From the creators of “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” and starring Jenny Slate. Official Selection of Sundance 2014.
“exquisitely deadpan series”—Scott Macaulay of Filmmaker Magazine
“‘Catherine’ is a comedy so deadpan that one worries that the characters are just a hair’s breadth away from a violent psychotic break. It’s defiantly ridiculous and available in full on YouTube.”—Daniel Walber of Film.com in “The 15 Must-See Sundance Shorts”
“...and she [Jenny Slate] does this show on it called “Catherine”, which is the weirdest show ever.”—Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)
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[I don’t understand this JASH show, nor why it’s funny. Catherine sort of trades in the comedy of discomfort, but it seems to be funny because of anxious humor that comes from extreme, deliberate banality. Apart from the ongoing mystery of who ordered an apple with their lunch, very little “happens” in this “story in 12 parts.” All the dialogue is slowly, precisely, and clearly delivered; every character in this literally beige office drama, from Catherine (co-creator Jenny Slate) to her many off-putting co-workers, talks like a robot on quaaludes. The series feels like a high-school foreign-language-class video, with its slow and simple dialogue, but translated back into English. The off-key, two-note theme song fully expresses what Catherine is all about — baffling and hilariously baffling. —Brian Boone]