The L.A. Complex

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The L.A. Complex
Genre Drama
Created by Martin Gero
Directed by Martin Gero
Stefan Brogren
Starring Jonathan Patrick Moore
Joe Dinicol
Andra Fuller
Chelan Simmons
Cassie Steele
Benjamin Charles Watson
Jewel Staite
Georgina Reilly
Dayle McLeod
Michael Levinson
Jarod Joseph
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 19 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Martin Gero
Stephen Stohn
Linda Schuyler
Troy Miller
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Production company(s) Epitome Pictures
Distributor MuchMusic
The CW
Bell Media
Original channel MuchMusic
Original release January 10 – September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24)
External links
Official website

The L.A. Complex (originally Highland Gardens) is a Canadian drama series which premiered on CTV and MuchMusic on January 10, 2012, subsequently airing on MuchMusic. It also began airing in the United States on April 24, 2012 on The CW.[1]

The series stars Cassie Steele as Abby Vargas, an aspiring actress who moves to Los Angeles with nothing but her Maple Leafs hockey bag and dreams of being a famous actress.

As described in CTV publicity materials, "The L.A. Complex follows the lives of twenty year olds living in the same apartment complex in L.A. trying to make it as actors, dancers, producers and comedians. Relationships begin and end, the need to succeed is tested and all characters are pushed to their breaking points."[2][3]

On December 3, 2012, it was announced that The L.A. Complex was not renewed for a third season by Much and Bell Media, but with a possibility that the series can be picked up by another network.[4]

On December 20, 2012, The CW announced that the series was not going to be picked up by the network, making it officially canceled.[5]


Main characters[edit]

  • Cassie Steele as Abby Vargas, an aspiring, talented, but very naive young actress originally from Toronto who moves to L.A. to pursue her dream, only to discover the true nature of show business.
  • Joe Dinicol as Nick Wagner, a geeky, lighthearted and socially awkward stand up comedian originally from Calgary. Nick often has troubles in both his career and his love life.
  • Andra Fuller as Kaldrick King, a successful but troubled and bad-tempered rap singer originally from Oakland, California who is attempting to make a comeback in the music world as well as hide a secret of being a closeted homosexual.
  • Jewel Staite as Raquel Westbrook, a once successful actress from Halifax who fears her career is now over.
  • Chelan Simmons as Alicia Lowe (Season 1, Season 2 Guest star), a sensitive, aspiring dancer originally from Regina who will "do whatever it takes" to make ends meet.
  • Benjamin Charles Watson as Tariq Muhammad (Season 1, Season 2 Guest star), a quiet and timid music producer originally from Montreal who works with Kaldrick King, and eventually becomes his lover.
  • Georgina Reilly as Sabrina Reynolds (Recurring Season 1, Series regular Season 2), a ruthless and intelligent comedienne, who acts as a rival to Nick the duration of the series. She is the only main character who is born and raised in Los Angeles.
  • Dayle McLeod as Beth Pirelli (Season 2), a headstrong teenager from Winnipeg who moves into The Lux with her younger brother Simon, after her father abandons them.
  • Michael Levison as Simon Pirelli (Season 2), a child actor who moves into The Lux with his older sister Beth.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Ennis Esmer as Eddie Demir, the owner of The Lux Motel. Eddie is loud, fun and excitable. He is shown to being to pursue an acting career.
  • Kristopher Turner as Cameron Logan, a resident of The Lux whom focuses on making a movie with Kevin and Raquel. He also starts a relationship with Beth during Season 2.
  • Jordan Johnson-Hinds as Kevin Rainer, Cam's filmmaking partner.
  • Aaron Abrams as Ricky Lloyd, a once successful child actor, Ricky's career has dried up. He makes a sex tape with Alicia to try and boost his profile, and then enters a celebrity rehab show.
  • Dayo Ade as Dynasty, Kaldrick King's focused and strict music producer. He is aware of King's homosexuality but pretends not to know for he is well aware that King will lose everything should he ever publicly come out about his sexual orientation.
  • William Stewart as Rook, Kaldrick King's long term friend whom is very loyal and attempts to help King as much as he can. He also knows about King's homosexuality and helps him try to keep it a secret. In the series finale, he shoots and kills King's rapper rival, Darius.
  • Paul F. Tompkins as Himself, a straight talking comedian.
  • Kate Todd as Katee (Season 1), Conor's co-star.
  • Eugene Clark as Walter Dougan (Season 2), Kaldrick King's estranged father.
  • Krista Allen as Jennifer Bell (Season 2), a successful actress who starts a "show-mance" with Conor to remain relevant in the acting business.
  • Ryan Belleville as Scott Cray (Season 2), Nick and Sabrina's lecherous, drug-addicted boss.
  • Brett Dier as Brandon Kelly (Season 2), an actor on Saving Grace who is in a three-way relationship with Abby and Laura.
  • Megan Hutchings as Laura Knight (Season 2), an actress on Saving Grace who is in a three-way relationship with Abby and Brandon.
  • Alan Thicke as Donald Gallagher (Season 2), the strict creator and producer of Saving Grace
  • Rebecca Dalton as Dita (Season 2), a quiet resident of The Lux.
  • Louis Ferreira as Dean Pirelli (Season 2), Beth and Simon's father.
  • Tori Anderson as Charlotte Lake (Season 2), Conor's estranged sister.
  • Jarod Joseph as Christopher Taylor (Season 2), Kaldrick King's openly gay lawyer boyfriend.
  • Steve Byers as Gray Sanders (Season 2), Abby's serviceman boyfriend.

Development and production[edit]

CTV's parent company, Bell Media, ordered six episodes of the series in August 2011. Shooting and production of the series began in the summer of 2011, with both Toronto and Los Angeles as primary locations.[6]

Several hours prior to the series premiere, Bell Media announced that The L.A. Complex had been picked up by The CW to air in the United States later in the spring.[6]

On March 22, 2012, Bell Media ordered a further 13 episodes to be produced for the first season.[7]

The CW picked up the second season of the show for the network's summer schedule, to begin airing on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.[8] Later, starting on August 27, 2012, the series moved to Mondays 8/7c as a lead-in for repeats of the new season of America's Next Top Model.


Season 1[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Canadian viewers Canadian air date U.S. air date U.S. viewers
1 1 "Down in LA" Martin Gero Martin Gero 60000[9] January 10, 2012 (2012-01-10) April 24, 2012 0.63[10]

Abby Vargas is a young, naïve, and sheltered young woman from Canada who is new to Los Angeles and desperate to succeed when her life takes a downbeat turn when she is evicted from her small apartment after not paying her rent a few too many times. Alone, broke and desperate, Abby finds a place to crash at The Deluxe Motel ("the Lux") in Hollywood, California, which serves as a cheap boarding house for new people to L.A.. There, she meets a group of like-minded, displaced dreamers from small towns in Canada also trying to make it big in the US to escape from their troubled small-town lives in any way they can. Abby's friend Nick is a struggling comedian working in a coffee shop looking for his first big break despite having a lack of talent. Tariq is another friend having lived in L.A. for over a year and struggling as an intern/personal assistant to major rap producer Dynasty, and tries to get noticed with his own hip-hop beats at the recording studio where he works full-time. Connor is an up-and-coming actor from Australia who gets his first big break as a regular playing an American doctor on a prime time TV soap opera who hooks up with Abby during a wild party at the Lux. Alicia is a struggling dancer also looking for her first big break, while she moonlights as a stripper in a local gentlemen's club. Raquel is Connor's ex-girlfriend and a struggling character actress looking for another job after her latest TV show is canceled. After a series of missed opportunities, mishaps, and a broken-down vehicle, Abby starts to wonder if it’s time to go back to her hometown in Toronto and give up her dreams of being an actress, or if tomorrow will be her day.

The simulcast of the series première on CTV had 351000 viewers.[9]
2 2 "Do Something" Martin Gero Aaron Abrams 87000[11] January 17, 2012 (2012-01-17) May 1, 2012 0.58[12]
Alica offers Abby the chance to make some big cash as a dancer at the gentlemen's club as long as she's willing to "play the part". Raquel decides she's not going to wait by the phone any longer for her agent to call for a job, and starts pushing a duo of struggling filmmakers to get their movie made for her to play the lead. Meanwhile, Alicia's not having any luck with her dancing auditions and takes a different approach by attending a party with a D-list actor. After presenting an impressive demo at Dynasty's recording studio, Tariq is offered the golden ticket. He's going to produce a track with "The" Kaldrick King. When he meets the infamous gangster rapper, Tariq quickly realizes that this new role won't be easy. Elsewhere, Connor settles into his new house in the Hollywood Hills, but misses the loud and drama-filled life of The Lux, and he still keeps in touch with Abby despite being aware that she has a boyfriend back in Toronto.
3 3 "Who You Know" Stefan Brogren Matt Huether & Cole Bastedo 40000[13] January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24) May 8, 2012 0.54[14]
Abby finds out that the part she got isn't what she expected when she doesn't get any lines, movement or even get her face featured. Nick uses his one-night stand as comedy inspiration. Meanwhile, Raquel gets fired from her talent agency when trying to get her script sold, as well as making a new friend at Alcoholics' Anonymous. Kaldrick shows hostility towards Tariq after a night of sex to hide his respectful feelings for him from both his and Dynasty's entourages in the recording studio. Also, Alicia is offered to make a sex tape. By the end of the episode, a lonely Connor shows signs of self harm.
4 4 "The Other Side of the Door" Stefan Brogren Karen Hill 44000[15] January 31, 2012 (2012-01-31) May 15, 2012 0.53[16]
Alicia's dance career is ruined when no one wants to work with her due to her released sex tape. Meanwhile, Connor flashes back to his troubled and abused childhood in Australia, while in the present he seeks the advice of an acting coach to help motivate him. Abby and Nick bond which leads to him showing her the wonders of Los Angeles. Raquel continues to try to search for funding for her friends' script, and goes out on her birthday with Gary. Elsewhere, Kaldrick becomes more desperate to keep his tough-guy reputation intact in order to hide his romantic tryst with Tariq.
5 5 "Home" Martin Gero Brendan Gall 16000[17] February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07) May 22, 2012 0.45[18]
Connor hits rock bottom as he continues to have painful and repressed childhood memories of abuse by his alcoholic father following his mother's abandonment of him. Meanwhile, Kaldrick threatens Abby to keep his relationship with Tariq a secret out of fear for his own life should his homosexuality ever be made public. Nick's love life heats up as he and Abby go on their first official date. Alicia finds hope for her career in the adult porn business, but her hopes may be short-lived.
6 6 "Burn It Down" Martin Gero Story By: Martin Gero
Teleplay by: Martin Gero and Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall
22000[19] February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14) May 29, 2012 0.62[20]
Abby and Nick try to take their relationship to the next level as they continue to revamp their respective acting and stage careers at the studio lot, but Nick's jealous one-night stand, Sabrina, tries to win Nick back. Meanwhile, Connor searches for answers about his past as he recovers in the hospital following a drunken bar brawl that has led to his face being scarred but improving the ratings for his TV show. Also, Raquel questions her decisions over rejecting Connor in favor for her own career with Gary. Alicia decides to accept the "casting couch" routine to advance her career, but she eventually comes to a decision on whether to accept re-joining a dance troupe, or accept a more lucrative offer at the porn studio. Elsewhere, Tariq and Kaldrick's rocky relationship comes to a shocking end when Kaldrick resorts to violence to keep his homosexuality a secret at any cost... leaving Tariq inches from death.

Season 2[edit]

Production on the second and final season was scheduled to begin in mid-April and will be shown in Canada beginning in July 2012.[21] The 13-episode second and final season was simulcast by The CW.[22] Alan Thicke joined the cast as Donald Gallagher, a hot-headed actor-director-producer.[22] Also guest-starring is Louis Ferreira as Beth and Simon's father Dean Pirelli.

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Canadian viewers Canadian air date U.S. air date U.S. viewers
7 1 "Vacancy" Martin Gero Martin Gero 88000[23] July 17, 2012 (2012-07-17) July 17, 2012 0.66[24]
Alicia (Chelan Simmons) decides to take the dance troupe offer and moves out of the Lux. After the severe homophobic beating he gave Tariq (Benjamin Charles Watson), Kaldrick sets out to make things right, only to find that Tariq has gone into hiding. When a private investigator tracks down and brings Tariq to the studio, DyNasty and Kal's lawyers offer Tariq $100,000 for medical expenses in exchange for Tariq not pressing assault and battery charges against Kal (who already has several prior arrests for similar incidents), as well as keeping silent about Kal's true sexual orientation. Tariq agrees to stay silent, but refuses to take any of Kal's money and immediately leaves Los Angeles for good. In the aftermath of burning down his own house, Connor is eager to drown his sorrows and turns to Raquel for comfort to hide his pain. But Raquel has her own issues as she faces life-changing news that she is pregnant, but keeps it to herself. Back at The Lux, Nick and Abby take their relationship to the next level, but learns that living together has its perks. After her movie deal falls through, Abby goes to an audition for a role on a Christian TV series called "Saying Grace" while Nick has a run-in with the jealous Sabrina during a meeting to land a comedy series writing offer that she also wants. Elsewhere, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Beth is a teenage runaway living in her station wagon with her 10-year-old brother, Simon, whom she sets to turn into a film star after his appearance in a TV commercial and decides to pursue the commercial's director back to L.A.
8 2 "The Contract" Martin Gero Martin Gero N/A July 24, 2012 (2012-07-24) July 24, 2012 0.39[25]
Despite Abby's best efforts to masquerade as a good Christian girl, her first day filming on the TV show Saying Grace goes right to Hell as she sees the dirty underside of the motion picture business, and of her co-stars Brandon and Laura, which may threaten her career and life. This is nothing compared to Nick's woes, as he is pitted against his former fling, the scorned and vindictive Sabrina, now that they’re working together, and who sets out to destroy Nick's career. Meanwhile, Connor gets an interesting offer from A-list movie star Jennifer Bell (Krista Allen), while at the same time, Raquel continues to hide her pregnancy from everyone so she can continue to work, but finds offers difficult to come by and seriously considers getting an abortion. Elsewhere, Beth and her younger brother Simon arrive in Los Angeles, where they struggle to make their own way while trying to break into the movie business, which eventually leads to them moving into Alicia's vacant room at the Lux. Elsewhere, Kaldrick lands in the hospital after a suicide attempt and voluntarily commits himself to the psych ward, but he is still reluctant of opening up about his shame at being gay—apparently out of fear for his career, his tough reputation, and possibly his own life.
9 3 "Choose Your Battles" Martin Gero Karen Hill N/A July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31) July 31, 2012 0.44[26]
Kaldrick is barely holding it together following his hospital stay, but forcibly pushes himself back into work by recording a new track for his album which is based on his failed relationship with the departed Tariq. DyNasty confides in Kaldrick that he knows about his homosexuality, but Kal continues to maintain that he isn't gay and threatens DyNasty with violence should he ever tell anyone. Later at a party, Kaldrick's gangster rapper rival, Darius (aka 'Infinite Jest', played by Stephan James), crashes the party and gets beaten up by Kal after he makes an anti-gay joke. Meanwhile, Connor finally uses his influence and gets Raquel a role on his TV show, even as Raquel starts to feel jealous over Connor’s bogus relationship with Jennifer Bell, even after he tells Raquel that he's with Jennifer only for publicity reasons. Nick and Abby’s rocky relationship is put to the test as Sabrina attempts to drive them apart by seducing him, while at the same time, she also tries to take over his job for herself. Elsewhere, Beth breaks a few rules and laws to get Simon more auditions as part of her ploy to turn him into a high-paying film star.
10 4 "Be a Man" Stefan Brogren Brendan Gall N/A August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07) August 7, 2012 0.44[27]
Connor is forced to make a tough choice to continue his sham relationship with Jennifer Bell while avoiding a suspicious insurance investigator looking into the fire at his former house. Meanwhile, Kaldrick pays a visit to his estranged father, Walter, who lives and works in a homeless shelter to come to terms with his troubled past. Raquel suffers another blow to her massive ego on a movie set as her latest role is downsized. Abby looks to befriend her "Saying Grace" co-star Brandon, where he offers the troubled and insecure Abby to move in with him and his co-star girlfriend Laura at their spacious apartment. Nick grows tired of enduring Sabrina's cruel pranks at and away from work and tries a ploy to beat her at her own game, but he learns that the crafty Sabrina seem to have a defense to every verbal attack he throws at her. Also, on a day full of big auditions for Simon, Beth's big mouth gets her into trouble when she faces off against a crafty single mother whom is also dead set to turning her own son into a star.
11 5 "Taking the Day" Stefan Brogren Carl Binder N/A August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14) August 14, 2012 0.52[28]
Connor comes to Raquel's aid after she lands in jail following her car accident while driving drunk. Meanwhile, Raquel's troubles intensify as she is fired from her latest job which leads to a humiliating offer to appear on a celebrity rehab show. Following a wild night with her co-stars Brandon and Laura, Abby's love life gets even more complicated as she begins to have romantic feelings for both of them. Nick realizes that he may keep his job after all, but his guys night out with his crackhead boss leaves Sabrina more scorned than ever. Elsewhere, Beth takes Simon to a six-hour audition where she meets and has a romantic encounter with a divorced man also taking his daughter for the same audition. Also, Kaldrick brings his father, Walter, to live with him at his Hollywood Hills house to try to make amends. Not only does his father feel out of place, but Kaldrick's entourage resents Walter's presence causing Kaldrick to have to decide between his own father and his childhood friend, Rook. Later, Kaldrick almost tells his father that he is gay, but decides not to and quickly learns that he cannot count on his own father being supportive should he ever come out.
12 6 "Rules of Thirds" Stefan Brogren Vera Santamaria N/A August 21, 2012 (2012-08-21) August 21, 2012 0.58[29]
Connor has an unpleasant encounter with someone from Jennifer's past: her violent estranged husband Eric. Nick is surprised to find Sabrina up to her old tricks to destroy him yet again, and he sets out to even the score. Meanwhile, Kaldrick finds himself at a crossroads over keeping his straight image intact by pursuing a romance with a woman, named Dawna, that his unsuspecting father tries to set him up with. Beth lets her overprotective nature over Simon get the best of her on Simon's latest movie set. Also, Abby begins to realize that she might be in over her head involving her unconventional romance with Brandon and Laura. Elsewhere, Raquel seeks to create a new image for herself on "Celebrity Halfway House" to get out from under her lifelong bad girl reputation.
13 7 "Half Way" Bruce McDonald Martin Gero N/A August 27, 2012 (2012-08-27) August 27, 2012 0.65[30]
Kal is faced with a nuisance lawsuit by Darius and the situation heats up in a most unexpected way as he continues to protect his tough guy image at any cost. Meanwhile, Connor continues to deceive Jennifer all about his abusive and troubled past as well as hide his self-harm habit of burning himself in order to keep his makeshift "happy family" back in Australia intact, while he tries to set up Jennifer's estranged husband, Eric, to make her like him again. Desperate, Raquel starts pulling the puppet strings of her new cast mates on "Halfway House" in order to get out from under her bad girl reputation. Abby’s relationship drama with Brandon and Laura causes major problems in her professional life as Laura becomes determined to destroy Abby's career. Elsewhere, Beth’s efforts to smooth things over with Simon fail. Also, Nick and Sabrina square off both on the job and off as Nick realizes that he must push himself to play dirty with her in order to save his job and pride.
14 8 "Stay" Stefan Brogren Brendan Gall N/A September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03) September 3, 2012 0.70[31]
After Connor gets Jennifer and Eric back together, she decides to release Connor from his contract, but also tells him that he must move out of her house. Meanwhile, Nick looks for inspiration for his comedy routine in unexpected places. Beth becomes a nervous wreck as she and Cam search for Simon who has run away. At "Halfway House", Raquel is overwhelmed by Zack's turn of events and threatens to walk out despite being under contract. Abby is romanced by a handsome stranger, named Gray, she meets on a beach set whom appears wealthy and claims to be a naval officer on shore leave. Elsewhere, Kaldrick meets his match after having a sexual tryst with Darius' openly gay lawyer, Christopher, who seems to know more about Kal and his inner demons than Kal does about himself. At the end, Connor moves back into the Lux, where he faces life-changing news.
15 9 "Help Wanted" Bruce McDonald Vera Santamaria N/A September 10, 2012 (2012-09-10) September 10, 2012 0.63[32]
Kal asks Abby to record backup tracks for his new album as he has an ulterior motive to try to get her to talk about Tariq's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Nick gets fired after his reprehensible boss begs him to take the rap for cocaine possession and Sabrina reacts surprisingly sympathetically to Nick. Connor is hit with a bombshell when the mysterious woman who has been following him around, named Charlotte, reveals herself to be his long-lost sister whom he never knew existed. Also, Raquel reaches her breaking point after she is forced to file for bankruptcy to protect herself from multiple lawsuits and through a series of circumstances ends up getting a job as a bartender in a trendy restaurant. Elsewhere, Beth continues to ignore phone messages from her father and allows her desires for Cam to seduce him.
16 10 "Make It Right" Peter Wellington Carl Binder N/A September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17) September 17, 2012 0.74[33]
Kal and Abby set off together to find Tariq in Montreal after he confides in her about what he did. Connor's sister Charlotte (Tori Anderson) introduces him to an interesting new religion to purge himself of his troubled memories. Back at the Lux, Raquel pushes Cam, Kevin, and Dita to start filming their low-budget movie with her in the lead which leads to her deciding to take unethical steps to finance the film. Beth goes on another date with Cam who takes her to a local high school to take an SAT test, while Simon stays behind at the Lux with Kevin to help him work on a bubble machine. Elsewhere, Nick and Sabrina have a run-in with Sabrina's wealthy and overbearing parents whom think that she is in medical school. At Nick's urging, Sabrina makes a confession to her parents that changes everything between them.
17 11 "Now Or Never" Peter Wellington Lara Azzopardi N/A September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17) September 17, 2012 0.52[33]
Kal returns from Montreal where he pushes himself to make a change by reconciling with his producer, DyNasty, to record a new theme in the studio, where he runs into Darius and his crew who now includes his friend, Rook. Kal accepts an offer of a dinner date with Christopher and reconciles with his father, Walter. But later a phone call rocks Kal's world. Meanwhile, the desperate Raquel does whatever it takes to finance her film with Cam, Kevin, and Dita's help. Raquel's boss, Max, asks her out on a date which she declines and her co-worker, Manny, persuades her to commit credit card fraud with the bar's customers to acquire more cash. Meanwhile, Sabrina moves in with Nick at the Lux after her parents cut her off, which leads to her spraining her back before an important comedy audition. Beth and Simon have conflicting feelings when their father suddenly returns and wants them to return to Canada with him, which Beth strongly opposes. Abby goes out on a date with Gray, who tells her that he has to ship out in three days to Afghanistan. Also, Connor doesn't know whom to trust after learning that the Church of Scienetics is a front for a religious cult after he donates thousands of dollars to join.
18 12 "Xs and Os" Martin Gero Brendan Gall 9000[35] September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24) September 24, 2012 0.57[36]
A party is hosted at a bar, and Abby has a bit too much to drink and it leads to her marrying Gray in haste in Las Vegas. Kal's world is rocked after his father is hospitalized from an apparent stroke. Christopher tries to comfort Kal, while Dawna finally sees through Kal's double life. Raquel continues her credit card scam with Manny who begins showing off his ill-acquired wealth which arouses Max's suspicions and Raquel demanding a larger cut. Connor's past finally catches up to him when he is charged with arson and insurance fraud. Charlotte hears about his arrest and tries to take the rap for Connor burning down his house. Cam takes Beth to a university for a tour as a potential place to attend, while Simon stays behind to work on Cam and Kevin's movie. Elsewhere, Nick takes a humiliating job of being a dress-up rabbit at a studio head daughter's bas mitzvah where he worries about being stuck in this profession. Kal learns that his friend Rook took the hard drive from his house when he threw him out and now Darius has stolen the hard drive from him.[34]
19 13 "Don't Say Goodbye" Martin Gero Martin Gero 11000[35] September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24) September 24, 2012 0.39[36]
In the second season final, Beth learns that her father has forcibly taken Simon away and wants take Simon with him back to Canada. Connor tells Roxanne and the members of Scienetics about Charlotte kissing him and it leads to her being taken away by the church members for "redemption" and leaving Connor feeling alone and abandoned once again. Abby has to say goodbye to Gray who leaves for Germany to return to the Air Force. After another failed audition and learning that her talent agent, Ron, had decided to drop her, the bad-luck prone Abby is stuck all by herself once again. Meanwhile, Sabrina tells Nick that she has taken a job in New Orleans, leading Nick to choose if he wants to go with her or stay in L.A. and risk not seeing her ever again. Also, Kal is blackmailed by Darius for $5 million as to not reveal his homosexuality to the public. Kal agrees to pay despite Christopher's and Rook's objection. Raquel hosts a fund raiser at the Lux to premier Cam and Kevin's new movie. In the final scenes, Mark gets arrested after Manny's credit card scam is uncovered. Conner finally tells Raquel that he self-harms himself due to his troubled past. Abby leaves town on a one-way flight to Germany to join Gray. Sabrina leaves for New Orleans. Nick returns to the stage, alone, at the Improv Club. Beth decides to go back to Canada to be close to Simon... and hopefully find a way get him back from their father. Kal's father dies which leads him to deciding to come out to the world with Christopher's support. But Rook, mistakenly believing that Darius intentionally outed Kal's homosexuality after being paid off, murders Darius at his home.

Critical reception[edit]

The series received mostly positive reviews from critics. Metacritic which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 from reviews of mainstream critics, gives the series a score of 70 based on 12 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[37]

Rob Owen of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gave the show a positive review stating "For the type of show it sets out to be, this Complex is surprisingly, well, complex." Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix also gave the show a positive review, describing the show as "It's a primetime soap, but one that's genuinely more interested in what the characters want to do for a living than in who they're sleeping with."

The TVLine team said of LA Complex, "It's like everything you’d want from a CW soap, and it delivers," and that it contains "TV's most interesting, unexpected romance."[38]

Entertainment Weekly gave the show an A- and declared that it was "summer's hidden gem", saying that it was "unexpectedly smart", and that the bad decisions of the characters made it "far more interesting, relatable, and likable than the glambots we normally see".[39]

However, Tom Gliatto of People Weekly gave the show a negative review, describing the show as a "blah drama about kids living in an LA apartment complex while hustling for big breaks."


  • The L.A. Complex premiered on January 10, 2012 in Canada. It was previewed on CTV drawing 351,000 viewers as well as 60,000 on its regular channel MuchMusic.[40]
  • Episode 2 aired January 17, 2012 on MuchMusic drawing 87,000 viewers.[41]
  • Episode 3 aired January 24, 2012 on MuchMusic drawing 40,000 viewers.[42]
  • Episode 4 aired January 31, 2012 on MuchMusic drawing 44,000 viewers.[43]
  • Episode 5 aired February 7, 2012 on MuchMusic drawing 16,000 viewers.[44]
  • Episode 6 (season finale) aired February 14, 2012 on MuchMusic drawing 22,000 viewers.[45]

However, after its initial airing in the United States, the series received the lowest-ever ratings for a broadcast drama series premiere, despite its generally favorable reviews.

International broadcasts[edit]


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