“You’re The Worst” is a show which hammers home that no matter how cynical or hard-wired against romance we may find ourselves, the pull of cliché and sappiness is right there in your face when you meet someone you get along with. Over five seasons, it charts less of a “will they/won’t they?” and more of a “should they?” as it follows Jimmy (Chris Geere), a caustic British novelist, and Gretchen (Aya Cash), a selfish Los Angeles publicist. It captures the brunch-obsessed, kaleidoscopic feeling of LA timelessness as well as “How I Met Your Mother” conveyed what it’s like to hop bars in downtown New York, and its misanthropy eventually gives way to a very “HIMYM” like sweetness, here and there.
“You’re The Worst” told a realistic, compelling story of relationship dysfunction while also taking time to delve into the issues that can lie underneath, with episodes spotlighting clinical depression, therapy, and PTSD over the course of its run. In the final season, not to give anything away, creator Stephen Falk employs strategic flash-forwards to dangle questions about how “happily ever after” these complicated people can actually live, expertly using the expectations that shows like “How I Met Your Mother” have conditioned us for, to reveal surprising answers.