I Hate My 30's

Season 1 Episode 1

I Have to Go #30

Aired Thursday 12:00 AM Jul 26, 2007 on VH1
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I Have to Go #30
Carol is anxious about her 30th birthday and even more, when Vicki's younger friends decide to liven up the party. Chad gives her a very personal gift, which complicates things further.

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  • If you ever wished for a Saved By the Bell: The Career Years, this is it.

    I Hate My 30s is a new VH1 comedy about getting older and dealing with your third decade discovering you're no where you expected to be. It focuses on a group of people all working at the same business and narrated by Dr. Rod who works as a barista. This was a free download on Amazon Unbox so I checked it out to try out Amazon's service.

    Knowing now that this is a VH1 show it explains the horrible writing and production value of the show. But it's also written in the similar fashion to after school specials and it does quite well at replicating the cheesiness of those. It even ends with a "message of the week" tip similar to G.I. Joe's knowing if half the battles messages but with C. L. Fox, their animated co-worker. But no longer is it such things as "caring is sharing!", instead it's more "hey, grow up, stop being an idiot and deal with it!".

    According to the description of the show on VH1's site, each episode of the series focuses on a specific issue of facing your new life as a 30-something. The issue is presented by Dr. Rod who's the fountain of wisdom for the characters of this show. I actually already forgot just what his words of advice were in this episode though. This episode focused on single Carol who was dreading her 30th birthday and dealing with pressures of personal life and pursuing her career. Carol has this unspoken non-existent relationship with co-worker Chad who gets her a very thoughtful and special gift which complicates matters for her despite her obvious affection for him. At Carol's birthday dinner receptionist Vicky, who's trying to become a rock star, invites her younger 20-something friends to liven up the party. In good ol' moral of the story fashion, they're the stereotypical college party animals complete with beer bongs. This gets everyone, especially Mandy who thinks she can still pass as a 17 year-old, to embrace their maturity for a moment.

    I suppose in also a bit of VH1/Saved By the Bell fashion, there's a quick out of nowhere bizarre music video starring Vicky that plays on their work computers to wish Mandy a happy birthday. If you ever wished for a Saved By the Bell: The Career Years, this is it. Sadly, there's no Zach Morris, A.C. Slater, or Screech, although considering Dustin Diamond's last claim to fame, it's probably for the best he's not on TV anymore.

    While this certainly isn't a quality show, if you for some reason have the desire to watch super cheesy comedy that's not about teenagers or family life, but instead have the possibility of showing some glimpse of reality of "life sucks" with a dash of nostalgia, then this is just what the doctor ordered.moreless

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