It Could Be Worse

M_itbwFor those days when you think everything that could go wrong has, please meet Jacob.  I think in the first episode that I watched everything in his life just took a crap.  Certainly made me feel better about my day!

Synopsis from IMDB: “Jacob Gordon can’t catch a break. A struggling actor with a personal life to match. His epic streak of bad luck just might change when he’s cast in a Broadway musical; “The Ice Queen”, opposite stage and screen royalty Veronica Bailey.”

It Could Be Worse is about Jacob and his life in New York City (season one) and Los Angeles (season two).  This poor guy – just about everything that can go wrong for him does.  It doesn’t help that he’s a pushover or really nice guy, depending on how you look at it.  His boyfriend treats him like crap.  His family is in crisis.  He has an STD.  His audition is… poopy.  And what kind of day did you have?

It Could Be WorseJacob’s new boyfriend, Ben, puts it best when he tells him he “has no balls.”  Jacob is a generally nice guy, but is afraid to stand up for himself – probably because everything seems to go so badly for him he doesn’t want it to get any worse.  I enjoyed watching him get more comfortable in his own skin, and pointing his life more in the direction he wants.  Eventually, the nice guy gets his good karma.

Some of my favorite scenes are the ones with the therapists.  These are the people that are supposed to be sane in Jacob’s life, but they are anything but.  It’s not as heavy as a commentary on life, but certainly about the people that we see around Jacob.  It should be a signpost along the way for Jacob…

The series is well-acted with very good production values.  Music is original score.  Unique elements include photo montages that move the story along quickly without taking too much time to show a particular story element.  The show is rated TV-MA, although it’s not terribly racy.  There’s some good eye candy here and there, and there are some seriously awkward, adult situations.

Recommended.

Availability:
Hulu: Streaming
Vimeo: On demand streaming

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