The following article originally appeared in the Juniata High School Newspaper, the Arrowhead.
The Umbrella Academy was released on Netflix on February 15th, and within a week was one of the most popular television shows watched in the world. A report showed that, in March, The Umbrella Academy was in demand and frequented by more people than more notable shows like DC’s The Flash. So, was this show all that it was hyped to be? The Umbrella Academy follows the story of a family who had all been born to a different mother on the same day— with none of their mothers showing signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven of the fourth-three that were born were adopted by billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who created the Umbrella Academy and prepared his "children" to save the world. As they matured, however, the children moved apart— one of them died, another ran away from home, and the rest of them went off to live their own lives away from the Umbrella Academy, as Hargreeves had called them. However, when their father dies, the children return home to hostile feelings and the growing question of what really happened the night Reginald Hargreeves died. This original plot seems boring at first, but it soon snowballs into an intricate net of crossing plots and character storylines. You are introduced to characters that you never thought you would like but come to grow incredibly attached to them. You have deep, tear-jerker scenes followed by light-hearted comedy. It is a perfect balance of amusement and seriousness and can be enjoyed by any class of TV critic. The Umbrella Academy is a must-watch for every teen.