More people need to see Apple’s genius black comedy

when you think Apple TV PlusIn your opinion: money. Now put that money in the safe hands of TV show creator Sharon Horgan, and you have yourself one of the best TV shows of 2022.

On the surface, Bad Sisters appears to be a surprisingly raunchy comedy about sisters doing rebellious things. it’s a. It’s also a disturbing drama about abuse and murder, set in the animated postcard that is Dublin.

This unique hybrid of tunes is the result of Apple TV Plus hiring sitcom creator and actor Horgan (Pulling, Catastrophe). Its effervescent characters are one part chaos, two parts charm and three parts moral gray area.

The intriguing format of the show puts us in the aftermath of a murder, then jumps back in time to flip pieces of the mystery. She’s both a whodunit and a How doDonit.

The murder victim is a man named John Paul Williams (Claus Pang). The show gives a strong justification for his death. rankly, John Paul is a misogynist, racist and sexist, traits he hardly disguises behind the veil of a handsome husband.

John Paul is married to Grace Garvey (Anne-Marie Duff), who is the second eldest of five Garvey sisters: Eva (Sharon Horgan) is the eldest; Ursula (Eva Birthstill) is the middle child. Bibi (Sarah Greene) is the second youngest. And Becka (Eve Hewson), better known as Baby Becka, is the youngest. Eva and Becca are separated by about 20 years, and the mother-daughter dynamic exemplifies the Garvey tribe: at one point Eva laughs that she could kill Becca. Elsewhere, she drops everything to race alongside Becca.

Husband and wife looking into each other's eyes in bed

John Paul and Grace.

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The sisters, who were children, form a support network that includes a service to kill bad husbands. The sisters notice how John Paul has made Grace’s wife into a meek mouse. At one end of the monster spectrum, he locked her in their house, claiming to be protecting her. On the other hand, a cat ostensibly kills their daughter — and guess who gets to blame?

Everything escalates when John Paul pulls each of Garvey’s sisters into a spiral that destroys his life. To survive – and to free Grace from this sophisticated prison – the Garveys devised various creative ways to kill John Paul without getting caught. ailed attempts are many. The high junkies of incompetent killers are the pinnacle of bumbling entertainment.

The question is: Which of the brothers succeeded in killing John Paul? Or are they all together?

An older sister catches her drunk younger sister outside her house

Becka (Eve Hewson) and Eva (Sharon Horgan, also creator of the show).

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The current timeline results in more mishaps as the Garveys dodge the investigation into equally bumbling life insurance agents. The agents are desperate to prove the murder and avoid sinking their struggling business with a huge payout. The detectives are also siblings — brothers — so they, too, know the feeling of being suddenly blind to the law if it means supporting their loved ones.

When Bad Sisters premiered Apple TV Plus In August, the number of episodes per week decreased. Now you can get rid of it in one go. Bad Sisters ruthlessly forces you to do just that. Each episode ends with a bomb or bush, and then strutting at the end credits to songs titled Hot Knife or Kill Kill Kill.

Not to mention, PJ Harvey’s performance of Leonard Cohen’s Who byire plays over the opening credits. Immerse yourself in the poignant anthem, but keep an eye on the objects strategically placed on screen, all related to how the murder happened.

Originally planned as a 10-episode limited series, Bad Sisters is an adaptation of the Belgian crime comedy Clan. It wraps it all up with a neat bow, but the influence of the Garvey sisters lingers. No matter how bleak their situation, the Garveys are endlessly watchable. rom dealing with sheer trauma to laughing at the absurdity of their predicament, the effect is intoxicating, as you sit directly at the dining table, close to the warmth.

In November, Apple TV Plus has renewed Bad Sisters for a second season. The former provided one of the most satisfying endings imaginable, so it would be an achievement to repeat that for a second season. However, writer Horgan deserves full credit. It would be a coup even if season 2 were just the Garvey sisters watching TV, Gogglebox-style.