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Chasing Life


April is a smart, charismatic and quick witted twenty-something aspiring journalist. When not pursuing the latest scoop, April tries to balance her ambitious career with her family, which includes her widowed mom Sara rebellious little sister Brenna and her grandmother We meet April at a pivotal moment in her life: she's landed a fantastic opportunity to impress her hard-nosed Boston newspaper editor and an office romance with her super-sexy co-worker Dominic is just beginning to blossom. In an unexpected twist of fate, April lands in the hospital where her estranged uncle, George works as an oncologist, and she learns the devastating news that she has cancer. The series follows April through her journey in the face of this daunting revelation, during a time in her life when the challenges of finding love and success would be enough to keep any girl occupied. But April is determined to fight and refuses to give up her dreams and goals. Along the way, she'll find new reserves of strength and passion within and discover that facing death may really be the only way to truly live.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: FreeForm
  • Rob Owen

    If April’s work world is silly, her home life is uninvolving because it’s barely sketched out and seems like an afterthought.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The show turns into a case study in how not to be subtle. It has a reasonable point to make--next to a cancer diagnosis, a lot of life seems trivial--but makes it over and over again.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    When it's not being completely ridiculous, Chasing Life is very good.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    As episodes unfold, the relationships resonate, and the characters run deeper.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The series is an adaptation of popular Mexican tele­novela “Terminales” and doesn’t do enough to shake off its more sensational roots. A plot swerve at the end of the hour will set off more groans than gasps.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Raisler

    Though still stumbling around in search of a center, Chasing Life has the potential to tell an interesting story about this one person’s particular journey through life after diagnosis--if it doesn’t get too caught up in the small details.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    There are one or two (or five) plot points too many packed into each episode, potentially lessening the impact of any single one but also ensuring that Life won't be one long sobfest.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It would be great to see the network come up with something as honest as, say, “My So-Called Life,” or as original and amusingly metaphorical as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” or as thought-provoking as a movie like “River’s Edge.” But in the meantime, a mostly happy dramedy like Chasing Life will do, marrying strong female roles with CW-style 20-something melodrama that’s as mindlessly angsty as the Bon Iver on the soundtrack.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Amy Wilkinson

    Life traffics in all the tropes you've come to expect from the network.... Which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing if it didn't all overshadow the cancer. [13 Jun 2014, p.76]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Through three episodes the series manages to mine the arbitrary nature of her predicament without being cloying--no small feat, given the venue and subject matter.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Chasing Life walks a line itself, staying away from sad, but stopping short of sentimental. Ricci makes the balance work, reminding us that a story of a girl with cancer can also be the story of a girl.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    What Chasing Life mainly raises, though, is eyebrows, for being so laughably bad.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
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