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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Strong female lead rescues otherwise so-so teen soap.

TV MTV Drama 2014
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Happyland is a soapy dramedy geared toward teens, which makes the Disneyland-esque theme park setting and elaborate character costumes a little corny. But as the story evolves, even they serve a purpose as visual reinforcements of the show's comparison between fantasy life and reality and Lucy's struggle to find her place on one side or the other. Teens may or may not relate to the main character's specific challenges with regard to family and life situation, but they will see some familiar issues arise in rocky relationships and roadblocks to the characters' success.

Happily, the show uses these coming-of-age topics to bolster a decent female lead who copes with adversity in admirable ways, even if some of her circumstances are a little far-fetched and the plot fairly mundane. Although Lucy has high standards for herself, though, the same can't always be said of those around her, and teens will see and hear of instances of alcohol and drug use among other negative behavior that rarely yields consequences. The bottom line? Happyland doesn't break any new ground, and its incest-tainted premise is a little bizarre, but it does touch on some issues that likely relate to your teens' lives.

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