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Recovery Road Premiere: Will You Follow Maddie's Journey to Sobriety?

What up, So-Bros? A new Freeform drama about teenage addiction premiered Monday, so we’ve got some things to discuss.

The first episode of Recovery Road introduced viewers to Maddie (Skins‘ Jessica Sula), a high school party girl who may or may not have an addiction to something. (Yes, it’s vague, but that’s kind of the point.) Upon being caught with a bottle of vodka in her locker, she was given two options: expulsion, or 90 days at a sober-living facility. I’ll give you one guess which choice she her mother picked!

Cut to Maddie’s first group meeting at Springtime Meadows, where she got to know her new housemates: There’s Trish (The Proud Family‘s Kyla Pratt), a super-annoying single mom who lost custody of her baby; Vern (Looking‘s Daniel Franzese), a less-annoying layabout whose love for silk robes is matched only by his love for cheesy snacks; Rebecca (Glee‘s Lindsay Pearce), a mean-mugging lady who knows Maddie from another life; and Wes (The Borgias‘ Sebastian De Souza), a handsome gentleman with nice hair.

Keeping them all in line — or at least trying to — is Craig (EastEnders‘ David Witts), a distractingly handsome counselor who might have a few demons of his own to hide. (After sneaking out of the house and hitting up a liquor store, the only thing that kept Wes and Maddie from getting kicked out of the house was an apparent secret Wes was using to blackmail him. Dun, dun, dun!)

Oh, there’s also Doug (Banshee‘s Jerod Meagher), a Springtime Meadows graduated who returned (high as a damn kite) the day after his release. Then he went to jail. We don’t really like to talk about Doug.

Maddie spent most of the pilot in denial of her own addiction, but a particularly harrowing bathroom scene — in which she, a self-proclaimed virgin, realized she had sex with someone other than her boyfriend and didn’t even remember — forced her to face the truth. That, plus an unexpected encounter with her recovering-addict guidance counselor (Mixology‘s Alexis Carra), finally set Maddie on the path to… you guessed it… recovery road!

Your thoughts on ABC Family Freeform’s (why do I keep doing that?!) newest series? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your full review.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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11 Comments
  1. Csb says:

    The entire premise of a minor being put into an adult rehab is just ridiculous. Why didn’t they just make her a college freshman to at least avoid that giant issue?

  2. Kate says:

    So they cast two skin actors??? I mean they are great but this is going to be really confusing for me :D

  3. NanGee says:

    Hated it. Was curious at the beginning, found the character annoying, and then more and more annoying, found the mother too passive, thought “will watch this episode and then I don’t think any more”, and finally flicked it off in a righteous rage before the end. The two characters I thought were of interest was the counselor dude and the guy in the silk robes — everyone else B O R I N G and/or annoying. And casting people? Demographics in the US are not *quite* at 95% (or even 50%) African American yet, so if you’re determined to be diverse, then be DIVERSE and not discriminatory in the other direction.

  4. Gage says:

    The show is terrible. Won’t last past Season 1.

  5. Maeve m says:

    I’ve been in a rehab with minors many times. Even in an intensive live-in facility, a tc (therapeutic community). It’s not unheard of at all. The tv show is trying to stay true to the book.

  6. Maeve m says:

    I’ve been through this. Not exactly the same but freakishly close. I wasn’t a minor but I was 20 years old. It’s kind of unreal to watch something you think is unique to you turned into a tv show. Weird.

    • A lot of research, care and attention has gone into the making of this television show, by the writers, producers and actors. They are trying very hard to tell the story of recovery. They feel it is their responsibility to get the facts right. It is uplifting to hear your comments.

  7. Lisa says:

    Such a great cast. It’s nice to have an important issue/message in a TV show these days.

  8. Carrie says:

    Is anyone else wondering why this show is having Maddie, 17, getting a little too close to Wes, who I’m assuming is older than her? Or I am wrong about where this storyline is going?