Generation 56k season 1 review – a light-hearted Italian romantic drama

By Daniel Hart
Published: July 1, 2021
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Netflix series Generation 56k season 1


Generation 56k is not going to blow minds, but it’s certainly a good time.

This review of Netflix’s Generation 56k season 1 does not contain spoilers.

Many of us grow up wondering who was “the one” or if that “someone” is the “one that got away.” We can often have sleepless nights wondering if it was a missed opportunity for a lifetime of reciprocal and long-lasting love. But, many of us who are not hopeless romantics believe that “the one” is not feasible, and in a world of 7 billion people, there’s plenty of wholesome matches for all of us.

Netflix’s Generation 56k is for the hopeless romantics. The leading character, Daniel, is letting life go by, and his dating life is a mess. No spark, no joy, no burning desire to be with anyone. Daniel represents the 30-something lost souls where dating apps have become clinical, and the cynicism to find someone has peaked. He even develops romantic apps for a living, which is ironic.

That’s until Daniel mistakes a woman named Matilda (the other lead character) as his date one evening, not knowing that his actual date didn’t show up. He has the night of his life — there’s a spark, chemistry, everything. What he doesn’t know is that Matilda is a childhood friend — “the one that got away.” Oh, and she’s getting married. Awkward.

Generation 56k sounds serious, but it’s light-hearted and is not served to be a serious case study of a romantic crisis. Season 1 of the Netflix series plays out like a romantic drama feature film, but instead, they decided to spread it out into an 8 chapter series. It has the same tropes — the near-misses, the doubts, the swooping energy of love that bestows the romantic genre.

But seeing it in serial form is not a criticism at all — the Italian drama is a comfort watch. It requires little concentration, and you feel at home viewing it—Generation 56k nails the childhood sweetheart idea, with plenty of on-the-nose flashbacks to support the main characters.

And with its soft approach and easy viewing, the eight episodes breeze by at a simple 30 minutes each. Generation 56k is not going to blow minds, but it’s certainly a good time.

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