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Life Unexpected

Drama
 

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. The cast also Math, Baze's childhood friend and current roommate, and Ryan Thomas, Cate's fiancé and co-host on K100.

 
Status: Ended
TV Channel: The CW
  • Chuck Barney

    Lux is one of those cute, quippy, ultra-mature teens you find only on TV. And several plot points unfortunately come across as false. But it doesn't matter. The lead characters in Life Unexpected are so likable, and the interactions between them feel so natural, that you find yourself willing to give the show lots of slack.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The show works, in its own hokey, feel-good, alt-soundtrack way.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Randee Dawn

    Life's clean, clear storytelling is worth a go-around.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The smart, insightful writing of Liz Tigelaar, the crisp and vibrant exteriors of Portland and the palpable chemistry between all the leads combine to make it, dare I say, lovable, an entertaining hour that might even offer a few insights into the complicated ties of desire and regret, friends and family.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Life Unexpected is TV pleasure unexpected.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Life Unexpected turns out to be a warm, sweet, fun family dramedy. The three leads are very likable, the stakes just high enough for the show to not seem inconsequential

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There is pleasure to be found in Life. There'd be even more, though, if a few more of us were invited in.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    Although the show is somewhat predictable, Polaha adds a great deal of laid-back charm that lightens the mood.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    There’s plenty of life in this deluxe entertainment, with each episode expanding the world of friends and family who have a stake in Lux’s future. So far, I find myself rooting for just about everyone in this feel-good show that’s refreshingly unafraid to wear its feelings openly.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    This cast is so good, especially Polaha and Appleby, that by the third episode it was surprisingly easy to put aside the lingering questions I had and tolerate the fact that at that stage, some of the supporting characters still came close to being caricatures.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    The tenuousness of the situation, and the underlying hope for emotional growth by all, makes for a touching hour. [25 Jan 2010, p.43]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    It can be obvious, sometime a little plodding, but its heart is bigger than all of Lux, and it's the kind of show parents and kids can watch together without anybody saying, "Ewww."; With the name Life Unexpected, it actually is an unexpected pleasure.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It's a pleasant mix of a little "Juno" hipitude and a lot of "Everwood" glow, and just when it comes dangerously close to feeling like an excessively cool tampon commercial, its characters compel you to keep watching.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    The pilot is good; Episodes 2 and 3 aren't as good. But it has potential.

    Deseret News Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The cast has major potential, but Life Unexpected still needs to find an original and compelling voice.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Robertson is a find. She capably plays both Lux's world-weary, snarky attitude and her vulnerability. She's a large part of what makes Life Unexpected a minor delight, even if its charms are entirely expected.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Unfortunately, Life Unexpected took all of the schmaltz of "Gilmore Girls" and expanded it several hundred times over, forgetting to insert any of the quirk and only a smidge of the smart banter.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Despite its modest merits, Life ultimately spends most of its time paddling in the shallow end of the dramatic gene pool.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    CW shows tend to walk a thin line between escapism and soap opera, and after its witty pilot the show spends Episodes 2 and 3 massaging the tear ducts, hard. But there is the potential for something at least as good as “Gilmore Girls."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    The connections are sudden, relationships shallow, and dialogue glib.

    PopMatters Full Review
Episode Guide For Show: Life Unexpected
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