Aired originally on CBS on January of 2016 and later canceled after 5 episodes. The series will resume in July.
Premise: ANGEL FROM HELL is a single-camera comedy about Amy, a colorful, brassy woman who insinuates herself into the life of an organized and seemingly perfect young woman, Allison, claiming to be her “guardian angel.” Allison is an intense, driven doctor who is sure that Amy is just an inebriated, outspoken nut, until every one of her warnings proves true
Some would think this show as tacky at first impression, but three episodes in I didn’t mind that I was watching a TV show primarily marketed at women (see: “chick flick”) as the characters developed really well and the comedy held itself up. As a connoisseur of comedy series, I can attest to the cleverness of setups and jokes, but it’s not just the comedy that caught my attention.
The series explores the concept of a divine presence in a person’s life and how that might look. The tiny coincidences we find in our lives that very well may be the work of a guiding hand making sure we’re on the right path. It adheres to many “New Age” principals, such as “non-intervention” without permission. In this setup, the guardian angel’s Human has gone so far off course she deems it necessary to invite herself into her Human’s life to consciously re-arrange it – assuredly because the Human won’t respond to subtle cues.
A very probable reason for the series’ brief cancellation is likely an article published to the website “One Million Moms” (a branch of the American Family Association) which alleged that the show disrespects Christianity. I level my own charge at this fundamentalist group “The American Family Association disrespects all other religions.” There are few religions on Earth that don’t have a concept of a guardian spirit or angel. Christianity don’t even own Angels specifically, as they appear by name in it’s root religion Judaism, it’s sister religion Islam, and the other related religions. Christianity was not once mentioned in the show, nor was any iconography or terminology specific to it. These fruitloops who’ve decided nobody else can have Angels are simply intimidated by the idea that they’re being presented through a New Age lens – so they went about campaigning for advertisers around the show to drop it.
It’s hilarious at particular moments, lighthearted and engaging almost always, and even a little educational when it comes to the pitfalls and challenges we all confront in ourselves and in life. To hell with the naysayers – literally.