I’d like to think of Amanda Bynes (She’s the Man) for being part of a smaller second wave of teen female performers. Nobody’s really sure of who she is, but she appears to stay out of trouble and certainly not emulate the Lohans and Spears of the world. She had an already established name among the Nickelodeon demographic, but soon moved to grown up television, joining television veteran Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills, 90210) in What I Like About You.
In the show, Bynes …ortrays Holly, a rambunctious teenager who is forced to live with her older sister Valerie (Garth), because their father is being transferred to a job overseas. At first, Holly is a little unsure of her surroundings with Valerie in New York, but she finds a friend in Gary (Wesley Jonathan, Roll Bounce) and they disrupt Valerie’s life with Jeff (Simon Rex, Scary Movie 3).
It’s clear though that the show is meant to be a vehicle for the comedic talents of Bynes. And she does have quite a bit of comic timing. The chemistry that she shares with Garth is surprisingly good, and the show does have its moments over the course of the season. Would I watch it again? God no, I’ve got steaks to cook and sports to watch! But it’s a decent harmless little sitcom for the teen miss in your crowd.
Two channel stereo that sounds satisfactory, couldn’t ask for anything more or less.
More full frame, more often. The picture quality is OK as well, though there are moments of random crappiness associated with it in the way of an occasional artifact.
With all these discs and all this TV to watch, you’d think something more than a gag reel would be included, but you’d be wrong.
The show itself isn’t too bad, but you’ve got to take it in small doses and parse said doses out rather sporadically. The lack of extras is a disappointment but hey, you do what you can do with what you have. Rentals for those that watch the 290 and up channels on the satellite, otherwise I’d skip it.
Special Features List
- Gag Reel