Recommended: The Lake on Amazon Prime Video
What's The Lake About?
Stepsiblings become their weirdest and worst selves in a summer-long battle to claim ownership of their family's lake house.
Why (and to whom) do we recommend it?
If you like your comedy raunchy, shocking, and morally compromised, you'll likely find The Lake delightful. After a lackluster pilot episode, the series quickly finds its footing as a tale of people who will stop at nothing to have the idyllic summer life they're certain they deserve. If that means having a three-way with a politican in order to manipulate zoning permits, then so be it. And if it means smuggling a diseased fish into the lake in order to make someone else's property less appealing, the ends justify the means.
There are several reasons this misbehavior ends up being charming instead of repugnant. For one, the stakes are incredibly low; it's a lot easier to laugh when you know that really, nobody's going to get hurt. It's actually funnier that the entire cast behaves as if the right to renovate a log cabin is as important as the right to free speech..
It helps that the show itself is never mean. There are plenty of subplots about sex, for instance, but none of the jokes are about how people should be ashamed of what they're doing. Instead, the humor rises from misunderstandings, awkwardness, or the way lust makes you stupid.
The characters also get moments where they at least try to be decent. Justin does his best to bond with his daughter, and Maisy-May tries to listen to her son. She also supports her youngest child's gender queer identity and highly bitchy opinions about everything from film history to crab cake recipes.
Gavaris is incredibly charismatic, and Stiles is so good that one wonders if she should've been making risque comedies all along. But hands down, Natalie Lisinska steals the show as Jayne. Whether she's whispering affirmations to her own high school photographs or unselfconsciously celebrating the time her husband peed in someone's sleeping bag, she is a creature of pure, chaotic impulse. Watching Lisinska rocket from one mood to the next is like watching a guitarist switch from classical to pop in the same song. The virtuosity is a thrill to behold.
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