We’re pretty sure everyone has seen many high school shows that go by the name “High School,” but this one is different, we assure you. High school shows based on YA, coming-of-age, adulting theme of teenagers are a popular trope, and to use that to bring a new, fresh, and almost real-life story of twins, who try to identify themselves as a unique individual and deal with coming to terms with reality.
A young adult comedy series set in high school is about the Quinn sisters, who are twins. (Hey, that rhymed!) The Quinn sisters go through life, where real teenage issues are depicted in a comic theme, and shows what growing up and being yourself in the world really is.
High School Storyline
Based on the memoirs written by twin sisters, Tegan and Sara Quinn, who are musicians and songwriters and can also play multiple instruments, Tegan and Sara are identical twins and have Canadian roots. They mostly play indie pop songs, and the “High School” 2019 memoir book by them was released three days before the release of their ninth album.
The show High School is a coming-of-age comedy-drama from the 1990s. The twins learn to navigate relationships, high school, friends, drugs, and most of all music as they struggle to get their own identity and adapt to the novelty.
They share a strained relationship with each other due to the wide differences in their personalities. Their mom Simone and their dad Patrick make up some other important family characters, as do the twins’ friends Phoebe, Maya, Evans, Natalie, and Ally. In the 1990s, when homosexuality was not easily accepted, girls struggled with embracing their feelings for girls.
The struggles, the reality, and the relatability, along with the amazing music, make this show so popular.
High School Cast
The High School series was developed by Clea DuVall (director of “Happiest Season”) and both sisters, Sara Keirsten Quin and Tegan Rain Quin. All three of them are the executive producers of the show, along with the very famous superstar Brad Pitt, who obviously needs no introduction and happens to be one of the most influential actors in America. Other executive producers are Laura Kittrell, two-time Oscar winner Dede Gardner, another two-time Academy Award winner Jeremy Kleiner, and Carina Sposato.
The main cast of the show includes-
- Railey Gilliland as Tegan
- Seazynn Gilliland as Sara
- Esther McGregor as Natalie
- Olivia Rouyre as Phoebe
- Amanda Fix as Maya
- Brianne Tju as Ally
- Geena Meszaros as Lily
Among the recurring cast and guest stars is Cobie Smulders as Simone. Cobie Smulders is best known as Robin of the famous sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” and she played S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in a lot of major MCU movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Infinity War, Endgame, and even “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
Portraying Patrick is Kyle Bornheimer, an actor, and comedian who has starred in many sitcoms like “Worst Week” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Senior actor Jayne Eastwood plays June; Nikki Rae Hallow is Loni; and “Harry’s Law” famed actor Nate Corddry is David.
High School Release Date
It was announced in October 2020 that the eponymous book of the Quin twins will be made into a show, with all rights to it being sold to Amazon.
The principal filming for the show began on March 21, 2022, in Alberta, Canada. The first four episodes were released on October 14, 2022, and the next 4 were released on October 28, 2022.
High School Plot
Based on the autobiographical book, it shows the struggle of the twins moving to a new city, where they adjust to the new place, start at a new school, and manage their own relationships while being identical twin sisters.
The show keeps shifting the narrative, alternately showing how any two characters’ day went and how they each have their own problems in life. The pilot episode saw Tegan and Sara have a very real sibling bond that began with, you guessed it right, a fight. Literally. Tegan punched Sara on the nose in a fight about music. We later see how Tegan is lonely and that Sara also struggles with her identity and beliefs.
Tegan finds new friends in Maya and Evan, while Sara already has Phoebe, her secret girlfriend, and is slowly befriending Natalie. In the second episode, we saw the sister going to a party after asking for her parent’s permission and an intimate moment between Sara and Phoebe that Sara’s mom saw. After some terms, the sisters are allowed to go, but Sara gets high there, and Tegan snaps at her for it.
The second narrative shows Simone, their mom, talking about how her life is very hectic with work and how saddened she is by the twins’ constant fighting and differences with her husband. It’s very sad and very real.
The third episode is about girls wanting to go to a concert with Simone. Tegan and Maya keep having moments, but Tegan thinks Maya likes Evans when Maya actually likes Tegan. Maya makes Tegan realize that she shouldn’t babysit her sister, so Tegan, Maya, and Simone have a great time at the concert. Sara, however, had a horrible time, and due to miscommunications and getting caught by Phoebe’s mother, they can’t sleep over together. Phoebe asks Sara to just be friends.
Episode 4 lets us meet David, who is very stressed with work, and the twins call him dad, which means he must be the real dad of the twins and Simone’s ex-husband.
Sara and Natalie convince Tegan to go to a rave, where Phoebe, Ally, and Maya also come after lying to their moms about sleeping over at Natalie’s. This episode brought out the strained relationships the three share when, in the end, Sara gets rude to her mom, and Simone, in turn, kicks them out of the car to walk all the way to Patrick’s place.
Where To Watch High School?
High School Show can be watched on Amazon FreeVee, which is a video-on-demand service owned by Amazon and supported by American advertising.
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