Kevin Can F**k Himself - Season 1 __HOT__
When it debuted in 2021, "Kevin Can F*** Himself" turned some heads. It put the phenomenal Annie Murphy center stage fresh off an award-winning six-season run on "Schitt's Creek," and the premise felt unlike anything we've seen on television before. Alluding to the controversial way CBS sitcom "Kevin Can Wait" treated the wife of Kevin James' titular man-child character on that show, this AMC dramedy presented how an unfulfilling marriage to an insensitive, childish partner can be a light and airy sitcom for one party and a tough drama for the other by actually presenting both sides as such. Yes, we got both a stereotypical multi-cam sitcom and a dark single-camera drama in one show.
Kevin Can F**k Himself - Season 1
With the first season receiving critical acclaim, the audience has been anxious to get back into the story, especially considering that season 1 ended with a massive cliffhanger. After Murphy's Allison McRoberts and her neighbor Patti O'Connor (played by Mary Hollis Inboden) fail to murder Kevin in order to be rid of him once and for all, Patti's brother and Kevin's best friend Neil (Alex Bonifer) overhears their plans. After he attacks Allison, Patti clocks him with a bottle and the eighth episode ends with Neil bleeding on the kitchen floor.
That's where the second and final season opens. We pick up right where we left off a little over a year ago to see what kind of shenanigans Allison and Patti get up to next. And interestingly enough, their plans take a few pretty big turns from where it seemed like they were going.
Due to the nature of this show, we're slowly seeing how the fantasy sitcom world that Kevin lives in starts fading from those around him. The whole conceit is that he's not the likable lead he perceives himself to be. So as more and more people figure this out, little things start changing. Instead of being the more loving and supporting wife from "King of Queens" or "The Honeymooners," Allison gets more aggressive and fed up with Kevin's antics almost in a "Married... With Children" or "Home Improvement" sort of way. Allison is more prepared to come back with more pointed responses to Kevin and his actions. In the same vein, Patti is expanding from her role as one of the guys and Detective Tammy Ridgeway is breaking the tough cop exterior to show that all of these women are capable of much more than Kevin thinks.
As much as Murphy's performance continues to be awesome in the second season, along with the work of Inboden and Candice Coke, it's Bonifer's Neil that really comes a long way. While the deconstruction of the sitcom wife dominates season 1, it feels like the writers sought to do the same thing for the goofball sidekick in season 2. After that shot to the head that thrust him into "reality," it turns out that Neil actually is a lot more intelligent than people give him credit for. He's also more manipulative than he lets on and he has some serious issues with boundaries, alcohol, and trauma. There are definitely points in the new season where you really feel for Neil. Without getting into spoiler territory, I'll say that his struggles weren't something that I was totally expecting in this half of the story.
Although, this wasn't the only unexpected element of the story that we encounter in "Kevin Can F*** Himself" season 2. Thanks to consuming sitcoms (or stories in general) for such a long time, you sort of expect things to go a certain way. But the writers have some interesting swerves thrown in to spice things up. For example, it really looked like Sam, Allison's high school friend and the owner of Bev's Diner, played by Raymond Lee, would have a much bigger part in this season by getting more involved in Allison's plans. It's uncertain whether his recent role in the upcoming "Quantum Leap" revival contributed to a decreased presence on this show, but it's also not like his absence didn't make sense in the story they were telling. Everything made sense, but Lee is an excellent performer with an interesting character, so I wish we saw more of him in these final chapters.
Ultimately, "Kevin Can F*** Himself" comes to a very satisfying end. It really is a shame that the series isn't continuing past season 2, but the story that Armstrong and company set out to tell has been told and we're better off for it. This show has been so fascinating from a creative standpoint. It has been a wild character study, but also an exercise in nuance.
At the end of the day, the best thing to take away from the final season of "Kevin Can F*** Himself" and the series as a whole is the importance of friendship. Through major life changes, terrible relationships, and intense trauma, things can be much easier when you have the support system of a good friend to stand by your side and pick you up when you're down, even if that means you're alone together.
In the season finale, "Fixed," things get even more complicated as Allison's accomplice, Patty (Mary Hollis Inboden), makes a brutal move to protect their secret, so let's dissect how this sets up a second season.
As for Kevin and Allison, he'll be wrapped up in running for office as people thinks he's their "Everyday Hero!" The campaign's off to a good start but seeing that he doesn't care if Allison is lashing out, it could provide a distraction to try to assassinate him, especially as he's already comparing himself to JFK. However, more eyes and the media will be on him, so it could be tricky.
The secret of Kevin Can F**k Himself is that Allison could also use a kick in the pants. That's especially clear in the second and final season of AMC's meta-drama, about a Massachusetts housewife whose life is depicted as an old-school sitcom when her husband's around and a gritty prestige drama when he's not.
While viewers may have been initially intrigued by the show's tongue-in-cheek title, or the promise of seeing a post-Schitt's Creek Annie Murphy break bad, actress Mary Hollis Inboden was a surprise hit as Murphy's partner-in-crime in the first season of Kevin Can F**k Himself.
In the wake of a cliffhanger finale that saw Patty ultimately saving Allison's life, Inboden talked to EW about how she "fell madly in love" with her Emmy-winning costar, what the future holds for their characters' relationship should the AMC series get renewed for season 2, and how they ultimately "made a two-hander female show we're very proud of."
We don't know about a second season yet; we're all hopeful. But in my brain, when Neil does reach back into multi-cam, if he ever tries to talk about the experience of the assault on Allison, and then the assault on himself at the hand of his sister, I don't know if he would come off like a Kramer, just sort of talking nonsense. But I'm so glad that Neil breaks through [into single-cam] because I think that's going to be very satisfying for the audience as one of those men does come over here. And what we get to play with is seeing them function as the irresponsible, not very nice men that they are, out in the real world. I think that's what we're headed to see in a potential season 2.
The Childrens Hospital actress has joined the cast of the second season of AMC's Kevin Can F**k Himself, the network confirms to E! News. On the surface, Hayes jumping onboard the Annie Murphy-starring comedy doesn't seem like that big of a deal.
Kevin Can F**k Himself is largely speculated to have been inspired by the CBS comedy Kevin Can Wait, which starred Kevin James and ran for two seasons from 2016 to 2018. AMC and the show's producers have never explicitly connected the dots, but the writing is basically on the wall.
Hayes starred on season one of the sitcom before her character Donna was killed off in the season two premiere. Hayes, who played James' wife on the show, was effectively replaced by James' King of Queens on-screen wife Leah Remini and the rest was history. 041b061a72