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'Hindsight' premiere recap: Would you do it again?

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Pilot” | Aired Jan 7, 2015

VH1 delivers exactly the right amount of ’90s love with the new scripted series Hindsight. This new series hits all the ’90s high (and low) points: O.J., Alanis Morissette, scrunchies, AOL—but thankfully, the show transcends the gimmick and offers an intriguing look at what it could mean to go back and redo your life.

I’ll pause here to contend with the space-time continuum that is sometimes troublesome in shows about time travel. My advice is to not take it so seriously. Just pretend that it’s not all that important to the story, because it’s not. If we stare too closely at it, it will come apart, and I don’t want that for this show. Let’s pretend that Laura Ramsey can play a 40-year-old woman and a teenager; it’s just more fun that way.

Becca Brady (Ramsey) gets just such a chance when she wakes up in 1995 on the day of her first wedding—after falling asleep on the eve of her second wedding in 2015. Riddled with doubt, Becca tumbles into an existential crisis that forces her to examine her life and whether or not she’s made the right choices all along.

Becca realizes it

There are so many scenes that make me laugh and sigh at the same time. Ramsey is brilliant at presenting Becca as equally high-strung and introspective. Her doubts about her life don’t read as neurotic or ungrateful but self-aware and relatable. At the same time that we empathize with Becca, we are also laughing at her jokes. This is no small feat for a show whose premise is based on time travel via magical elevator. Her wish to go back in time to get it right is a universal human inclination, yet Hindsight makes us care about Becca’s experience, outside our own.

The premise is intriguing. Can one moment really have that much of an effect on your entire life? Hindsight seems primarily concerned with answering that very question, and all the ’90s stuff is just fodder for the loyal VH1 demographic (full disclosure: I’m totally that demographic). At least three different characters utter a version of the phrase “go back and do it again” over the course of the first 15 minutes of the show, so there’s little doubt what Becca is meant to do. She will absolutely revisit her old life, but the interest lies not in seeing her do it over, but in how she’ll do it over.

After waking up in 1995, on the morning of her wedding to Sean, Becca is disoriented about what’s happening. She goes to see her best friend Lolly, who is played by the scene-stealing Sarah Goldberg. Lolly is the kind of girl who only eats cereal and cuts bangs in the middle of the night. She’s also adorable and the kind of friend that everybody wants to have in their life.

Becca remembers life with Lolly on

Becca goes to see Lolly in a full-on, time-travel-induced meltdown. Lolly digests the story with just enough side-eye to make it credible, then sends Becca home, where she tries to talk to her parents about her second thoughts. Her parents are long divorced in present day; her dad, Linc, is having a baby with a much younger woman with a penchant for glitter, and her mom looks like the stoic, long-suffering first wife she is.

Becca gets a pep talk from mom, Georgie on her first wedding day on

Seeing her parents still together, knowing they won’t be for much longer, forces Becca to index her own feelings about Sean (played by the incredibly and distractingly sexy Craig Horner). Becca must sort out her feelings for Sean, both current and past, and this makes doing the right thing a murky and nebulous choice. Perhaps sleeping with him will clear it up. Can changing one thing, like marrying Sean, really set her life back on course? Are they not doomed to make the same mistakes over and over?

Becca tries to sort out her feelings for Sean on

This show is framed pretty tightly around Becca’s female experience, and as she’s walking down the aisle to marry Sean, she is going through the “whys” and “why nots.” She tells herself maybe she can change him or change herself, but decides, at the last moment, that it’s not worth it. It’s a relief when she decides not to marry him. I really didn’t know how it would play out—especially after the sex scene where she, breathily, compares him to a space shuttle (versus a Cessna, by the way).

Becca and Lolly run away from Becca

Hindsight airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on VH1.

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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