Series on Amazon Is Best Rom-Com of Year
'Catastrophe' is more than worthwhile, says Vulture critic
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2015 2:40 PM CDT
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan in 'Catastrophe.'   (Amazon)

(Newser) – Anyone scraping for something to watch who has access to Amazon Prime's live streaming will want to check out Catastrophe, writes Matt Zoller Seitz at Vulture. In fact, this British TV series is the "romantic comedy of the year," he declares. The first season of six half-hour episodes is available, and it follows the story of an American man (Rob Delaney) and an Irish woman (Sharon Horgan) who have a six-day fling that results in Horgan's character getting pregnant and a quick decision to get married. Catastrophe has all the "basic elements" of the rom-com down pat, but it elevates itself by borrowing a page from the best TV shows and placing their predicament in "weird terrain," writes Seitz.

"As strange as this might sound, Horgan and Delaney pull off a similar miracle here, by making their main characters a couple who enact the rituals and milestones of a lifelong relationship even though they’ve just met." A review in the New York Times doesn't quite get to "miracle" level, but it's still relatively glowing: Horgan and Delaney "appear comfortable with each other on screen, and by and large they make us care about Sharon and Rob’s far-fetched romance," writes Mike Hale.