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Quirky, initial endurance viewing pays off in the end.
on 24 April 2016
If you like quirky "comedies", tales of the coming-of-age and eventual redemption and aren't put off by main characters suffering from teen-age petulance you may enjoy this.
I had hoped for more from this, given the rave reviews. I wanted to give up during and after the first episode and the next two or three weren't much better. It does get better after that though, so maybe that was a matter, like so many series, of the characters and characterisations finding their feet. The real problem for me was that the main protagonist was, for me, initially largely unlikable. There seems to be a big thing in american television these days that female leading ladies should be shallow, self-centered and oblivious to the sensibilities of others. Apparently this is supposed to signal that the lady is the deluxe model of desirable feminity (I can only presume that a lot of the scriptwriters are wanna-be PUAs).
There is enjoyment however to be had in the awkward not-quite-on, not-quite-off courtship between the main character and the back-watered barman, and in watching Jaye's relationship with her family grow from initial awful awkwardness to a more sympathetic depth as the story progresses. If it sounds like I didn't like this, I did in the end and overall but golly, the first few episodes were *hard* work.