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Life Unexpected: Season 1 (2010)




Critic Consensus: Though Life Unexpected occasionally overdoses on schmaltz, it's a well-acted and insightful look at a bright but unsettled teenager.


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A series about a teen reconnecting with her biological parents after growing up in foster care. In Season 1, Lux (Britt Robertson) attempts to become emancipated and is instead placed in the custody of her mother (Shiri Appleby), who did not know she wasn't adopted, and father (Kristoffer Polaha) who did not know about her birth.


Britt Robertson
as Lux Cassidy
Kristoffer Polaha
as Nate 'Baze' Bazile
Shiri Appleby
as Cate Cassidy
Kerr Smith
as Ryan Thomas
Austin Basis
as Matthew 'Math' Rogers
Ksenia Solo
as Natasha
Robin Thomas
as Baze's Father
Merrilyn Gann
as Principal Dugan
Susan Hogan
as Baze's Mother
Gina Holden
as Trina Campbell
Cynthia Stevenson
as Cate's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Life Unexpected: Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (15)

Life Unexpected overall is just too dumb to take into your homes.

January 18, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sometimes it's like she's [Lux] the parent and they're the kids! The CW succumbs to that old cliche, but it makes up for it with an attractive, likable cast who draw you into the characters' emotional lives.

January 15, 2010 | Full Review…

Finally there is a rare breed, the self-aware young thinkers, glimpsed in occasional intelligent hours that give voice to teen angst beyond lust. Life Unexpected offers intelligent family drama while the glitzier Gossip Girl is on hiatus.

January 17, 2010 | Full Review…

The cast has major potential, but Life Unexpected still needs to find an original and compelling voice.

January 18, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

As someone who spent a lot of time in the last decade watching the adventures of Buffy and Lorelai and Angel and Rory and the rest, I couldn't help but smile at the introduction of Lux.

January 18, 2010 | Full Review…

Life Unexpected throws that whole family-of-choice trope for a small, pleasing loop.

January 18, 2010 | Full Review…

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