Without taking itself seriously, the first season of The Other Two skewers and celebrates pop culture with equal aplomb and a wickedly witty sense of humor.
In short, it’s a weird and successful show: The writing and performances are scalpel-sharp, the American showbiz satire is spot-on and there’s no predicting the surreal little turns those events take. While heavily relying on an overload of satire, The Other Two has heart, charm, steel, belly laughs and a gimlet eye.
However, some things get a bit too ridiculous. Especially with the commercialization of a 13-year-old who can’t sing. But that’s Hollywood and the music industry.
On the other hand, there are also tender moments that make the siblings seem a little more sympathetic: Chase (Case Walker) singing about accepting his gay brother Cary (Drew Tarver) and Mom (Molly Shannon) trying to hide the embarrassing truth about how the dad died. Those are just some of the sympathetic moments that make you fall in love with this show.
In general, the show almost perfectly walks a careful line between raunchy and realistic, satirical, and sweet, which results in a family-photo caricature that is somehow as relatable as it is ridiculous.
Should you watch it?
It’s a fun light comedy with a social commentary twist. Don’t take it too seriously. If you like your comedy acerbic with a side order of pop-culture parody, then definitely seek it out.