Dash & Lily S1
IMDb rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Austin Abrams (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Euphoria) plays Dash, a cynical teenager who has given up on Christmas. Midori Francis (Younger, Ocean’s 8, Good Boys) plays Lily, who’s struggling to connect with anyone her own age. They’re both left alone in New York City for the holidays, and find themselves on an unconventional journey towards each other as they trade desires, dares and dreams in the red notebook they pass along in various locations around the city.
You’ll also recognise Dante Brown, who plays Boomer, from the 2019 horror movie Ma; and look out for cameos by the Jonas Brothers as themselves (Nick is the producer on the show).
It may sound as saccharine and shallow as it gets, but critics assure us that there’s more to this cheery holiday series than meets the eye. Hollywood Reporter said, “Dash & Lily is neither clumsy nor cheap-looking. Thanks to energetic cinematography from Eric Treml and candid direction from the likes of Fred Savage and Pamela Romanowsky, the show’s saccharine candy shell soon melts to reveal a richer emotional core.”
AV Club praises Abrams and Midori’s performance: “Dash & Lily’s two leads are more than engaging enough to sell this unconventionally detached relationship.”
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