‘Minx’ is *almost* one of TV’s best shows – The Suffolk Journal


From clogs with flared jeans to pantsuits with half-unbuttoned shirts, there was no shortage of ’70s vibes in HBO Max’s new comedy, “Minx.”

There’s a lot to be said for one of HBO Max’s latest Originals, and the storyline is definitely interesting. Competing with so many streaming services, it’s hard to come up with an original idea. Despite this hurdle, the writers do just that with their unique take on 1970s feminism. Viewers see rigid feminist Joyce Prigger (Ophelia Lovibond) team up with porn magazine editor Doug Renetti (Jake Johnson) to air her magazine idea in the world – but not in the way she wants.

Before going into the show, I feel compelled to point out the incredible work in the costume design department. While watching, I fell in love with all of the outfits, and that aspect alone really draws viewers into 70s Los Angeles. The Yoko Ono and Goldie Hawn references scattered throughout the show also added to the immersion. .

While not the intended focal point of the series, Jake Johnson undoubtedly becomes the shining star as he portrays a confident and lovable boss, making viewers swoon every time he walks into a scene. Honestly, having Johnson in the main cast made me listen to the show in the first place. After playing the beloved Nick Miller on “New Girl,” I’m sure I’m not the only one who watches any show he stars in, and his performance on “Minx” just did that. add another charismatic acting performance to his credit.

Johnson’s chemistry with Joyce and her assistant, Tina (Idara Victor), is palpable, and while his unwavering belief in his own abilities could be misinterpreted as narcissism or blind optimism, he pulls it off well. Doug is never irritating.

The show’s plot is certainly entertaining, using just the right recipe for comedy and a bit of drama to keep viewers entertained without feeling too overwhelmed. While I certainly didn’t find myself laughing out loud, the show gave me plenty of laughs to keep me satisfied. I particularly like the fact that, like the characters, the show doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously. It’s not too much about trying to be something other than what it is: an original and light comedy.

The publishing house throughout the first season must overcome obstacle after obstacle, each episode giving them a new problem to solve. Where this tendency can get somewhat repetitive or boring, the characters still get it, and the show has a knack for doing it in an entertaining way.

Although the series has a lot to offer, “Minx” is one of those shows that has a pretty unlikable protagonist. To be frank, Joyce is annoying. Her character is stubborn in the worst possible way, and it’s almost embarrassing to watch her react the way she does to people and problems on the show. That being said, I think that’s why this show works.

While some may argue that they want a show’s main character to be likable, I find this to be a refreshingly realistic take on it. Plus, that’s where the supporting cast shines. Joyce’s stubborn and arguably poor personality traits allow her peers to carry the weight she lacks. Her sister, co-workers, and friends always try to help, even when Joyce doesn’t deserve it. To the satisfaction of viewers, they take it down a few notches on more than one occasion.

Personally, I found myself enjoying Joyce’s aggressiveness unlike how her peers call her bullshit. It’s nice to see a multi-dimensional character on TV get too hot, but in the end, he’s able to accept his mistakes, learn, and take responsibility. That kind of character growth and design isn’t easy to come by in today’s world, so it’s something the show does well.

The writing team also excelled at giving the supporting characters enough depth that they wouldn’t be bland without overwhelming the main characters either.

Those who watch will fall in love with Bambi (Jessica Lowe), the surface-level blonde bimbo who, deep down, has depth and wants to do something more with her life, and who is also truly supportive of her friends. Not to mention Richie, the typical “token gay character,” who for once has a personality beyond just being there to represent the LGBTQ+ community. Finally, Doug’s feisty assistant Tina goes above and beyond to hold her own, proving time and time again exactly how she is the glue that holds their publishing house together.

I also wouldn’t review a TV series without mentioning the music, and the music to “Minx” did not disappoint. The soundtrack made me smile every time a new song came out, from Steely Dan’s “Dirty Work” to The Stone Ponies’ “Different Drum,” I felt like I was immersed in their 70s world all over again. .

The comedy has been a hit among critics, currently holding an impressive 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. There are eight episodes available to stream on HBO Max now, and the final two episodes of the season will be released on Thursday.

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