Parents' Guide to

Single by 30

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Romantic comedy is sweet and charming but slight.

TV YouTube Drama 2016
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Sweet, and occasionally even clever, this show unfortunately relies on a very clichéd setup: the couple who'd be happy together if they'd just succumb to love. Peter and Joanna grew up together, share friends, have interests in common, are both super foxy -- they're perfect for each other! If only they knew! Blergh. If only that premise had the crackle of some of Single by 30's lines, like when Joanna's flighty roommate Chloe (Hillary Anne Matthews) leads off a conversation by revealing she's "SWF, ADD, and ESFP on the MBTI" or when Peter says that by age 30 his dad had married, had two kids, and escaped a communist regime, yet his own biggest decision on his 30th birthday was whether to send back his burrito because it came with salsa verde.

Joanna and Peter are easy to like, and the show does have a few things to say about modern love. Dating apps don't work for her or for many others, Joanna says, because there are so many choices that it's tough to "find the good ones." "We're a generation overrun by choice," muses Peter. "Seriously, have you seen how many types of Chex Mix there are now?" returns Joanna. They have chemistry together, and it's nice to see an Asian man as a romantic lead (extremely rare in American TV and cinema). But the setup? Cribbed straight from screwball of the '30s (or, given the age of Single by 30's creators, from 1980s TV comedies) and in need of an update.

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