Famous In Love Recap

Famous in Love Premiere: Are You Locked in for the Rest of the Season?

Has Freeform (finally) found its next Pretty Little Liars?

As seen in Tuesday’s premiere, Famous in Love — from PLL mastermind Marlene King — follows Paige Townsen (played by Bella Thorne), a young actress whose life changes overnight when she lands the lead role in a big-screen adaptation of the popular Locked book series. And as far as Freeform dramas go, FiL pretty much checks off every box imaginable: Secrets! Scandal! Sexual fluidity!

Perhaps the best way to begin a dialogue about this show is to examine the various groups of people in Paige’s life — groups which, as you can imagine, will soon overlap:

THE ROOMMATES | Every young actress needs a support system, and for Paige, that system comes in the form of her roommates: Cassie (Georgie Flores), the cutie with a secret, and Jake (Charlie DePew), the aspiring filmmaker with incredibly distracting abs. Speaking of which, why is it so hard for Paige to admit she’s hungry for more than just Jake’s burgers? And why is Cassie paying visits to sketchy millionaires’ houses under the pseudonym “Lacey”? (Spoiler alert: If you’re thinking she’s a prostitute, you’re not totally off-base.)

THE MOVIE STARS | The only thing more dramatic and complicated than the plot of Locked — which you can read more about here — is the goings-on of its stars. Rainer Devon (Carter Jenkins) and Jordan Wilder (Keith Powers) have a nasty little history, one that began in friendship… and ended with Rainer punching Jordan for sleeping with his girlfriend, R&B superstar Tangey Turner (Pepi Sonuga). Rainer is currently sober, and has been for more than a year, but given how many secrets are being kept from him, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him reaching for a little liquid comfort down the road. Also in the mix is Alexis Gleen (Niki Kloss), an equal-opportunity sex kitten who’s willing to screw anyone over — or, you know, just screw anyone — to get back on top.

THE ‘ADULTS’ | Like all good teen dramas, the adults on Famous in Love tend to act more like teenagers than responsible guardians — and for that, we thank them. Case in point: Nina Devon isn’t just a producer on Locked; she’s also Rainer’s mom, and as such, is willing to stoop pretty low to protect her son’s image. In the first episode alone, we saw her literally grab a gossip reporter by the balls before calling him to share a dirty secret about Jordan and Tangey. Oh, and how could I forget — she’s sleeping with Jordan!

To say that Famous in Love is weaving a tangled web would be an understatement, considering all of the above occurred in the pilot alone. But here’s a question: Will you continue watching Paige & Co. on a weekly basis? Will you, instead, choose to binge the entire 10-episode season right away? Or was one trip to La La Land enough for you?

Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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21 Comments
  1. Emily says:

    A lot of things in this episode reminded me of the first episode of The Arrangement.

  2. TVFan says:

    I will binge watch the episodes. It was okay coming out the gate.

  3. Calista Flockhart says:

    The show has a habit of assaulting the black men on the show, other than that it’s ok.

  4. Amber says:

    Initially it was just slightly boring. Then there was the kiss with Keith Powers and it became offensive. Done.

  5. Bird says:

    I’m binge watching and don’t want to say too much but after 3 episodes I’m getting fed up with Paige. She needs to put on her big girl panties for crying out loud. It would also be nice for Jordan to have a little piece of happiness.

    I shutter to think that Hollywood is really like this.

  6. Red Snapper says:

    The premiere was okay. The books weren’t that great but were a fun, easy read. I understand that changes have to be made and I’m normally totally fine with that. However, I thought the reasons behind the Jordan/Rainer conflict were much better in the book. I know that they changed the plot of Locked and I get why they did but being on location during filming was a big part of the story. That may come later though, I’m not that far into it but it doesn’t seem that way. I’ll end up binge watching it even if it doesn’t improve. Insomnia will do that.

  7. BrianR says:

    Slightly depressing that little Tansy Henrickson has grown up and looks better than her older sister.

  8. Lily says:

    It’s honestly just the show I’ve been looking for! I binged the season and I’m completely hooked! The show has everything from the drama to the love triangle to the comedy and it’s not a show that you feel emotionally exhausted after seeing. It’s a nice care free show that takes your mind off your life for a while, I absolutely love it!

  9. Neha says:

    Nina grabbing that reporter’s balls made me very uncomfortable. That’s sexual assault and he was clearly very scared. If a man grabbed a woman’s breasts or um, trump’s favorite part, to threaten her, everyone would have been grossed out. Here it was shown as a cool power move.

    • Bird says:

      I didn’t look at it as a cool power move. There is nothing cool about either if those characters. I view them as a representation of the evils of the entertainment industry.

  10. Aliyah says:

    I seriously love this show, I have never been so hooked on any tv show like I am about Famous in Love! I really hope season 2 comes out very soon because I can’t wait forever to finally see if Paige and Rainer become a couple. They are meant to be together!!!

  11. Aliyah says:

    I hope this isn’t too off topic but, i have 5 reasons why Paige should choose to date Rainer instead of Jake. 1) Rainer is a movie star too, so he can relate if she has any concerns, while Jake isn’t a movie star so he wouldn’t know how to help her. 2) Paige is going to be spending a lot of time making the movie so she isn’t going to be home often to spend time with Jake if they were to date. 3) I know in episode 1 it seems like Rainer is a player but he told Paige at the end of episode 5 that she should’t worry about his history because when he looks at her he wants to change in a good way. 4) It would make things awkward for Cassie if Paige were to date Jake because she might feel like a third wheel. 5) Jake lives with Paige so if they would ever get into a fight it would be very awkward. I am team Rainer all the way!!!!! Paige and Rainer would be absolutely perfect for each other!!!!!