Being Erica is a Canadian show, ended in 2011, which quickly became my new favourite. It has only four seasons with 12 or 13 episodes. It's a good lenght for whom wasn't used to watch shows, but too bad for whom fell in love with it and didn't want to become an orphan of this great story.
Erica (Erin Karpluk) is a beautifull, smart and nice woman, but she's completely unsatisfied with everything in her life. Even with a master degree in literature and a dream to write a novel, she never worked in this field and can't even keep a job in a call center, because she is "too qualified".
Her love life is equally bad, without any serious relationship and being dumped by a candidate because he needed to work out. Nobody understands the reason why Erica doesn't have a good job and a good boyfriend. For worse, her little sister, Sam (Joanna Douglas), has the perfect life. She is a surgeon in a good hospital in Toronto and is getting married with her old boyfriend.
Did you feel something "familiar"? Erica is a tipical protagonist from chick-lit books and romantic comedy movies. The change happens at the moment she is feeling more loser than ever: She meets Dr Tom (Michael Riley), a therapist whom promises help her to solve all of her problems. On a twinkling of an eye, Erica is back to High School and has the chance of undo one of her past mistakes.
On each first season episode, Erica visits a different moment of her life in order to undo a regret. Then, she starts to discover more about herself and learn to make the right decisions. From the second season on, the episodes don't have anymore a recipe; everything can happen. The beginning of this season is a little boring, but after it becomes good and the ending is great. Third season is the best and the forth is very good too.
The best thing about Being Erica is the fact that, despite the fantastic side of time travels, it's all very real. Erica's conflicts could be mines - and, actually, there's a regret of hers that is totally my main regret in life. She goes back to the past for learn about the present and to make the right decisions in the future, so we end up absorbing all that. It's almost like doing therapy with her!
Besides, go back in time can be a bit confusing sometimes. This - and the fact that Erica is a little crazy - is responsible for some hilarious scenes. Watch this video, and I won't need to say anything else. Dr Tom is also a great character. Using in his lines quotes as diverse as Jesus Christ and Paris Hilton, he's like a father for both Erica and the viewer.
To end, I have to mention the importance of two of my favourite things have in the show: music and books. Erica works on a publisher and my favourite character is a musician. And the soundtrack is amazing!
I hope I am emfatic enough to convince everybody to watch Being Erica - I mean, whose I did not convince yet, since I have a good collection of addicted friends for my sake.
This post was translated from my other blog, Free to be me. Please, forgive my English mistakes and feel free to appoint any correction.
Original post: Being Erica, uma série divertida e super fofa