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Season 1 (2010) Created by Liz Tigelaar | Find it on Amazon
Fifteen year old Lux (Britt Robertson) been a ward of the state for her entire life, moving between various foster homes, all of which she hated. When she comes up with a plan to become emancipated and make her own way in the world Lux winds up finding her biological parents; bar owner Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) and local radio star Cate (Shiri Appleby). When the judge dismisses Lux’s request and grants her real parents joint custody instead, the lives of all three are turned upside down as they learn to become a family.
The series sees Lux, Baze, Cate and their loved ones go through a whole host of ups and downs. Cate’s secret relationship with radio co-host Ryan (Kerr Smith) is threatened by Baze coming back into the picture, not to mention her career is put on the line thanks to Lux revealing to the public that Cate and Ryan are a couple. Meanwhile Baze has his own issues including financial troubles and a difficult relationship with his father who he manages to constantly disappoint. Lux struggles with fitting in at her new school, leaving behind her old friends and of course having real parents for the first time in her life.
A lot of the time I felt the characters lacked likability but if I had to pick a favourite it would probably be Baze. Of all the character’s journeys his quest to become a good father and make something more of his life was the most interesting.
Although Life Unexpected was really just another average show, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I actually quite enjoyed it! It was much more engaging than I had expected from the description so I would recommend giving it a chance if you’re on the fence. Unfortunately I’ll have to wait to find out how this two-season show concluded - here’s hoping the second season will be available on Netflix UK soon!