Tuesday, 10 June 2008

New TV Review: Four Radically Different Female Friends who are not Afraid of Discussing Sex in a Frank Manner as They go About Their Lives in Chicago

Inspired by the success of such shows as Four Radically Different Female Friends who are not Afraid of Discussing Sex in a Frank Manner as They go About Their Lives in New York, Four Radically Different Female Friends who are not Afraid of Discussing Sex in a Frank Manner as They go About Their Lives in a Fictional Town, Three Radically Different Female Friends who are not Afraid of Discussing Sex in a Frank Manner as They go About Their Lives in New York and Four Other Radically Different Female Friends who are not Afraid of Discussing Sex in a Frank Manner as They go About Their Lives in New York, ABC Television has been hard at work creating a radically different show. Scriptwriters have been literally holed up in a bomb shelter and refused food and drink until they come up with something that’s never been seen before by television-watching proles. The result? The brilliant new Four Radically Different Female Friends who are not Afraid of Discussing Sex in a Frank Manner as They go About Their Lives in Chicago.

FRDFFwanAoDSiaFMaTgATLiC is more than just a TV show. It’s a brave and ground breaking television event, the likes of which we have never seen before, and probably never will again. It will almost certainly shock and appal the less open-minded of us, as it contains the discussion of sex in an incredibly frank manner. Not only that, but the majority of the discussions are held by the four main characters, all of whom are female.

It’s a twist like this that makes FRDFFwanAoDSiaFMaTgATLiC such a courageous risk by ABC. Another courageous move is the way that the four female friends are so radically different from each other: one is ‘normal’, another is a bit of a prude, one is incredibly cynical and the last one is quite promiscuous. These differences could play havoc with the audience’s perceptions (“you mean we have to memorise the characters of four radically different people? Whoa!”), but while I was a little confused at first, the more I watched the show, the more I remembered who was who. (However, if you’re worried you may not be able to follow the plot, ABC have created a wonderful guide to the characters – with pictures and everything! – which is downloadable from their website)

As I watched this riveting new show, I was constantly amazed by how much these four female friends (who are radically different) could discuss sex. The frank manner that they do this is sometimes shocking, but always enjoyable. Indeed, one may think that they may be afraid to do so much sex-discussing, but they are not afraid at all! This is a very wonderful facet of the show, this lack of fear of discussing sex as the aforementioned four female friends go about their lives in Chicago (with their radical differences, let’s not forget).

And their lives! They’re so interesting! Because the four female friends (who are not afraid of discussing sex in a frank manner) are so different, it’s a pleasure watching them go about their lives in Chicago.

Incidentally, the location of the show was a bone of contention for a large part of the writing process. Apparently, many of the writers wanted to have the show in New York, but some people thought it would be better to have the four friends and their radically different lives (including all that sex discussion) in Chicago. It was a gamble, and I think it paid off.

Given the popularity of Four Radically Different Female Friends who are not Afraid of Discussing Sex in a Frank Manner as They go About Their Lives in New York: The Movie (in which the main character wakes up in a mental institute and discovers that the last ten years have been spent in a drug-induced hallucinatory state in the asylum, slowly breaking down mentally as the realisation that her entire life is a lie sinks in), Four Radically Different Female Friends who are not Afraid of Discussing Sex in a Frank Manner as They go About Their Lives in Chicago can only be a success! I will await future episodes with bated breath, like a fanboy sniper in the prime-time TV war zone!

Four Radically Different Female Friends who are not Afraid of Discussing Sex in a Frank Manner as They go About Their Lives in Chicago would have been shown on ABC, Tuesdays at 9.00 if it hadn’t been cancelled already.

8 comments:

Herbal Amanda said...

I remember FRDFFwanAoDSiaFMaTgATLiNY and I was never convinced they were radically different. I mean in some way I think they are marginally different at best. I mean they were all capable of (frankly) discussing sex at will! Perhaps FRDFFwanAoDSiaFMaTgATLiC is different?

Jillian said...

If you love FRDFFwanAoDSiaFMaTgATLiC, you might also like one of these cutting edge shows:

"20 People Go to an Exotic Location and Do Strange Competetive Things, Then Vote Against Each Other Until Only One Is Left"
and
"Group of Men Compete Against Each Other for the Love of One Woman, Who Slowly Narrows Down the Group Then Has A Fake Wedding with the Last Guy"

I've found both of them to be very interesting, always fresh and new.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

HA: FRDFFwanAoDSiaFMaTgATLiC is definitely different, they're in Chicago! What could be more different than that?

Also, I believe that some of the scriptwriters were thinking of adding a male to the foursome, but the studio execs vetoed this due to the fact that viewers' heads would explode.

J: These shows sound fresh and new! Do you work in television?

You may also enjoy An Annoying Full-of-Himself Man Gets His Comeuppance With Excruciating but Hilarious Results, which I review here:
http://imaginary-review.blogspot.com/2007/09/television-review.html

Melissa said...

Wait...so there are four females living in a radically different Chicago--no, four radically different females having sex and...talking about Chicago in new and exciting ways? Damn it.

I give up. Looks like television's just gettin' too smart for me.

Falwless said...

This is why TV is my best friend -- it never runs out of unique ideas and I can overeat in front of it without shame. I don't know what the latter had to do with this post, but let's just roll with it.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Melissa: I was confused at first too, but don't worry: the handy guide from www.abc.com/satc-ripoff will make everything crystal clear!

Falwless: If you enjoy eating food while watching TV, maybe you'll enjoy the latest Food Network show: Several Cooks Compete in a Competition to Make the Most Delicious Meal Using Set Ingredients!

Mathdude said...

The word on the street is that the makers of FRDFFwanAoDSiaFMaTgATLiC are also cooking up a show called Four Radically Different Female Fried who are not Afraid of Discussing Sex in a Frank Manner as They go About Their Lives in Los Angeles. OMG - if this is true...

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Mathdude: Your words make sense, and they're grammatically correct, but I just don't get what you're saying. It's blowing my mind. I don't think my human brain is capable of understanding such an out-there notion.

Ow! My synapses!