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Shay Mitchell has a drinking problem. I'm not suggesting the "Pretty Little Liars" star needs to check into a treatment center. I'm talking about the fact that "Thirst With Shay Mitchell," which starts streaming Thursday on Max, falls a little flat.

The premise sounds tasty: Exploring South America over four episodes with a personality that brings Shirley Temple-like enthusiasm to bar hopping, matching each shot with a dazzling new outfit. She can be a lot of fun, especially when she has picked out appropriate shoes. But Mitchell seems more interested in getting a buzz than learning about culture. Her descriptions of cocktails are aimed at viewers who aren't old enough to imbibe. She uses the word "amazing" more than a contestant on "The Bachelor." She didn't seem to do much research before hopping on a plane. At one point, she asks an Argentinian to give her a definition of "gaucho." She's more invested in finding a hangover cure than learning about the history of Machu Picchu.

Celebrities can be great tour guides. "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy" and "Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico" are fantastic because the hosts bring a great deal of curiosity to the table. But "Thirst" only manages to whet your appetite for a more thorough journey.

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