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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Some mature humor in easygoing fame-spoofing sitcom.

TV Hulu Comedy 2019
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Most Americans have likely never heard of Jann Arden, and as this winsome, loose-limbed comedy proves, that's a shame. Arden has had a venerable Tori Amos-like career in Canada, but her heyday was the 1990s, and Jann begins with her career in precipitous decline. The best gig her hapless manager Todd (Jason Blicker) could get her is middling at a farmers' market just ahead of a father-and-son duck-calling duo, where she gets paid in Parmesan cheese. Her personal life is full of havoc too, with she and ex-girlfriend Cynthia (Sharon Taylor) taking some "space," while Jann's stalwart sister Max (Zoie Palmer) is unhappily pregnant, and firmly demands their elderly mom (Deborah Grover) move in with Jann for a while. But there is one bright spot on the horizon: powerhouse manager Cale (Elena Juatco) sees something in Jann, and wants to help her launch a social media-enabled comeback.

Speaking of comebacks, The Comeback is exactly what Jann will remind you of, with a game star willing to poke fun at her foibles; there's also a whiff of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, with humor that depends largely on the humiliations a performing career heaps on those who aren't on top of the heap. But Arden is charming and delightful, and the humor is gentle instead of bitter; Arden's relationships with her sister, her mother, her manager and others read as true. You'll root for her, even while watching her fail is so enjoyable.

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