6 November 2014 | Okonh0wp
A stand-out romcom
Amid a TV landscape over-saturated with romcoms this fall season, A to Z sticks out.
While the narration can be a little cloying (likely taking cues from "How I Met Your Mother"), the story's pretty endearing and the gimmick works as far as getting the viewer invested in what each letter will stand for. Christine Melonti, who coincidentally was Ted's dream girl on HIMYM, plays buttoned-up lawyer Zelda who enters into a pensive relationship with another company employee Andrew. Neither of the two leads are particularly magnetic but their chemistry is pretty good and their relationship is very visceral.
Because they met at the workplace, the show is an intra-workplace romance which helps the pacing as it breaks up the relationship dramedy with a workplace comedy that, at times, can be as sharp as "Better off Ted." It's also through the workplace element that the show gets bolstered by a rock-solid stable of supporting characters (the IT work spouses played by Parvesh China and Hong Chou are particularly amusing) The supporting cast is also augmented by the two leads' best friends, Stephanie and Stu, who had a regrettable one night stand (technically, it was 15 minutes), that serves as a perfect allegory to the regrettable consequences of one-night stands.
For those who find the great TV romcoms of the early 2000s and 1990's outdated, A to Z is smart enough to be relevant to our current era of app-based digital-history-fearing dating without hammering it over your head.
For someone who's not generally into romcoms, this show does a lot for me