I’m not afraid to say that I was not a fan of Chelsea Handler for many years. She always seemed to be a little too vulgar and judgmental for me. I’m more into light, self-deprecating humor, and Chelsea Handler never came off that way to me.
Until she came to Netflix. After a few months of avoidance, I made it through Uganda Be Kidding Me. Sometime later came Chelsea Does…, the four-part series covering drugs, racism, marriage and Silicon Valley. Not only did I watch this, but I binged the whole series on a weeknight, woke up the next morning, went to work and proceeded to tell all of my female coworkers to watch it immediately so we could discuss.
“I don’t even like Chelsea Handler,” I told them, “but it was SO good.”
Surprisingly good. Thought-provoking. Vulnerable. I think I cried at one point?
And then Chelsea came out. While it seemed to take a few episodes for the show to find its groove, it’s now 40-something episodes in and totally awesome, in my humble twenty-something opinion.
Wanna know why? Keep reading! (Or, if I somehow already convinced you of its awesomeness, go watch it!)
1. Chelsea has variety.
If you get bored as easily as I do, Chelsea is a godsend. The segments are short, the topics are interesting and the guests are original. There’s truly something for everyone. And even if the subject is outside of your wheelhouse, it’s a great chance to open yourself up to new topics and perspectives.
2. Chelsea interviews normal people!
This is one of my favorite parts of Chelsea. Instead of the usual celebrity talking exclusively to other celebrities, Chelsea features subject matter experts, family members, politicians and athletes who might not otherwise make it past the local news. And Chelsea treats them with respect (while still being Chelsea, of course) by genuinely caring about what they have to say.
3. Chelsea covers relevant, important topics.
While I primarily watch lighthearted shows where I can multitask and still follow the story line, I can also appreciate something with substance. I love walking away from Chelsea feeling like I gained some knowledge or perspective (or smile lines).
4. Chelsea’s vintage band tees are to die for.
5. Chelsea is not afraid to ask stupid questions.
Chelsea was discussing the nation’s debt with a guest when she asked something along the lines of, “Why don’t they just print more money?” I scoffed, thinking it was sarcasm, but the guest rationally explained the negative impact of creating more money. It was one of those things where I obviously knew it was a no-no, but not exactly why.
And just like that, my respect for Chelsea Handler shot up. She truly wants to learn and doesn’t care to admit how little she knows – and that’s not an insult, because she knows more than I do in some areas.
6. Chelsea keeps it short and sweet.
7. Chelsea Grammar.
Hallelujah. Chelsea Grammar is a short segment where Chelsea rips on people for sucking at speaking the English language. As an English writing graduate, I feel strongly about the importance of good grammar.
(I started writing a mini rant right here and then deleted it all… So you’re welcome!)
I’m just going to point out that Chelsea never went to college and has better grammar than many college graduates I know. Good for Chelsea, bad for America.
8. Chelsea doesn’t make us wait.
It keeps me from watching an entire season at once and then feeling like I’ve lost friends, aka the characters in the show. Anyone else?
What are you waiting for! Go watch and tell me what you think 🙂