It’s true, I cringed at the sight of the first ad I saw of The Carrie Diaires. It just seemed like too much to live up to, and so often prequels are a just a distant shadow of the O.G. There’s also the fact that the show was a creation of the CW – this shouldn’t have been a concern. After all, the network that brought us the Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl is capable of pop culture genius. But the flops stick, and I was not expecting anything out of what seemed to be an attempt to milk more money out of the Sex and the City phenomenon.
So there I was, home alone, ready to tune out after spending a day writing on vengeance in Algerian tribal society and literature, and it was calling out for me on the TV. I caved. I figured it would be my new guilty pleasure, for the nights when Steve was out of town. But here’s the truth: The Carrie Diaries was adorable and utterly watchable. I mean, pinch her cheeks adorable. This was just the pilot, of course, and who’s to say where the show will go, but at least for now I wholly recommend it.
Whoever was responsible for the casting of the show deserves an award, because the actors on the show really fit the bill. Annasophia Robb is a believable, bright-eyed and bushy-haired teenage Carrie who’s flanked by her two best friends, Mouse and Maggie, played by a smart yet insecure Ellen Wong and a feisty femme fatale with a secret, Katie Findlay. The acting is solid and the story feels a lot like the Wonder Years – ’80s vibe, of course – all about teenage insecurity and self-discovery. Needless to say, there’s something magical about the seriously rocked out fashion that the shows’ stylists are jamming hard on.
PS, PA Nicole was an eye witness to one of the stylists’ shopping sprees – we’re talking racks on racks on racks of rad vintage digs at Amarcord. I’m looking forward to seeing how they’re put together on the next installment, and hope by then someone will have taken me up on the watch-it challenge. The Carrie Diaries air Mondays at 8/7 central on the CW. Full episodes are up on the CW’s website.