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  • Summary: Thirty-two years old and nowhere near her proper life path, Erica Strange gets to work on understanding where she went wrong in her past with the help of Dr. Tom. In each episode, Erica relives a part of her past that she regrets and has the chance to do it again the right way.

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    originally premiered on CBC in Canada January 5th, 2009, while in the United States, the series is shown on SOAPnet.
    The series was renewed for a second season consisting of 12 episodes. Production started June 1st, 2009, in Toronto, Canada.
  • Genre(s): Drama
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  1. Sep 30, 2010
    This is my favorite show on TV right now. The premise is not about time travel, although its part of the plot, its really about life--the ups and downs and how we deal with them. It's not preachy on how to live your life as there are no easy answers, instead each episode deals with regrets/key moments that Erica would like to relive and do over. It's a great coming of age drama/comedy that I think anyone can relate to one way or another.

    The cast is terrific, everyone on the show does a great job, especially the lead character--Erica. The music is top notch, a lot of songs from the 90s which work quite well with all the episodes. Please do yourself a favor and support this wonderful show!
  2. May 9, 2013
    The critically acclaimed Canadian series "Being Erica" is not just a good show; It's great television.
    In a world where television repeats
    itself all over again (because that is the safest way to conquer the audience), the creator Jana Sinyor brings us a fresh and unique, yet not pretentious or completely "alternative", concept of good television and public service.
    "Being Erica" tells us the story of Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk), a thirty something year old woman who feels unsatisfied with her non existent job, boyfriend and luck. However, she ends up meeting Dr. Tom (Michael Riley), a suspicious therapist who has the power to send her back to the past so that she could fix the mistakes that destroyed her life.
    In each episode, Erica learns something about life and fixes not only the present, but also her soul. And that's what this show is all about: teaching us how to change and how to live. But that's only possible because of the 100% relatable character of Erica Strange which is, by the way, beautifully played.
    It's very uncommon to find shows with such pure and positive but not boring messages about life. Thank God we have "Being Erica".
    If TV's want to do better public service in a modern and lighter way, they should watch this show. And if you want to be a better human being and still feel entertained, you should do the same.
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    Excellent show exploring regrets and how they effect or in some cases do not effect our present lives. Great writing, and great acting. The premise and concept is fun. It's a light hearted show that illuminates some truths that are perhaps are to see. Expand
  4. Jan 29, 2011
    I like this show a great deal, and I regard myself as a discriminating viewer. First, I always appreciate a show which features a protagonist working to overcome adversity, and in this case, Erica, though an attractive 30-something with a close circle of friends and a solid relationship with her family, does qualify in that she's at a point in her life where she's struggling to figure out how she got where she is, and where is it she wants to go. Big plus, that. It's far different, too, from those shows like Grey's Anatomy and its ilk that feature beautiful people with petty problems who acquired their skills seemingly effortlessly and whose family issues are so in the background as to be nonexistent. Erica seems like a real person, and I like that about her. Dr. Tom, well, I think it'd be better if it wasn't yet another male mentor, along the lines of another independent female protagonist, that being Buffy. They dropped the male mentor in that series somewhere along the way, and good riddance. Still, Dr. Tom is quirky enough to avoid being an oppressive paternalistic figure, and I appreciate his use of wisdom through the ages, expressed in the quotations sprinkled throughout his discourse (one of my favorites being "It's one thing to KNOW the path; it's another to WALK the path" from the Matrix). These are troubled times we live in, and this show, unlike the facile GLEE which is nothing but shallow escapism, manages to highlight ways of working through personal issues that, frankly, most of us could relate to. The soundtrack can be great at times, and annoying at times, depending on your taste in music, and I wish, I wish, I wish they'd redo the opening theme song and credits! But that being said, I love this show and hope it doesn't grow stale. Expand