Petey (Annie Murphy) is the heiress to a hugely successful fashion brand run by her mother, (Christine Baranski). However, Petey still wants to try and make it on her own, but has little success because she’s never learned to speak up for herself. Then one day Petey’s mother makes some incredible revelations about her life, one being that her father (Stephen Root) is dead and the other that he owned a town called New Utopia.
Wanting nothing to do with it at first, Petey is soon forced to move when she finds out that her best friend cheated with her fiancé and her apartment burns down. Leaving her no choice but to head to New Utopia, blissfully unaware that her father was actually the leader of the New Utopian cult.
Although once made aware of this, she decides to make a fresh start and make changes to give the people of New Utopia a better life – on her terms.
Praise Petey is an animation coming to Freeform created by Anna Drezen with Mike Judge and Greg Daniels on board as executive producers. A concept which could be ripe for comedy, it feels like Praise Petey is treading familiar territory.
Fans of Schitt’s Creek will be all too familiar with the story of a young socialite forced to live in a backward town who learns to grow as a person. However, it seems that this concept may take a while to fully develop as half way through the first season, Petey is still as self-absorbed and delusional as when she started.
The cast and people involved behind the scenes may be what brings people in and they all give good performances befitting of their reputations. However, the script feels like it was picked up after a long time in development and it didn’t get too far past its initial stages.
This means that often there are moments where the jokes feel dated and while it tries to talk about feminist portrayals in the media, it follows the same cliches with little self-awareness. Not quite as subversive as it thinks it is, Praise Petey may even be a series that was just made to fill a quota.
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