In 10 short days, the best new show of 2010 hits the airwaves: the CW’s heartwarming drama, Life Unexpected.  The show has received universal praise from critics, and now the CW has another new trailer, featuring a quote from BuddyTV.

Life Unexpected tells the story of Lux, a 16-year-old girl in foster care who tracks down her biological parents, leading to major drama.  The drama is unlike most of the CW’s current schedule, because it’s not about sexy high schoolers in Beverly Hills or sexy college students on the Upper East Side.  Instead, it’s a mature, adult drama.

The show has more in common with classic WB dramas like Gilmore Girls and Everwood, dealing with the relationships between parents and children.  Not only is it the best new show of 2010, but it’s certainly the best new show the CW has produced in its four years on the air.

Life Unexpected has a little something for everyone.  If you’re a fan of ’90s WB stars, it has Dawson’s Creek‘s Kerr Smith and Roswell‘s Shiri Appleby.  If you like comedy, it has a quirky, free-spirited and light-hearted sensibility that’s been missing from today’s crop of glitzy, glossy teen dramas.  And if you like drama, grab the nearest box of Kleenex, because Life Unexpected will pull at your heartstrings and never let go.

For the most part, 2010 is starting off with a bunch of uninspired, tepid new shows.  ABC’s The Deep End is a yawn-inducing legal drama that makes Raising the Bar look classy and FOX’s Human Target is an action series that’s tons of fun, but lacking any real substance.  Life Unexpected has heart, pluck and moxie.

When the CW first started, pairing up Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars gave TV fans something to be excited about.  Now, with Life Unexpected, that promise is fully realized.

Check out the latest trailer and be sure to tune in to the premiere of Life Unexpected Monday, January 18 at 9pm on the CW.

(Image and video courtesy of the CW)

John Kubicek

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.