While everyone was either raving or ranting about 13 Reasons Why over the Holy Week break, I, a mature 20-year-old, was in my cave watching Andi Mack, Disney’s new coming-of-age sitcom.
Before you go on and judge me for watching a kid’s show, let’s look at its synopsis: Andi is a 13-year-old girl who finds out that her sister is actually her mom and her mom is actually her grandmother, making her whole life kind of a lie. Andi has to process that information while struggling with all the pains that come with growing up (think: sports! boys! friendships!). It still builds on that typical formula on the surface, but the teen pregnancy arc makes it pretty groundbreaking material for a Disney show.
As a sucker for all the coming-of-age teen girl shows of the late ’90s and early 2000s (Lizzie McGuire practically raised me), I ate the first three episodes up. Andi Mack resurrects all that I loved about the old Disney — the awkwardness of growing up mixed in with petty crush drama and lunchtime real talk. There hasn’t been this much authenticity and relatability in a Disney show since, well, Lizzie McGuire (with the slight exception of Girl Meets World, R.I.P.).
It’s a step in the right direction for Disney, so it’s a shame no one’s talking about this gem of a show. If the synopsis wasn’t convincing enough, here are some reasons why you drop everything and watch Andi Mack.