Life Unexpected (2010–2011)
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After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in Portland, Oregon, Lux has decided it's time to take control of her life and become an emancipated minor. Her... See full summary »


Gary Fleder


Liz Tigelaar (creator), Liz Tigelaar




Episode cast overview:
Britt Robertson ... Lux Cassidy
Shiri Appleby ... Cate Cassidy
Kristoffer Polaha ... Nate 'Baze' Bazile
Austin Basis ... Matthew 'Math' Rogers
Kerr Smith ... Ryan Thomas
Reggie Austin ... Jamie
Britt Irvin ... Tracy
Judith Maxie ... Judge
Willem Jacobson ... Stuey
Eileen Pedde ... Caseworker
Diana Pavlovská ... Laurie Foster (as Diana Pavlovska)


After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in Portland, Oregon, Lux has decided it's time to take control of her life and become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal system leads Lux to her biological parents, local radio personality Cate Cassidy and thirty-something Nate "Baze" Bazile, who had a one-night stand back in high school. Although they haven't seen each other in 15 years, it doesn't take Cate and Baze long to fall into the same contentious relationship they had as teenagers. However, when a judge decides that Lux isn't ready for emancipation and unexpectedly grants temporary joint custody to Baze and Cate, they agree to try to get past the arguments and awkwardness and make a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserves. Written by CW Publicity

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18 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Lux: You and someone had a kid. You gave up that kid. I am that kid.
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Britt Anderson convincing performance, empathic characters, emotional moments but subliminal ads, screwed up Shiri Appleby's character and unprotected sex
16 April 2010 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

I decided to watch Life Unexpected's pilot after reading an article about how much the show was refreshing compared to other The CW productions. It also mentioned empathic characters and inspiring identity quests but it's really Shiri Appleby who convinced me to check it out. Indeed like many fans I really liked her as Liz Parker in Roswell. But even if her performance as Cate Cassidy, a radio host, was correct it's really Britt Anderson who impressed me. She plays Lux Cassidy a 15 years old girl who was given up by Cate for adoption as she was her age when she gave birth to her and just couldn't consider keeping her. Even if I couldn't relate to them I instantly cared about Lux because the actress did a very convincing job. In fact she reminded of Julia Stiles in Save The Last Dance. As for her father Nathaniel I think some single 30 years old men should identify with him as he's irresponsible and immature. It sounds pessimistic but it's hard to grow up so his story should definitely be interesting.

But even if I enjoyed some elements others were quite disappointing, even annoying. First the usual YouTube and MySpace subliminal ads were back. They're even on Smallville so it seems the network teamed up with some majors to fill their shows with these abominations. Second I already hate Cate because she reminds me of the girl next door who will never learn her lesson nor control her libido. But I suppose the whole point of the show is to explain her story and cover her issues so in some way I feel guilty of judging her. It's so easy to criticize other's people mistakes. Third considering the target audience I'm shocked that safe sex is not covered. Would you have unprotected sex with someone you don't know anything about ? Do you think taking the pill is enough to prevent you from catching AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases ? If you can't answer these questions I strongly recommend you to talk with your parents, friends or a doctor.

To sum things up I can't recommend it because it doesn't properly cover serious issues teenagers or young adults have to deal with. In fact I think watching the show could make things worse because they nearly pictured Lux's dramatic life as a joke considering what Cate did in the pilot. However note that Britt Anderson's performance is excellent and I'm sure many teenager girls should be able to relate to her. She almost made me cry because some moments were quite emotional. But my advice is to at least watch the show with adults or people who know what life is. For the moment I still hesitate to give it an other chance because I read Erin Karpluk was cast as a supporting character and I really loved her in Being Erica. Now that's a funny, refreshing and smart show I can only recommend !

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