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The two actresses, along with the two who play them as teens, are as good as they can be, given the flatness and redundancies of the script.
The problem isn't in the idea or the genre; it's in the execution, and especially the writing.
Heigl and Chalke work wonderfully together, as do Ali Skovbye and Roan Curtis as the teenage Tully and Kate. It's those teenage years that prove the most affecting as Tully suffers traumas that will stay with her. Easy to keep watching.
By most metrics, Firefly Lane is simply not a good show. Yet despite its many limitations, there's something lovable about it.
It's nothing we haven't seen before - but other versions of this story have an emotional resonance that Firefly Lane never gives.
It would be extremely frustrating if we really cared, but the advantage of a show as thoroughly mediocre as Firefly Lane is that we can't really be bothered.
Heartwarming story of two BFFs. Casting could have been better. Ben Lawson emerges as the star to watch.
It had promise, but Firefly Lane didn't live up to its potential. Heigl and Chalke make it watchable.
It's hard to believe Firefly Lane wouldn't have been a tighter, better show had the whole book been poured into one stand-alone season. That said, it's also hard to dislike the idea of more Tully and Kate down the road a bit.
As it stands, Firefly Lane is a typical story about love and friendship lost. The predictable script is adequately performed. The powerful moments are as hard to point out as the flaws.
Audience Reviews for Firefly Lane: Season 1
Apr 11, 2021I loved it just as much as the book. They did a great job
Apr 07, 2021I got whiplash watching this show. All of the Back to the Future movies don't have this much time traveling.
Mar 28, 2021Ok as soap opera, but don't expect much depth or nuance in the portrayal of female friendship. The characters quickly become tropes : the ditzy and good-hearted nerd, channeling Diane Keaton, and the self destructive, sexy extrovert. The constant flashbacks are annoying, as are the awful hairstyles and wigs used to convey the different time periods. Hard to really love either character. OK to watch to pass the time on the treadmill.
Mar 17, 2021Absolutely loved it. Every episode left me anticipating the next. Thought they did a great job with winding the changing times throughout the storyline. Loved seeing them through the decades. Definitely want to see a season 2 to find out what happened regarding the big rift.
Mar 15, 2021This is a whirlwind story line that is a raw portrayal of messy lives. I found the going back and forth between 3 times in history irritating. That aside, the acting was very good. It had me hooked and I look forward to the cliffhanger answer next season.
Mar 13, 2021Sarah Chalke is amazing. All of the actors are. A great story. I really enjoyed the show.
Mar 11, 2021) Is there a single likable character here? Kate is a fumbling doormat. Tully is a self promoting narcissist. Johnny is all about Johnny. OK, Marah is a kid but honestly she was horrible. Cloud is an abusive wreck. I watched it for lack of anything else hoping it would get better but I need a character to cheer for. These were terrible.
Mar 05, 2021Have had a lot of time to watch shows this year...and this was one of the worst. Boring story, uninteresting characters, bad directing, over the top acting... I would have given up on it after the first two episodes, but my wife wanted to see how it ended. Unfortunately it leaves you hanging for a 2nd season. I did not find any of the characters relatable or likeable.
Mar 02, 2021The Good: There are some really memorable performances here. Sarah Chalke, Ali Skovbye, Roan Curtis, Ben Lawson, Jon-Michael Ecker all stand out to me. Most of the Kate and Tully as kids storyline is believable and enjoyable. The story is told in a non-linear method, jumping between different time periods as it slowly fills in gaps. This makes it feel like something a little unique and holds a little more viewer engagement. The Bad: The moments of hack writing drained so much of the goodwill I had for the show. Fakeouts and misleads were unnecessary and became frustrating. I personally don't care for Katherine Heigl and while she was ok in this role, I would have preferred other casting. The ending of the season also fell very flat for me. It seemed like they tried to toe the line between being a one season-and-done series that told their story and a show that can carry on into multiple seasons. In the end, it just felt like a single story with a weak ending and loose ends.
Feb 28, 2021Very clever series that focusses predominately on friendship, something tv / films rarely do. Although romance and other more common themes are weaved in and out, friendship is the main focus, which is very refreshing. It also tackles important issues such as rape, coming out, cancer, war, all whilst feeling easy and enjoyable to watch through the lense of two very strong female characters.