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On "Kevin Can F**k Himself," a horrible man has eclipsed the show's true hidden potential

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01.08.2021

As first seasons go "Kevin Can F**k Himself" wasn't an unmitigated success. But it is far from the only show that knows what it wants to do with its concept without completely figuring out what it wants to be by the time its finale rolls around.

That airs Sunday night on AMC (already streaming on AMC ) and lays paving stones for a second season in which the sitcom could coalesce around a fresh purpose for those who are still in it. Going into the finale we learn exactly what happened after that fateful penultimate episode's cliffhanger. I'll simply remind you that Allison McRoberts' (Annie Murphy) entire reason for sticking with her good-for-nothing husband Kevin (Eric Petersen) all this time is that she desperately wants him to die. Last week's episode "Broken" closes with a gunshot, meaning she may have gotten her wish.

The finale's title "Fixed" teases that may have happened, if you read that word to mean repaired. But that would mean you haven't been watching this show closely enough. Nothing in Allison's town works, especially for women like her. She's the most honest version of herself in the gritty drama side of the show, but the sitcom – Kevin's world – is more colorful and fun.

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