With some magical elements, but mostly roots in reality, Maggie is a Hulu comedy series that is, mostly, charming.
Maggie (2022) Hulu Review
Working a party as the psychic entertainment is part of a bigger plan for Maggie (Rebecca Rittenhouse). All in the pursuit of giving her store some exposure. When one of the partygoers ends up trying to talk with her, she makes a hasty exit only for him to later want a reading. Ben (David Del Rio) finds Maggie fascinating but he’s also looking for answers on whether he’ll find the one. This after a rather tumultuous back and forth relationship. When Maggie reluctantly allows him to charm her into a reading, she isn’t prepared for what she sees.
You see, for the first time, Maggie sees a future that has her in it.
Panicked over this, while out the next day with her best friend Lou (Nichole Sakura), fate finds her. She runs into Ben (again!). At the urging of Lou, she decides to let go and be spontaneous. Together, the three of them plus his sister Amy (Angelique Cabral) and her boyfriend Dave (Leonardo Nam), have a good night. But after a less than happy next day, weeks go by and then Maggie again runs into Ben in the most unexpected way.
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After shifting from place to place, Maggie finally debuts. Originally an ABC summer show, Hulu picked up the charmer, and honestly, it’s pretty cute. Like anything I don’t care for everything the show says, and it does tend to check multiple quotas, but at the heart, it has a charming would be romance. While I don’t agree with everything I saw in Maggie or appreciate every message, I do appreciate that it’s a rom-com that tries and for that alone, I have to give the series props. Based on what I saw of review headlines, I’m in the minority (again), and while this may be no series two, I’m glad I watched this.
The cast is really good. It’s fun to see the leads, who I didn’t know, together with their cute chemistry, but also familiar faces. I loved seeing Angelique from Life in Pieces again; and from our teenage movie years, you’ll recognize Leonardo from Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Rebecca is a solid lead who carries the character well, and while it’s not always at the forefront of each episode, I do like the subtle interaction between her and David.
The styling is cool, as are themes of friendship. There’s also themes that are way too irresponsible for my liking, but in this example I can separate that. At least to some extent, and still enjoy this as is. The main character group is mostly likable and while the end does have cliffhanger elements, there is no word on a possible second year. Makes me think we may not see more from these characters. However, if not, the show is still kind of fun to watch unless you’re someone who needs answers either way. I can respect this and while I have frustrations, the fact that this is a lighthearted rom-com, which we’re missing now, means I cannot nitpick too much.
You can find all 13 episodes of Maggie season one on Hulu
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Content: there’s lots of casual attitudes about sex. Two characters sleep with someone “on a whim” and without knowing them, one does this more than once. There’s references to “hooking up” and other sexual innuendo.