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Delaney, Horgan push romcom in new directions in ‘Catastrophe’

I’m not quite sure how one of my favorite comedies got its name, but the title made me recall one of my favorite movie lines, even if I didn’t agree with it.

No, not “I’ll have what she is having.”

No, not “frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

The line came from the Anthony Quinn movie “Zorba the Greek.”

Asked if he were married, Zorba replied: “Am I not a man? And is a man not stupid? I’m a man. So I married. Wife, house, children, the full catastrophe.”

Title: “Catastrophe”

Year it began: 2015

Where it can be seen: Amazon Prime

Who’s in it: Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan, Carrie Fisher (occasionally)

Typical episode length:

30 minutes or less

Number of episodes: 12 over two seasons

Brief plot description: Delaney is a tall, somewhat clumsy American advertising man with a big heart who meets an Irish schoolteacher (Horgan) in London, England, in this, at times, crazy romantic comedy. They use their compatible sense of humors to try to deal with life’s challenges after a week-long romance, an unexpected pregnancy and a quickie marriage.

Why it’s worth watching: In the first season, Sharon and Rob (they use their real names and co-write the episodes) decided to get married after Sharon became pregnant, even though they barely knew each other. Naturally, that leads to complications. The catastrophes usually are minor, often involving broken friendships, sex, lost jobs, annoying relatives, a messy marriage proposal, and, did I say sex? One warning: The language and situations are often as crude as they are funny. And they are often very funny. The content reminds viewers that the Brits aren’t as squeamish using words that are considered extremely offensive in the States.

– Alan Pergament