The Other Two Is the Sweetest Take on Showbiz Satires

TVGuide.com | 1/21/2019 | Krutika Mallikarjuna
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Created by two former SNL head writers, Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, The Other Two is a Comedy Central sitcom that at first glance feels too on the nose. Two down-on-their-luck elder millennials who are siblings have, by their own expectations, washed out in the city of their dreams. But while Cary (Drew Tarver) and Brooke (Helene Yorke) are both adrift, their tween sibling, Chase (Case Walker) becomes an internet sensation à la Justin Bieber. Breaking out with a corny YouTube single, Chase has the perfect combo of nice-guy attitude, Middle American mall looks and earnest naiveté to appeal to a massive demographic ranging from tweens to their moms. What initially seems like a blip of fame turns into a potential career, reuniting Chase, Cary, Brooke and their mother Pat (played by Molly! Shannon!) in New York City. Cary and Brooke aren't really doing anything right? So, much like they were gang-pressed into doing chores as children, they find themselves working for Chase Dreams as Chase chases his dreams. And here's where the show begins to really surprise you.

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In between the expected (and loving) jokes about viral fame, influencer culture, and the cost of creative meritocracy, there's a surprisingly sweet human connection as we find out that Cary, Brooke and Chase recently lost their father. In a scene-stealing moment, an exhausted and overworked Chase mentions as he and siblings hang out in the lap of recently obtained luxury that he misses their dad. And it's only then that Cary and Brooke show what they truly excel at — not acting (Cary) or the real estate biz (Brooke) — but being there for Chase and each other as they try and drag themselves back up from hitting bottom. As two adults in their mid-30s...
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