It is a truth universally acknowledged that we could never have too many wholesome tv shows to devour. And amongst gems like Ted Lasso, Trying on Apple TV is a must-watch for all romance fans and anyone searching for a little bit of joy. The premise is a straightforward journey for a couple going through the adoption process after difficulties trying to conceive. And throughout their journey, character development proves to be its most vital feature. In a series that promises immense joy, two seasons in, and it’s certainly the case.
And with Trying Season 3 right around the corner, if you’ve yet to watch, we’ve got you covered with a spoiler-free list of all the reasons why it should be next on your list.
In a series that demands its characters go through incredibly realistic storylines, the performers are crucial to bringing the authenticity to life. Trying on Apple TV features an incredible cast starring Esther Smith and Rafe Spall while featuring the legendary Imelda Staunton. The series also stars Ophelia Lovibond, Oliver Chris, Sian Brooke, Darren Boyd, and more.
Imelda Staunton is an especially standout performer as her character brings to our screens something so incredibly warm that you’ll easily forget she’s the same actress who brings someone as detestable as Harry Potter’s Dolores Umbridge to life. There’s a reason Staunton is a class act, and her range continues to be an extraordinary gift.
Flawed, complex characters are always better than those who are seemingly put together, and that’s certainly the case for nearly all the key players in Trying. The story might not be relatable for everybody, but the individual journeys and their imperfections undoubtedly are.
There are edges to each character that bring something fresh and layered to our screens, allowing our flaws to intermingle with theirs. There’s a story here for everyone and developments that are bound to be enjoyable no matter where one is in life. Trying isn’t just a story about those wanting to be parents or those who are; it’s a story about the efforts we put in toward creating the best life we possibly could while doing everything we can for friends and family whose presence makes our lives better.
Intrinsically tied to the relatable characters, the humor in Trying on Apple TV might not be for everybody, but it’s also something that could nudge people towards perhaps understanding their neighbor a little bit better. In the same way that no one on this show has their life together, the humor doesn’t come from carefully crafted jokes but instead the everyday shenanigans that make life an utter mess sometimes.
It’s funny when it doesn’t try to be and hilarious when it goes towards the edge, allowing the characters to be placed in utterly ridiculous situations that we’ve all likely been in once or twice.
Trying on Apple TV is a romance. It follows the steady flow of Nikki and Jason’s gorgeous relationship towards a new beginning where they’ll eventually be parents. Throughout the entirety of the story thus far, you never once doubt how fiercely the two love and, most importantly, how right they are for each other.
Nikki and Jason differ from many of their friends strictly because of how fervently they care for one another and how comfortable they are in the life they’ve built together, wanting only to expand their partnership. There’s a strength in their partnership that we don’t see as frequently on television, making the premise of the series much more fascinating. We aren’t getting the quips of difficulties splitting up a couple for the sake of TV drama; instead, we’re watching them take on every day like adults, choosing one another through everything even while challenges continue to cross their paths.
Trying on Apple TV makes it clear that this story is for anyone who’s searching for a bit of comfort in dark times. It’s not trying to be dramatic even when heavy storylines are being tackled. It’s attempting to showcase what it truly means to have people in your corner rooting for you. The story wants to be warm and kind in its display of parenting, young love, and friendships.
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This isn’t the kind of show that will rip the rug out from underneath viewers to subvert expectations. Nikki and Jason are trying to have a baby through adoption, and no matter the circumstances, in the end, they’re going to be parents. We’re promised this, and that’s the story’s purpose. It’s about life’s crucial moments, big or small, no matter how different they look for people. It’s about the good moments amidst the harsh realities and the hope that television could evoke in dark times.
Trying is now streaming on Apple TV+.
Gissane (pronounced Geese-enny) or, as people often call her, "Goose," is a Christ fan above all and a romance enthusiast who's taken her Master's degree in English and love for essays into writing lengthy analyses about pop culture.
She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Marvelous Geeks Media and the co-host of Lady Geeks' Society Podcast. She drinks too much coffee, wants to live in a forest, and cries a lot because of her favorite characters. She's a member of The Cherry Picks and can also be found writing features for MovieWeb and Looper.