When I heard that Amazon was adapting A League of Their Own into a series a few years ago, I was filled with rage. Because who wants to watch a show about women playing baseball?!!?
Obviously, I’m kidding. I hated even typing that. I was filled with rage because as a television writer myself, I selfishly wanted to take one of the most important sports movies and remake it for a fresh audience one day. Don’t be mistaken – I am not that prolifically in the biz, so that idea was birthed entirely in my naive little brain. But when I heard it was being trusted in the capable hands of Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, I breathed a sigh of relief. As a lover of baseball history, admirer of Abbi Jacobson’s writing and proponent for women in sports, this series really knocked it out of the park for me.
The series isn’t just a typical nostalgia grab, cashing in on Hollywood’s obsession to remake old classics and guarantee a loyal following just from the movie. What’s most special about it is that it truly is about women defying the odds and proving themselves in a male-dominated world, and they do it in the most badass way. While the movie brought the story of the AAGPBL (All American Girls Professional Baseball League), the series brings a more nuanced, special and in-depth look at women’s baseball in the 1940s, the complexities and dangers of being queer at the time (which Penny Marshall famously stayed away from in the film), and the attitude towards women in general during the second World War.
I was so nervous I wouldn’t like the series. The movie and the story of the AAGPBL played such an important role to me growing up, I always held it so close to my chest. But what Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham did was even better than I imagined, and you bet your ass I’d still give my left arm to write on that show.
If you haven’t already, check out A League of Their Own on Amazon Prime RIGHT NOW. Don’t even think about doing anything else. Is it beautiful outside? Too bad, go watch TV. Busy at work? Screw it, work will be waiting when you’re done watching D’Arcy Carden in her best role yet. Seriously, what a god damn perfect part for her to play. If you finished it in a couple days like me, what did you think? Leave your comments below!
Okay, I’m done sucking up to this show. It’s been years and they still haven’t called me. Sigh. But in the end, we got a terrific adaptation of a beloved story. In a recent interview, Jacobson said they took care to make the stories they told as authentic as possible, and that really shows. What a breath of fresh air.