Mockumentary has become a dirty word in some circles lately. Even the once beloved The Office is taking heat for the boom-mic-hug heard round the world. Jenna Friedman's Ted & Gracie has proven that there is still room for mockumentaries in our rotation if done right.
The series plays out as a set of New York Times wedding video parodies with a twist: the groom is a serial killer. The show smartly eases us into this fact, careful to withhold violent moments at first. Once we do get harshly acquainted with Ted's (Ben Kronberg) true nature, Gracie's (Friedman) love for him has been established and what began as light satire takes on a strangely human dimension, as we are reminded that each of us has immense capacity for denial.