The Bottom Line
- Likable stars
- Energy and enthusiasm
- Broad, over-the-top performances
- Strained plotting
- Cheesy tone
- Premieres June 29, 2011, at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC Family
- Stars Raven-Symoné, Majandra Delfino, Loretta Devine
- Created by Jennifer Weiner and Jeff Greenstein
Guide Review - 'State of Georgia' Premiere
It’s a solid if generic sitcom setup, and the show’s first episode actually has a couple of genuinely funny moments. Raven-Symoné, who’s spent almost her entire life on sitcoms (from Cosby to the Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven), is plenty charismatic, but she nearly bludgeons her lines to death with her overacting. Delfino and Devine aren’t much better, although Devine at least is playing the saucy supporting role and has an excuse for overdoing it. But it’s hard to empathize with the rich, spoiled Georgia, who assumes she’ll be cast as the lead in a play at her first audition, and is offended when her star qualities aren’t immediately recognized.
It may not end up being a running theme, but the first episode is also weirdly obsessed with Georgia’s weight, building a whole storyline around a casting director’s calling her fat and her subsequent inappropriately erotic efforts to convince him that she’s sexy. Raven-Symoné has slimmed down considerably recently, though, and the whole focus comes off more like insecurity than empowerment. That detour aside, State of Georgia is standard-issue sitcom fare all the way, and it’ll probably fit in really well with the ABC Family brand -- which is just another reason that brand doesn’t deserve much credit.