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Are Hour-long Comedies Really Comedies?

What makes a comedy? Is it how much you laugh? Is it meant to delight you? And is it still funny if it makes you sad? On this week’s episode of “The Vulture TV Podcast,” Margaret, Matt, and Gazelle discuss the nebulous space hour-long comedies live in, and the increasingly difficult task of trying to categorize shows. We examine two of the most interesting hour-long comedies on television right now, Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, plus we take sides in the ultimate TV wars — Fitz versus Jake, Noel versus Ben, Rafael versus Michael — and suggest the fanfiction pairings of our dreams.

This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions:

11:20–25:46 The pilot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
25:47–35:59 The second-season premiere of Jane the Virgin

Further reading: Margaret Lyons reviews Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; Gazelle Emami’s interview with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator and star Rachel Bloom.

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Are Hour-long Comedies Really Comedies?