“Life Unexpected” tangentially treats the subject of teen pregnancy — and adoption and birth parents — in a light but endearing manner.
Teen pregnancy, eating disorders, social anxieties — to say nothing of the pressure of determining which vampire is sexier — the drama of the adolescent passage has always been readily exploited onscreen.
Network: The CW Episodes: 26 (hour) Seasons: Two TV show dates: January 18, 2010 — January 18, 2011 Series status: Cancelled Performers include: Brittany Robertson, Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, Austin Basis, Kerr Smith, Reggie Austin, Erin Karpluk, Rafi Gavron, Ksenia Solo, Austin Robert Butler, and Lucia Walters.
TV show description: This dramatic series is set in Portland, Oregon.
TV historically has approached teens as an alien species, in a long line of misunderstood inner-monologists dating to black-and-white incarnations like Dobie Gillis and Patty Duke’s identical cousins.
Teens continued to evolve with quirky intelligence through “Freaks & Geeks” and “My So-Called Life,” speaking honestly about the insecurities and humiliations of adolescence.
Some are hyper- sexualized, as in the over-the-top soap operas, like “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Melrose Place.” Then there are the exhibitionists, in reality shows like “High School Confidential” “16 and Pregnant” and another coming-of-age effort, “My Life as Liz,” about mean girl angst, beginning Monday on MTV.
“Life Unexpected” falls close to the “Girlmore Girls” antecedent: It’s the story of an immature teen mother now grown and bonding with her worldly wise teen daughter.Avec : Britt Robertson (Lux), Kristoffer Polaha (Nate "Baze" Bazile), Kerr Smith (Ryan Thomas), Austin Basis (Math), Shiri Appleby (Cate Cassidy).Lux (Brittany Robertson), przez 15 lat trafiała z jednej rodziny zastępczej do drugiej.The most winning character is the product of the tryst, Lux, played charmingly by Brittany Robertson.Enchanting, like Juno without the self-righteousness, Lux is resilient without being spiky, wise beyond her years yet sweetly hopeful and naive.Finally there is a rare breed, the self-aware young thinkers, glimpsed in occasional intelligent hours that give voice to teen angst beyond lust.