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Chasing Life: Season 1 (2014)




Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 4

Though the show would benefit from a sharper focus on its overall theme, Italia Ricci's believable leading performance makes Chasing Life worth following.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

Though the show would benefit from a sharper focus on its overall theme, Italia Ricci's believable leading performance makes Chasing Life worth following.



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User Ratings: 62

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Season Info

An ambitious young newspaper reporter won't give up on her dreams when she's diagnosed with cancer. Based on a Mexican telenovela.

Network: ABC Family




Air date: Jun 10, 2014


April is a smart, twenty-something, aspiring journalist whose romantic and professional life is just starting to take off when she receives news that she has cancer. (C) ABC Family

Air date: Jun 17, 2014

Help Wanted

April hides her diagnosis and focuses on work, which includes profiling a gubernatorial candidate. Meanwhile, Sara finds success with online dating, but she faces a tough parenting situation; and April uncovers something shocking about her own family.

Air date: Jun 24, 2014

Blood Cancer Sex Carrots

Dominic's playboy reputation is revealed to April, causing her to have doubts about their romance. Meanwhile, Ben meets Sara's family during an uncomfortable dinner; and April finds an unexpected confidant in a guy who makes so-called miracle juice.

Air date: Jul 1, 2014

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

April feels overburdened as she tries to balance everything, including her first bone-marrow biopsy. Meanwhile, Leo makes an assumption about April's motives; and Brenna unexpectedly befriends a girl who's very popular.

Air date: Jul 8, 2014

The Family That Lies Together

Dominic and April share family secrets following an unnerving visit to a psychic. (C) ABC Family

Air date: Jul 15, 2014

Clear Minds, Full Lives, Can't Eat

April agrees to some recklessness with Leo after he challenges her to take control of her future. (C) ABC Family

Air date: Jul 22, 2014

Unplanned Parenthood

April visits a fertility doctor before starting chemotherapy, and she seeks advice from her support group about how to reveal her disease to Dominic. Meanwhile, George helps Sara deal with the pressure she's facing; and Dominic gets an unexpected offer.

Air date: Jul 29, 2014

Death Becomes Her

April plays hooky from work to hang out with Beth and folks from her support group, and she uncovers something pleasantly surprising about Leo. Elsewhere, Brenna goes on a class trip to Miami, where Greer helps her meet Natalie.

Air date: Aug 5, 2014

What to Expect When You're Expecting Chemo

April prepares for her first chemo treatment and a hospital stay by trying to enjoy a few ordinary days, but that doesn't work out thanks to drama from Leo, Beth and Sara. Elsewhere, Brenna attempts to make time for both Kieran and Greer.

Air date: Aug 12, 2014

Finding Chemo

April's resolve to battle her situation wanes as her chemotherapy treatments begin to take a toll. (C) ABC Family

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (4)

Conversation-starter drama has hopeful message.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Ricci is a pleasant enough presence, though she talks more like a 40 something woman.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source:

Ricci, an Alyssa Milano look-alike, is engaging and strong-willed, but it will take more than girl power for this to be worth chasing.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The series showcased some serious potential - given it has stamina - flowing without getting stuck in a moment too long, while giving a seamless run down of the main characters.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

Chasing Life could be accused of sending mixed messages, but in fact it sends no message at all.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

When it's not being completely ridiculous, Chasing Life is very good.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

While her reaction may be somewhat natural, coupled with all the show's trappings of soapy drama... there's little sense of urgency in Chasing Life beyond its title.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I'm looking forward to getting to know April, her friends and family and to see her fight for the life she wants.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

The ABC Family show... holds it all together nicely enough.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

The most important thing needed to make this type of small story work is a strong driving force at its center, and that's unfortunately where Chasing Life stumbles right out of the gate.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The material might seem a little on the mature side for the targeted ABC Family audience, but fans of the network may be pleasantly surprised with just how refreshing the story is.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Warning: tears are inevitable with this series. When the primary hook is a 24-year-old finds out she has cancer, there has to be some tears, but there is so much more going on in Chasing Life.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

This youthful drama feels well suited to ABC Family, with an appealing lead in Italia Ricci and enough soapy doings to keep its audience intrigued, despite clunky moments and another groan-inducing screen representation of newspaper life.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety

Ricci makes the balance work, reminding us that a story of a girl with cancer can also be the story of a girl.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

As episodes unfold, the relationships resonate, and the characters run deeper.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday

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