Kevin Can F*** Himself

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Emily Clark

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Allison hates her life.

Sure, when she’s around her husband, Kevin, she feels as though she’s living in a sitcom. The lights are bright, the colors are cheerful, a laugh-track plays and the worst thing that might happen is a coffee table breaking.

But the moment that Kevin leaves the room, the lights dim and the music gets grim. And not unlike what happens to Wanda Maximoff in WandaVision, Allison’s gritty reality sets in.

Her house is full of cockroaches. Her sweaters are starting to unravel. The nicest thing she owns is a table from Pottery Barn that she found secondhand at a Goodwill. And the savings account she set up with Kevin 10 years ago is empty.

She’s angry at Kevin for blowing all their money on a sports memorabilia scam. She’s tired of living in a rundown neighborhood and working at a liquor store. And she’s sick of everyone prioritizing Kevin’s desires over her own. (All she wanted for their anniversary, for instance, was a nice dinner party instead of Kevin’s usual “Anniversa-rager.”)

Allison could leave, but it’s not that easy.

Kevin isn’t just going to let her walk away with the $194 that she has. No, no, no. He’s far too possessive and, let’s be honest, unhinged to let that happen. Allison needs something more permanent. She needs security. She needs to know that Kevin won’t come track her down.

She needs to murder him.

Kevin Can Fix Himself

Kevin Can F Himself takes all the TV sitcom tropes that we grew up with—the dumb and goofy husband, the sensible but dutiful wife, the obnoxious and irresponsible best friend—and turns them on their heads.

Kevin might live with his own personal laugh-track following him around, but he’s actually awful. He doesn’t help with cooking, cleaning or shopping. He expects Allison to cater to his every whim—often to her own detriment, such as when he tells her to pick up extra shifts so he can buy more things for himself. And he can’t even abide by simple rules, like using a coaster on Allison’s nice coffee table. In short, he’s incredibly disrespectful and unloving, and people expect Allison to just suck it up since it won’t get better.

So when Allison starts plotting his murder, it’s not exactly a shock.

That being said, murder is just really, really wrong, no matter how jerky the murder-ee can be. Allison’s an angry person and hits more than one person in her frustration (sometimes accidentally, sometimes apologizing, but sometimes not). Her murderous daydreams are often bloody. And while we don’t know if she’ll actually kill Kevin or not, it’s still pretty wild watching her research various murder schemes.

If the title of the show wasn’t enough of a clue, there’s a lot of profanity to look out for, not to mention crude jokes about sex, religion, prostitution and more.

While there isn’t any nudity at this earlier juncture, there is still some bedroom sensuality and lots of talk about sex. And it’s clear that Allison has a thing for Sam, her ex-boyfriend, who just moved back to town with his wife.

So while the show’s title suggests that Kevin is the worst, perhaps it should remove the plank in its own eye before focusing on the speck in his.

Episode Reviews

Jun. 13, 2021: “Living the Dream”

As Kevin and Allison approach their 10-year anniversary, Allison tries to make improvements, telling him she wants to move to a new house for her anniversary gift.

A mechanic hits on Allison, making crude comments as she walks down the street. (She later slaps him in anger, though apologizes.) A man kisses his wife and asks for sex after she exposes her shoulder. There are multiple jokes about sex and nudity (including one about nuns). A man is told he’ll have to streak if he loses a game.

A woman smashes a glass mug a few times, cutting her hand each time. Once, she shoves one of the broken shards into her husband’s jugular (though we later see she was only fantasizing). Allison accidentally hits a man in the face, causing him to bite his tongue. She later hurts her hand punching a mailbox. Several cockroaches are squashed beneath shoes.

People drink throughout the episode (one man chugs beer through a funnel), and we see some people playing beer pong. There are jokes about alcohol and alcoholism. Two women work in a liquor store where they also sell lottery tickets. A woman smokes cigarettes. Allison steals a bottle of beer from the liquor store where she works and chugs it. When Allison accidentally gets powdered sugar on her face, some women assume she was using cocaine. And although the women were wrong, we later see Allison actually use cocaine.

There are jokes about race, menstruation, mental illness, religion and strokes. We learn Kevin got a woman deported after a disagreement. Everyone indulges Kevin in his ridiculous ideas while scoffing at Allison’s more practical ones. They (including Kevin) are rude to her when she tries to make jokes and insist she should work harder even though Kevin is obnoxiously lazy. People litter. A woman kicks over a trash can. We learn a man got into trouble for selling fake sports memorabilia. A man spits up beer on a woman.

There is only one use of the f-word, but when Allison says, “mother eff,” her neighbor tells her she should just say the real word. (Allison later makes a crude hand gesture at her own house.) There are four uses of the s-word, seven of “h—,” two each of “a–” and “b–ch” and one of “d–k.” God’s name is misused nine times and Jesus’ name is abused twice.

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Emily Clark
Emily Clark

Emily studied film and writing when she was in college. And when she isn’t being way too competitive while playing board games, she enjoys food, sleep, and indulging in her “nerdom,” which is the collective fan cultures of everything she loves, such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

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