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Becca and Lolly

"If you could go back and change one thing about your life—one decision, one answer, one mistake—what would you do? Knowing everything you know now, would you make the same choice and somehow get it right this time? Or would you start over?"
Becca, from the pilot

Hindsight is an American television series that began airing on VH1 in 2015. The pilot episode aired on January 7, 2015. On March 16, VH-1 renewed the series for a second season. However, VH-1 changed their mind in late August, cancelling the series right before shooting on season 2 began.

The story follows Becca Brady (Laura Ramsey), who, nearing 40 and on the eve of her second marriage, begins to question the entire course of her life. Plagued with nostalgia and self-doubt, she rides an elevator, falls unconscious, and is shocked when she wakes up and finds herself back in 1995, almost twenty years in the past, on the morning of her first marriage.

Becca still has her memories from 2014, but the nineteen years in between have yet to happen. Seeing this as her second chance at life, Becca sets out to rewrite her entire life and try her best not to make the same mistakes again.

The series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Alliterative Name: Becca Brady, Lolly Levine. Actually becomes a minor plot point when Lolly makes a list of movies with a common theme, which the store owner can't figure out. Jamie realizes, after watching all the movies on the list, that all the films' directors have this kind of name, just like her.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Becca gets the do-over she wished for, but things don't quite turn out how she expects them to.
  • Cliffhanger: The first season ends with Becca tearfully making her way back to the elevator she believes sent her back in time, wishing to leave. The elevator lights flash and go haywire, Becca falls unconscious again, but the episode ends right after that, not revealing when Becca was sent to, or if she even left at all.
  • Foreign Fanservice: Sean, Becca's first husband, is a very attractive guy with an Australian accent.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Phoebe misses her blind date with her future husband Courtney, but they meet in a coffee shop on the next day.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Becca does make some practical use of her foreknowledge.
    Female employee: You make it look easy. I can't stand computers.
    Becca: I think they're here to stay. Someday we'll get everything from our computers. Books, airline tickets, boyfriends—
    Female employee: [scoffs] I don't think so.
  • Magical Realism: With the sole exception of the time-travel elevator, everything else is still realistic.
  • My Greatest Failure: Becca's greatest regret is ruining her friendship with Lolly. The fateful New Year's Eve is revealed in the ninth episode, where Becca confesses to being in love with Kevin, Lolly's unrequited crush, having been sleeping with him for six months.
    • My Greatest Second Chance: Becca makes sure to avoid using elevators so that she doesn't miss out on this new lease on life. However, the universe seems to have it in for her, and a lot of things do not go Becca's way.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Unsure of who she's meant to end up with, Becca kisses Andy. After Melanie finds out, and Andy ends up in an accident on his way to Becca, both Melanie and Andy want nothing more to do with Becca, and they end up getting married.
  • Nothing but Hits: It's a VH-1 show, what do you expect? Although there are some songs here and there that aren't from The '90s. Otherwise, on some scenes in 2003, even the background music changes accordingly.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Becca still remembers everything between 1995 and 2014.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Becca takes her chance at making sure to avoid the mistakes she's made since 1995. Unfortunately for her, all she manages to do is compress nineteen years of events into less than one.
  • Title Drop: Curiously averted.
  • Trapped in the Past: Becca actually wants to stay trapped in 1995.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Andy, Becca's would-have-been-second husband in 2014.