‘PRETTY SMART’ SEASON ONE NETFLIX SHOW IS PRETTY MUCH THE END. REVIEW OF THE NETFLIX SHOW WITH EMILY OSMENT. TEXT © RISSI JC

‘PRETTY SMART’ SEASON ONE NETFLIX SHOW IS PRETTY MUCH THE END

May 4, 2022 4 Comments

TV shows can and sometimes disappear before you can blink. The Netflix original Pretty Smart season one tried to create a very “trendy” niche show about a group of unlikely roommates that didn’t have staying power.

Pretty Smart, Season One (2021) Netflix Review

Finding her footing is an unusual place for Chelsea (Emily Osment) to be. She’s moving to LA to start anew with her long term boyfriend but while she waits for his arrival and new place, she reluctantly stays with the sister she hasn’t seen in years. Very different people, Chelsea is smart and professional. Claire (Olivia Macklin) on the other hand, well, she’s more free spirited and not quite as book smart. Trouble disrupts Chelsea’s otherwise ideal life when her boyfriend dumps her over the phone and she must stay with Claire.

Also factoring into the equation are Claire’s three roommates. There’s Jayden (Michael Hsu Rosen), the social media obsessed and popular influencer who’s got more than one issue with his mother; the former lawyer turned new age hippie Solana (Cinthya Carmona); and Grant (Gregg Sulkin), the likeable but not too smart gym owner whom Claire once dated.

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This is one of those shows that just couldn’t manage to have staying power. Made up of ten 30 minute installments, the show is funny sometimes, but really isn’t ultimately my cup of tea. It leans way too much on popular trends and the modern kind of idiosyncrasies issues of the day. It does work to inspire laughter, but also is a little too much.

That said, I do always enjoy Emily Osment in anything whether that’s her former show Young & Hungry or Hallmark films. The rest of the cast is good too in that there’s some cute scenes between everyone. Some of the characters have their moments and I appreciate the few examples of Claire and Chelsea finding their footing as sisters again. The show kind of morphs into this love triangle tease that ends on quite the cliffhanger because of course, there’s currently a cancelation at the streamer. If I had to guess, no one else will pick this up and I also suspect the short term solution to the love triangle would be painful. The longer term, I haven’t a clue where that’d go.

Fun fact, you spy Molly Ephraim (from Last Man Standing) as a guest star and additionally, a funny double-date episode that gets a little creepy. If you want something mindless to binge, Pretty Smart season one is cute. It’s not dynamic or memorable in the way of most of its ½ comedy peers. However, there’s still fun to be had if you don’t mind the obvious cheese.

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‘PRETTY SMART’ SEASON ONE NETFLIX SHOW IS PRETTY MUCH THE END. REVIEW OF THE NETFLIX SHOW WITH EMILY OSMENT. TEXT © RISSI JC

Content: there’s sexual references and innuendo. It’s implied someone is having sex in a room next door while everyone else hears them. There’s plenty of suggestive conversation relating to sex and the like. One character is homosexual, another actively seeks out a one time sex to relieve stress or to get out of a funk. There is some profanity, in a commonplace way. The show is TV-14.

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4 Comments

  • Stephanie H. May 5, 2022 at 5:11 AM

    I agree with you about this show as I have tried watching this series numerous times over the past year. Young & Hungry was a better series and much funnier to watch on TV. I hope Emily Osment continues to act and star in some more Hallmark movies too!

    • Rissi JC May 10, 2022 at 7:02 PM

      I really like Emily in the Hallmark films I’ve seen! She does a really good job. :) And let’s get Young & Hungry back! It was just too fun.

  • Angela May 8, 2022 at 6:50 AM

    This show had some cute moments, but it was pretty forgettable! But, something fun and easy to have on in the background.

    • Rissi JC May 10, 2022 at 7:08 PM

      Well said. It does have its moments but overall feels more of a fail. Don’t think I’ll miss it. :)

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