Singing in visual media is the new trend — there’s hardly a season that goes by without a new singing contest or musical television show. Some, like Glee, only worked for a short time while others, like the film Pitch Perfect, achieved success through balance of songs and good story telling. Online, there are mountains of video series about singing teens and their angst lives, which is not necessarily the worst thing but it leaves little room for variety. Enter the new YouTube series Side Effects.
It can be a little much at times, but this series has what a lot of these other musical series lack: a strong story. It follows a family of five kids with a deceased mother and a runaway father trying to live together in peace and failing fast. The songs are densely packed in, but they are well sung and have great effects in the background making them actually interesting to watch. Strong acting, great sense of style and real heart makes this a surprising but endearing series that even in just episode 1 makes an impression on you. If you like what you’ve read here, make sure to give it a shot as new episodes pop up.