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How to Be Indie

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Racially diverse, female-centric tween comedy is very corny.

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While it can't be understated how incredibly important it is for kids to see themselves represented in the media they consume, this show is so formulaic that it feels like just more of the same old corny sitcom stuff. Melinda Shankar has done fine work elsewhere (most notably on Degrassi), but her work here is all overwrought humor and played-out bits that just aren't that clever. She often talks directly to the camera, breaking the fourth wall -- a conceit the show creators also used on their similarly blah show Naturally, Sadie. How to Be Indie especially suffers when compared to shows like Fresh Off the Boat, which tackles similar issues with freshness, depth, and genuine humor. Overall it's a decent concept, but with mediocre execution.

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