While social media was all a’twitter about Aziz Ansari’s Master of None on Netflix, Amazon stealthily released a rom-com of its own that rivals, and in some respects even outplays, its quirky competitor.
The show is called Catastrophe and stars Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan (who The New York Times so aptly described as the UK’s Tina Fey) and Carrie Fisher in an unexpected-pregancy-turned-love-story that’s two parts Knocked Up, one part Annie Hall. Catastrophe excels at blending the nuanced cultural differences between the two main characters and the horrible awkwardness of falling in love in nine month’s time. Horgan’s character is a bit blunt, more cynical and slightly wittier than her significant other, while Delaney’s is slow-witted but wonderfully polite in all the best ways. Far more than the some of its parts, Catastrophe is one more example that anything Netflix can do, Amazon can, too.
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