You should have heard my happy squealing when I realized one of my favorite and cancelled-too-soon shows was on Netflix. It’s been almost a year since About a Boy was on. The final six episodes that never made it on air are included with the package too!
Despite the rocky ratings in the midst of a tough television field, About a Boy was one of the most heartfelt and well written shows in the last several years. It starred David Walton (Bent, New Girl), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), and Benjamin Stockham (Sons of Tucson, 1600 Penn, Once Upon A Time) with a fantastic supporting cast of Al Madrigal, Annie Mumolo, Dax Shepard, Adrianne Palicki, Chris Diamantopoulos, and many more!
What!? You’ve never seen About A Boy? Then here’s six reasons you should check it out on Netflix!
1. Minnie Driver plays Fiona, a perfect female character
Fiona is a rare character in today’s television landscape. She’s a hippie vegan helicopter single mother raising her son Marcus all on her own. What’s fantastic is she’s not a joking cliche like how characters would normally be portrayed. She passionately stands by her beliefs refusing to let people knock her down. She’s a strong woman who isn’t afraid to cry at weak moments, because she knows it makes her stronger. While Marcus is her everything, she’s willing to open up to new experiences to allow Will and later teacher Chris into her life. Fiona pursues her life dreams to become a doula to continue helping those around her. While gorgeous, she sometimes struggles to see the beauty in herself like every woman does.
Fiona is a unique character that needs to be celebrated in this day and age. She’s an inspiration to all women.
2. This show is hilarious!
The situational set up between Fiona and Marcus’ hippie lifestyle and Will’s horn dog womanizing nature writes itself. What’s great is how often the two sides compromise to reach truly heartwarming moments. The humor in About a Boy feels natural. Mr. Walton shines with his witty one liners like “And for the record, I didn’t force Marcus to eat meat. He likes meat. He loves it. He’s a carnivore. You do not want to be in a plane crash in the Andes when Marcus is on board!” Will struggles to understand all of his friends having children as he’s pretty much a huge child himself. Though, this is why he can bond so well with Marcus. Will’s antics as he matures while clutching to the strands of his old lifestyle is fun to watch.
3. Multiple generations can appreciate this show
You have multiple adults in several different points in their lives. Will is a single bachelor discovering what real emotional relationships are like. Fiona is a single mother making it on her own. Andy and Laurie are a nuclear family with their children.
And then there’s Marcus. Lovable, sweet, amazing Marcus! Here’s a tween traversing the harsh land of Middle School discovering first crushes and bullying. We’ve all been there at some point. He might be considered a “weird kid,” but that’s what makes him amazing. He’s a kid who has found a hero in Will. He might not have a father figure, but that doesn’t stop him from learning from those around him.
4. The supporting cast adds so much to the show!
The supporting cast gives so much to the plot to help in Will, Fiona, and Marcus’ journey. While new faces come in and out of the story, they each add some magic to everyone’s chemistry. Andy plays a great straight man stock character to Will’s exuberant lifestyle. Laurie is brash to Fiona’s gentle flow. Together, they all make a well rounded cast giving various points of views to a single situation.
5. Marcus and Will are perfect together
The show’s premise is based around the ongoing journey of Will and Marcus. You have a very mature child paired up with a man child to learn life’s lessons. Having many nieces and nephews as well as being a nanny for several year, I know for a fact that children can teach you so much. They’re smart, funny, emotional, and just as amazing as adult. Those are all things that Marcus constantly teaches Will. Here you have an adult growing up alongside a boy. Constantly their problems foil each other in the episodes. They are a real highlight of the series.
6. The most important reason to watch About a Boy is Will and Fiona’s friendship
Will and Fiona are just friends. There’s no romance between them. They actually gag at the thought of dating each other. I’ve written before how refreshing this concept is when so many shows make the male and female leads strip each other down to visit Pants-less Land at some point. Not Will and Fiona!
They prove that a man and a woman can be friends without wanting to sleep with each other. It’s addressed right away in an early episode when Marcus wants them to date. That doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. Will considers Marcus and Fiona his “weird thing” as everyone has something odd to bring into dating. They’re all fiercely protective of each other constantly going out of the way to help out. Will gets Fiona back into the dating scene in his own brash way, while she helps him grow more and more out of his stunted adulthood. Hand down, Will and Fiona make the entire show.
Do yourself a favor and check out About a Boy. My fangirl dreams is it will get enough hits for them to make season three as a Netflix exclusive! Enjoy it, my friends!