Thanks to my most reliable streaming service guru – who texted “Watch Immediately” – I had a great time racing through all ten season one episodes of “I’m Sorry.” recently, a comedy series just added to both the Netflix and Amazon streaming services.
It’s a binge-watch made in heaven, 10 episodes running less than 30 minutes, featuring a star-making performance by Andrea Savage, who also created the show that originally ran on the TruTV network last year.
I’ve enjoyed Savage’s supporting performances in series such as “Episodes” and “Veep,” but I was knocked out by her ability to carry a show about a Los Angeles comedy writer’s adventures with her eccentric friends and family. If Larry David was much younger and happened to be a beautiful woman, he might have created something like this kvetch-fest from a modern female point of view.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” does appear to be the template for “I’m Sorry.” which has the character of “Andrea” unable to curb her comedy instincts as she faces problems, big and small, funny and very serious, in her day-to-day Los Angeles life. She’s juggling her career with being a wife (to the terrific Tom Everett Scott, below, as Mike) and mother (to the quite amazingly unaffected Olive Petrucci as Amelia).
Savage is able to layer brilliant jokes out of random, everyday encounters – a slightly suspicious blind man at her coffee shop, a neighbor who always seems to be wearing shorts – and she keeps building the gags as they weave in and out of the 10 episodes.
The actor-writer has crack comic timing, playing off a large supporting cast that includes Kathy Baker as her mother and Martin Mull (below) as her dad.
As the 10-part story digs into its many subplots, Andrea gets hilarious lessons in the dangers of assuming things about people upon first meeting, and the embarrassing downside of trying to be funny at almost any cost (like Larry David, she has an almost limitless capacity for saying appalling things, but unlike that other comedian/character, we see her desperately trying to soften what she has just said).
“I’m Sorry.” is another great example of the new opportunities that veteran talents are finding in all of the new television outlets. The 45-year-old Savage has been working steadily for quite a while, but she has never had a showcase like this one she made for herself. It is doubtful that any of the commercial networks would have taken a chance on her — and they certainly wouldn’t have stood for her unfiltered language — but TruTV and Netflix and Amazon deserve praise for making this fantastic comedy sleeper possible.
After I gobbled up “I’m Sorry.” in one day’s time, I was thrilled to read online that a second season is in production. I can’t wait.