After beginning her career in the late ’90s in a television adaptation of Sweet Valley High, Andrea Savage joined the Groundlings. From there, she slowly but surely began to amass an increasingly high-profile career in comedy, peaking probably around the late aughts with films like Step Brothers. In 2009, she was offered the Lizzy Caplan role in Party Down but had to bail on the project because she’d just gotten pregnant. After that, she had to kickstart her career again. After developing several sitcoms that never materialized, Andrea Savage decided, “Fuck it.” She decided to create her own show, based loosely on her life as a mother and wife in a stable and loving family, but who also has to balance the duties of being a mom with being a profane writer and comedienne, and whose work might be seen by, for instance, her daughter’s preschool teacher. And so I’m Sorry was born.
Savage convinced some friends and comedy colleagues to help her shoot the pilot for free, she shopped it around, and eventually, it landed on TruTV, where it was beloved by a smattering of people who had heard of TruTV. A few weeks ago, I’m Sorry landed on Netflix, and since, it’s become one of the most watched comedies on the streaming service, and for good reason. It’s fantastic.
The under-appreciated and under-seen comedy finally put the talents of its creator and star, Andrea Savage, to perfect use. In this, uh, savage comedy, Savage plays a foul-mouthed comedian slash mom, who hilariously struggles to fit into real-world suburbia (wealthy, Los Angeles edition). Savage basically plays herself alongside her straight-man husband (Tom Everett Scott) and best friend, Jason Mantzoukas (essentially playing Jason Mantzoukas). It’s raunchy, vulgar, and abrasively honest, and the closest thing on television to what is basically the parenting version of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The ten-episode first season is currently available on Netflix. The second season debuts on TruTV on January 9th, after which it will become immediately available on Netflix.
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