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True Confessions of a Netflix Addict: Cancelled show depicts urban life

Published: November 8, 2013
Section: Arts, Etc.

Hello, my name is Sophia Baez. I am a self-proclaimed Netflix addict. I eat, breathe and live my Netflix. Some might think I am outrageous—and they might be right—but Netflix is my happy place. Going to Brandeis can be stressful. Between the five papers due within two days of each other, lab reports and exams, there is a lot happening. One of my favorite things to do after a long day of work, class and meetings is to go back to my room, get on my computer and open Netflix. Yes, I live a sad life. Let’s move on.

Netflix recommended my latest show because I’ve watched and enjoyed “The Carrie Diaries.” Yet again, Netflix was right. The show they recommended is witty, heartwarming and includes my favorite thing to have in a television show (other than Ian Somerholder of course): awkwardness.

The show is “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.” June Colburn (played by Dreama Walker) is a small-town girl from Indiana. She moves to the greatest city in the world, New York, after scoring a major job on Wall Street. The job was the missing piece in her perfect life puzzle—after already having a perfect fiancé and a perfect company apartment. After what seems like a day in the city, she loses all of those things through a series of unfortunate events.

June, being the upbeat perfectionist, needs to put everything back together again. In search of another perfect apartment, she comes across Chloe (Krysten Ritter). Chloe is something of a con artist, and she almost conned June from her security deposit and a month’s rent. While she might have the morals of a sociopath, she does have moments of true compassion.

The unlikely pair balance each other out, and eventually change each other for better or worse. This show is all about their adventures in the big city alongside James Van Der Beek, famous from “Dawson’s Creek,” who plays a fictional version of himself. Van Der Beek gives a great performance, playing an actor who is trying to break from his “Dawson’s Creek” box but also has no problem using his fame in the sticky situations Chloe usually puts him in. While “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” only ran for two seasons, I think it is incredibly funny and light. It definitely was a change of pace, and the characters are solid.

The best part of the show is Krysten Ritter. You might have seen her in supporting roles such as the gothic office worker from “27 Dresses” or Jesse’s heroin addict girlfriend from “Breaking Bad.” She is outrageous but also the best friend every girl wants because she forces June out of her comfort zone, in a good way.

While Walker’s character is a little vanilla, she adds a good dynamic to this hilarious show. If you want a show with crazy roommates, awkward ’90s teen idols, a pervy yet insightful neighbor, a stalker-like former roommate and a diva assistant, this 20-minute show is for you.