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Early this morning, Netflix launched the new comedy Alexa & Katie. Teenagers Alexa (Paris Berelc, Lab Rats: Elite Force) and Katie (Isabel May) have been best friends all their lives. So when Alexa was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo chemo, Katie was right there by her side. It’s just days away from their first year of high school. Alexa is doing much better, and she is anxiously awaiting the OK from her doctor. Alexa wants to keep her illness a secret from the others at school so that she isn’t treated any differently, but that may be easier said than done when her hair starts falling out. So now, in addition to the usual high school problems, and dealing with arch nemesis, mean girl Gwenny (Kerri Medders, SEAL Team), Alexa’s got even more things to worry about. However, best friend Katie will be there for her every step of the way.
I checked out the first two episodes of the series and found it to be both fun and heartwarming. It feels like a classic multi-camera sitcom but with a little more heart and drama. The story is more serialized, much like Netflix’s Fuller House. In addition to seeing the girls at school, the series also explores their home lives. Alexa lives with parents Lori (Tiffani Thiessen, Saved by the Bell) and Dave (Eddie Shin, Westworld) and sporty older brother Lucas (Emery Kelly) — on whom Katie has a crush. Meanwhile Katie lives with mother Jennifer (Jolie Jenkins, Liv and Maddie) and younger brother Jack (Finn Carr). The families feel quite grounded and realistic. Katie finds herself constantly having to babysit her brother while her single mother is working. She also has to worry about money a little bit more — she can’t just go out and buy anything she wants. Meanwhile, Alexa’s family loves and supports her, but at the same time her father treats the bald Alexa differently, has trouble communicating with her, and has difficulty seeing her as the daughter he loves.
I look forward to checking out more of this series. Though it is a bit difficult trying to watch a show called Alexa & Katie with an Amazon Echo in the same room. Though it could have been worse — the seres could have been called Alexa & Siri!
All 13 episodes of the first season are now available to stream on Netflix.
I’ll also be watching/recording Santa Clarita Diet, The Mechanism, Game Over, Man!, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and MasterChef: Junior.