Note: This post contains minor spoilers for HBO’s Hacks.
At first glance, HBO Max’s Hacks — which just wrapped up its first season yesterday and was swiftly picked up for a second one earlier this week — is a classic odd-couple story. Deborah Vance, a veteran Joan Rivers-style stand-up comic who isn’t above hawking handbags on QVC or making an appearance at the grand opening of a pizza place, is in search of some fresh material after losing her long-running Las Vegas residency. Ava, a bisexual 25-year-old comedy writer who got fired from her TV gig for an offensive tweet about a closeted conservative politician, is in need of a job. They’re paired together by the agent they share, and cross-generational hijinks ensue.