Being Erica: a Review

Being Erica Cast

I just finished binge re-watching Being Erica on DVD. Being Erica is an unabashedly Canadian TV show that aired on CBC from 2009 – 2011. It had 4 short seasons with a total of 49 episodes (45 min each). I loved it when I first watched, as it aired weekly all those years ago and I loved it even more after revisiting it.

Being Erica is an awesome combination of romance, comedy, drama and fantasy. Erica Strange (enchantingly played by Erin Karpluk) is a 32 year old woman whose life is not what she hoped it would be. Then she meets Dr. Tom (Michael Riley in a scene stealing portrayal). Dr Tom gives her an offer she cannot refuse, the opportunity to travel back in time to relive her regrets in an attempt to learn from her mistakes.

 

Erica is very flawed, but very relatable. Watching her stumble through her questionable life choices is not only very entertaining but somewhat humbling as I am reminded of some of my own. Who wouldn’t want a Dr. Tom to guide us, with his many fun quotes (which a great blogger compiled here Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4)? This show is aspirational but not preachy. It makes no secret of its Toronto setting, which I find refreshing. It does not dwell at all on the mechanics of time travel, which I appreciate. It is not a perfect show; however, the flaws (egregious product placement, characters with annoying affectations) are easily forgotten when considering its strengths. It has a great ensemble cast, surprisingly good character development, a satisfying conclusion and it knew when to quit.

If you are looking for something fun and Canadian, you may want to check this show out. It is available on Canadian Netflix or you can watch the 1st episode online here

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jasmine Westlake
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 09:52:20

    Great review, Ann!
    It’s funny, I just started re-watching this last week.

    Jasmine

    Reply

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