Firefly Lane Is Netflix’s Newest Hit Show

Published on February 4, 2021

Two women. A friendship spanning thirty years and counting. Netflix’s newest slice-of-life original series, Firefly Lane, premiered this week on the streaming platform. The show was adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by author Kristin Hannah.

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The official Firefly Lane book synopsis describes author Kristin Hannah’s story as being for, “Anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac.” Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke star as the two women whose friendship forms the story of Firefly Lane.

Heigl plays Tully Hart, while Chalke plays Kate Mularky. The two first met on a street named Firefly Lane, and to quote the classic 1942 film Casablanca, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Of course their friendship isn’t entirely smooth sailing as the show explores their relationship throughout the decades. Check out the official Netflix trailer below.

One notable standout line? “You’re my soulmate, you b***!” (This is of course, said in a loving manner.)

Source: Netflix

A series focused solely on the friendship between two women in their forties is a rarity in the media. What’s also great about the show is that screenwriter Maggie Freedman served as creator, executive producer, and writer for the Netflix adaptation.

The show debuted this week to generally positive reviews. Decider declared Firefly Lane stream-worthy in their Stream It or Skip It column. CNN called Firefly Lane, “a nicely unpretentious Netflix series that lends itself to a good binge.” Firefly Lane has a 7.3 user rating on IMDB. Although the show has a 41% tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes (basically how the critics ranked it) the average audience score was 88%.

There are ten episodes of Firefly Lane, and the series definitely ends on a note that sets up potential for a second season. Without being too spoilery for the series, let’s just say things aren’t all wine glasses and warm fires for Kate and Tully as the years go by. Their friendship ends up facing the ultimate test. Will Kate and Tully truly be best friends forever, choosing to stick by each other no matter what happens?

Let’s just say there’s a sequel to the show called Fly Away. Will Netflix follow suit with a second season? Only time and ratings will tell.

Katherine Stinson is an award-winning journalist and Staff Reporter at Grit Daily News, where she covers Texas and Southern states' startup and entrepreneurship news. Based in San Antonio, Texas, she also contributes to ScreenRant, Outlander TV News, and San Antonio Magazine.

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