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From the very beginning, Smith and Spall have winning chemistry as a couple you want to root for, hang out with, and watch fumble through this process.
The real anchor of "Trying" is Smith, who's able to move between Nikki's bouts of enthusiasm and second-guessing and insecurity without losing any of those threads.
One of the things I have always admired about TV is how it can benefit society, if a TV show talks about an issue with sensitivity and heart. This is one of those shows.
The genuinely loving, intimate banter between Nikki and Jason in their quieter moments too is one of the series' greatest strengths.
Rarely does a series so honestly portray the devastation of infertility or the challenges and heartbreak of the adoption process. It's great to have this much candor in a series that is still so highly entertaining.
At its best, Trying candidly lays bare the emotional filigree of failing to conceive a child and choosing to devote your life to a tiny stranger. At its worst, it yokes us to two unlikeable people who grind you down with their endless neuroses.
Apple TV is still in it's infancy, but it has some gems that really do make it worth checking out. This was the first I watched and it's still my favourite.
Spall, who is always the best part of whatever he's in, is as natural as ever, while Smith proves endlessly endearing.
Trying does try very hard to come across as quirky and endearing - and mostly succeeds.
Audience Reviews for Trying: Season 1
Dec 22, 2020Charming, funny, real, wonderful.
Jul 30, 2020I just finished watching the first episode. I thought I would like the series but I was just disgusted by the protagonist, Nikki's attitude and behavior. The show opened with her raping her husband on a bus where he clearly told her *No* multiple times. Her attitude towards others' babies is horrendous. She made fun of their names, head shape and called them ugly. She wanted to adopt but changed her mind when informed that the process would take over a year and that they may get an older child due to a shortage of babies. On top of all that, she threw a random guy's phone into a pond because she assumed he was the father and wasn't paying attention to these 2 kids near him. Sorry but no, I can't support this show 🤢
May 24, 2020Each episode got better and better. Absolutely brilliant show. Looking forward to the next series.
May 19, 2020Loved it! Nice premise and good acting. I fell in love with the characters. Some of the family tensions are a bit cliché but it works for a comedy.
May 14, 2020Predictable and unfunny- binged anyway
May 12, 2020Just like parenting, its up and down but generally tolerable.
May 12, 2020I thought the first three episodes were charming and funny, but from episode 4 and on, once the great Imelda Staunton makes her series debut, Trying had me laughing uncontrollably. I cannot remember laughing this hard, this much, watching TV comedy. A feel good, hilarious, and meaningful comedy series. A must watch!