SMILF premiered right after Shameless Sunday night and quickly became Showtime’s highest rated debut since Billions with over 1 million live viewers. Not bad for a smart comedy created, written, directed, and starred in by Frankie Shaw (Good Girls Revolt, Mr. Robot, and Blue Mountain Resort). If you like strong, smart ass, figuring it out as they go type of characters, this show’s for you.
The show follows Bridgette, a young, smart, sexy single mother in Boston. Her baby daddy is (Miguel Gomez from Strain, Southpaw, Megan Leavey) sober over a year and helping parent their toddler Larry. They have a seemingly great relationship but are single and dating other people.
SMILF is fun, smart, realistic. It shows Bridgette taking care of her son, struggle with being a single parent and a single woman. She’s sexual, strong, not afraid to go after what she wants, and completely unapologetic for any of it.
It’s not afraid to tell women’s “dirty little secrets” much the way Sex and The City first broke boundaries with the women’s frank talk about sex and their partners, this episode showed Bridgette trying to pick a hot guy up after playing basketball, trying to get her baby daddy to spend the night, then masturbating to his new girlfriend’s picture. That part was very true, especially when women’s sexuality is so fluid these days. You can lust after another woman without being defined as anything but sexual. I like that it showed afterwards she was desperately hungry for junk food, but didn’t want to leave her son even for a few minutes while he was asleep to get some from down the street.
The supporting cast is phenomenal, with Rosie O Donnell as Bridgettes mom, Connie Britton, a friend she tutors her daughter for, and Miguel Gomez as Bridgettes ex. For the first episode, the chemistry between all the characters felt great, ranging from sexual longing to awkward one night stands, to best friends and a cranky mother that seems borderline abusive at times. It feels like a small, intimate independent picture in the best way.
I can’t wait for next week’s episode and to follow Bridgette around Boston some more. What did you think of the show? Did you watch it? If not, give it a chance, just not with any kids or anyone easily offended. There is finally male frontal nudity for more than a brief glimpse (in a nice role reversal). Let me know what you guys thought of the show, or if you’ll give it a chance. If you love Shameless, you’ll love SMILF.