Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu)
I’m a sucker for a good Romcom. If I’m honest, it doesn’t even have to be “good.” As long as there’s some good drama and a happy ending, sign me up!
I’d never actually seen “Four Weddings and a Funeral” the movie, but I knew it was a Romcom classic. It’s status as one of the greats got me excited to watch the Hulu mini-series of the same name.
I was not disappointed.
Four Weddings and a Funeral the series is about a group long-time friends – most of them American – who all happen to live in London. The show is pretty much Friends but with more drama and fewer laugh tracks. Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei from Game of Thrones) stars as Maya, the American love interest of Kash (Nikesh Patel), a businessman with aspirations of becoming an actor. The only thing stopping these two from living out their happily-ever-after is the little fact that Kash is about to marry Ainsley (Rebecca Rittenhouse). And Ainsley is Maya’s best friend and roommate.
I told you. Drama.
I loved Nathalie Emmanuel in Game of Thrones, so I was ecstatic to see her get a role where she gets to be the star. This show was enjoyable to watch because it’s a reasonably light-hearted sitcom, great for after-work decompression. The plot has enough depth to keep you invested week to week. Though, if you watch the first season now, the entire season has already released so you can easily binge.
I also like the show because they explore romance in different cultures and talk about current-day issues. One of the characters is an undocumented immigrant dating a right-wing/centrist politician (again, drama). It’s interesting to see these stories on screen. Sitcoms like Friends which come from the same era as Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) often glossed over any events that affect real-world people.
For example, several seasons of Friends took place in NYC during and post 9/11, but there’s never any mention of it in the show. The Friends universe took place inside of its own bubble. This is true for many 90s era sitcoms. Four Weddings is refreshing in that it incorporates real-world events which makes the story that much more enjoyable.
If you enjoy shows like New Girl or Master of None, then you’ll probably enjoy Four Weddings and a Funeral, which you can now stream on Hulu.