Take My Wife: Set-up
September 6, 2016 7:41 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

As stand-up comics and a couple, Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher have parallel challenges with comedy: Cameron experiences the lonely side of stand-up, while Rhea struggles to balance her passion and her day job. Their mysterious neighbor offers some unexpected advice.

From autostraddle: In interviews and on the show itself (meta!), Cameron and Rhea are determined to womanslaughter every lesbian TV trope they personally hate, like how they don’t want to die. Or have a coming out scene, or sleep with a man, or get pregnant in Season One. “I just want us to live,” Cameron tells Rhea in an early bedroom scene, capping off a monologue about all the ways lesbians meet premature and unsentimental ends on television, and why she thinks having sex on camera will stave off that impending tragedy.

“So many lesbian characters, their storylines are very sad, overwrought, and often tragic, involving death—and also pining,” Cameron told Fast Company. “It was important to us that this not be a show about pining.”

Instead of pining we have the everyday dysfunction inherent in living and loving and working with the same human being. Married straight couples have been sitcom bread-and-butter since the olden days, yannow?
posted by schnee (1 comment total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I love this show. Cameron and Rhea are just so fun to watch.
posted by ocherdraco at 4:58 AM on October 25, 2016

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