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  • Series Premiere Date: May 31, 2007
Season #: 1, 2
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  1. This Wife is well worth committing to.
  2. 80
    The Starter Wife is fun and clever, but it’s witty dialogue and a great cast, not thoughtful storytelling, that keep this rich-divorcée gaffe-fest rolling along.
  3. While it is far from apparent that Friday night is the best place for this smart and stylish show, one can assume USA will move it elsewhere, if necessary, to give it the chance it deserves.
  4. Disposable as it may be, Starter Wife still has more to recommend about it than, say, NBC's "Lipstick Jungle."
  5. The new series, to judge by the two opening hours, is better balanced and plays more to the players' strengths.
  6. Messing, who, happily, shed most of her "Will & Grace" tics and mannerisms for the miniseries, is as appealing as ever as Molly, whose maneuvering of the shark-infested waters of the entertainment industry remains voyeuristic fun.
  7. 50
    Messing is an appealing actress, and Starter Wife isn't really a bad show, just a victim of bad timing, and of possibly overstaying its welcome.

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