The Teen Beat

Regarding the geekiness of high schoolers: Two new series mix hormones with angst

Sean Faris and Missy Peregrym
photo: Alan Markfield/ABC
Sean Faris and Missy Peregrym


Veronica Mars
Previews September 22 at 9 on UPN

Life as We Know It
Thursdays at 9 starting October 7 on ABC

As with Veronica Mars, the weird mixture of registers in Life as We Know It doesn't quite gel. You sense the series would like to be edgy in its frank engagement with teen sexuality and peer pressure, but the end result leans more toward the sweet soapiness of Dawson's Creek than the cynical realism of Freaks and Geeks. Still, excellent performances make the show watchable while you wait for it to find its groove.

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