We are in a golden age of television. We are also in an age of excess. As such, we often have to pick and choose what we watch, because we simply don’t have enough time to watch everything that is good. Unfortunately, that means that a lot of great shows slip through the cracks. As a fan of TV, who watches much more TV than the regular person, I am always sad to see some of the best TV shows slip so far beneath the radar that they become obscure and unknown. In an effort to improve the standing of some of these “lost” shows, I have decided to create Spotlight, a new Feature series at TVEnthusiast. Spotlight will be a regular article series that, with each iteration, pleads the case of a different series that has somehow slipped under the radar.
Created by Peter O’Fallon (Agent X) and Comedian Jim Jefferies, Legit aired in 2013 on FX. A second season of the series aired on FXX, the more comedy focused sister network of FX. Legit followed network-mate Louie as a comedy series that doesn’t shy away from real problems. In the case of Legit, this meant addiction, and physical disability. With the series, Australian Comedian Jim Jefferies tells a semi-autobiographical tale about a comedian of mild success, and the people in his life. Like other series of its ilk, Legit is largely based on the stand-up comedy of its creator and star.
What is Legit?
Legit follows Jim Jefferies, as himself, a semi-successful Australian Stand-Up Comedian living in Los Angeles, California. In the series, Jefferies lives with his best friend Steve, who is going through a messy divorce. The 2 roommates frequently hang out with Steve’s brother Billy, who suffers both muscular dystrophy and a rightfully concerned, and extremely controlling, mother. Steve and Billy’s mother, Janice, is also a hoarder, whose habit has forced her husband Walter from there home to where he currently resides, their backyard. The Nugent family (Steve, Billy, Janice, and Walter) have been close to Jim since he lived with them as a foreign exchange student. Jim is a functional Alcoholic and Drug Abuser, which is not good for Steve, who is a recovering Alcoholic, trying desperately to be a better father to his only daughter. Janice isn’t completely positive about Jim, because she is aware of his lifestyle of drugs and random women, which she realizes is destructive. That being said, the core cast of characters in the series act as a family, and that includes Jim. There is real love behind it all.
What makes Legit good?
All of the performances in Legit are on point. Jim Jefferies, for example, is just the right amount of concerned to make his characters frequent worsening of the lives of those around him not totally deplorable. Dan Bakkedahl (Life in Pieces) is strong as Steve Nugent, a total sad sack who is top priority to precisely no one. DJ Qualls (Z Nation) is excellent as Billy Nugent, whose frequent struggles with, and near death experiences caused by, a debilitating physical disease has left him understandably frustrated. Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers) is perfect as Steve and Billy’s overprotective mom, Janice Nugent, and John Ratzenberger (Cheers) is strong as her hilariously nonplussed husband Walter Nugent. Besides the cast and the chemistry between them, Legit‘s greatest strength is in its willingness to address controversial and at times un-comedic material with fearless zeal, or reckless abandon. Sadly, the material from Jim Jefferies life is ripe for a season 3 of Legit that we will never get. Thankfully, there are still 2 excellent and easily available seasons for fans of great comedy to enjoy.
Why is Legit being featured in Spotlight?
Legit never found an audience, and the move between networks, with the launch of FXX, left what little audience they had behind. Despite its lack of audience, Legit is a truly brave and hilarious series, with a lead who is, perhaps, the worst person in his social circle, and yet, somehow, still extremely likable. Legit deserved better than it got, and fans of modern comedy deserve a chance to watch Legit. As such, Legit deserves its spot amongst the others on Spotlight.
Should I watch Legit?
As a half hour comedy series with only 26 episodes, which are all available on Netflix, Legit isn’t exactly a big investment, or time sink. If the concept of the series is even remotely interesting to you, you will likely find the series worth watching. If nothing I have mentioned here incites interest at all, however, the series might just not be fore you. Personally, I think it was one of the better comedies on TV during its run. Behind Louie, Parks and Recreation, and South Park, for sure, but right there in the top tier, and totally worth my time, attention, and adoration.
Legit aired 2 seasons, a total of 26 episodes, on FX and FXX, both seasons are currently available to stream on Netflix. Unfortunately, the series was not picked up for a 3rd season.
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