ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC) - Series Premiere: Synopsis and Review

Updated on August 18, 2012

‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ is a new NBC comedy series that is based on the 2008 best selling book by Chelsea Handler (‘Chelsea Lately’). The show revolves around Chelsea Newman (Laura Prepon, ‘That 70’s Show’), a fictionalized version of Handler during the early days of her career. Chelsea Handler herself guest stars as Sloane, Chelsea’s sister. Co-starring are many comedians, including Lauren Lapkus as Dee Dee, Ali Wong as Olivia and Lenny Clarke as Chelsea’s father.

When Chelsea is in jail for a DUI and her pregnant sister Sloane has to bail her out, she prays to ‘vodka’ to help her change her life around. She works at a bar, and to be able to drink and still get home safely, she moves in with Dee Dee, who lives one block away from the bar. Dee Dee is quite a weird girl, and Chelsea and her best friend Olivia decide they should help Dee Dee get laid.

In the mean time Sloane is criticizing Chelsea’s life and her unreliability, therefore Chelsea isn’t allowed to be at the birth of her child. However, since their mother is dead, Sloane’s husband is in Afghanistan and their father doesn’t know what to do, Chelsea rushes to the hospital. This way, she gets to be at the birth of her niece after all.

‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ is quite a funny show, the actors really make the characters come to life. I especially like Lauren Lapkus, who portrays Dee Dee in a very convincing way. However, the show doesn’t really have a story line. As far as I’m concerned, this episode could have been a season finale as well. It felt like the story ended right there, and that the next episode would be the start of a new season with a new story. In the end, a comedy series needs to be either really, really funny, or backed by an interesting story line to keep the viewers attentive. At the moment, ‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ is neither.

What do you think of 'Are You There, Chelsea?'

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      7 years ago

      Fastionista, you're right, not every comedy show is successful from the start. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it'll turn out for 'Chelsea'.

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      7 years ago

      Hi Alecia, you're right to be on the fence. Even after watching the premiere I'm still a bit on the fence! It really depends on developing an interesting story or creating episodes that are so funny that you don't mind that it actually doesn't make much sense. You might also know Laura Prepon from 'How I Met Your Mother', she was dating Ted for a couple of episodes, I think in season 3 or 4.

    • profile image

      The Fastionista 

      7 years ago

      Thanks so much for your review Robin! It's good to know the show has potential, even if the story line is sort of a miss so far - I guess it can take awhile for a comedy to figure itself out (I wasn't a big fan of Parks & Recreation the first season--now I can't get enough). Please let us know if it finds its legs! Voted up and interesting!

    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I'm on the fence about this show. The previews looked bad and Chelsea Handler's funny but I prefer her hosting. Laura Prepon seems to be a good actress but I don't have much to go as I never watched That 70s Show. But I'm interested after your review so I might watch it on demand. Thanks for writing!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)