TV Review: 'Wanted' Season 1 and Season 2

Wanted Lola Buckley Rebecca Gibney Chelsea Babbage Geraldine Hakewill
Do you want a breezy high-quality binge watch on Netflix? Yes? Then look no further than the Australian TV series “Wanted.” An enthralling thriller with comedic elements that is underlined with drama. It is a show that’s epicenter is the equally hilarious and sweet relationship that transpires between its protagonists.

The refreshing buddy dramedy follows Lola (Rebecca Gibney) and Chelsea (Geraldine Hakewill). Two very different people separately making their way through life.

Little do they know, life has other plans. When they witness a crime, their lives intersect leaving them inextricably intertwined. Now on the run from a corrupt cop, Chelsea and Lola, must band together to survive.

What makes “Wanted” so incredibly appealing is how it balances a need for comedy with high-stakes drama. To its credit, this is present in both Season 1 and Season 2. Thus, making the two seasons impressively cohesive.

Both characters are likable in their own unique ways and "Wanted" celebrates their differences. Acknowledging those contrasting attributes are what makes them such a great team. Lola and Chelsea’s relationship develops in a way that is heartfelt, funny, and sweet. The two find each other balancing the other out.

Lola is tough and tender, while Chelsea is quirky and kind. Theirs is one of the best friendships that television has seen in quite a while. “Wanted” develops their relationship in a way that avoids schmaltz while simultaneously delivering on emotion. That is not an easy tightrope to walk although the show makes it look like it is.

Actresses Rebecca Gibney and Geraldine Hakewill beautifully bring that scripted relationship to life. Their dynamic is fun and wonderful to watch unfold. It can most prominently be described as a heartwarming one. An emotion that television generally tends to miss out on bringing to bear. It is something that makes “Wanted” all the more special and delightful as a whole.

As the series progresses, the story remains strong. The characters are consistently written, and their reactions to the twists they encounter match their previous ones. That is not always the case as those who watch television seasons back-to-back can attest.

The adventures of Chelsea and Lola are exciting without feeling forced to continue. It all evolves in a natural way. Co-created by its star, Rachel Gibney, and her husband, Richard Bell, “Wanted” is currently a two-season, 12-episode binge. With two excellently-plotted adventures going back-to-back, it is an exceedingly absorbing watch.

Season 1 Rating: 9/10

Season 2 Rating: 9/10

You can currently watch Season 1 and Season 2 of “Wanted” on Netflix. Season 3 premieres is now streaming!

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