What to say if you liked it
A quirky (but in a good sense), hilarious, thoughtful American drama. It’s a little like Tru Calling, Early Edition, Dead Like Me and Joan of Arcadia – which are all quite good – but this is even better.
What to say if you disliked it
Irksomely daft nonsense about a woman working in a Niagara Falls gift shop.
What was good about it?
• Jaye (played by Caroline Dhavernas), one of the all-time Top 10 Disaffected Characters on TV (she’s just behind Tim off The Office in our list). She’s sarcastic, intelligent, under-achieving, full of irony, witty, bemused and lovely to look at.
• Caroline Dhavernas does the character of Jaye real justice.
• Tyron Leitso, who plays bartender Eric, is cute and his character is so, so sweet
• We love Jaye’s dysfunctional family, especially her Bree-like mum (Diana Scarwid) and straitlaced lesbian sister Sharon (Katie Finneran). Jaye is very much an outsider, a fact underlined by the fact that hers is the only name in the family that doesn’t rhyme (Darrin, Karen, Sharon, Aaron. And Jaye)
* Jaye’s trailer park home looks cool.
* Jaye’s refund row with the fussy customer
• The poignant scene when sisters Jaye and Sharon revealed they loved each other. “I don’t feel dirty,” an amazed Jaye said after the confession. “I thought I’d feel dirty.” Nevertheless, the pair vow never to say “I love you” to each other in public.
What was bad about it?
• The tat on sale in the gift shop. All so bad that our mothers would snap it up.
• Jaye’s younger but fussier superior (Neil Grayston) – and her mouthy manager
• The inanimate objects that come to life annoyed the hell out of Jaye – and us – apart from the monkey on the desk of the shrink.
• The series proved to be too good for American TV and was axed by Fox after just four episodes. Thankfully, Sky is showing the 13 that were made – but it’ll be a wrench for us when it ends and we know it’ll never return.