I’ve loved Jessica Marais ever since Packed to the Rafters, so of course when I saw the advertisements for The Wrong Girl, it was on my must-watch list. My best friend Caitlin and I started watching this when it was on television, but when she went to Cuba and Mexico last year we couldn’t keep up with the episodes. Of course, this just gave us the perfect excuse the binge watch when I bought the DVD. At only eight episodes, it’s easily watchable over a weekend (although we watched it over a couple of weeks, two episodes at a time).
The Wrong Girl, based on the novel of the same name by Zoë Foster Blake which I am totally reading soon, is everything I want in a rom-com and more. Lily Woodward is a producer on morning television, dealing with workplace dramas and relationship dilemmas. It’s not a spoiler to say she sleeps with her best friend in the first episode, which of course creates issues which knock on like dominos throughout the series. Throw a hot new television chef and a pregnancy into the mix and you’ve got the makings of a great drama. Smarty, sassy and hella funny, this show is perfect to enjoy with a face mask and a glass of vino. Oh, and your best friend. We laughed so much while watching this, but it has a beautiful depth as well.
It wasn’t far into the first episode when I was totally invested in every character’s life. Even Eric (who is portrayed BRILLIANTLY by Craig McLachlan). I know when I re-watch this soon, there are so many jokes and witty comments I would have missed the first time around. Of course, Lily Woodward (Jessica Marais) is the star of the show. And what a wonderful star she is. I love Lily and could definitely relate to her. We’ve all had clumsy moments, all made bad decisions. And Lily, much like Nina Proudman from Offspring, was the embodiment of all our worst embarrassing moments. Sometimes I was cringing for her, other times laughing with her or crying for her. I adored her friendship with Simone (Hayley Magnus) and was so impressed by how her relationships continually developed with people throughout the series. I will also never not find Hamish Blake (husband of Zoë) as the weatherman totally hilarious. Zoë’s little cameo as an intern was super cute as well.
So many emotions were involved in this show, it would be a shame for people to write it off as just another female-centric drama. I’m so proud to see another show join the ranks of amazing Aussie drama. While there are serious moments in The Wrong Girl and some sad times, the overall feel is very lighthearted. I did love that it also dealt with issues like casual workplace sexism and harassment, as well as general issues between colleagues I’m sure everyone can relate to. Kicking back with The Wrong Girl is the best way to unwind after a hectic day at work. Bring on the next season!