Many fans were disappointed when "Life As We Know It" was cancelled by ABC last season before it even was allowed to air all of its filmed episodes, but most could not be surprised. The show, which is surprisingly decent considering the show's plot is about three high school guys trying to get laid, suffered from two things: it was on ABC, and halfway through the season the brilliant channel moved it to the Thursday at 8:00 timeslot to compete against a little-known show called "The O.C." Now, let's look at this strategy. You have a show that is receiving pretty good reviews thanks to its pretty and talented cast, witty screenplay and mildly entertaining plots, and you decide to pit it against "The O.C.," the hugely successful Fox television show that is receiving pretty good reviews thanks to its pretty and talented cast, witty screenplay and HUGELY ENTERTAINING plots. Was ABC purposely trying to kill its own show? We may never know, but it sure seems like it.
Having watched probably four or five episodes out of the season, I liked it well enough. Every once in a while, the characters cut out of the dialogue and talk directly to the screen to tell us what they're thinking. It's a clever style and, when done well, quite entertaining. The stereotypical storyline between the two leads, played by Sean Faris and Missy Peregrym, is the most intriguing, while the subplot about another high school kid (Jon Foster) and his sexual relationship with his hot teacher (Marguerite Moreau) was a little too extreme to believe. And that describes the show quite well: entertaining, smart, but inconsistent.
Now out on DVD, fans get to see the final two unaired episodes of the series, and everyone else can enjoy the show for the first time. The DVD also includes deleted scenes, outtakes and audio commentaries with the cast. Available on Amazon marketplace for $18.00, the show is worth the money, though of course it's always wise to rent an episode or two before laying down "the big bucks."
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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