A Canadian take on "The Heat" with Meredith MacNeill as Sam, the uptight Sandra Bullock character (she even looks like her in a certain light) who butts heads with Adrienne Moore, the Melissa McCarthy-type full-figured renegade, Kelly. Super nerd Sam and bad ass Kelly get on each others nerves, but they're both trying to navigate difficult relationships with their families, fellow officers and each other, learning the delicate balance between trusting too much and trusting too little.
While Sam Wazowski's character is laid out early on as the divorced single mom trying to be friends with everyone (even her kid,) Kelly Duff's backstory is slow to unfold and we learn more about her in each new episode, revealing how the people in her life have helped create her defensive shell. Having just come out of a long term undercover op, she's a master of being someone else and has the biggest character arc as the series progresses.
The show's synopsis is definitely the old opposites attract trope for the 2 cops, but in a larger sense it contrasts 2 mothers (Sam and Tiggy, played by Tara Strong [Miss Minutes from 'Loki' and a super famous voice actor] trying to do the best for their kids. Sam and Tiggy's teenagers are thrown together but their Romeo and Juliet vibe takes a weird turn. Sam's struggles to instill a moral compass in her difficult son Elliott is painfully sharp, and Tiggy's descent into the underbelly of Toronto's drug world shows how easy it is for a series of small bad decisions to escalate into a life changing f***-up.
Every character, even the supporting ones, are well-written, fully formed, and believable. For Schitt's Creek fans Karen Robinson (Ronnie) plays the duo's superior officer, Shanks and supervillan Kim Coates is a funny, lovable psychpath with his knitted slippers and misguided feminism.
Kim's Convenience fans will recognize Amanda Brugel (Pastor Nina) as Kelly's cop sister (tho they look NOTHING alike) and Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll (Enrigue) as tow truck operator, Mateo.
My only criticism is they should have stuck to the working title, 'Lady Dicks.' Does "Pretty Hard Cases" roll off the tongue and lodge in your brain? No : ) Other than that, it's an A+ effort. I clapped at the end of Season 1 and am super excited for the next season. Fingers crossed!