I won’t pretend I’ve seen enough Apple TV+ series to render judgment on the service writ large, but after Defending Jacob failed to impress me on any lasting level, I’ll admit that I wasn’t at all looking forward to Trying. But! Imagine my shock on watching Trying and being deeply charmed by its low-key tenor contrasted with its high-stake premise. Parenthood isn’t small potatoes. It’s life-changing and life-affirming. Take it from me. I am a parent, after all.
The show works in large part thanks to the casual insights of creator Andy Wolton’s writing and, maybe more so, the performances of its leads, Rafe Spall and Esther Smith. I think “casual” here equates with “natural,” something that’s hard to achieve in and of itself, I find, but often better realized through other means.
Anyways. You can read my full review for The Playlist.