Life Unexpected

The CW (ended 2011)



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Life Unexpected stars Shiri Appleby, Kerr Smith, Austin Basis, Britt Robertson and Kristoffer Polaha.
Lux (played by Britt Robertson), is a 15 year-old foster child who connects with her biological father, Nate (played by Kristoffer Polaha), a manchild who never knew he had a daughter. Nate teams up with Lux's mother, Cate (played by Shiri Appleby), to give Lux a normal family life.

Life Unexpected is produced by Mojo Films in association with CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Liz Tigelaar (Brothers and Sisters, What About Brian) and Gary Fleder (October Road). The series premiered on The CW network on January 18th, 2010.


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    • Didn't really need that second season

      Hear me out! I really enjoyed Life Unexpected; I binge-watched the entire first season in one afternoon (and into the next morning). The debut season was incredibly funny and thoughtful. The Ryan-Cate-Baze dynamic provided much of the humor, but also great drama as you couldn't help but root for both guys. Also, the Cate-Baze-Lux dynamic was gripping because you couldn't wait for them to work out their problems and be a family.

      Had the first season ended with Lux's adoption and Baze successfully interrupting Cate's wedding, then the jump forward would have worked a lot better because it would have provided a natural ending.

      Instead, Cate marries Ryan and viewers are forced to watch their marriage spiral downward for an entire season, only to have her mystically reunite with Baze. We're also forced to watch Baze in an (incestuous) relationship with his father's former mistress. The focus of the second season is not on Cate and Baze's relationship. In fact, Baze and Ryan become friends, and Baze enters his first long-term relationship. Also, Lux's relationship with her parents takes a backseat to her relationship with Eric.

      Yes, we had some good times in season two - Roswell shout out, I'm talking to you - but the final five minutes of the series effectively make the second season unnecessary.moreless
    • ITS TIME!!!!

      I just found the show on Netflix and I LOVE it think if the show is brought back now it will be bigger than ever :) wish I could rate higher than 10 lol
    • Bring it Back!

      I discovered this show on netflix, couldn`t stop watching. It's really a shame that shows like this gets canceled, before I even discover them. Would have loved to have seen the 2 year time laps in full. Since it is 2 years later now, that wouldn`t work anymore. So let Lux go to college!!
    • I Love, Love, Love the Series!!

      I just started watching this Series, I love everyone in it!
    • Love it. Bring back!!!!!

      I have totally fallen in love with the characters, Cate, Base, Lux, and Ryan. Their life dramas seem so normal yet how they react and handle life's challenges is completely compelling. I can't stopped watching one episode after the other. I love it more than General Hospital which I have watched since high school in the 90's. It moves fast and it is hard to predict how the characters will react. I totally thought Cate was going to bail out on Ryan. But I really like them together. I started liking radio talk shows because of your show with Cate & Ryan. I hope you will bring back. I just discovered your show and I am hooked.moreless

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