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Weird City

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teens will like this funny (but not silly) sci-fi fantasy.

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Almost like a comic Black Mirror, this lighthearted series has plenty to say about the way we live today, but it's so much fun to watch that heavy messages land lightly. The team of co-creators behind Weird City (including Jordan Peele) have fashioned a thrillingly meaty setting that looks incredible -- the haves/have-nots conflict that's central to the show is immediately clear in the show's first shots, with Above the Line resembling a glittering neon-lit metropolis, Below the Line a browned-out dilapidated slum. It's a perfect device for injecting class conflict into what's basically a satirical science fiction fantasy.

Of course, like all anthologies, some episodes are better than others. The series gets off to an incredibly strong start with "The One," with a whimsical May-December romance between Ed O'Neill and Dylan O'Brien that nimbly mocks, among other things, computer algorithms, online dating, psychology, and the state's interest in marriage and procreation. Next entry "A Family," surely one of Michael Cera's strangest roles, is harder to connect with and offers more in terms of spectacle and oddness than relatable emotions. But there's so much talent working behind the camera (with beloved directors like Amy Heckerling and Fargo's Adam Bernstein) and in front of it (quirky guest stars include LeVar Burton, Sara Gilbert, and Awkwafina), viewers who appreciate a good future dystopia tale should be all in.

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