*Warning: Minor spoilers ahead*
I’m going to be upfront: I was pretty skeptical about the all-new Netflix series, Firefly Lane. I recently reread the 2008 novel by Kristin Hannah for the first time since high school and—let me tell you—it’s even more fantastic than I remembered. (It left me bawling and feeling nostalgic for days, which is a rare occurrence.) This clearly made me doubt that any small screen version could do it justice.
Still, I was intrigued by Netflix’s adaptation of Firefly Lane, which stars Katherine Heigl (Tallulah “Tully” Hart) and Sarah Chalke (Kate Mularky). The series series premiered in 2021, and it was featured on the streaming service’s list of most-watched shows. Since part of my job as an entertainment editor is to determine whether something is worth the watch, I streamed it with an open mind.
To my surprise, I was extremely pleased with Netflix’s version, even though it’s slightly different than the novel. While it didn’t tie up every loose end like the book, it did leave me wanting more—and that’s all I can ask for.