Don’t be surprised when there’s a sudden uptick in purchases of Ali Novak’s My Life with the Walter Boys between now and early December. As in, just expect to hear a lot about it, especially if you know any Suits fans. Seriously, just trust us. Why? Because Netflix has finally, after over a year since we first heard
Donna Paulsen Sarah Rafferty would be in the streamer’s adaptation, gifted us with both a trailer and a release date. So, technically, Rafferty’s Katherine isn’t the central character. But we have two things to note on that: First, the Devil may work hard, but the Darvey army will always work harder. And second, one does not simply go into a show expecting Rafferty, and whatever character she plays, not to steal the spotlight.
Aside from Rafferty playing the mother of, like, a zillion boys, what can you expect? Without spoiling the entire story, we’ve got answers. The official synopsis is as follows:
“Following the loss of her family in a tragic accident, 15-year old Manhattanite Jackie Howard has to learn to adapt to a new life in rural Colorado with her guardian – and 8 very rowdy boys.”(Source: Netflix PR)
Nikki Rodriguez stars as Jackie, which means she has the huge task of portraying pretty much every emotion imaginable. Loss, love, trying to fit in when she moves to a state that feels nothing like home — or, as Jackie puts it in the trailer’s voiceover, “the middle of nowhere.” Honestly, the Manhattan-to-Colorado part alone should grab viewers. After all, there’s nothing like the drama of having to start over at a new school, in a totally strange place that’s nothing at all like the one you’re leaving. And, given that Jackie’s move includes living in what one of her new friends calls “boy heaven,” that adds an extra level of interest for us…and drama for the characters.
Sure, we’re always here for some shipping and forever ready to debate which side of a love triangle is the right one. Anyone who’s into that sort of thing should make sure to tune in to this one. However, this show looks good, regardless of who falls for whom. For us, the real heart of the story comes from what will be familiar territory for anyone tuning in just to see Sarah Rafferty onscreen again. Brilliant that it’s Rafferty’s voice saying this one line in the My Life with the Walter Boys trailer, actually:
“Family isn’t always defined by blood.”
We love a found family story. And when that found family happens to feature
Donna Sarah Rafferty holding it all together, you really can’t go wrong. So, yeah…we are unapologetically excited for this one for all of the above reasons. And, probably, more. Well, definitely more. Marc Blucas, of “Riley from Buffy” fame? A young cast that we can’t wait to see thrive? Shad from The Next Step? (Kolton Stewart, who plays Dylan).
Basically, we’re just looking forward to watching this show, y’all.
Watch the My Life with the Walter Boys trailer here.
So, what are your thoughts on My Life with the Walter Boys? Do you plan to tune in, and if so, what are you looking forward to the most? Leave us a comment!
If live for spoilers, you have plenty of time to read the book before My Life with the Walter Boys releases. Spoiled, unspoiled, or partly so, you can start streaming on December 7, only on Netflix.