I just watched In Sanity, Florida. It has a lot of bad reviews, so I’d like to share what I like about it.
The premise is a town wherein all whistling, humming, singing, and music has been outlawed for almost 100 years, but the lead character secretly wants to become a singer. She did incredible in school, became valedictorian, and everyone in town has expectations about her, but their expectations do not align with what she wants.
It’s a feel-good, warm, comforting, relaxing show (like Andy Griffith), which there are very very few of these days. We need more shows like that. It is set in a small town with a variety of oddball characters, in some ways reminiscent of Gilmore Girls. There’s a lot of potential in those characters and how they interact. A couple of unusual positives, they actually cast teenagers (instead of 30-somethings) in the teenage roles. They also appear to be aiming for roughly parity in male-female ratios.
The show does have a few negatives, though. The entire ‘season’ is basically one long pilot episode split into 8 pieces (from 12 to 19 minutes long, including theme and credits). This was apparently done to be able to claim a season had been made and appeal to on-demand viewers, but a more cohesively edited hour and a half version would be nice. Since it’s a slow-paced show, they could possibly even edit it down to an hour.
It’s slow-paced, which I like (relaxing and comforting), however many people now are used to commercial ad-speed delivery and youtube videos that are edited to cut out every breath and pause and jump spastically from one thing to another. So some people might find it too slow.
It is labeled as a comedy, and does have some funny bits, but the timing or delivery is sometimes a bit off, particularly in the earlier parts. Later on it gets better, but still could use some professional help.
Which leads me to mention that this is really a crowd-funded pilot for a show. They’re hoping to sell it to actually get backing and funding and such to make it what they want it to be. I hope they succeed. It’s not great yet, but has potential.