I’ve just started watching CW’s Life Unexpected. To be honest, I’ve been looking forward to it since the moment I heard about the show. Why, you may ask? Because I’ll look forward to anything that involves new Shiri Appleby every week. (Yes, I even watched the ill-fated Six Degrees, just for her.)
What I didn’t expect, was for her to be coming back to the network (sorta kinda, maybe not) that made me fall in love with her in the first place… or for her to be part of a teen show once again—as the mom.
Yes, I’m hinting and referring to the WB’s (and eventually UPN’s—the two conglomerates that melded to form the CW) literally star-crossed drama, Roswell, where Appleby played Liz Parker, the smallest of small town girls, who happened to be in love with a serious, dark-eyed boy… who happened to be an alien. Her old show is a little more of our normal subject matter, but Life Unexpected is also aimed towards teens (ish) and it’s honestly delightful.
The show is about Cate and Baze, two adults going about their normal everyday lives, when their given-up-for-adoption sixteen-year-old daughter Lux walks back into their lives—and they end up being granted joint custody of her. In the pattern of Gilmore Girls (another show I love, miss, and mourn!), it shows parents and teens on more of an equal-footing than a simple child/guardian image, and the relationship is more complex and real feeling than when the parents are the ones who have all the answers. I’ve only seen the first three episodes as yet, so I’m a little behind, but so far I’m honestly loving the show. The struggle for Cate and Baze to finally grow up, and even more so, for Lux, who’s been in foster care her whole life with less-than-stellar experiences, to finally learn to depend on someone, has been really moving and fantastic to watch so far. I really hope this show sticks around for a while… and not just so I can get a Liz Parker fix.