Since the first season was amazing, it was heartbreaking that 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Series Two' never came out on DVD for no apparent reason.
When the opportunity to breeze through the second season arose, it had to be taken, technicalities for the sake of this review be damned.
Things pick up exactly where the first season left off.
After lying about nearly everything to everyone he meets, Todd (David Cross) must explain the identity of the man who claims to be his father. He also wants to win back the trust of Alice (Sharon Horgan). His assistant Dave (Blake Harrison) continues to urge him on in his quest to sell Thunder Muscle, the toxic energy drink. Todd's boss, Brent Wilts (Will Arnett) is also in the fold and becomes increasingly desperate.
With all of the conflicts going on, some international and life-threatening in nature, it seems as though someone higher up is pulling a lot of strings to perpetuate the bad things that keep happening to Todd.
We learn a good deal more about our characters and get some elusive resolution as far as motivation. The ending is pitch black, which might turn some people off. It was almost too dark for this examiner. Almost.
The humor remains consistent and relentless, just as with the first season. Clarity doesn't dull the laughs at all, because there are enough instances where Todd compulsively lies and digs himself a much deeper hole than needed. Normally, that is a huge sticking point in terms of believability, but it works with this series and is one of the main charms.
Cross and Arnett do some of the best work of their careers in this. It makes sense, in a way, because Cross co-wrote and produced the series, so it was in his voice and undiluted. Many people might prefer them in 'Arrested Development' because that show was a bit more of an ensemble, the characters were slightly less difficult to like and the show managed to be funny without being as crude as this. To this examiner, you can't go wrong either way. Keep an eye out for some extra help from a certain “Mad” star.
Special features include: none.
'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret' was an excellent, short series that wisely didn't overstay its welcome. There is nothing worse than a comedy that goes on too long.
Pretty much everything about this comedy is just right. The people at IFC really have their acts together, picking projects.
Add an extra half star to this review.
Not Rated 255 minutes 2012