Parents' Guide to

Pretty Smart

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Quality cast and creators elevate light-as-air sitcom.

TV Netflix Comedy 2021
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Love it

It’s funny and I love all the characters.
age 18+

It was ok

Honestly give it try .. Once you pass the first episode … it gets little better. Would I watch season 2 yes but I would for them to do team bonding and get to know each other as co workers . on as a person . They look nervous . They look uncomfortable to be around each other and The character that they are playing is not presenting well through them . Season two let’s really digging in our character and really understand who were playing .

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

An easy binge that's lighter than air and lots of fun, this multi-camera sitcom has unexpected heart, and lots of TV-royalty talent behind and in front of the cameras. To begin with, the cast boasts a minor rogue's gallery of millennial TV faves: Emily Osment (breakthrough role: Hannah Montana) in the lead and Gregg Sulkin (Wizards of Waverly Place) as the Joey Tribbiani of the group. Pretty Smart was also co-created by Jack Dolgen and Doug Mand (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and How I Met Your Mother), so viewers tempted to write off this guilty pleasure of a sitcom may want to give it another look, especially if the ol' "the gang has adventures" setup still holds appeal for them.

Though Pretty Smart does traffic in some predictable storylines (Chelsea feels like an outcast at a party, Jayden's estranged mom shows up to cause chaos), it's also by turns sweet (scenes in which Chelsea and Claire bond are standouts) and clever (a first-season episode in which the roommates imagine a life for a former tenant of their apartment based on the mail that still comes for him is slapstick genius). It's like a second coming of Friends -- and since most TV fans have already absorbed all those episodes, Pretty Smart is a worthy followup in the same cheerily artificial tradition that goes down easily and makes people smile.

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