'Chicago Party Aunt' Review: Netflix's animated comedy series makes for an easy watch
While binge-worthy shows are the driving force behind helping most people stay sane during the pandemic, sometimes, you need a bit of a filler show between your main show. Think of it as a light-hearted series that you can flutter in and out of, where you don't have to worry about the plot, but you can stay for the laughs. If you've been looking for your next filler show to help take off the edge that comes with binge-watching, then you might want to consider Netflix's 'Chicago Party Aunt'.
As per the logline of the show, "Chicago Party Aunt is a half-hour animated comedy that follows Diane Dunbrowski, AKA The Chicago Party Aunt, as she stays true to her mantra 'If life gives you lemons, turn that shit into Mike's Hard Lemonade'." If you're looking for other comedy titles to check out, you might want to consider -- 'Awkwafina is Nora From Queens', 'The Neighborhood', 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and 'Only Murders In The Building'.
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'Chicago Party Aunt' has all the trappings of a perfectly good adult animation comedy -- Diane Dunbrowski is over the top, a bit overbearing, but you know she has a heart of gold. It's almost frustrating to see the chaos she causes and gets into, it's truly reminiscent of that one person you knew back in college who never grew out of their party phase.
But while dealing with the real-life version of the person can be unbelievably annoying, Diane manages to make it seem not so bad ( which is the perks of being an animated character rooted in comedy). The series does explore her dynamics with her family, from her classic sibling arguments with her sister Bonnie, to her helping Daniel find himself.
The series is about the two sides to this character -- you have the chaotic party animal who will drink anything as long as it has alcohol in it to a person who genuinely cares about her family. Despite all the antics Diane gets into, she always manages to fix the situation and redeems her character.
It's a familiar dynamic, wrapped in a bunch of innuendos and modern-day references. Nevertheless, the show makes for an easy watch, the kind of thing you'd check out when you need something light and funny in between those day-long binges.
You can stream all eight episodes of 'Chicago Party Aunt' on Netflix.