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Title: Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (Seasons #1-2)
Released: 2012

Fix: Lady-Centric Fish Out of Water/Odd Couple Comedy
Platform: Netflix

Netflix Summary:

After moving to New York, June is swindled by her roommate, Chloe. Much to Chloe’s surprise, June turns the tables, and a beautiful friendship begins.

FYA Summary:

Newly arrived from Indiana, June’s on the cusp of having it all in New York City: dream job, loving boyfriend, and swanky apartment. But then it all falls apart SPECTACULARLY, and the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed June finds herself living with the hard-partying and morally deviant Chloe, the eponymous bitch in Apartment 23.

Familiar Faces:

Krysten Ritter as Chloe

Nowadays, she’s Jessica Jones, but truly — is there anything that Krysten Ritter can’t do? I’ve read various people calling Chloe a modern-day Holly Golightly, which is a fairly apt comparison.

Dreama Walker as June

I had only known Dreama from a small (and forgettable) part in Gossip Girl beforehand, but she’s pretty fantastic here.

James Van Der Beek as James Van Der Beek

I know FYA is all about the ongoing Dawson’s Creek rewatch project right now, but this fictionalized version of himself as Chloe’s best friend might be his greatest work ever. (Some may even call it — CSI sunglasses on — the role he was born to play.)

Eric André as Mark

Unsurprisingly, given his comedic career since, Eric André is pitch perfect as June’s hapless co-worker.

Ray Ford as Luther

I love Luther so much! We should all be so lucky to have an assistant as devoted to us as Luther is to JVDB.

Michael Blaiklock as Eli

Chloe and June’s neighbour often provides a desperately-needed voice of reason — as unlikely as that might seem, given what his deal is. (You’ll know what I mean right away.)

Liza Lapira as Robin

Another neighbour of Apartment 23, Robin is totally Regina George-obsessed with Chloe.

Couch-Sharing Capability: Bingeworthy

The only good thing about short-lived series being prematurely cancelled is that they become perfect for bingewatches. Whomever you watch Don’t Trust the B with — if you choose to watch with anyone else at all — be prepared to mainline the whole thing in a couple of days.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Bottoms Up

The show is plenty enjoyable without booze, but treat yo’ self and have a drink or five* in Chloe’s honour.

Chloe: “You know what’s fun? Alcohol.”

*Responsibly, of course.

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Excellent

If you didn’t get around to appreciating Don’t Trust the B in its original run, now’s your chance to revel in its sharp-witted brilliance. Besides, what other show could possibly give you as many fun celebrity cameos and Dawson’s Creek jokes as this? (But make sure to watch in production order! It requires a lot of jumping around, but the show will actually have, like, continuity.)

Mandy (she/her) lives in Edmonton, AB. When she’s not raiding the library for YA books, she enjoys eating ice cream (esp. in cold weather), learning fancy pole dance tricks, and stanning BTS. Mandy has been writing for FYA since 2012, and she’s been overseeing all things FYA Book Club since 2013.