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By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Funny, edgy riches-to-rags dramedy has some teen appeal.

TV Max Comedy 2020
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This Aussie import charms and disturbs with its creative twist on the "homecoming" story. Sarah Kendall, who wrote Frayed and plays Sammy, delivers a story that feels real and absurd. A self-centered liar, Sammy fled a broken heart when she first left Australia. Her plotting to return to London, though, feels like a ridiculous pursuit, stalling reconciliations she wants at home. Uncle Jim is sadly one-dimensional, and the butt of many jokes -- he's dumb, racist, and sexist, though his soft spot for his sister's kids can be endearing. Jean and Tess's storylines are the most satisfying to watch as they struggle to adjust and stay true to themselves.

Though a dramedy, the show can feel disjointed when drama overshadows humor. The racism is pointless beyond cheap laughs, and the show offers weak commentary on women's equality. Still, the multiple storylines leave viewers with plenty to explore. Teens will enjoy the young people's stories and seeing parents struggle to grow up, and adults will laugh and cringe as Sammy gets herself into absurd situations. A solid pick for older teens and adults.

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