When I heard about Best Friends Forever, the NBC comedy starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, I did not watch it. The show was getting plenty of buzz on the blogs and I saw the ads everywhere, but I never really bothered. I love comedy, so in retrospect my decision does not make any sense. The show seemed peculiar to me, though, and I never really gave it a chance.
However, one fateful Friday, when the remaining two episodes were aired on NBC, I was in front of the television. And I happened to watch it. And I don’t think my life will ever be the same because of it.
At first, I don’t think I gave the show a fair chance. The ads made it seem weird and I didn’t need another television show on my plate. Plus, the buzz of the #SAVEBFF hashtag on twitter kind of made me mad. But for better or for worse, I decided to tune in for the last two episodes and - even without any background or knowledge of the plot - I fell in love with a show that was such a pure, organic and dedicated expression of friendship that, after one hour, I did not want to let it go.
Jessica and Lennon, two improvisers from UCB, are some of the funniest ladies I have ever seen. The best part about them, though, is that they’re really friends. From episode one, you can tell that their friendship is more than friendship - they’re soul mates, and they’re just like me and my best friend. Fights happen, but everyone loves everyone and everyone loves food and cinnamon rolls (the truest fact of life, if we’re being honest).
The show, above all, is honest and optimistically bubbly in a way that television has not touched on. In that way, it reminds me a little of Parks and Recreation. But BFF is different - there’s something about these two women (in combination with the leading man, Luka Jones) that you can’t not love if you give the show a chance.
In fact, that’s what I think all critics and viewers need to do is give the show a fair chance. It’s a show that’s well written, hilarious and vivacious from every way you examine it. Now that the show is cancelled, we can only hope that one day in the future, these two will reunite to write another show. I made the mistake of not watching it once and that was one time too many.
But what I love most about this show is that Jessica and Len feel like my best friends and they remind me of exactly how me and my best friend behave. It’s a real (funny) show written by true, funny best friends. When I found out the show was cancelled, it was like losing best friends I had just made. And it made me sad.
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