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... doesn't aways hit its marks -- particularly during the over-reaching opening minutes of Episode 4. But the three lead performances, particularly on the part of Miranda Richardson, are more than enough to carry the day.
The cast is a ripper but life is a succession of hammer blows in this sudsy but emotionally authentic series from veteran British writer Kay Mellor.
Plenty to be going on with there, you might think, and a drama featuring older women should always be welcomed. But Girlfriends is a Kay Mellor six-parter so, the narrative is ludicrously overstuffed.
Girlfriends is part mystery, and we're hooked on wanting to know what happened to Micky. But the more important "mysteries," really, are the lives of these three women, each one heroic in her own life.
I cannot lie: I expected a carousel of middle-age clichés: anti-wrinkle treatments, divorces, hot flushes. And, actually, Girlfriends delivers all of these things. But it is not awful or depressing.
[Girlfriends] applies refreshing layers of honesty and genuine perplexity to the characters' stories. Age is an engine of Girlfriends. But so is empathy.
This increasingly bizarre series has morphed from drama to comedy to utter farce. There were moments of greatness at the beginning of Girlfriends, but recently we have been left staring at our screens perplexed.
No one could say Girlfriends, the daftest drama of the year (so far) didn't leave us in any doubt about what it wanted: larger suitcases for "dead" bodies.
Think Golden Girls by way of Desperate Housewives and you have Kay Mellor's deliciously dishy Girlfriends, one of the juicier British imports since the original Mistresses.
This rollicking menopausal melodrama boasts an all-star cast and a writer at the height of her powers.
This cheerful clarion call is going to find many friends among the baby boomer demographic, and possibly beyond.
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Aug 22, 2020If your cup of tea is watching train wrecks for an hour, you will love this. There is not a normal, I mean not dysfunctional character in the entire series. That said, the acting moves it along and the writing seems to have a point....but I can't think of what that is right now: something about older women supporting each other. It was a slog but not always painful.