In more Gay News, Laura Stern is slated to star in a new FX series, which I already stan.
It’s been almost two and a half years since we last saw The Other Two, and it’s safe to say a lot has changed since then (both in the real world and for the Dubek’s) —but one thing remains absolutely the same: this show is still one of the funniest shows on TV right now.
As much as I want to praise the show’s first season (and, by extension, Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider) for its hilariously accurate depiction of millennial anxiety in the modern world, the first two episodes of season two immediately highlight just how much these characters have grown and matured. Now airing weekly on Thursdays on HBO Max, The Other Two starts with a news-like montage of what everyone has been up to. While Chase has decided to give up singing to go to college (for “however many years”), Mama Pat has become a famous and successful daytime talk show host, to Brooke and Cary’s dismay. Cary, no longer living with his toxic “straight” roommate, now has a boyfriend Jess (played by Gideon Glick), and Brooke is browsing TikTok on the hunt for the next “ChaseDreams”.
Molly Shannon gets a significant boost in screentime this season already, and I’m absolutely hyped for her story arc. Shannon takes the goofy/lovable/cringey mother stereotype and turns her into a hilarious multi-dimensional character. Pat’s show (ridiculously title pat!) is filled with a series of repeatable catchphrases that her audience seem to love as well as an entire segment where she FaceTimes her kids. It’s brutal, in the most perfect way possible.
I’m also happy to report that the show is even gayer than ever. While Cary’s acting career hasn’t taken off the way he’d hoped, he still manages to give us some of the show’s funniest bits as he updates us on Gay News and is a recurring guest on BuzzFeed, BagelBitesTV and Thrillist, where he is the “token gay” host. The fast-paced, pop-culture references are sometimes blink-and-you’ll-miss-it types of bits, but they’re all very cleverly written in a way that is so remarkably relatable to queer millennials.
There’s a lot more to love and appreciate about the wacky, witty world that The Other Two operates in, and I can’t wait to see how this season unfolds.