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Unlicensed

By: Joseph Fink,Jeffrey Cranor
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  • From Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the genre defining fiction podcast Welcome to Night Vale, comes the new LA noire Unlicensed, starring Molly Quinn, Lusia Strus, and T.L Thompson. Unlicensed follows Molly Hatch (Quinn), recently divorced, two years sober, and completely lost on where to go next in her life. On a whim she answers an ad for an assistant to a PI, traveling to an unpromising strip mall on Citrus Avenue in Azusa, CA, where she meets Lou Rosen (Strus). Lou is a brilliant detective, but she’s also a completely disorganized mess, both in her physical space and within her own mind. She loses evidence, forgets what she’s already figured out, and she hasn’t even gotten it together to get her PI license. Working illegally in the outskirts of Los Angeles, where the cul-de-sacs and strip malls sprawl into the desert, the only clients she can get are those who either can't afford anyone else or have cases that are too marginal for licensed PIs or the police to bother with. When a teenage girl pleads for Lou and Molly to take the strangest case of their career, they find themselves involved in something much bigger than they were prepared for. This unlikely pair, with no resources and no back-up, follow a trail of seemingly unconnected cases, which leads them to a ransom, a murder, a mysterious wellness center, and a conspiracy that might go all the way to the governor. Featuring guest appearances by Jason Segel, Janet Varney, James Urbaniak, Cecil Baldwin, Jasika Nicole, Mara Wilson, and more, Unlicensed is a deeply-human, captivating thriller set in the most uncool neighborhoods of America’s coolest city.
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    Oct 20 2022
    From Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the genre defining fiction podcast Welcome to Night Vale, comes the new LA noire Unlicensed, starring Molly Quinn, Lusia Strus, and T.L Thompson. Unlicensed follows Molly Hatch (Quinn), recently divorced, two years sober, and completely lost on where to go next in her life. On a whim she answers an ad for an assistant to a PI, traveling to an unpromising strip mall on Citrus Avenue in Azusa, CA, where she meets Lou Rosen (Strus). Lou is a brilliant detective, but she’s also a completely disorganized mess, both in her physical space and within her own mind. She loses evidence, forgets what she’s already figured out, and she hasn’t even gotten it together to get her PI license. Working illegally in the outskirts of Los Angeles, where the cul-de-sacs and strip malls sprawl into the desert, the only clients she can get are those who either can't afford anyone else or have cases that are too marginal for licensed PIs or the police to bother with. When a teenage girl pleads for Lou and Molly to take the strangest case of their career, they find themselves involved in something much bigger than they were prepared for. This unlikely pair, with no resources and no back-up, follow a trail of seemingly unconnected cases, which leads them to a ransom, a murder, a mysterious wellness center, and a conspiracy that might go all the way to the governor. Featuring guest appearances by Jason Segel, Janet Varney, James Urbaniak, Cecil Baldwin, Jasika Nicole, Mara Wilson, and more, Unlicensed is a deeply-human, captivating thriller set in the most uncool neighborhoods of America’s coolest city.
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  • The Detective of Citrus Ave
    Nov 10 2022
    I’m here about the ad? Assistant to a PI?
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    30 mins
  • Lost Boy Found
    Nov 10 2022
    The boy who came back is not the boy who left. The boy in my house is not my brother.
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    32 mins

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Well worth a listen

Fresh, fun, thrilling and incredibly acted. Made me fall in love with mystery (and with stories about unlikely pairs) all over again. I only wish there was more! It would be wonderful to have a sequel.

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fantastic

I loved this and couldn't stop listening. One of those shows that can make you laugh out loud and bite your lip with fear for the characters. More please.

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Annoyingly Great

I saw there were only a dozen episodes, and was determined to pace myself. Two days later, I want season 2. Amazingly performed, amazingly written.

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Mystery done right

I love a good mystery but often find that they're given away too early by misplaced foreshadowing that ends up being a big neon sign of "THIS IS WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING". I didn't find this at all with this show, there were plenty of hints that things weren't quite what they seemed but they didn't give away the solution.
The story sunk it's hooks into me immediately and I enjoyed the style of switching narration (and therefore perspective on the events) and the voice actors did an incredible job of making the characters feel real. The relationship between the two main characters is interesting in its own right as well.
I'd really recommend this show to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries and unexpected twists.
My one very minor critique is Kayleigh, who I understand is only a side character in the grand scheme of things. She just seemed too 2D, an eldest daughter shouldered with all that responsibility and no cracks in her armour to show for it. Being forced to be a mother figure as a child takes a toll and I don't see that acknowledged anywhere. Anyway this review is too long and I understand why they didn't explore her much.
Please listen to the show!! It's fun and interesting and you won't be disappointed

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More, please

Like a lot of listeners, I came here from Night Vale. But while that podcast sometimes struggles with an uneven mood, this series has a perfectly measured and balanced mix of a noir crime story and personal drama on the one hand, and some comedic bits on the other. The story of the first season is mostly self-contained, so even though you will find yourself hungry for more, the ending will not leave you feeling unsatisfied while we wait for season 2.
The story itself is a great mystery story with some interesting twists and well-written, multifaceted and sympathetic characters. The latter is aptly helped by some sterling performances.
Definitely worth your time if you’re even remotely interested in the genre.

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boring

There are so many better stories and performances out there.
Don't waste your time.
I gave it a go but just couldn't get into it

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Would love to hear more of this series

I loved the story - well paced & masterfully written. The two main characters were fully fleshed out - funny, frustrating & credible.

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Took a while but I loved it

Great piece of detective fiction that avoids the genre clichés. Great writing as always by the Night Vale creators

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another Night Vale Presents classic

I literally restarted my audible membership because I missed being able to listen to this whenever I want... The night vale cast keeps me company through many a long night, can't recommend enough.

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So good!

Great characters, plot, and world. 100% recommended. Really hoping there'll be more seasons to come!

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