BBC Channel 4
I binged this show on Netflix Wednesday in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep.
I absolutely adored it!
It’s an early work of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of Fleabag and writer of Killing Eve.
Crashing seems to be Fleabag’s slightly more appropriate older sister. (Fair warning, you’ll experience the C word on this show too.)
In some ways, I actually liked it more than Fleabag, I found myself laughing out loud more. I also found myself enjoying the other characters more than I did on Fleabag. (With the exception of Andrew Scott, of course.)
The ensemble cast made the show for me. I absolutely adored how these strangers all living in a disused hospital (disused may be my new favorite descriptive word) ended up becoming a weird little dysfunctional family. And the moment you’re completely committed to them, and their story, BOOM! It’s over. But that’s actually the way it should be. We don’t really need to know what happens to these people. We’re just amused by a glimpse into their lives for a moment.
It was an inappropriately playful romp and I enjoyed the hell out of it.
Adi Tantimedh writing for Bleeding Cool had this to say about the show and it’s creator.
Crashing can be seen as an apprentice work. The media and PR agents like to present the myth of a unique genius who just shows up out of the blue and fully formed – but that usually isn’t true. Everyone has to start somewhere and make their “mistakes” before they create the good stuff. Crashing feels like the show where Waller-Bridge learned the rules of TV writing before she could bend and break them to unleash the innovation of Fleabag.
Crashing does not lessen the impact or brilliance of Fleabag. It shows the missing stepping stone in Waller-Bridge’s evolution as a comedy storyteller – and viewers are all the better for it.
If you liked Fleabag, do yourself a favor and check out Crashing, I promise you it won’t disappoint!