Been watching it for the longest time. I dragged through the first season for months, but it really swept me in by the second one and before I knew it, I was watching it instead of reading for my courses. Happily for my academic performance, I finished it last Friday.
The thing I liked most about it were the honesty of the characters. Some plot lines and even characters annoyed me but the main characters - Amy, Ephram, Andy, Bright, Harold and Nina - were sometimes written with such raw honesty that my eyes couldn’t help but get moist. I’m not going to lie to you, I did get bored during some episodes because, yes, it’s a family drama and tidbits of it are predictable, like when there’s a secret, you can bet it’s gonna come out and blow all the temporary perfectness to pieces. But the lines, oh the lines were truly heartfelt. And in the end, the dialogue makes all the difference for me and, I’m sure, for all avid readers out there. After all, the central character is sort of a nerd and both female teens like to read, this isn’t going to revolve around stupid cheerleading drama. These teens acknowledge when they’re just being silly and overreacting and when they’re not, they’re just going through serious messed up shit. I mean, that’s how I like my characters: growing, gathering knowledge about themselves and other people they’re in relationships with.
Finally, it’s funny, but the characters don’t all have the same type of humour like they get in, say, Gilmore Girls (don’t get me wrong, I loved that show, but for someone that isn’t a fan of the fast talk comedic formula, it doesn’t really work). Ephram is hilarious in a very sarcastic way, not unlike his father, Andy, but obviously sans the awful puns. Amy has a thing for contextual jokes and Bright is just dumbly funny. Oh, and Harold, the one that provoked most of the laugh-out-loud moments was the joke in most of them. He also has this very Gilmore-ian quality about him in that he uses long words in elliptic sentences to get across his malicious opinions.
I know this is too long for a tv-show but let’s just say I got attached.