Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 1 Reviews

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December 3, 2014
Finding the proper balance for dramedy isn't easy and Girlfriends' Guide fails miserably at that task.
December 3, 2014
Beneath that familiar Bravo veneer moves another stealthier show. This one is smartly acted, crisply written and willing to address all manner of issues.
December 3, 2014
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce is a smart, solid examination of just how messy relationships are and how hard it is to make them work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2014
It's nonetheless true that this is a cohort of women written off as boring or invisible by much of pop culture. It's a kick to watch the women in Girlfriends' Guide be neither of these things.
December 3, 2014
What the show does well, besides Abby's fish-out-of-water story, is refuse to flinch in the face of being heartbreaking and awkward.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 2, 2014
The more effective moments are the dramatic ones between Abby and Jake. What makes a marriage work, and what sacrifices are worth its maintenance and upkeep, are plumbed here with surprising dexterity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 3, 2014
Girlfriends' Guide seems more likely to stick to the ladies-who-lunch/brawl terrain paved over by the Real Housewives ad infinitum.
December 3, 2014
Bravo's first scripted series made a damn good run for the money its first time out of the gate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 2, 2014
The best parts of Divorce are those that remind us how messy and panicky such a dissolution can be for all involved.
December 2, 2014
Adult divorce drama has mature themes, innuendo, cursing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 1, 2014
The series is fun and frothy but also often poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 2, 2014
Weirdly, the show is at its best when it's at its nastiest, in its most cruel and cutting fight scenes. If I'm gonna watch a show about people getting divorced, I want to really get how divorce-y everything is.
December 2, 2014
[It] is about a lot more than divorce. It is, along with the raunch, the flinty outlook, the War of the Roses echoes, and the fun, also about the pull of marriage. Thanks to the aforementioned fine performances, it's a guide that entices.
December 2, 2014
With [it] emerging as such a polished product, Bravo becomes the latest network to deliver, at least creatively speaking, on its first dramatic at-bat, with the bonus that the series remains squarely within its demographic wheelhouse.
December 1, 2014
Significant parts of Guide will remind you of past dramas about women in their 40s who are suddenly "out there" again. But it has its own sense of humor and hurt, all of which Edelstein conveys nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 1, 2014
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce is achieving a nice blend of comedy, drama and titillation. Maybe a better title would be Desperate Ex-Wives.
December 1, 2014
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.
December 1, 2014
[It] reads, feels, looks and smells just like one of the Housewives series. 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 1, 2014
The two episodes made available for review reveal a much more nuanced, poignant tale, punctuated by some genuinely funny scenes,
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 28, 2014
Maybe the problem is that GGTD 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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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