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Legit, Season 2: TV review

Aussie comic Jim Jefferies returns for another season of black humor that's equal parts filthy and poignant
Jim Jefferies as Jim in Legit
Dr. Drew Pinsky as himself and Jim Jefferies as Jim in Legit
Jim Jefferies as Jim in Legit
Dan Bakkedahl as Steve in Legit
D.J. Qualls as Billy in Legit
John Ratzenberger as Walter in Legit
Sonya Eddy as Ramona in Legit
Mindy Sterling as Janice in Legit
By Jessica Johnson |

Premieres Tuesday, February 26 at 9pm on FXX.

Anyone who's seen Aussie comic Jim Jefferies's stand-up specials knows that he's unafraid to offend. In addition to casting himself a crude comedian in his FX sitcom, he and co-creator Peter O'Fallon also included Billy (DJ Qualls), a young man with muscular dystrophy that Jim grew up with when he came to the U.S. as part of an exchange program in high school. What resulted was a season that contained an odd but refreshing mix of unsurprising vulgar humor mixed with surprising sentimental plotlines revolving around Billy's disability.

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In its sophomore season, Jefferies's alter ego appears to be on an inadvertent quest to correct his life. While he was flying high last year, his career and his personal life have bottomed out after getting fired from a high-profile movie gig and burning bridges with all his former girlfriends. His buddy Steve is faring even worse, as he's now become a full-blown alcoholic. Billy gets some upsetting news that reminds him of the diminishing time he has left.

Despite the dark tone, Legit is just as funny as ever, thanks mostly to Jefferies's ne'er-do-well attitude. The man's ability to throw a well-timed dick joke into the middle of plots involving death, depression and addiction make Legit one of the more uniquely charming comedies on television.

With its move to FX's little sister network FXX this winter, Legit will have to work even harder to reach its audience. With stories that take even greater risks than they did last year, this show is worth discovering.

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