Collection veterans Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke staff up for the primary time on the small display in “Firefly Lane,” based mostly on Kristin Hannah’s 2008 novel.
The 10-episode Netflix drama, tailored for the small display by Maggie Friedman, pinball-pings between the ’70s, ’80s and 2003 and can attraction to followers of earnest, tug-at-your-heartstrings drama finessed by two acquainted TV faces.
The storyline is woven round BFFs Tully Hart (Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Chalke), who meet as teenagers within the mid-’70s when Tully (Ali Skovbye) strikes to the present’s titular road along with her hippie/druggy irresponsible single mother Cloud (Beau Garrett), who’s continually stoned and oblivious to her daughter’s wants.
Tully’s robust exterior masks a deeper, delicate facet, whereas bookish Kate (Roan Curtis) — who wears cruelly ginormous glasses — lives throughout the road along with her standard-issue sq. dad and mom (Chelah Horsdal, Paul McGillion) and her secretly homosexual older brother, Sean (performed youthful by Quinn Lord and older Josh Mckinnon).
Kate is a good-natured soul, a socially awkward outsider who’s, by turns, repelled by and gravitationally drawn to Tully, who exposes her to a facet of life she may solely heretofore think about. They grow to be quick associates, bonding over their markedly totally different house lives, a tragic secret and a shared love of small-town journey and escapism.
Because the sequence unwinds, we observe the arc of Tully and Kate’s friendship, which endures by way of highschool and past as they room collectively in faculty and enter the office. At this level, Heigl and Chalke take over and proceed within the Tully/Kate roles because the years progress. Life will throw them each curveballs of their romantic, skilled and private lives. Kate marries and has a daughter (Yael Yurman); Tully, decided to grow to be a trailblazing TV anchor in Seattle, ultimately lives the dream in that be-careful what-you-wish-for form of means. Ben Lawson performs their romantic lightning-rod, Johnny Ryan, an Australian former battle correspondent (with requisite stubble and pearly whites) who’s diminished to producing a softball native information program — and isn’t comfortable about it.
I can’t say how intently the characters and conditions in “Firefly Lane” adhere to Hannah’s novel (she’s a co-executive producer). The sequence is entertaining sufficient in that angst-y form of means, with stable performances throughout, notably from Skovbye and Curtis because the youthful Tully and Kate. They’re very plausible as odd-couple opposites who respect what they discover in one another, and their performances are complemented by a pleasant on-screen chemistry.
Heigl and Chalke, with lengthy observe information in community drama, inherit the best-friends mantle and seesaw back-and-forth between their 20s and 40s alter-egos with aplomb, revealing the depths of their characters’ triumphs and tribulations. (Kudos to the present’s six-person make-up staff, costume designer Allisa Swanson and artwork director Kristina Lyne).
I wouldn’t name the sequence binge-y in that “gotta see the subsequent episode — now!” form of means. It does get a bit repetitious at instances, and its decades-jumping plotline, usually inside a single steady scene, may be jarring and complicated (wait, what 12 months is that?)
However in the event you’re in search of an attention-grabbing place to go to, a stroll down “Firefly Lane” will do the trick.