Series veterans Katherine Heigl and Sara Chalke first worked on the small screen in “Firefly Lane”, Kristin Hannah 2008 novel.
10-episode Netflix The play, adapted for the small screen by Maggie Friedman, will appeal to fans of the Tug-At-Your-Heartstrings drama cleverly with ‘pinball-pings between the’ 70s, ’80s and 2003, and two familiar TV faces.
The story is woven around BFFs Tully Hart (Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Chalke), who meet as a teenager in the mid-’70s (Ali Scowbey), when Tully (Ali Skowby) takes on his hippie / draggie irresponsible Single Mom Claude (Beau Garrett), who was constantly stoned and oblivious to her daughter’s needs.
Tully’s strict outer facade has a darker, sensitive side, while Kate (Roan Curtis) books – who wears brutal Ginnormus glasses – to her standard-issue class parents (Chelha Horsdale, Paul Paul Greggill) and her secret Gay lives across the street with Sean, the older brother. (Young played by Quinn Lord and elder Josh Mackinnon).
Kate is a good-natured soul, a socially awkward outsider who, in turn, and is pulled gravitationally as a master, exposing her to the side of life that she is only heterophore Can imagine. They become fast friends, bonding over their separate domestic lives, a tragic mystery and a shared love of small town adventures and escapism.
As the series concludes, we track the arc of Tully and Kate’s friendship, which culminates in high school and then college together through roommates and entering the workplace. At this point, Heigl and Chalke took over and continued the roles of Tully / Kate as the years progressed. Life will throw them both curbballs in a romantic, professional and personal life. Kate is married and has a daughter (Yale Yourman); Tully, determined to become a trailblazing TV anchor in Seattle, eventually lives in that dream for the wary-you-want-to-wish. Ben Lawson plays his romantic Lightning-rod, Johnny Ryan, an Australian former war correspondent (with the expected stubble and pearl white) who is short of producing a softball local news show – and happy about it Is not.
I cannot say how closely the characters and situations of “Jugnu Lane” are related to Hannah’s novel (she is a co-executive producer). The series is sufficiently entertaining in that angst-y kind of way, with solid performances all around, most notably from Scowby and Curtis as the young Tilly and Kate. They are very credible as odd-duo adversaries, who appreciate them in finding each other, and their performance is complemented by a good on-screen chemistry.
Heigl and Chalke, with a long track record in network drama, back-to-back best-friends Mantle and Seasaw between their 20s and 40s and Agos-Egos with Elpomb, revealing the depth or affliction of their characters Huh. (Kudos to the show’s six-man makeup team, costume designer Allyssa Swanson and art director Christina Lynn).
I wouldn’t call that series bing-y in “Watch the next episode – now!” of different varieties. It gets a bit repetitive at times, and its decades-long plot, often within a single continuous scene, can be confusing and confusing (wait, What The year is that;)
But if you are looking for an interesting place to visit, try a stroll down “Firefly Lane”.