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This Amanda Redman comedy series is fun, but definitely not mandatory viewing....
Acorn Media / 281 Minutes / 2007 / Unrated / Street Date: June 25, 2013
Lindsay Carter (Amanda Redman) is a bad woman who wants to straighten out and fly right. Echoing the sentiments of Honest’s very title, Lindsay on these episodes is dedicated to turning not only her life but her family’s lives from dark to light, but as crime programming of times past has taught us, sometimes that’s easier said than done.
As Honest begins, Lindsay’s husband Mack (Danny Webb) gets a four-year prison stint, and this is the spark that inspires Lindsay to change things up. Money’s tight, of course, and there are luxuries at hand in the shadows of the law that aren’t available to folks on the straight-and-narrow. Here lies the comedy within Honest’s structure – as this family tries to atone for a generation of illegality, they find the ‘real world’ to be surprisingly difficult to navigate.
The characters at hand here definitely anchor Honest’s comedic sensibilities, but after an episode or two, the show’s charms wear off a bit. The basic concept of the show is capable enough to work, but by the time the second disc of this TV-on-DVD set comes around, things start to feel disappointingly one-note. Things are never legitimately bad here, but four or five episodes of Honest are pretty much all you need.