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Twentysomethings: Austin Review

I didn’t expect this show to be as addictive as it was.

Twentysomethings: Austin follows a group of twenty-somethings, four men and four women, as they embark on a new life in Austin, Texas. They are given two houses, one for the boys and one for the girls, who live next to each other and they simply have to see if they can make it in a new state or a new city. They come from all walks of life including a fashion designer who wants to get her brand out there in the real world and not just online, a stand up comic who sadly is not very good at his dream, and a woman who has just got out of a divorce and is hoping to start a new life exploring her options in the world but also her sexuality.

As I said at the start, this series looks really simple. It follows the same sort of style as reality shows in the UK like Geordie Shore and The Only Way is Essex however it has a different element to it, and that is that these people don’t seem to be getting paid for what they’re doing. They have been chosen to start a new life in this new city but they have to do it all on their own, yes they’ve been given a house for three months, however during that and post that they still have to make money themselves and aren’t just handed it like reality shows in the UK are. This gives it a different element that other reality shows haven’t had and really shows you how much graft there is in establishing yourself in a new place.

We really get to know these people on a deeper level and it’s fascinating to see how people from all walks of life can come together and show you that really we’re not so different after all, and being able to be there for one another and build each other up is really what we need in this world. One of the really interesting conversations was a girl who was very left-wing started liking a boy in the other house who was from Carolina, so could’ve been very right wing, and she was worried about how their political values would affect their relationship. However she soon comes to realise that she can’t tarnish all people with the same brush and just because you come from a certain area of the country does not mean that you align with those values that are often stereotyped with them.

Despite this being a pretty simple show where I almost wish they had a ‘where are they now’ section at the end to see where the subjects of the show are and what they did with their time, it was really fun to watch and gives you that bit of get up and go to go and chase your dreams. I do wish they would do more shows like this, I feel if it’s popular they could make a twentysomethings in different cities around the US and see how people respond to that as well. Of course Austin is a big up-and-coming city currently and so it makes sense for them to start there, but for them to branch out would be really fascinating to watch.

If you need something to binge watch over the weekend or you just want something easy to watch that you don’t have to be too invested in then I highly recommend this. Despite it being an easy watch, it is really enjoyable and shows you that when you’re 20 you don’t have to have everything figured out, you’re still young and there’s still time to be exactly who you want to be.

What do you think of Twentysomethings: Austin?

Until next time.

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