The result is a show that is more fun than the original. This “A League of Their Own” is able to explore and laugh with more of its characters, finding their depth, celebrating their new-found freedoms, but also casting an unflinching gaze on the ways their society still held them back—not just as women, but also as lesbian or bi people, Black women, and Latinas.
A League of Their Own isn’t just another remake. It’s taken its source material and helped it blossom into something much more nuanced and relevant. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even learn something about baseball.
The exploration of their, and others’, sexuality becomes as driving a force of League‘s narrative as the Peaches’ underdog quest to reach the championship. Lest this all sound too mopey and serious, rest assured that the series comes alive on and off the baseball field, with a vivid mix of colorful personalities taking wild swings at life, convincing themselves this is all real and that it’s OK to want something and live your dream. [15 - 28 Aug 2022, p.4]
This series casts a refreshingly queer and diverse eye on all the knotty stuff director Penny Marshall left out of her 1992 tribute to women in baseball. But even when the creators fumble the ball by reducing characters to social agendas, their intentions are honorable.
This new League(*) is interesting and fun in many ways, with a strong cast highlighted by D’Arcy Carden from The Good Place. But in attempting to improve on perfection — or, at least, to point out the imperfections of the mainstream movie studio comedy system of the early Nineties — the show reveals some large flaws of its own.
Partly hampered by their fealty to the original film, Jacobson and co-creator Will Graham don’t swing for the fences. Instead, the eight-episode first season of “A League of Their Own” is, say, a solid single up the middle. At least they didn’t strike out; a second season could hold much potential.
I have to say, I was surprised I liked this! I'm not a sports person at all, but I actually ended up learning about baseball and didn't hate it! I'm really looking forward to season two. This show is amazing and has a stellar cast. I love the stories they chose to tell. I was not expecting to be fed! Although I did expect some rep, given the amount of people reviewing 0s and 1s just to bring the show down. Typically a sign that it may be something I like.
I have to agree with these negative reviews. I thought this would be more about baseball and why the league happened more than focusing on lesbian relations and race from the get go. The show jumps back and forth too much, trying to sneak in humour here and there, then back to WOKE issues. Too bad, thought would do well and looked forward to a woman sports-related tv show. Stopped watching after 2 episodes... WHAT ABOUT THE BASEBALL!!
Whoever had the idea to take a classic and ruin it with just about every current day woke point grabbing cliche there is really should have stayed in bed that day. About the only thing that is not terrible about the movie is the costumes. The roles are terribly written, you don't like a single person in the show and none of them have the charm of the original cast. This was so bad I gave up on episode 6 after trying over and over to get back in to it. They already wasted the money, don't waste your time.