Mini-review: Lucky 7 1×1 (ABC)

Lucky 7

In the US: Tuesdays, 10/9c, ABC

Lucky 7 sees a group of regular workers in a petrol station win big on the lottery. However, each has secrets and hey, guess what? Money don’t make you happy but if a group of people all share in a unique event, that group will end up closer together.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because as well as being a very trite message that’s been done dozens of times before, it’s basically the same as lottery-winners show Windfall, as well as shows like The Nine and Six Degrees.

Strictly speaking, though it’s an adaptation of the not very good BBC show The Syndicate, and if you’re familiar with that show, despite the changes and relocation to the US, you’ll be able to see a lot of the DNA still in it. There’s the “fat people are intrinsically funny and losers” message that grated from the original. There’s the mother who wants to hide her identity. There’s the workers who stage a robbery at their own store. And so on.

It’s improved in several ways. It’s more ethnically diverse than the original, which despite being set in Leeds, somehow managed to avoid having an Asian character in the line-up – something Lucky 7, while still dwelling on the arranged marriage, Indians become doctors or work as cabbies, etc, aspects that all US series tend to have, exceeds considerably by having an entire Asian family front and centre. It looks like the anthology series nature of the original show, which focused on a character per episode, has been dispensed with, too. These characters are also appealing, unlike the original’s.

But this is a tired story and Lucky 7 doesn’t add anything to it. I can’t imagine wanting to watch the second episode, but you never know.

Author

  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.