A to Z (2014 – 2015) – Review

20170508 TV Show Review - A to Z

I am not usually one to invest a lot of time in to shows that are romantic comedies, though there are times when one crosses my path and tickles my fancy in the right way. And this time it just so happens to be cancelled NBC romcom A to Z. The show revolves around Andrew Lofland (Ben Feldman) and Zelda Vasco (Cristin Milioti) and their time spent together as a couple, and each episode follows a letter of the alphabet and a word associated with that letter. Such as the first episode ‘A is for Acquaintances’.

Each episode is narrated by Katey Sagal, and foretells that Andrew and Zelda will date for around 8 months, and also acts as an introduction in to said episode. In ’A is for Acquaintances’ we discover that Andrew works for an online dating service and works across the street from Zelda, who works as a lawyer. He believes in love at first site, and thinks that Zelda is the girl of his dreams after seeing her by chance at a concert he was dragged in to going. He enlists his programming friends to find out who this girl is, and eventually they are introduced to each other, and a friendship is born.

Casting for romantic comedy shows is something that makes it difficult for me to really get in to the feel of the show. Either the leading couple have no chemistry, or the supporting characters tend to fall flat. I feel that A to Z doesn’t really suffer from this. Feldman and Milioti work well together in their quirky way, and manage to pull off some decent chemistry. The supporting characters also add enough to the mix to keep them interesting. Andrew’s friend Stu (Henry Zebrowski) and Zelda’s friend Stephie (Lenora Crichlow) provide enough comedy to break up the serious moments and not have it seem contrived.

Even after getting to ‘M’ in the alphabet, I feel that this show could have given us some great moments whilst going through the ride that is the alphabet. The show could have stopped at ‘Z’ and it would still have made a great once of show for people who are interested in like-minded shows, such as ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

If you enjoy quirk romantic comedies, and shows based around the destinies of chance meetings, then this may be a good show to watch. Have a look at the trailer below and see what you think:

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