Seeing twentysomethings, particularly ones which might be of their early twenties, making an attempt to make it in New York has been nice fodder for actuality and scripted TV producers for many years. Sure, it’s previous hat to the “olds,” however each technology needs to see folks their age coping with life within the massive metropolis. Freeform’s new actuality sequence The Come Up is the newest entry in that custom.


Opening Shot: A shot of New York City, then we see plenty of stylish younger adults strolling round.

The Gist: The Come Up is a actuality present that introduces us to 6 Gen Z adults who’re making an attempt to make their mark in what they name “Downtown New York,” i.e. under 14th St. (we all the time referred to as that space both Lower Manhattan or used its particular person neighborhood names, however no matter). It’s a “hive of creativity,” says one of many forged members, and its teeming with younger adults simply making an attempt to determine their careers and lives amongst teams of equally inventive people.

Fernando Casablancas is a mannequin, who has already been on massive campaigns in his 12 months in New York. Claude Shwartz is an actor who’s the one member of the forged who’s a local New Yorker. She meets Ben Hard, who moved to New York from San Antonio, in an appearing class; he likes how cool and tuned in Claude appears to be.

Taofeek Abijako is the youngest designer to have a New York Fashion Week presentation, which he’s prepping for within the first episode. Sophia Wilson is a photographer who has shot main manufacturers and publications since she was 13. And Ebon Gore is a celebration organizer and mannequin, who has been on the forefront of serving to the trans neighborhood keep secure.

The Come Up
Photo: Adeline Lulo/Freeform

What Shows Will It Remind You Of? The first season of The Real World, solely with extra illustration from the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Our Take: Every technology has their “younger folks discover themselves in New York” present, whether or not it’s scripted or actuality. It doesn’t matter whether or not the trendier neighborhoods within the 5 boroughs are stuffed with artisanal pickle shops or deserted buildings; it’s the vibe that pulls folks from throughout to see if they’ll make their very own mark. That’s what we see with The Come Up, although the primary episode doesn’t get too in-depth with any of the forged members.

One of the issues we do respect concerning the forged that was chosen for the present is that all of them are at completely different ranges of success, even at their comparatively younger ages — the oldest individual within the forged is 24. It may very well be only a operate of our influcencer society that every one of those folks have superior of their careers just a few years sooner than they’d have up to now, but it surely’s refreshing to see folks with greater than some obscure sense of course and extra of a need to hang around and occasion.

But we’re unsure how this present, with its 30-minute episodes and a forged that’s pretty unfold out — although there are going to be a number of conditions the place producers get forged members collectively, like Ben and Claude being in the identical appearing workshop — will actually service any of the forged in additional than a superficial approach. Will we get Claude and Ebon diving extra into the problems dealing with them as trans girls and the trans neighborhood basically? Will the one cis white male within the forged, Ben, be savvier than he lets on within the first episode or will he be shocked by what he experiences within the metropolis? Will Taofeek and Sophia each really feel the strain from having all this accountability so early?


Those and extra points would make the present greater than a shallow examination of creatives hanging out on the Lower East Side. Maybe that’s one thing that this present simply isn’t able to. But we hope it’s, in any other case it’s simply one thing that could be of curiosity to youthful zoomers who dream of dwelling in New York however will really feel like previous hat to millennials on ahead.

Sex and Skin: None within the first episode.

Parting Shot: Taofeek is in a little bit of a panic proper earlier than his NYFW present; the set continues to be being painted and never all of the fashions have arrived.

Sleeper Star: Given how we’re pictures nuts, we’re fascinated with how Sophia managed to turn out to be an in demand photographer at such a younger age. It looks like she has envisioned what she’s needed from her life from that stage on, and that focus is quickly obvious amongst a forged who, aside from equally-focused Taofeek, is basically making it in additional ephemeral pursuits.

Most Pilot-y Line: Claude decides to learn an inventory of gross issues present in sizzling canine as Ben eats his first bona fide “soiled water canine” from a cart. Ben, bless him, chows down anyway. Maybe we like Ben.

Our Call: STREAM IT, particularly you probably have Gen Zers in your life who will need to see folks round their age doing effectively in New York. The Come Up doesn’t appear to be it’s going to be a very deep present, and anybody who’s older than the forged members have seen this sort of present many instances. But it’s enjoyable to see how the “youngs” in 2022 see the large metropolis.

Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about meals, leisure, parenting and tech, however he doesn’t child himself: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared within the New York Times, Slate, Salon,,, Fast Company and elsewhere.

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