Listen, I know this show seems to be like most shows targeting young adults and that isn’t really a bad thing, but I am just not the target audience for this kind of show. Still, the show came from a team that created a show that I loved, Orange Is The New Black so I had to give it a try. And by the end of my binge, I found myself surprised at how much I enjoyed Teenage Bounty Hunters and how I wanted more. It had a couple of moments that had me laughing out loud and never was I trying to skip some part of it or had an episode that felt out of place. Yes, it has some issues at the beginning since the show has a lot to introduce but once it found it’s pace, it became entertaining and I couldn’t stop. It’s an easy show to binge and by the end of it, I wanted more.
While not always perfectly balanced, Teenage Bounty Hunters benefit from it’s two charismatic leads. The chemistry between Maddie Phillips, who plays “the good twin” Sterling, and Anjelica Bette Fellini, who plays “the bad twin” Blair, never falters and is the driving force of the show. But what separates Teenage Bounty Hunters is the fact that the show plays against type. Yes, you could qualify Sterling and Blair as the good and bad twin but even then, that is doing injustice to the show and the writing. The writing is perfect when it comes to creating characters that just fit into one box. Never does the show try to make everyone fit in just one thing, yes they are often tropes that are used to put a character into one box, but then the show finds a way to turn it on its head in an instant. The show is intelligent in the handling of the characters and finds a way for you to care about everyone even when a character starts as the typical villain. You might start by hating a character but the writers of the show are capable of humanizing everyone and make them human by the end of the show instead of stereotype. It’s refreshing in a teenage show since a lot of the time shows just try to have archetypes of characters and are satisfied with just that.
While Phillips and Fellini shine as the sister, I don’t think the show would have worked as well without Kadeem Hardison as Bowser. He is the perfect balance to the twins and having him being the voice of reason brings something more to the show. He is the straight man to them but he also has moments that had me laughing out loud. The main trio is the strongest point of the show but everyone around them is strong. I have a little soft spot for Devon Hales’ April who starts at the typical antagonist in a young adult show and evolves into a complex and multi-faceted character that had my heart by the end. But she isn’t the only one, you think you know where one character is going and everything changes on you and your expectation are shifted.
Teenage Bounty Hunters might not always have the best writing and not every joke lands but it has so much heart that you can’t fault it. The overall arching storyline is interesting and while it does have moments where I think it’s not always as strong as it should be, the show never truly lost me. By the end, it had me and I was invested. I wanted to know what would happen and there were moments where I gasped as things were revealed and became clear. The show knows how to set itself up and the way they just opened the door to so many more stories is something I command. Because it was the main thing during the season, I was wondering how this show could sustain itself for more then just a season but it was able to turn the tables on itself and open itself to stories that will be fascinating to explore if it does get a second season.
There’s something to say about a show that surprises you. Not that I wasn’t expecting something funny but I was just not thinking I was going to be so invested in the story. The show boasts a cast that is always on point and stories that are fresh and inventive. It might sometime not always be perfect but it doesn’t matter because it does what it needs to be and it’s so darn entertaining.