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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 7, 2004
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Lisa Darr, Kelly Osbourne, Missy Peregrym
  • Summary: Based on British author Melvin Burgess' novel "Doing It," this high school drama came from Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (90210, Freaks and Geeks). The Seattle-set series centered on three teen boys: athlete Dino (Sean Faris), clumsy, nervous Jonathan (Chris Lowell), and smart Ben (Jon Foster), who is having an affair with a teacher. Characters would frequently address the audience directly during the show's 13-episode run (two of which never aired on ABC). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Donahue
    Aug 7, 2014
    90
    A sly, sweet look at high school, “Life as We Know It” is so good that you immediately make room on your shelf for the cult-fave DVD because you know this is the kind of show that gets canceled after five episodes.
  2. 75
    Cheeky but likable. [7 Oct 2004]
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 7, 2014
    75
    It's rare to hate a series so thoroughly in the first five minutes and then have your mind changed (and stunned) by the creative comeback it mounts in the remaining hour. ... In fact, there's enormous potential to this series if the storytelling and writing stay strong.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Holston
    Aug 7, 2014
    70
    I was resistant to "life as we know it" at first, but it won me over (or wore me down). What seems prurience for prurience's sake turns out to be a good bit richer, kind of like "My So- Called Sex Life." [7 Oct 2004]
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Aug 7, 2014
    60
    The pilot episode for "life" is really interesting; unfortunately two subsequent episodes are not as commendable. ... The direct address to the camera begins to grate, and the whole show is not different enough from teen shows of the past. [3 Oct 2004]
  6. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Aug 7, 2014
    40
    All the actors do well. They can't do good, however, because they're in service of an obnoxious show. The surfaces look inviting in life as we know it, but there isn't a lot of show there.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 7, 2014
    30
    [A] gimmicked-up adolescent soap opera that's faux sensitive, faux funny and, most of the time, even faux faux. [7 Oct 2004]

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