TV Show Review – Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce

TV Show Review – Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce

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Rating:  4 (out of 5).  Bravo’s first original scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” stars Lisa Edelstein (House) as Abby McCarthy, an author who has written a series of love and parenting books.  When both her marriage and her career implode at the same time she needs to learn how to navigate the world as a single mom in her 40’s.  Mostly positive reviews for Bravo’s first scripted outing with The Wall Street Journal calling it a a “fevered, determinedly outrageous comedy” that is “perfectly cast” with Edelstein as Abby. Time calls “Girlfriends Guide” as “tart” and “stylized”.  They say it is “in many ways it is as escapist as any of Bravo’s reality shows.”

Variety writes “With “Girlfriends’ Guide” emerging as such a polished product, Bravo becomes the latest network to deliver, at least creatively speaking, on its first dramatic at-bat, a la History with “Vikings,” with the bonus that the series remains squarely within its demographic wheelhouse.”

The Boston Herald thinks this is “a sharply observed series about divorce, yes, but love and friendship and family as well. Its premiere episode is funny and moving, sexy and sad, and very adult. But it’s nuance rather than crassness that rules — although the characters’ glossy affluence has the potential to rankle.”

The Wall Street Journal describes this as a “fevered, determinedly outrageous comedy.” They say it is “perfectly cast” with Edelstein as Abby.

Entertainment Weekly thinks the series “offers little beyond your standard Bravo fare.”  They indicate the problem might be that it “exists in that tenuous place where serious marriage drama and breezy buddy comedy meet up, air-kiss, and exchange plastic surgeons’ numbers. The tone changes so abruptly, what’s meant to be funny comes off as bitter.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls it a “sharply observed series about divorce, yes, but love and friendship and family as well.”  They say the “premiere episode is funny and moving, sexy and sad, and very adult. But it’s nuance rather than crassness that rules — although the characters’ glossy affluence has the potential to rankle.”

The San Francisco Chronicle thinks “Girlfriends Guide reads, feels, looks and smells just like one of the “Housewives” series.”  They say “Despite the fact that it has moments of humor and credible drama, it simply tries too hard and is too narrowly focused on people you wouldn’t want to spent 10 minutes with, much less a whole hour.”

The Chicago Sun-Timesdescribes the series as a “sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking story about an L.A.-based self-help author. Her marriage and career simultaneously implode, forcing her to hit the reset button as a single mom in her 40s.”

The New York Times says “It could easily be terrible, but the first two episodes are surprisingly entertaining.”  They attribute this to stars Lisa Edelstein and Janeane Garofalo.

The Hollywood Reporterthinks “this series is the closest anything in recent memory has come to Sex and the City when that series was at its zeitgeist-y best.” They claim that “Noxon’s writing is the anchor” with an “impressive cast nailing the comedy-drama switchbacks with aplomb and strong, visually attentive directing tying it together.”

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