I’ve never felt the need to campaign particularly hard for a television show to be saved (though I was pretty bummed when Moonlight was canceled as a casualty of the 2008 writers’ strike), but today’s rumor (Okay, E! Online article) that Life Unexpected may not be picked up for another season has me stricken for a whole slew of reasons (and only one is that its cast includes the adorable Shaun Sipos, formerly of the ill fated “new” Melrose Place).
The top 6 reasons to watch the free episodes online to catch up – and start watching Life Unexpected on Tuesdays on the CW:
- The storyline – which centers around teenage Lux (Britt Robertson, see photo at top left) reconnecting with her birth parents who gave her up because they themselves were teens – is a different look at the American family, as well as the epilogue of the choices that pregnant teenagers face without being preach-y.
- The dialogue between parents Cate (Shiri Appleby), who is notoriously uptight and insecure, and Baze (Kristoffer Polaha), who is just as notorious for being laid back to the point of sloth, is smart – and hysterically funny.
- While there are plenty of television shows that trot out tired love triangles (the married man and his secretary, the man who falls for his brother’s wife, etc.), watching Cate decide whether to marry Ryan (Kerr Smith, see the pair at right), her boyfriend and co-anchor on a morning radio show, after Lux and Baze re-enter her life for the first time since she was 17 is, well, interesting. There is no clear, “right” answer which makes me want to keep watching the show to see what will happen next as the layers of each character are explored. Laid back Baze has some really great points, but Ryan has always been a good guy – though Cate recently found out that while she was having cold feet, Ryan had his own doubts before their wedding…
- The writing on Life Unexpected is good enough that while I usually am filled with disdain for any and all story lines about students becoming romantically involved with their teachers/professors, I have found myself actually routing for Lux and Eric (Shaun Sipos), the guy who came into the bar Baze owns and cheered her up post-break up… and she later learned is her new English teacher. It could be trite or just plain tawdry, but the writers have carefully stayed away from sex-on-the-desk territory a la Dawson’s Creek, and suddenly 17 and 23 don’t seem so far apart…
- Life Unexpected stays in touch with reality; when Cate loses her job, she doesn’t see it as a vacation, and when Baze’s bar catches fire, it isn’t magically rebuilt by the following episode… which leads to Baze’s job hunting techniques which – while effective – are funny enough to warrant the show its own laugh track.
- Watching Lux, Baze, Cate and Ryan all grow up and grow closer is heart warming without being drippy. The show gets across the point that we don’t all have it figured out – but bit by bit, with the help of family (however you define yours), you can get it together. Yes, it’s a feel-good show – and who doesn’t want to feel good about life?
Watch free episodes online with new episodes airing on Tuesdays on the CW, and “like” Executive Producer Liz Tigelaar’s Life Unexpected page on Facebook as well as the official page. Yes, the cast and producers of Life Unexpected have been working super hard to save this show (turns out that they actually love working together, which is pretty awesome), so take a few minutes and check it out!