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LAist Watches: Campus Ladies

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A mid-season series on Oxygen didn't sound promising to us until we read the NY Times review that compared it — favorably! — to AbFab. Two 40-ish women leave their suburban lives and enroll as college freshmen. Cringeworthy at first, it gets increasingly debauched and insane, then mellows out to loopy — and cringeworthy again.

The show's stars/creators, Christen Sussin (left) and Carrie Aisley, are veterans of LA's classic comedy hothouse the Groundlings. So their guest stars include other Groundling alums Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), who is also exec producer. Which doesn't give quite the credit due to the young actors who play the ladies' college-aged dormmates, who swing from naughty to nice with the wide-eyed biopolarity of real freshmen.

In the first two episodes, there are drugs, sex, vomit, bitchy blonde twins, semi-evil sorority girls, jokes about race and age that are simultaneoulsy hysterically funny and only marginally acceptable, garishly bad moms-trying-to-be-young fasion, and a liberating naked dance in the shower. Which means they're worth watching. And we'll be back to see what drunken foolishness they can load on next.

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The Campus Ladies debut episodes air again on the Oxygen network tonight at 10pm; regular broadcast (arar) time is 10pm Sundays.