FX's new "You're the Worst" is labeled as a show that puts a dark twist on romantic comedy. And that it does, with a moderate amount of success. Be warned: For basic cable, this is as raunchy as it gets.
It begins with a self-centered Los Angeles writer named Jimmy (British actor Chris Geere) who is at the wedding of an ex-girlfriend and pouting about it by taking pictures of his genitals with the gift cameras meant for the guests. After getting tossed from the affair, he meets Gretchen (Aya Cash), a self-destructive publicity agent for a record label.
The two have what they believe is a one-night stand involving a lot of sex. At one point during their tryst she tells him she's not attracted to him. His response is, "What does that have to do with anything?" With a shrug she agrees and they continue having sex. There is also much self-confession during the night about all the rotten things they have done. Neither of them comes off as particularly admirable, but there is something oddly likable about their attempts to prove their hardheartedness.
They aren't quite as cynical as they like to portray themselves, of course. Both of them have been burned a little too much in the romance department. On the other hand, there is nothing sappy about them, either.
Jimmy's roommate is Edgar (Desmin Borges), a sweet and earnest war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Gretchen's best friend is Lindsay (Kether Donohue), who has been a bit of a wild woman in the past but is now married and trying to be an adult. They bring out the more human side of the pair, who despite their worst intentions, keep finding themselves in each other's company and finally start trying to move beyond sex.
Created and written by Stephen Falk, "You're the Worst" treads the fine line between alienating the viewer with characters too abrasive and being funny. Fortunately, it tends toward the latter. While risky, it is more interesting than most romantic-comedy premises. And after two episodes, the sitcom seems promising enough to make, well, sort of a commitment.