heart of each relationship.

The performances are pitch-perfect - particularly Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who can convey so much emotion in a single change of expression, or a shake of the head. (I've loved his ability to do this since we watched his heart breaking on that park bench in 500 Days of Summer.)

I'm usually not keen on shows that have fantasy sequences in the middle of dramatic scenes, but in this case, each time it happened, it was perfect - particularly the song and dance scene with Debra Winger as Josh's mother, which had me in tears by the end of it.

In short, this show is wonderful and I loved it. Unfortunately it's been cancelled, so there'll be no season 2.
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