Review: Casual, season 1

Michaela Watkins in Casual

Casual is a half hour comedy series, a Hulu original. Four seasons of it were made. This review only talks about season 1.

Casual is the story of a very dysfunctional family group. There’s Valerie (Michaela Watkins). She’s a therapist in her 40s who is getting a divorce.

Tara Lynne Barr in Casual

Her 16 year old daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) is living with her.

Tommy Dewey in Casual

The two of them just moved in with Valerie’s brother, Alex (Tommy Dewey). Alex is a software developer who created a dating app. It’s secretly designed to produce matches who only want a one-night stand. One night stands are a specialty of Alex’s.

Valerie wants to start dating again. Her first date is with Leon (Nyasha Hatendi). The date is a bust but Alex befriends Leon, who becomes his only friend.

Laura wants to date her photography teacher (Patrick Heusinger). He’s definitely handsome, but he goes for older woman. Women in their 40s, for example.

Alex decides to try to stick with a woman longer than one night. He meets Emmy (Eliza Coupe). He likes Emmy. Emmy likes Alex. Emmy comes complete with a boyfriend, an affection for women, and a very open attitude.

Maybe my descriptions of the storyline sound pretty normal, but these people are seriously messed up. Why? Mom and Dad, of course. Mom (Frances Conroy) was the original free love, never home mom. Dad (Fred Melamed) came in a close second. They were a mess when Valerie and Alex were growing up. They’re still a mess.

Fun fact: Michaela Watkins and Fred Melamed play father and daughter in In a World, too.

I started watching this because it has Michaela Watkins. It didn’t take long before I was hooked on the characters. I’m looking forward to watching additional seasons of this series.

Poster for Casual

Here’s the season 1 trailer.

Have you watched Casual? What did you think of it?

8 thoughts on “Review: Casual, season 1”

  1. While I watched this show some.. it always felt a bit weird to me. their relationship at times was just too close for comfort and maybe that’s the point of the show, but I got the creepies more than once watching it. ha!

  2. christopher a swaby

    i enjoyed this show SO much. yes, they were waaaaay too close but that is from where the humor and growth derived. i think they all grew over the course of the three seasons. i’d definitely watch a fourth season.

      1. christopher a swaby

        i forgot how many seasons there were – i watched all four and would have watched a fifth. memory is clearly going.

  3. I have watched through season 3 so far. I’m glad the show added an emotionally healthy couple to the characters to balance out the main ones who have difficulty attaching. The brother and sister relationship is dysfunctional, but seems to keep them from being completely unable to connect with others. I like the theme of exploring attachment issues due to parental neglect-it is a very real dynamic. I think the acting is good. But, it can be a depressing show.

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