SMILF: Season 1 – Review

SMILF airs Sundays, 10pm on Showtime.

The new comedy SMILF looked decent, so I decided to check it out. Its first three episodes really disappointed me. Some commenters will say I just don’t understand the characters, and that may be true. But what’s also true is that a comedy needs to provide laughs and a solid plot.

The main character Bridgette is hard to root for. Yes, she’s a single mom, as noted in the show’s horrid title, yet that’s no reason for her to act like a bad person. A lot of the situations she finds herself in will be relatable to many, but the pilot includes a scene where she picks up a man in the local convenience store and brings him back to her apartment to have sex on the same bed her toddler is currently sleeping on. That’s pretty irredeemable in my book.

The supporting cast is the best part of the show, not that that’s a compliment. Rosie O’Donnell and Connie Britton save an otherwise boring and uncompelling story from putting you to sleep. After getting through the episodes for review, I watched the short film this series is based on. I actually enjoyed it. Maybe stretching out the concept without an overarching story is the problem.

I give SMILF a D+.