Are there really still women under 50 who have an excessive passion for the fair and watch “Traumschiff” when they are lonely? Somehow this Rubina (Anna Böger) doesn’t seem like she’s living in 2022, even if topics like social media overkill and sexism are touched on. All in all, “Ruby” remains as harmless as brightly colored cotton candy.
The script was written by Giulia Becker, who as a writer for Jan Böhmermann’s “Neo Magazin Royale” and “The Carolin Kebekus Show” already has a lot of nasty gags on it – only they rarely ignite here. The eight-part series is based on the BBC original “Miranda”, but Miranda Hart’s clumsiness had more harsh charm, as did the American version “Call Me Kat” with Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler in “Big Bang Theory”). Here, both the scenes in the bank (of course with an incompetent boss) and the private catastrophes (of course with an abusive mother) seem too intentionally funny, and the constant-talking-into-the-camera is quite old-fashioned. The most entertaining are Anna Böger’s grimaces. (ZDFneo)
Series of the week: “The Old Man”
Starring Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brennerman
Series of the week: “Uncoupled”
With Neil Patrick Harris, Tisha Campbell, Emerson Brooks
Series of the week: “Bad Sisters”
With Sharon Hogan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle
Series of the week: “The Funeral”
The ARD six-parter with improvised dialogues and a great cast is terribly realistic, sometimes it veers into the slightly grotesque.
Series of the week: “The discounters”
A lot was improvised in only 23 days of shooting, most of it is actually very funny. There’s a bit too much fecal humor and cheap punchlines, but what’s really a shame is that the season ends with a gag reflex – in episode nine, while the tenth only shows a making-of.
Show of the week: “American Rust”
Sober, intense narrative of bleak life plans, wrong decisions, guilt and atonement – ultimately a drama about the decline of the American middle class.