The Other Two Review (Spoiler Free)

Ultimately, Cary and Brooke are interested in protecting Chase from the showbiz horrors that many child stars are subjected to, with Cary knowing Hollywood’s dark side all too well, being a gay actor in an industry that’s still unfriendly to those that identify as such. Besides being an unexpectedly touching family comedy, The Other Two is a scathing showbusiness satire. However, along with taking the usual shots at the industry, The Other Two is the first major cable comedy that I can think of that looks to lampoon the YouTube celebrity culture and Generation Z as well. When Chase makes a song celebrating his brother’s gay lifestyle, it’s a way to examine how 15 minutes of fame becomes 15 seconds of fame in our new digital age and how traditional celebrity and internet celebrity feel like completely separate, alien worlds. Cary and Brooke, though still technically “young,” are totally perplexed and alienated by the world of TikTok, the floss dance, and other signifiers of new “youth” culture.

Though the main characters are three-dimensional, there’s still plenty of whacky supporting players in the mix, like Ken Marino as Chase’s wannabe hot-shot manager, and Molly Shannon as the siblings’ painfully Midwestern mom, Pat. But even these characters are allowed to become less cartoonish as the series goes on. Along with a hefty dose of character development, The Other Two affords plenty of time to raucous sex and drug humor, is one of the best cringe comedies since Michael Scott was in charge of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch, and features some of the most esoteric pop culture references in recent memory. But don’t worry, The Other Two is a joke machine, so if one goes over your head, there’s another coming in quick to sock you on the chin. 

With a lightly serialized focus and unique sweetened cynicism, The Other Two is poised to be the heir to Broad City as Comedy Central’s flagship series. By keeping its family unit connected, yet painfully realistic, The Other Two takes an unexpected angle at the jealous sibling story and provides enough sharp cultural commentary and laugh-out loud jokes to sustain its 10-episode first season. Let’s hope Comedy Central can find another two series as good.

Nick Harley is a tortured Cleveland sports fan, thinks Douglas Sirk would have made a killer Batman movie, Spider-Man should be a big-budget HBO series, and Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson should direct a script written by one another. For more thoughts like these, read Nick’s work here at Den of Geek or follow him on Twitter.

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