The brand of adolescent angst explored in “Life Unexpected” is genetic.I’m your daughter,” says the 15-year-old Lux (Britt Robertson) when confronting her biological dad, a stunted pseudo-grownup with Peter Pan issues.TV historically has approached teens as an alien species, in a long line of misunderstood inner-monologists dating to black-and-white incarnations like Dobie Gillis and Patty Duke’s identical cousins.Teens continued to evolve with quirky intelligence through “Freaks & Geeks” and “My So-Called Life,” speaking honestly about the insecurities and humiliations of adolescence.
Teen pregnancy, eating disorders, social anxieties — to say nothing of the pressure of determining which vampire is sexier — the drama of the adolescent passage has always been readily exploited onscreen.
Finally there is a rare breed, the self-aware young thinkers, glimpsed in occasional intelligent hours that give voice to teen angst beyond lust.
“Life Unexpected,” a thoughtful series premiering at 9 p.m.
Teen births in spotlight Underage standouts Claire Danes (“My So-Called Life”), Katie Holmes (“Dawson’s Creek”), Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore, Seth Rogan in “Freaks & Geeks,” and Jay Baruchel in “Undeclared” all embodied the awkward years of sexual awakening.
Rafi was raised in a Jewish household in North London, the son of English-born publisher Simon Gavron and American-born writer Martha Pichey.
His paternal grandfather, Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, a millionaire, philanthropist, and Labour Life Peer, was born in London, to an Eastern European Jewish family.