Why Do So Many TV Rom-Coms Fail?


Ever wonder what it means to be a high- versus a low-concept show? Margaret and Matt break it down in the latest episode of “The Vulture TV Podcast” and discuss the high-meets-low concept show Catastrophe, everyone’s new favorite TV rom-com. Plus, we explore why romantic story lines can be more difficult to pull off skillfully than, say, a spy plot. “Everybody knows what it’s like to fall in love or break up with somebody,” Matt Zoller Seitz explains. “So you can’t tell the audience, 'Take my word for it.' Because we know.”

This episode contains spoilers for the first season of Amazon’s Catastrophe.

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