Based on a YA book series by Rachel Cohn (who also wrote an episode for the show) and David Levithan, the series is produced by Nick Jonas and Shawn Levy, with Fred Savage directing four of the eight episodes of Season 1.
Lily (Midori Francis) plants it at The Strand bookstore with scavenger hunt instructions in it, and when Dash (Austin Abrams) finds it he’s immediately jolted out of his cynical comfort zone and responds in kind. The two pass the notebook back and forth through key locations and with the help of friends, daring each other to try new things and learning about each other (and themselves) along the way.
They’re complete opposites, but they bond over their loneliness and start to rub off on each other in really positive ways.
Crucially, though, amidst the rom-com hijinks, the character development for Dash and Lily is allowed to unfold in interesting ways. Their growing feelings for each other — even when they haven’t even met in real life — is a huge draw card, but their individual journeys remain important.
Dash’s friend Boomer (Dante Brown) steals the show, with his enthusiasm, loyalty, and sense of humor, and Lily’s great-aunt Mrs. Basil E (Jodi Long) is a dramatic, iconic queen. Lily’s brother Langston (Troy Iwata) and his romance with Benny (Diego Guevara) is also a sweet sub-plot.
The sets are clean and pretty and generally bedazzled with twinkle lights, the costumes are bright and vibrant, and the soundtrack is always on point. Packaged in eight episodes each with a runtime in 30 minutes, it’s easy to smash through Dash & Lily in one sitting, and it’s the kind of show that stands up to a rewatch (or two or 10).
Even for non-COVID times, it presents a shiny, idealized version of New York City and the holidays. And that’s kind of the point.
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