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Review: Netflix’s new unknowing parody misses its mark as a mystery series

‘The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window’ truly makes you question what you're watching.

‘"The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” can be abbreiviated to TWHATSGW. The title of the show is about as long-winded as the show itself is. As with all my reviews, there will be major plot points discussed, so reader beware. Buckle up and get ready to examine TWHATSGW.

Synopsis

This series is meant to be a parody of the psychological thriller genre. The main character Anna sees visions and doesn't know what's real and what’s fake. Mixing wine and pills to cope with her pain, will Anna ever know the truth?

What I loved 

The characters were interesting and dynamic. Anna had a lot of sides to her, constantly giving us drama and humor. Other side characters had a good amount of depth to them too in their backstories, as well as their drama.

The plot of the show was very interesting and made me want to find out what happened next. There were always twists and turns that kept me watching. At some points, I had absolutely no idea where the show was going, but I like shows that are unpredictable.

What I didn't love 

Netflix definitely markets this show as a mystery, crime, and drama, not as a comedy. It's definitely misleading when you're expecting a mystery and get a parody of one. From the title you're supposed to guess it's a comedy (I thought about it, but dismissed it because of the genre). I'm not a huge fan of parodies so I most likely wouldn't have watched the show knowing it's a spoof.

The show was very interesting, however the parody part made me dislike it. I am a person who loves mysteries so when every interesting detail brings you back to the fact it's a spoof, it loses its attractiveness for me. You’re sitting there like, “Okay I get it's a spoof,“ but the reality of the show is lost at various points in the series.

Verdict

If you like parodies, then you may like this show. Not that it was a bad show, there were some good moments, it's just not my taste. Netflix definitely needs to advertise things better so people actually know what they’re getting into before they watch a show. 

I give this series a 1.5 out of 5.