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Holly Hobbie, on Hulu (USA) / Family (Canada)
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So... I guess this series is loosely based on the doll/greeting card character of the same name. It's a name I don't remember ever not being aware of, but I've never really known anything specific about the character. She's appeared in some other media, books or TV or whatever, but I don't know anything about any of that. But in this webseries, Holly Hobbie is a 13-year-old girl (played by Ruby Jay, whom I knew from What They Got Right) who lives in the small, rural town of Collinsville. She's a singer/songwriter. She's got a BFF named Amy Abassi. She's got an older brother named Robbie and a younger sister named Heather. She's got parents, Katherine and Bob. She's got a grandmother, Helen (Sara Botsford), who runs a cafe called Calico. At the start of the series, the cafe is in danger of being shut down, so Holly tries to save it, drumming up more business by re-instituting open mic night. Of course, she'll occasionally perform her own songs there, but anyone else in town can also get up on stage to sing or perform however they want to. Meanwhile, Amy has recently become friends with a girl named Piper Parish, and at first Holly is jealous, and worried about losing her best friend. But she soon becomes friends with Piper, as well. There's also a boy named Tyler Flaherty, who has recently returned to Collinsville after a year away. (It's rumored that before that he burned down a barn, but no one seems to know the truth about why he left or where he's been for the past year.)

Well, I guess I should also mention that Heather has a best friend named Levi. And Robbie has a girlfriend named Lyla. And... eventually some conflict does arise between Holly and Piper. I don't want to spoil the reason for it, but it does get resolved by the end of the season. And I don't know what else to say, except that I think it's a fairly cute and fun show, with some good music. (And in the season finale, Holly spends part of the episode dressed like the doll the series is based on, which I thought was really cute.)

Season 2 coming November 22.


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