Firefly Lane

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  • TV-MA
  • 2021
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.7  (36,207)

Firefly Lane is a drama series on Netflix that chronicles the lifelong friendship of two women, Tully and Kate, who met in middle school during the 1970s. The show adapts Kristin Hannah's novel of the same name and follows the women as they navigate the ups and downs of their lives for over three decades. The show takes its name from the street where Tully's family's house is located, where the girls first met.

The series is split between three main timelines: the 70s, when they were young teens, the 80s when they were in their 20s, and the 2000s when they were in their 40s. The first season of ten episodes kicks off with the pair reuniting after a long period of estrangement, with flashbacks slowly giving the audience insight into their friendship's early roots.

The series is a mix of drama and comedy, with some steamy romance thrown in for good measure. Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke turn in impressive performances as Tully and Kate, respectively. Katherine as Tully is a bold, ambitious, and charismatic daytime talk show host, while Sarah as Kate is more grounded, modest, and family-focused. The chemistry between the two leads is excellent, and the show's central message of the power of female friendship is clear from the onset.

In the time-hopping plot, the show explores various themes, such as the struggles of motherhood, the power dynamics of the workplace, the politics of family, and the complexity of romantic relationships. The show takes on various social issues such as cancer, mental health, substance abuse, and other more profound issues that affect women in the real world. Although some of the plotlines might be seen as common soap opera tropes, the show presents them with a high level of wit and emotional depth that makes the characters inviting and relatable.

The cinematography of Firefly Lane is another component that sticks. The show uses a striking palette of colors in each time frame that creates a nostalgic feel for the audience. For example, the 70s timeline has more earthy and warm colors that remind us of the era, while the 2000s timeline is more crisp and blue that reflects the digital age.

Another standout performance comes from Ben Lawson, who plays Kate's husband, Johnny, and manages to deliver a touching, charming, and layered portrayal. Ali Skovbye, as the teenage Kate, and Roan Curtis, as the teenage Tully, also deliver fantastic performances, especially showcasing the intense inner conflicts the girls face during adolescence. During the 80s timeline, the role of the young women is carried out with considerable energy and vitality, each dealing with unique challenges and making their mark in the world.

In a refreshing approach, the writers do not shy away from the harsh realities of life, which can be seen in several heartbreaking scenes. However, the show also imparts a positive and hopeful message that love and loyalty have tremendous healing power. As Tully and Kate walk through life's most intense moments, their bond only grows stronger, and their unwavering support for each other is the heart of the show.

Ultimately, Firefly Lane is a riveting drama series that tells an emotional and powerful story. The excellent acting, beautifully crafted characters, and emotional depth make it a thrilling journey that the audience will thoroughly enjoy. Fans of the book should be pleased with the adaptation, while newcomers could become fans of the show's message and become emotionally invested in the friendship of Tully and Kate.

Firefly Lane is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on February 3, 2021.

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Seasons
This Must Be the Place
16. This Must Be the Place
April 27, 2023
On a special day for the Mularkey family, Tully reflects on decades of work, love, grief and joy alongside her best friend. Kate faces the unknown.
Moondance
15. Moondance
April 27, 2023
Tully, Johnny and Marah try to find ways of coping after Kate's revelation. In the 1980s, Johnny wrestles with another piece of overwhelming news.
I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
14. I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
April 27, 2023
Kate and Johnny's loved ones gather for two very different celebrations. Tully gets tangled in a romantic dilemma, and Kate feels the weight of a secret.
Can't Fight This Feeling
13. Can't Fight This Feeling
April 27, 2023
A bridal shower stirs up resentments and memories, an awkward encounter leads to a life-changing question, and a tragedy shakes teenage Kate's world.
Time After Time
12. Time After Time
April 27, 2023
Johnny and Kate reminisce at a party about a life-changing kiss in the same newsroom, 20 years earlier. Tully gives Danny advice on his love life.
The Breast Is Yet to Come
11. The Breast Is Yet to Come
April 27, 2023
From bra-stuffing to breastfeeding, Kate experiences several bumps in the road on her journey from a self-conscious teen to a first-time mother.
All the World's a Stage
10. All the World's a Stage
April 27, 2023
Kate has often felt invisible next to Tully through the years. But amid major changes, Kate realizes she may need her best friend by her side.
Hart Shaped Box
9. Hart Shaped Box
December 2, 2022
For the first time in decades, Kate and Tully experience a year apart -- but can they handle major life events without each other?
All Apologies
8. All Apologies
December 2, 2022
Kate learns that dealing with an ex is always tricky, no matter the decade. After years of never saying sorry, Tully struggles with accountability.
Good Riddance / Time of Your Life
7. Good Riddance / Time of Your Life
December 2, 2022
Tully attempts to face unresolved loose ends from her past. But her choices lead to a potentially unforgivable mistake that impacts Kate's life.
Reborn on the Fourth of July
6. Reborn on the Fourth of July
December 2, 2022
While celebrating their own freedom on Independence Day, Tully and Kate learn time and again that relying on each other may not be so bad after all.
Simple Twist of Fate
5. Simple Twist of Fate
December 2, 2022
From a double date in 1975 to Tully's search for her father in 2004, Tully and Kate attempt to take charge of their futures -- but fate has other plans.
Papa Don't Preach
4. Papa Don't Preach
December 2, 2022
As Tully's career takes off, uncomfortable encounters at work keep throwing her off track. Johnny's behavior causes concern among his loved ones.
I'm Coming Out
3. I'm Coming Out
December 2, 2022
A teen magazine. A political investigation. A secret message. Shocking revelations lead to major questions for Sean, Tully and Kate.
On the Road
2. On the Road
December 2, 2022
Over the decades and several road trips, Tully and Kate strengthen their bond and forge new relationships while occasionally testing them.
Wish You Were Here
1. Wish You Were Here
December 2, 2022
Trying times bring Kate and Tully together as they contend with an overbearing grandma, a pesky new intern and an ex-husband in distress.
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Where to Watch Firefly Lane
Firefly Lane is available for streaming on the Netflix website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Firefly Lane on demand at Netflix.
  • Premiere Date
    February 3, 2021
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (36,207)