Filmmaker/comedian Amy York Rubin‘s new comedy series Boxed In is a dark, satirical take on her life as a “gay-ish” woman in Los Angeles. Funny, natural, and relatable beyond the twenty-to-thirtysomething set, the series hits just the right tone, making it a must-watch for those who like their comedy cringe-y and real.
1. Amy York Rubin is a rising star.
An alum of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Amy deftly walks the fine comedic line of being both engaging and compelling yet subtle and understated, resulting in a very funny and believable performance. And considering she’s simultaneously playing the role of writer and director, the series is an impressive achievement.
2. It’s the spiritual successor to Amy’s acclaimed series Little Horribles.
Following in the footsteps of Little Horribles — chosen as one of the top ten best Web series of 2013 by Variety — Boxed In has the same darkly funny tone as its predecessor. The stories are relatable, the performances are natural, and Amy frames each vignette perfectly.
3. Fans of Broad City, Girls and Difficult People will find a lot to like.
Boxed In‘s nuanced depiction of the minefield of modern dating puts it in good company. Like Broad City, characters and scenarios are heightened to hilarious degrees without losing sincerity. Fans of shows like Girls, Master of None and Love will relate to Amy’s dating foibles and the self-involved LA creative types she encounters. And like Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner’s fantastic Hulu series Difficult People, Amy can make objectionable personalities fun and watchable.
4. It’s highly quotable.
Amy’s writing shines in the series, with tons of perfect one-liners and GIF-able moments.
5. The cast isn’t afraid to break into song.
The “Fame” episode offers a sharp take on the media’s obsession with celebrity sexuality and its impact on the LGBTQ community. And they do it through an extremely catchy song. Check it out below.