Never in my life did I think I would actively pursue a sociopathic roommate that makes my life more challenging and more dangerous on a weekly basis. But after watching Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23 this season I’m adding it to my list of “people I want in my life.”
The show takes the basic comedy format of two completely different roommates forced to find common ground to a new extreme. These aren’t roommates who disagree on whether it’s better to take a shower in the morning or a shower at night. These are roommates who are such opposites that it’s safe to say one has a conscience and one doesn’t.
And tell you what, I’d rather live with souless Chloe (Krysten Ritter) over soulful June (Dreama Walker) anyday. Sure June works hard, pays the rent on time and cooks wonderfully, but so do a lot of people out there. There’s nothing special about her. Junes are a dime a dozen.
Chloe, on the other hand, drinks harder than she works, sabotages the lives of people she loves and steals shamelessly from her best friend James Van Der Beek. James Fucking Van Fucking Der Fucking Beek. He’s Chloe’s best friend on the show and he plays the part of a self-obsessed and slightly self-aware actor brilliantly. While he’s the reason I first starting watching the show, Krysten Ritter’s the reason I continued watching.
There’s something magnetic about her character Chloe. Something that makes you root for her even after she does the unthinkable. Like taking in a foster child to use as a personal assistant or secretly selling June’s baking videos to a sexual festish site to make rent money. And yes, by the end of every episode she learns a lesson about morals and human decency. But never quite the right lesson.
It’s like if Danny Tanner lectured DJ Tanner about the evils of smoking cigarettes and she turnd to binge drinking instead. Chloe listens and Chloe comprehends and Chloe interprets the lesson in her own way. It’s magical and it’s slightly wrong and it’s something you rarely see on TV. And that’s exactly what makes it so refreshing.