Girlfriends: Series 1 (2018)

Series 1

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Girlfriends offers an honest -- and frequently hilarious -- look at a time of life too often marginalized on TV, with wonderfully well-acted results.



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Air date: Jan 29, 2018

In the premiere, Linda's husband vanishes while on a cruise and she returns home to get support from her friends only to discover they have their own problems.

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Air date: Feb 6, 2018

Much to Sue's disappointment, her birthday is once again upon her and tensions begin to arise.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2018

A terrified Linda is questioned on suspicion of murdering her husband Micky, but Gail and Sue unearth the shocking truth behind Carole's accusations as they try to rescue their friend.

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Air date: May 3, 2019

Carole is arrested after threatening Linda with a knife while looking for information about Micky's death.

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Air date: May 10, 2019

After taking an apparently accidental overdose, Linda is rushed to hospital.

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Three friends cope with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.

Cast & Crew

Rosie Perry
Olivia Rooks
Young Gail
Kobe Jerome
Stewart Scudamore
Ship's Captain
Joel Montague
Tagging Man
Eleanor Booth
Young Sue
Bethan Daniels
Young Linda
Laura Ainsworth
Beauty Therapist
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Critic Reviews for Girlfriends Series 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

... 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.

Jan 29, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Girlfriends] applies refreshing layers of honesty and genuine perplexity to the characters' stories. Age is an engine of Girlfriends. But so is empathy.

Jan 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 22, 2018 | Full Review…

This rollicking menopausal melodrama boasts an all-star cast and a writer at the height of her powers.

Jan 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This cheerful clarion call is going to find many friends among the baby boomer demographic, and possibly beyond.

Jan 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Girlfriends trades on some standard older-ladies-doing-wacky-things humor, but that's just to put you at ease.

Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Girlfriends: Series 1

  • Aug 22, 2020
    If 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.

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