Summerland: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (1 Jun. 2004)

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Ava Gregory is single and works as a fashion designer.Her life changes drastically when she finds herself taking care of her sister and brother in-law's 3 children Nikki,Bradin,and Derrek ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Derrick Westerly (as Nicholas J. Benson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fashion Model
Ian Straub
Mailman (as Hugh Holub)


Ava Gregory is single and works as a fashion designer.Her life changes drastically when she finds herself taking care of her sister and brother in-law's 3 children Nikki,Bradin,and Derrek after their parents die in an accident.She brings the kids to live with her in California.Ava gets help raising them from her friends Johnny, Susanna, and Jay. Written by stargirl

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Ava Gregory: Hello?
Bradin Westerly: [Crying] My parent
Ava Gregory: Bradin?
Ava Gregory: Bradin? Bradin what is it?
Bradin Westerly: [crying] The river it broke through.
Ava Gregory: Bradin, honey talk to me!
Bradin Westerly: [crying] My parents... they're dead!
Johnny Durant: What is it?
Ava Gregory: My sister and her... her husband were killed in an accindent.
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Lame, contrived, cliché, and surely soon to be cancelled.
1 June 2004 | by ( – See all my reviews

If you listen closely, you can catch subliminal advertising for another WB show "Smallville".

The oldest of the three children is referred to as "Kansas" at one point, and is even called "Man of Steel" while surfing. Where the relation there is, I have no clue.

A mix of "Raising Helen", "The OC", and "Everwood" and blended together in a really terrible mix, this has all the makings of another forgettable soon to be cancelled series like "Run of the House", "Glory Days", and "Hyperion Bay".

Don't remember "Hyperion Bay"? I just proved my point.

This mess stars the beautiful Lori Loughlin who plays a driven self-involved business woman whose sister dies. For what reasons? Not sure.

So naturally, the kids are given to the sister ala "Raising Helen". There's three kids. Three. Why not one or two? Who knows, but there's three and their one-dimensional characters with one-dimensional personalities played by terrible actors.

The supporting cast is just as bad. Loughlin's character is one-dimensional too, though she looks like she tries hard.

There's the obligatory Aussie stud, there's Loughlin's boyfriend character, and the token minority character. All clichés for a show that has no future.

The kids are spoiled, obnoxious, and predictable. The oldest son is brooding, blonde, and is learning to surf, stating in the pilot "I prefer surfing" though he lived in Kansas. Oh, and he has a love interest already who's given no introduction or set-up.

The middle child is a mother figure trying to fill in for her mother which would be tolerable considering she can't act or deliver her line to save her life. She's tepid, obnoxious, and spoiled.

The youngest child is worst of all. His lines are terrible, his delivery awful, and the pilot consists of he and another kid talking about death in a cornfield. A creepy and odd subplot considering the kid comes seemingly from nowhere.

The emotional scenes are intended to pull at our heart strings but they're just awful. At one point the youngest child has a nightmare calling out for his mother, the middle daughter reaches for him and he runs to Loughlin's character, she gets upset and runs off.

This made me laugh aloud, because it was such a badly done scene. She then proceeds to run to her room, turn up her music and cover her ears. Once again, comedic and ridiculous.

Then there's a hilarious scene in which the oldest son confronts the middle child who tries to control everyone and they begin fighting. It's so funny, and its sad because it probably wasn't meant to be funny.

This is a very contrived, pretty awful and annoying show without an original bone in its body. It's ashame because Lori Loughlin is a good actress and this will surely fall into the cliché pit falls with this terrible vehicle.

I'm sure we'll see a mean boyfriend of the love interest, some obligatory fighting, and even more bad acting from the children.

This is awful and unintentionally funny.

-1 out of 10.

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