The newest Disney Channel comedy Andi Mack is getting rave reviews from critics and Disney Channel fans alike. The show is a coming-of-age story revolving around the titular character played by newcomer Peyton Elizabeth Lee. Aside from having to deal with growing pains, 13-year-old Andi makes a shocking discovery—spoiler alert—her older sister is actually her birth mother.
Disney Channel’s ‘Andi Mack’ Becomes Hit among Old-School Disney Fans
Disney may have brought upon some serious nostalgia vibes with the now-defunct show Girl Meets World, but it is Andi Mack that is appealing the most to millennials. The show is getting so much attention due to the fact that it is reminiscent of early 2000 Disney shows like Lizzie McGuire and Phil of the Future. That shouldn’t come as a surprise as it happens to be the brainchild of Lizzie McGuire creator, Terri Minsky.
The premise of Andi Mack is a departure from the usual programs aired on Disney nowadays. It focuses on the return of Andi’s older sister, Bex (Lilan Bowden). Bex is revealed to have given birth to Andi out of wedlock, shedding light on an often-taboo topic in the Disney world: teenage pregnancy. Fortunately, the show handles the subject in a mature and realistic manner. It is yet another sweeping move for the Disney Channel, which famously debuted their first lesbian couple with Good Luck Charlie back in 2014.
Andi Mack also brings back Disney’s single-camera style, meaning it no longer follows the typical sitcom formula seen in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana. Single-camera shows allow viewers to immerse in the story even better, creating a more personal experience.
Peyton Elizabeth Lee Makes Disney Debut
At the center of Andi Mack is Disney’s newest star, Peyton Elizabeth Lee. Before being cast as the show’s lead character, she only had a few commercials and TV credits under her belt. Now that Lee is set to take over Hollywood, the feisty newcomer has expressed her appreciation for the show through her personal Instagram account:
“This has been the most unbelievable and enchanting experience of my entire life. A roller coaster of emotions. Of beauty. Of anticipation. To all lead up to this spectacular climax. An extremely special thanks to @terriminsky for any of this even being possible. Your limitless creativity and brilliant mind have touched this show in a way no other could. @marloubob You are one of the most amazing people I have ever met. You took us all in like children of your own. @yourfriendlilan @asherdovangel @sofia_wylie @joshuarush @laurentom9000 You guys are my family. My support group. My esteem team. My best friends. We built this world together and I honestly can’t even imagine anyone else accompanying me on this beautiful journey.”
Even though she can still be considered a rookie actress, Lee portrays a young adult with a lot of wide-eyed innocence and passion, making her one of the highlights of this exciting new show.