*Spoilers, I think*
I decided to watch this show on a whim. I wasn’t really looking for anything new to watch, but I stumbled across it on Netflix and the trailer was decent, so I thought I would give it a try. I didn’t think I would end up liking it as much as I did and I didn’t think I would end up reviewing it. But, I think that about all the shows/movies I watch and I just end up having a lot of thoughts haha.
The show is about a teen girl, Nick, conning a family into thinking she’s an distance relative so she can rob them from supposedly wronging her family. She tells them her parents died in a car crash and they are the only family she has left. Though, her dad is still in prison and she’s stealing from them to pay his legal fees and other expenses.
The show runs on dramatic irony. It would have been interesting if we didn’t know Nick wasn’t up to any good until the end of the episodes. It would’ve been a good twist, though it would be a completely different show. It has a cool balance, where you know Nick is bad and you shouldn’t like her, but you can’t help but be charmed. She’s just a kid and she’s actually really sweet. She’s just doing what she thinks she need to do. I also really liked the Tompson’s, the family she’s staying with. It’s a no-win situation, where you want to root for both sides. It’s not revealed yet what the Tompson’s supposedly did to Nick’s family, so there’s nothing there to hate yet.
It is a sitcom, so I don’t know why I was expecting it to be unfunny. But, a lot of jokes are actually really good. The dad is the epitome of dads. The family is weird and normal and I liked watching their dynamics.
There are other plotlines that carry throughout the show so far, besides Nick’s big con. Again, I’m not sure why I wasn’t expecting that. They do feel a little weak sometimes and I would have liked to focus more on some of them.
Alright, on of my main problems with this show is that Molly’s, the daughter who is Nick’s age, thing is being an activist. She’s big on social media and her friends are called the “volunteer squad”. Which is cool, but it’s written as a joke. Some of the things she’s says is over the top and kind of ridiculous. Her and her friends turn it into a competeion to see who can be the best at helping people and who cares the most. Some things are exaggerated to make it seem bad that someone is speaking up. It feels like it was added because talking about important issues is “in” right now and because Molly needed an interest to make her a well rounded character. It just really rubs me the wrong way and I think it sends the wrong message, that activists are annoyingly over the top and ridiculous.
Despite my few issues, I quickly began to think this could be one of my comfort shows. Only part one of season 1 is out, so that doesn’t leave me with a lot of episodes. Though, I’m looking forward to seeing where part 2 takes the story.
Thank you for reading!