Talkin' 'bout My Generation? Things aren't looking so good for ABC's new pseudo-documentary.
I wanted to like the series, which follows the lives of nine (fictional) members of a high school class of 2000 from Austin, Texas, and the ups and downs and changes of their lives that have happened in the 10 years since.
I love the premise and the idea of how people's dreams and priorities shift due to the events of life. There's just so much potential there to connect with an audience about their own experiences, successes, and failures.
Unfortunately, it didn't live up to that potential.
It wasn't bad, but when you take on a topic like this, it has to be really good because there's so much other programming that treads on the same territory but in REAL life (think MTV's True Life). And as cliché as it is, truth is not only stranger than fiction, it's also pretty tough to beat when it comes to compelling.
Speaking of cliches, the show was packed with them, which isn't always a bad thing. But unless they start moving beyond them quickly, it isn't going to be around for long.
There were some interesting plot lines -- like a baby born from a prom-night fling that's only revealed to the father now, 10 years later, and real-life tie-ins like the effects of the Enron scandal and 9/11 on individual lives -- but they just didn't pull me in enough to make me think I want to devote an hour to the show each week ... especially given the other shows on Thursday evenings, like The Real Housewives of D.C. and Grey's Anatomy.
I'm not writing the series off quite yet because of all the potential there. And because I'm hoping that now that all the plot lines have been laid out, we can actually see them dig a little deeper, go beyond the rigid clichés and stereotypes of each character, and make us feel more deeply about them, make us care what's going to happen to them in the next 10 years.
Did you watch My Generation? What did you think?
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