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Welcome to Flatch

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Strong writing, fresh jokes and characters in mockumentary.

TV Fox Comedy 2022
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With sparkling writing and wry, knowing humor, this mockumentary freshens up a blah premise and makes this comedy a pleasure to watch. Americans, Welcome to Flatch tells us in the show's opening moments, are longing for a simpler small-town life, and so Fox sent a film crew to Flatch, Ohio, population 1,526, to find out exactly what life is like there. Naturally, it turns out that Flatch is teeming with eccentrics, like Big Mandy, who describes her town as "upstanding" with "two restaurants, one with menus" and also last year someone gave birth to twins.

But our main avatars for navigating Flatch are Kelly and Shrub, twentysomething cousins and best friends, who Big Mandy calls "walking disappointments," and even sympathetic Father Joe admits to being worried about. With few prospects and days that revolve around pursuits like making an impressive scarecrow to catch the eye of a crush, or launching Flatch's first ride-sharing service, Shrub and Kelly are aimless but lovable, and the humor is loving too: far from caricatures, our main characters soon emerge as fully fleshed out people with relatable dreams, in a town that's admirable and worthwhile even though it's tiny.

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