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August 20, 2012 10:04 AM   Subscribe

"Waking up married after a drunken Vegas weekend used to be an adventure reserved for one man and one woman. But thanks to a new law, athlete Brady Kelly and actor Cheeks find themselves unexpectedly and legally wed. Unwilling to undermine the hard-fought battle with a public quicky divorce, these two decide to make a go of it. They were doing okay when they were dating. But how will it work out, now that they are HUSBANDS?" The hilarious web-series by Jane Espenson and Brad Bell enters its second season, with cameos by pretty much everyone you love.
posted by jph (34 comments total) 48 users marked this as a favorite

 
Dang! I was just thinking about posting about Husbands since I binged through the series last week. (Not tough to do when all the season 1 eps around 2 minutes or so.) Absolutely hilarious and pointed at times too.

Anyway, AfterElton has a pretty good interview with Jane and Brad about Season 2. The Google Play interview (linked on the homepage) is great as well.
posted by kmz at 10:12 AM on August 20, 2012


Jane Esperson is a regular guest on the Nerdist Writers Panel and is rapidly becoming one of my favourite media people. She talks about Husbands at length there - I should probably check it out some time.
posted by Artw at 10:16 AM on August 20, 2012


This is really cute and I hadn't seen it before, thanks!

with cameos by pretty much everyone you love.

When did my wife sneak away to film a cameo?
posted by ODiV at 10:24 AM on August 20, 2012


thanks to a new law

A new law that overturns the the Nevada constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, I take it?
posted by Egg Shen at 10:25 AM on August 20, 2012


thanks to a new law

I take it to be set "in the not-too-distant future."
posted by jph at 10:26 AM on August 20, 2012


Jane Espenson was also in the Settlers of Catan episode of TableTop.
posted by ODiV at 10:28 AM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


thanks to a new law

I take it to be set "in the not-too-distant future."


in the not-too-distant hopeful future
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 10:29 AM on August 20, 2012


I was just thinking " hey when is that Jane Espenson thing coming out?" thank you for reading my mind.
posted by The Whelk at 10:32 AM on August 20, 2012


totes cute.
posted by leotrotsky at 10:32 AM on August 20, 2012


Major props for using closed captions. In many different languages even!
posted by desjardins at 10:41 AM on August 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


When did my wife sneak away to film a cameo?

You know, you really shouldn't open yourself up with a straight line like that.
posted by cjorgensen at 11:02 AM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is great!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:02 AM on August 20, 2012


Where is season 1? I can only find the first episode of the second season on the website...
posted by Lokheed at 11:22 AM on August 20, 2012


Season 1.
posted by mykescipark at 11:31 AM on August 20, 2012


Almost as much fun as The Tick. And they never scored Nathan Fillion.
posted by Twang at 11:43 AM on August 20, 2012


Jane Espenson also wrote (or co-wrote) something like 25 episodes of Buffy. I imagine this information will affect your decision to watch this webseries one way or the other.
posted by King Bee at 11:51 AM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Heh, I would think that anybody whose decision would be affected would already be well aware.

In terms of great Whedonverse writers not named Joss, I'd say Espenson is right up there with the likes of Goddard and Minear. (I even think "Doublemeat Palace" isn't that bad...)
posted by kmz at 12:06 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Doublemeat Palace" is great at the very least in that it allows Willow to tell Tara later (in description of the demon they fight there): Let me just say, if I wasn't gay before... /derail

The first episode of season 2 here is somehow leaps and bounds better than the whole first season. Maybe it's the longer running time, I don't know. I watched the first season and though "meh". This post made me at least watch the first episode of the second season, and I literally laughed out loud at least twice, so that is good. Carry on!
posted by King Bee at 12:15 PM on August 20, 2012


If they weren't gay, this would be a hackneyed premise.

(And hello, Nathan Fillion! Always good to see you!)
posted by mochapickle at 1:01 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thank you so much for this! Hadn't ever heard of it but it's fantastic! Loving Cheeks.
posted by one4themoment at 1:04 PM on August 20, 2012


Just to add to King Bee's caveat, Espenson was also a major player in the production of Firefly.

Also, thanks for the post...
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:16 PM on August 20, 2012


Haven't seen the series, but I heard about it earlier this year when On the Media interviewed the creator.
posted by compartment at 1:25 PM on August 20, 2012


This is incredibly charming. Self-referential, clever, and such a thoughtful critique of the larger social and political world.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:27 PM on August 20, 2012


If they weren't gay, this would be a hackneyed premise.

I have sad news regarding the majority of sit-com premises, you may want to sit down.
posted by Artw at 1:31 PM on August 20, 2012 [7 favorites]


In terms of great Whedonverse writers not named Joss, I'd say Espenson is right up there with the likes of Goddard and Minear.

She wrote my joint least favorite episode of Firefly (the Space Southern Ball one, neatly tied with the Littlest Space Whorehouse in Space Texas one), but she's winning me over.
posted by Artw at 1:34 PM on August 20, 2012


When the first season of this came out, I really wanted to dislike it --- I'm not sure why -- probably because "hackneyed premise + gay" annoyed be for some reason. But I'm really glad they've been giving it a good press nudge because I caught a clip of Season 2's opening scene somewhere and was super-charmed.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:49 PM on August 20, 2012


Espenson is also one of the lead writers for Once Upon a Time as well as a writer for the last few seasons of Battlestar Galactica and the Torchwood miniseries.

For years, I knew when I saw her name in a writing credit that I would adore the episode and it would be made of the funny. Until she went to BSG and then, damn, the funny drained away to dark and disturbing. But that matched the show and the episodes she wrote for BSG are still some of the ones I love.

She also has a really fabulous blog that is really helpful and informative if you are interested in television writing.

Side note: I was waiting in line for a show once in St. Louis and I saw a lady who looked just like Jane Espenson. I stood there and debated the odds of it actually being her for like five minutes and finally decided that I just had to risk it. I ran over to this lady and ask her if she was Jane Espenson, and I fully expected her to respond "Who?" because who out there knows what tv writers look like. Instead she grinned and said "No. But I LOVE her!!" I made a new friend that day and we stood there talking about Buffy, Firefly, and Battlestar Galactica until our husbands got cold and wanted to go inside.
posted by teleri025 at 3:05 PM on August 20, 2012 [4 favorites]


I fucking love furniture.
posted by arcticseal at 9:18 PM on August 20, 2012


Patriare you kidding me?! I love this.
posted by snorkmaiden at 10:33 PM on August 20, 2012


...this is pretty funny.
posted by mephron at 2:40 AM on August 21, 2012


I watched the whole thing with my own personal husband last night. A few dud moments, and it takes a couple episodes to find its feet, but overall? I laughed and laughed.
posted by KathrynT at 9:30 AM on August 21, 2012


"Wait. Is this because I didn't update my relationship status on Google Plus?"

Man. The Google sponsorship is leaking through in some really odd places...
posted by schmod at 10:51 AM on August 21, 2012


Brad Bell has great timing, and very impressive control over his inflection (which I think is really where his true success in timing lies). My favorite so far has been:

Brady, aghast: "We'll be BRITNEY!"

Cheeks, agreeing soberly: "Yeahhh..." then immediately perkier "On the plus side, we'll be Britney!"
posted by jph at 11:56 AM on August 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


"You sleep with men, MAN, me, you sleep with me."
posted by The Whelk at 10:52 AM on September 7, 2012


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