Teenage Bounty Hunters raises its torch to be the next obsession, and it may well have succeeded.
This review of Netflix’s Teenage Bounty Hunters season 1 does not contain spoilers.
Arriving on Netflix is a new teen-drama. Yes, that’s evidently not a shock but the streaming platform has definitely got a pull on the market. Teenage Bounty Hunters comes enters the fray, nestling itself amongst some strong content. The story follows twin sisters Sterling and Debbie Wesley who clumsily end up as bounty hunters for a man named Bowser. As suggested in the title, the comedy comes from the fact they are 16-year old teens tracking down wanted people for some extra cash.
There’s a dynamic in Netflix’s Teenage Bounty Hunters that is a refreshing surprise. The twin sisters quirkily navigate the script with ease — credit has to be given to Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini for giving such a natural sisterhood; it comes with such comedic conviction that the story does not require bedding in. From the first episode, it’s easier for audiences to become comfortable with the material.
And the Netflix series takes no shortcuts with the teen themes. The sisters attend a school but with their family’s heavily Republican Christian lives, sex is a mere myth with fear of abandonment. The story gives the sister’s a rebellious lifestyle while battling the pressures of the constructs of their bubble. With the more right-leaning themes, the topics of race, religion, and social progress stick out like a sore thumb; there are stories of same-sex relationships, interracial couples, and the debate of whether Confederate statues should be attacked by activists. Teenage Bounty Hunters relies more on the debate rather than political allegiance. It understands what teens face today in a fractured political landscape.
There’s no mistake that this is another teen story, compounding the characters with the usual tropes but with the story coupling the crime-fighting, it works in synchronization. The usual teen problems help audiences emotionally engage while the action scenes are served purely to entertain and add to the USP.
The sisters’ often ‘off-the-cuff’ approach brings an unpredictable dynamic. Audiences will never be able to guess what the characters will say or do next. The Netflix series is not designed to be believable; it suspends that from the very first scenes as the teens handle a shotgun and a pistol to help take down a criminal. So from here on in, the story unfolds and becomes a fun ride. Teenage Bounty Hunters raises its torch to be the next obsession, and it may well have succeeded.
As for longevity, Teenage Bounty Hunters season 1 provides enough plot points and complexities to green-light a second season. There is genuine character engagement that will help gather the fans and build up excitement for a continuation of the story. Netflix leaves the door open so it would be unsurprising if a press release didn’t confirm a second season.