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Back to Life

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Poignant British dramedy about post-prison life is mature.

TV Showtime Comedy 2019
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Written by Daisy Haggard, the dark comedy offers a compelling narrative that combines a sense of optimism with an every-lurking sense of hopelessness. The result is a well-balanced series that uses dry humor to guide our understanding of Miri Matteson's experiences, and helps make her a likable character that you want to root for. Granted, not knowing what crime she actually committed makes her past a little bit more forgivable. But the rejection she experiences also reminds us of how cruel the world can be to people who have been punished for their crimes, and are trying to redeem themselves by becoming productive members of their communities. Back To Life isn't a simple story, but it's smart, entertaining, and worth the watch.

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