Teenage Bounty Hunters

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Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini in 'Teenage Bounty Hunters.'
Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini in 'Teenage Bounty Hunters.'
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3/5 Stars


Rebelling against their buttoned-up southern community, 16-year-old fraternal twin sisters Sterling (Maddie Phillips) and Blair (Anjelica Bette Fellini) Wesley team up with veteran bounty hunter Bowser Jenkins (Kadeem Hardison) for an over-the-top adventure as they dive into the world of bail-skipping baddies and suburban secrets while trying to navigate high school drama - love, sex and study hall. 


In a world where a new TV series is coming out every other week, it's a dog-eat-dog world and mediocre just won't cut it. That's what Teenage Bounty Hunters is - mediocre at best. It's not terrible but when there are great shows to spend your time on, this is low on the list.

When it was being marketed just before it was released, someone compared it to Buffy and Veronica Mars but frankly, that's insulting to both Buffy and Veronica. Besides being a licensed PI, Veronica Mars was also genuinely funny, a badass and a well-rounded character. And while the concept around Buffy was meant to be that she was a ditzy cheerleader who happened to be The Slayer, she used that to her advantage. She was smart and sassy without being annoying - something the Wesley twins just don't manage to get right. It's downright annoying how many times they're amazed at how smart they are when they're bringing in a skip (someone who's skipped bail).

I get what they were going for here: Quirky, seemingly ditzy teenage girls take on a stereotypically masculine job and are amazing at it. It's a trope that seems to work but it just doesn't land here. Once again, the best characters on these shows are the supporting characters, such as the bounty hunter they work for, Bowser, and Sterling's idiotic boyfriend Luke (Spencer House), who brings some genuine comic relief. Bowser is every adult who's had to talk to a teenager and he has some great reactions to the girls' nonsensical moments.

The show alludes to a bigger mystery but it seems that the focus is more on the girls' personal dramas and the mystery is only revealed towards the few episodes at the end. This is certainly no Veronica Mars.

The show takes multiple shots at white Christian Republicans, which I don't really mind, but it gets tired very quickly. Between the kids at their private school, the white people who live in the Georgian town and their racist grandparents, the way in which these white girls challenge all of them is a little on the nose. They're the wokest of woke Republicans, and the character development is almost non-existent, but they grudgingly grow on you and you get mad at yourself for that. Sometimes things are straight-up ridiculous but there are moments of good comedy.

There are times when you start watching a show and you immediately know it's not for you. And clearly, I am not the target audience here, but maybe somebody who enjoys teenage high school drama will enjoy it more than I did.



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