In 2011 the FX network launched in Canada. Finally we were brought amazing shows like Sons of Anarchy and Wilfred. Sure, they broadcast a few seasons off because current season rights are with others like Super Channel. And of course shows that started prior to 2011 that had deals with other networks (Justified, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) aren’t on it. But it was a start.
Which is fantastic because FX has had some of the most genius and underrated shows around. Would any other network have a show about a stoner lawyer who almost kills himself in the pilot only to meet his neighbour’s dog. That is a dog to everyone else, and a human in a dog costume (with an Australian accent) to him. That show, if you haven’t seen it, is Wilfred. It’s dark. And a surreal masterpiece of comedy.
FX takes risks. It lets shows go into deep dark places. The collective of people who tell stories on FX are artists, a word seldom used when talking about television.
And then January 2014 happened. FX decided to launch FXX Canada. Exclusive to Rogers. Which is great if you live in Southeast Ontario, New Brunswick or Newfoundland & Labrador.
But if you live in the rest of the country, like for example Calgary where Fargo (which was just nominated for 18 Emmys) was shot, then no FXX for you. You can purchase episodes through iTunes (please do!), but I’m guessing a lot of people will miss out on these shows.
Wilfred, Ali G: Rezurection, the League, Married are all on FXX.
Also, You’re the Worst.
Which as it happens is pretty much the best.
The opening shot is of a guy at a wedding using the table’s disposable cameras to take dick pics. Not really what you’d call “family entertainment”, and it gets more graphic (and hilarious) from there.
It’s a cast of people you’ve probably never heard of (I certainly hadn’t). Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges, Kether Donohue. A group of really toxic assholes, who it would be a stretch to call friends, trying to get through life in LA. Only 2 episodes have aired and I’m hoping this will be a breakout hit for Aya Cash who plays Gretchen, a publicist who seems to rep the teen stars of our collective nightmares.
So please, find a way to see this show (airing Thursdays). These people are giving us an interesting, funny, tragic reflection of the zeitgeist. It’s foul-mouthed art. And it deserves an audience.