Created by Christian Lander/Christine Zander
Executive Producer: Ave Gilbert
Producer: Christian Lander
Season 1/10 Episodes
I know what you’re thinking (to quote my favorite TV private eye Thomas Magnum) “why is Derrick reviewing a TV show? He reviews movies!” Well, that’s true but since this is my blog I reserve the right to review anything and everything on film that catches my attention and that I think you guys might like. And this is a TV show that hasn’t got a lot of reviews or promotion and I think that a lot of you that read my reviews might like.
First of all: how did I find the show? I’m really not a big fan of modern sitcoms because they all have a depressing sameness and they just simply are not funny. My One Rule for comedies whether they be sitcoms or movies is that they make me laugh. I have no use at all for a sitcom that doesn’t make me laugh. Even if the premise isn’t all that funny, if the actors involved are making me laugh, I’ll watch it. Such as “Mom” which stars Allison Janney and Anna Faris who starred in one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen; “Smiley Face.” The chemistry between Allison Janney and Anna Faris is what makes that show and if you’re not watching it then you’re really missing out because the two of them are the best comedy team working in television today.
But I came upon LOOSELY EXACTLY NICOLE thanks to my wife, the lovely and talented Patricia Cabbagestalk Ferguson. Say hi to the folks, Patricia…
Usually Patricia doesn’t make recommendations as to what I should review. She’s good like that. Oh, she reads my reviews and tells me when she thinks I made a bad call but this is my thing and she leaves me to it. So when she recommends I watch and review something, I sit up and pay attention because she doesn’t make a suggestion lightly. And after watching the first season of LOOSELY EXACTLY NICOLE I understand why she suggested it to me.
And it’s not just because she knows I have a weakness for full figured women (Mrs. Ferguson is quite the curvy girl herself, nudge nudge wink wink) but she knows I like unique, smart and above all, funny women and sitcoms and LOOSELY EXACTLY NICOLE is all that and a bag of chips.
Nicole Byer (Nicole Byer) is a struggling actress in L.A. Her best friends are Devin (Jacob Wysocki) who’s her roommate and Veronica (Jen D’Angelo). And when I saw Nicole and Veronica together for the first time, I understood why Patricia suggested I watch this show. Because Veronica is thin and blond while Nicole is full-figured and black. If this were a sitcom on ABC, NBC or CBS, Veronica would be the lead character and Nicole her sassy black sidekick. Not in this world. Nicole is the lead and Veronica is her sidekick. Soon as I saw that I sat up and paid attention.
As I watched more of the episodes I appreciated how they dealt with Nicole’s sexuality. Sure, she’s a full-figured woman but she’s portrayed as being sexually desirable to men and she openly and unashamedly enjoys casual, recreational sex. She’s not looking for a relationship or to get married. She just likes sex and likes it with a lot of men. I also liked how her relationships are mainly with hot white guys. Hey, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? And if black guys can be depicted in movies and TV shows having sexual relationships with hot white girls then why can’t black women be shown doing the same with hot white guys?
And it’s refreshing to watch a comedy that isn’t afraid to go into areas I haven’t seen sitcoms go into before. There’s an episode where Nicole teaches Veronica how to negotiate with black hairdressers to get the hairstyle you want for the lowest price that left both Patricia and I on the floor helpless with laughter because it’s true. There’s another episode that I know couldn’t have been done on network TV as it dealt with Veronica having to instruct Devin (who is gay) on how to give a proper blowjob as Devin is enjoying giving blowjobs too much. Yeah, I know how that sounds and you’ll just have to see the episode for yourself. I also like how the show doesn’t shy away from the reason that Nicole isn’t more of a success as an actress is that she’s a really lousy actress and pretty much a screw-up at life period.
But Nicole Byer is so outrageously charming and ridiculously vulgar I couldn’t help but be enchanted with her from the first episode and I was hooked. I really love her confident sexuality and that she’s not afraid to be downright goofy in the pursuit of getting a laugh. If you’re looking for a sitcom that’s a bit off the wall and not like your usual sitcom then I Highly Recommend LOOSELY EXACTLY NICOLE. Here’s a link so you can watch the show online: LOOSELY EXACTLY NICOLE
But be warned: LOOSELY EXACTLY NICOLE is most definitely an adult show as far as language goes. It can be quite vulgar and sexually explicit in some episodes so make sure the little ones are in bed before you watch this, okay?