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'Finding Carter' premiere react: 5 reasons you need to watch this show

MTV has gone all The Face on the Milk Carton on us with its newest summer show, Finding Carter. The new show, starring Skins alum Kathryn Prescott, follows a teenage girl who finds out that the woman who raised her isn’t her mom, but her kidnapper. Cue that promo you’ve been seeing for weeks where her world literally turns upside down.

Carter gets caught thanks to some fairly innocent teenage debauchery (she and her friends break into the local park’s carousel). Her mom is the Cool Mom and let her go because she capital-T Trusts her. Of course, all it takes is one night in jail and a set of fingerprints to alert the authorities that Carter isn’t actually Carter, but Lyndon, a little girl who was abducted 13 years ago.

Despite the YA lit/ABC Family-esque premise, Finding Carter is actually shaping up to be a really interesting show. Here are five reasons you need to check it out.

1. Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is the dad! 

I mean, Alexis Denisof is the dad. Still, if you’re a fan of Buffy or Angel, you can’t miss it. Plus, look at how cute this is. Seriously, TV Father of the Year is practically in the bag based on this one GIF.

2. Carter and her kidnapper might just have the best mother/daughter relationship since the Gilmore Girls. 

They have a great, open, trusting relationship. Then, even when the feds are on her case, Not Mom risks it all to come meet Carter for just a second at the frozen yogurt shop she immediately gets a job at. Even their illegal, secret messages are adorable.

3. Carter is sassy and effortlessly cool. 

Everyone loves Carter instantly. The kids in her bio parents’ neighborhood are floored by her use of basic science at a drunken party. Her twin sister, Taylor’s (no, not played by Prescott’s real-life twin sister and fellow actress Megan Prescott—this twin is frumpy and fraternal) crush immediately falls for her. It’s a hard-knock life, being loved by everyone.

Also, she refuses to answer to Lyndon (or Lyndy, the popular nickname option) and insists that the family call her Carter. They try to guilt her into going by Lyndon, saying that she just doesn’t understand what her other name represents to them, but that kind of misses the point, doesn’t it? She’s 16 and has gone by Carter for as long as she can remember. I say point goes to Carter on this one, and I’m glad she stood her ground.

4. The little brother is awesome. 

When Carter meets her new family, there’s one member she couldn’t possibly remember: Her little brother, Grant. Grant has never lived in a world in which he wasn’t related to a missing and presumed-dead girl. He almost died himself, born 10 weeks premature. He calls himself the “replacement child” and, even though the parents scold him for saying it, they don’t really deny it. Grant is also the only member of the family who realizes on his own that Carter is trying to send a message to her mom by taking Instagram and Twitter selfies with anyone who wants one at the local fro-yo joint. He’s observant and sarcastic and awesome.

5. Intrigue! The bio mom is having an affair. 

The show is really setting us up to hate the bio mom. She’s a police detective who has been searching for her daughter for years and holding the rest of her family together with a homemade glue of paranoia and overprotective child rearing. Oh, and she’s been having an affair with another officer. Until the sudden and unexpected reappearance of her missing daughter, she was planning to leave her husband (and maybe her family?) for her lover. They’re trying so hard to make us hate her. So far, it’s working like a charm.

Did you watch the Finding Carter premiere? What did you think?

Finding Carter airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on MTV.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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