ABC (ended 2012)
I agree totally. I like the show pretty much, I like the premise and it's pretty funny. Well written, well acted. But yeah, some of the steroetypes are a little typical. As a Catholic, I have to say that I hate to kind of always see the usual portrayal of "christians" as being hypocritical and a bit of a joke.That religion is something to be made fun of. But I get that "good" christians don't make good television. It's also the entire setting of the show, so I don't have a problem with it.
Don't hate it. Not sure where it's going - whether they'll go the Desperate Housewives route or what. The teenage high-school girl clique crap... not sure how long they can maintain that on grown adult women without being completely soapy. You can get away with it in a movie, but sustaining it across a long-term series I'm not sure about. There were things I really liked about it, like how self-possessed and in control Amanda was in the face of all that venom. I'll keep watching it and see how it goes.
I agree they are poking fun at hypocrites. Amanda is clear about that. But I think about non-christians watching and that they think that that's how all christians are. Too many people think that being religious is a joke and that no one is true to their faith, which isn't true at all. But that's life. I still find some of the characters funny.
I thought the second episode was fairly lame. The first half was better, then everything seemed to tidy up too easily in the end. Gigi gets all these cancellations to her luncheon, but then suddenly finds 20 friends to come to the booby bar? Amanda wants to teach her daughter that being "popular" and hanging out with shallow people is not a good route, but then drops it in the end. She didn't have to scold her, but could have a chat with her about values. Instead she just says she's not going to control her life. The girl is a teenager...good guidance is called "parenting" not controlling. I really like the thread of Amanda and Gigi's strained relationship because my Mom and I are a bit like that. I understand Amanda's pain at not ever feeling her mother's support and approval...then in the end Gigi shows up with all her friends and tells Amanda that she's proud of her. That would never happen. It was just too tidy. I think it would make a better show if those tensions held up throughout the series. There were no cliffhangers.
|The teenage high-school girl clique crap... not sure how long they can maintain that on grown adult women without being completely soapy. You can get away with it in a movie, but sustaining it across a long-term series I'm not sure about. There were things I really liked about it, like how self-possessed and in control Amanda was in the face of all that venom.|
As for the religion thing, Im agnostic, so I wont touch that.
I like it. It's fun.
|Also that Amanda is the root of all their issues is plain silly, it was high school get over it already. High school shouldn't define you for the rest of your life.|
I'm with the majority of you. To much same old same old. Getting boring really, not sure I want to waste many more hours to catch a few good lines here and there. I'll catch the last 1 or 2 episodes of this season and see if it is worth watching again in the fall. They (the writers) seem to be trying to hard....
~ Peggy from Porcupine