This series was an interesting find on Netflix Canada, and became a quick favourite of mine. Not someone who watches anything on YouTube, I had no idea who the musical comedy duo of Garfunkel and Oates were before watching their show. What I was treated to was a very good opening season, full of excellent comedy, great, catchy songs, and two very lovable lead characters.
Garfunkel and Oates, the show, is about the two girls that make up the band, and their lives off the stage. Riki and Kate go about their lives as minor celebrities, known for their online videos in which they sing songs on a wide range of topics, all hilarious. Pregnant women being gross, friends that are insanely forgettable, being bad at giving hand jobs, they cover all of the bases. They even have to experience Rule 34, where they become a porn parody.
The plots of the show are very much Seinfeld meets Flight of the Conchords, but the female version. And it makes for a lot of fun through the first episodes. The humour of the girls is quite observational, and things that they encounter in every day life end up becoming their songs. And most importantly, when it comes to the jokes, and to the songs, they are funny. During my binge watching of this season of Garfunkel and Oates, I definitely laughed out loud on several occasions, and have already recommended this show to several people who would like their brand of humour. Another comparison could be that it is the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt making music, at times, given the sweet innocence of Kate.
Unfortunately, there will not be a second season of the show as of now. IFC, a channel that provides us with some good, independent laughs, has decided not to renew it for some reason, despite largely strong critical reviews of the series. This is definitely no good, but at least the duo will live on online. I would have definitely liked to have seen another eight episodes of these girls and their unique sense of humour.
Garfunkel and Oates is a very good show. It is very funny, and really, when looking for a lighthearted comedy, is there anything more than can be asked for? Check it out.