Parents' Guide to

Life Unexpected

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Family drama is edgy, earnest -- and aimed at adults.

TV CW Drama 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Life predicable

There isn't much to add based on what other people have already said you can get a good glimpse of how the show is. After the 1st few episodes the show gets pretty predictable but I loved the show. However, I definitely don't think it's "for kids". The teens on the show are just as or more mature than the adults so the line between adult/teen parent/child is often severely blurred. There is a lot of nonchalant teen drinking (beer/wine) often with the parents or other adults present. Most (2/3) of the main characters' (16) boyfriend's are adults(18 & 23). The main problem with this show is that there is a lack of any one person who could be considered a positive role model. Every character has some type of issue some of which are very dark and serious. This show really shines a light on kids who have the grow up too fast. Trying to get emancipated at 16 is pretty much the definition of growing up too fast. If you don't want your kid exposed to that then I would not recommend this.
age 10+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (10 ):

If you can get past the show's convoluted premise -- and a few downright ridiculous character names (Lux, Baze, and ... Math?) -- you might be unexpectedly charmed by this talky, teen-centric drama that's clearly drawing from shows like Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill. Robertson proves particularly beguiling as 15-year-old Lux, while Polaha and Appleby have palpable chemistry as her barely grown-up parents. And once a judge awards them temporary custody over their long-lost daughter, you don't need a crystal ball to see where the plot is going. Life Unexpected picks up points for originality...although, for some, it might be too original. And, despite the presence of teen characters, it seems to be courting older viewers, devoting the majority of most episodes to adult relationships. That said, the writing is sharp enough that the characters eventually become real rather than ridiculous, leaving you rooting for them despite their quirks -- and hoping that they get it right.

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