By Tom Gliatto Lesley Messer
December 24, 2007 12:00 PM


Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, the minds behind thirtysomething and the teen classic My So-Called Life, address the age group sandwiched between those shows with this online series (, which has been acquired by NBC to be developed for prime time. It’s about a small group of friends, not long out of college, trying to launch careers and form the sort of links that take you to another person’s heart and not just their Web page. It’s not very original—closer to October Road than Facebook—but I like the low-tech look and the simple, slow-pulsed pace of the brief chapters. Quarterlife’s chief problem is the whiny tremulousness of its central consciousness, a blogger named Dylan (Bitsie Tulloch). She seems to have grown up begging for second helpings of gruel.