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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 5, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: 20-something Bridgette (Frankie Shaw) tries to balance relationships, work, sex, and life as single mother in this comedy based on Shaw's 2015 Sundance Film Festival Jury award-winning short film of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 30, 2017
    83
    You won’t spend long dwelling on the title, but you’ll want to stick with this story.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Nov 3, 2017
    80
    None of SMILF would work beyond the struggling single-mom trope if it weren't for Shaw truly announcing herself here as a creative force. ... Showtime looks to have found something special with SMILF.
  3. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Dec 15, 2017
    80
    Three episodes in, I am charmed by Shaw’s way of sketching her character, Bridgette Bird, in brazen strokes of absurdity and delicate gestures of woe. ... Shaw proves herself a fantastically nimble performer, by turns tough and impish.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Nov 3, 2017
    60
    Like some past Showtime comedies (“Happyish,” “Nurse Jackie”), SMILF has an unsteady tone, swerving from emotional realism to quirkiness to slapstick raunch to abrupt fantasy sequences, in roughly descending order of what works best. There’s a riffing, open-mic quality to the first three episodes, as if the show were still trying on personalities.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Nov 3, 2017
    60
    The show improved with each one. The premiere is tonally all over the place--it’s hard to know which of Bridgette’s mistakes are meant to be funny, and which speak of tragedy. ... But then, in episode three, Shaw seems to find her footing, and I found myself thinking that SMILF could develop a “Shameless”-like charm.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 31, 2017
    50
    Frustrating series that has promise but no payoff. And that series title. Seriously?
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Lowman
    Nov 6, 2017
    50
    Shaw is likable and undoubtedly a selling point for the series, but unless the show finds its focus, it’s not going to be enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. Nov 26, 2017
    10
    This show is so fresh, so original and through the laughs tugs at the heartstrings. It's probably one of the most original 30 minute comediesThis show is so fresh, so original and through the laughs tugs at the heartstrings. It's probably one of the most original 30 minute comedies you've every seen, with the situations at one point subtle and nuanced, and at the next turn broad and really funny. Frankie Shaw who originated the show and also stars is (as one might expect) just right in the role she created for herself. The most charming character in the show is Frankie's "son" Larry, who is played by darling twin girls. They are unbelievably cute and perfect. (Because of production rules limiting work times, kid roles are often played by twins.) This is one of our favorite shows. Expand
  2. Apr 24, 2018
    9
    An engaging, funny, sometimes painful show. Frankie Shaw is a delight, and Rosie can really, really pull her weight. Her acting chops areAn engaging, funny, sometimes painful show. Frankie Shaw is a delight, and Rosie can really, really pull her weight. Her acting chops are spot on. The script is fresh, and the direction is crisp. Looking forward to the second season. Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2017
    2
    I hated this show so much I could barely watch 15 minutes of the first episode. I raised 2 children as a single mother, with no child supportI hated this show so much I could barely watch 15 minutes of the first episode. I raised 2 children as a single mother, with no child support and a very modest salary, and this bears almost no resemblance to my life. From getting up at 5 to make lunches and breakfasts, get everyone dressed and out the door on time so as to arrive at work by 8 am, and then doing the reverse at the end of the day, every bit of energy I had went to my kids and my job. Yes, I missed having a relationship and doing fun things, but I can honestly say I never even had the energy for a sex fantasy. That early scene gives such a completely misleading picture of a single mother's life, which is all about taking care of (and loving) the kids, the job, the finances, the ancient car, the old house, the laundry, etc., while trying to keep a few precious friendships alive. I would love to see a show that REALLY portrays the life of a single parent, but it would probably be too boring to develop an audience.. Expand
  4. Jan 24, 2018
    1
    This show isn't just bad, it's dysfunctional. Edgy? No, just a spherical object banging itself against a wall, whilst trying to normalizeThis show isn't just bad, it's dysfunctional. Edgy? No, just a spherical object banging itself against a wall, whilst trying to normalize everything that's bad in society today. It did one thing right, it ticked ALL the progressive boxes in the first episode. Expand
  5. Dec 13, 2017
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I hope this show improves after the first two episodes. Establishing the foundation for the show on such unbelievable grounds, that she is knowledgable enough to an essay to get into Harvard for one, strains any sense of credibility.
    I think Shaw has great presence on the screen. I hope the writing and directing rise to the level of her performance.
    Other than the dream sequences, and the references like Run Lola Run there is nothing that keeps me watching this show.
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  6. Dec 6, 2017
    1
    I'm not going to waste my time with a comprehensive review of this show, because all that can be said is that... "it's trash". Who is thisI'm not going to waste my time with a comprehensive review of this show, because all that can be said is that... "it's trash". Who is this show for? I grew up in a single parent household, and nothing about this show resonates with me. The characters are vacuous, the plot is non-existent, and it's just unbelievably dumb. Expand

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