Apple TV+'s Mr. Corman: The 10 Best Characters | ScreenRant – Screen Rant

There are many different characters that appear in the Apple TV+ series Mr. Corman, but only a few of them can be considered the best.
Mr. Corman is one of the stranger series to have emerged from Apple TV+, in part because its central character, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Mr. Josh Corman, is not especially likable (in fact, at times he can be downright unpleasant). However, the series succeeds in part because it has many different types of characters, all of whom are trying to make sense of a world that grows increasingly strange, particularly once the pandemic begins.
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Regardless of how likable or unlikable they are, each of the characters brings something unique and memorable to the table.
Gabby is the daughter of Victor, Josh’s roommate and best friend. Though she only appears in one episode, she makes quite the impression. She has a very difficult and tense relationship with her father, and she’s not afraid to tell him what she thinks.
In that sense, she’s very much a typical teenager. However, she is not entirely self-centered, and she shows that she understands the dynamic of her parents’ relationship perhaps better than they do.
Like Gabby, Emily only appears in one episode, but she also makes quite an impression. Unlike almost every other character, she seems to have a genuine connection with Josh and, after a rocky start, they end up having a very pleasant conversation via Zoom.
However, that doesn’t mean that she’s not willing to tell Josh the truth about what she thinks about his life and his choices which, while alienating him, nevertheless shows that she’s a keen judge of character and isn’t going to flatter Josh’s fragile ego.
Elizabeth is Josh’s sister and, unlike him, she seems to have made a life that she can be happy with, even if it doesn’t meet her brother’s exacting and highly critical expectations. She only appears in a handful of episodes–one of which is an alternate self rather than the real one–but she manages to be pretty memorable nonetheless.
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Like other members of Josh’s family, she understands him better than he likes to admit and, just as importantly, she defends her life choices against his relentless cynicism.
Lucy Lawless appears in just one episode as Cheryl, the mother of Josh’s ex-girlfriend, but she still creates a charismatic and tragic figure that earns her a place among one of the better TV moms.
She struggles with drinking, and that has clearly strained her relationship with her daughter, Megan. At the same time, she has also clearly supported her in her efforts to break into the music business, and her dynamic with Josh reveals that she sees him as the one that her daughter let get away.
Among other things, Mr. Corman is all about the malaise that many millennials have begun to feel as they move into middle-age, and no figure represents that better than Dax, Josh’s friend. He’s a social media influencer, and he has to work almost all of the time in order to make ends meet.
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Dax is a ridiculous character, constantly posing and bragging, but it’s clear that beneath the facade there’s a man verging on middle-age struggling to make sense of his life and his lack of success.
A constant throughline in this series is Josh’s difficult relationship with his family, including and especially his father, who finally shows up near the end of the series. Played by Hugo Weaving in a powerful performance, he’s a man who clearly struggles with addiction and wants a closer relationship with his son.
Far from a stereotype, he comes across as a man who really is starting to feel the pinch of regret, and his desperate attempts to reconnect with Josh and to share their happy memories together is one of the show’s most wrenching performances.
Though Josh’s relationship with his mother Ruth is more functional than the one with his father, it’s not exactly healthy, either. Ruth clearly loves her son, but she struggles to understand him, particularly his views about the world.
She does everything that she can to help him, and her willingness to let him stay in her house during the pandemic–including indulging in his every anxiety about it–makes her a surprisingly complicated and sympathetic character, in fact, one of the best characters in the entire show.
Given that he is Josh’s best friend and roommate, Victor has to deal with quite a lot, particularly since he can be incredibly judgmental and unreasonable. However, there’s more to Victor than just his relationship with Josh, and the show allows him room to grow by giving him an entire episode.
His relationship with his daughter, who he clearly loves, is difficult and strained, but Victor never seems to let anything get him down. Alone among the characters, he seems to have a mostly optimistic view of the world.
Megan and Josh have a very difficult relationship (it’s definitely not as healthy as the relationship between Juno’s Ted Lasso character Keeley and Roy Kent), in large part because they were once romantically linked and had even begun to pursue a music career together.
However, while Josh has taken the more “rational” course, Megan continues to pursue (and, to an extent) attain success in her artistic pursuits. Though she could be forgiven for being bitter toward Josh, she instead still seems to feel a great deal of fondness for him, and their time together shows that though they may no longer be in a relationship, she will always be there for him.
Difficult and unreasonable as he might be, Josh Corman is still the best character of the show, and he’s one of Gordon-Levitt’s best roles. He is clearly someone struggling with the weight of his choices in life, and the show allows him to be both unpleasant and at times oddly charming.
Josh loves teaching, but there’s no denying that he also yearns to be creating music again. His frustrations and regrets are some of his most powerful motivators, and these often lead him into being unpleasant, and sometimes downright cruel, to the very people that are trying to show him support and love.
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Thomas J. West III earned a PhD in film and screen studies from Syracuse University in 2018. His writing on film, TV, and popular culture has appeared in Screenology, FanFare, Primetimer, Cinemania, and in a number of scholarly journals and edited collections. He co-hosts the Queens of the B’s podcast with Mark Muster and writes a regular newsletter, Omnivorous, on Substack.


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