Lipstick Jungle: Season 1 (2008)

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Lipstick Jungle

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A poorly conceived copy of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle lacks the wit, self-awareness, and warmth of the original HBO series.

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Critic Ratings: 32

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Episodes

1
Air date: Feb 7, 2008
2
Air date: Feb 14, 2008
3
Air date: Feb 21, 2008
4
Air date: Feb 28, 2008
5
Air date: Mar 6, 2008
6
Air date: Mar 13, 2008
7
Air date: Mar 20, 2008

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Creator Candace Bushnell's television adaptation of her best-selling novel of the same name follows three New York City women who rely on one another for support and camaraderie while navigating tumultuous careers and personal lives. Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields) is a successful film executive, wife and mother. But having it all doesn't come easy for Wendy as she often feels torn between her family and her career. Her husband, Shane (Paul Blackthorne), a former musician turned stay-at-home dad, is usually supportive, but sometimes he longs for a more traditional family in which he's the breadwinner. Wendy also frequently clashes with her teenage daughter, Maddie (Sarah Hyland). Early in the season, Wendy's nemesis (guest star Lorraine Bracco) stirs up controversy when she releases a tell-all book in which Wendy is accused of being a bad mother. Nico Reilly (Kim Raver) is the editor-in-chief of Bonfire Magazine and often collaborates with Wendy because their companies are both run by Hector Matrick (Julian Sands). While Nico tries to fend off the workplace treachery of ladder-climbing coworker Mike Harness (David Alan Basche), she's also struggling to gain the attention of her emotionally distant husband, Charles (Christopher Cousins). As her marriage falters, Nico enters a secret affair with handsome young photographer Kirby Atwood (Robert Buckley), who wants more than just a sexual relationship with Nico. Victory Ford (Lindsay Price), the third member of the trio of friends, is a fashion designer looking to reestablish herself as a top name in the industry. After a career-damaging Fashion Week flop, Victory sets out to create a new line on her own terms. She also begins a romance with quirky and secretive billionaire Joe Bennett (Andrew McCarthy).

Cast

Brooke Shields
as Wendy Healy
Kim Raver
as Nico Reilly
Lindsay Price
as Victory Ford
Andrew McCarthy
as Joe Bennett
Paul Blackthorne
as Shane Healy
Julian Sands
as Hector Matrick
David Alan Basche
as Mike Harness
David Noroña
as Salvador Rosa
Robert Buckley
as Kirby Atwood
Lorraine Bracco
as Janice Lasher
Christopher Cousins
as Charles Reilly
Marsha Mason
as Lorraine Lippman
Bobby Cannavale
as Chris 'Parks' Parker
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Critic Reviews for Lipstick Jungle Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (22)

"Lipstick Jungle" is - much like ABC's "Cashmere Mafia," only more so - about punishing women for straying outside the fairy tale.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…
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What the obnoxious "Cashmere Mafia" and now the dull "Lipstick Jungle" suggest is that it's not as easy to recreate the "Sex and the City" phenomenon.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

[D]on't feel that awful if you spend [an] hour watching "Lipstick Jungle." It's kind of entertaining and kind of satisfactory in a way.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

All three women are likable enough, in a slightly stilted soap-opera way. But the early storylines offer little that we haven't visited a dozen times before.

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Lipstick Jungle ought to be a sitcom but instead tries to make like a statement.

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Lipstick Jungle... offers a dreary look at three pals described as among New York's 50 most powerful women. That status doesn't make them interesting.

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Not one of these characters is warm or likable, nor funny and acerbic. They're just there; saddled with a lot of characterization that is a poor substitute for a personality.

Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

The third episode feels a little bit more sure of itself, but it's not enough to dismiss the feeling that there's nothing new in this jungle.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

"Jungle" is the better show on most counts, but it still fails to create a clamor for more. It's a show that makes you think, "Well, that's fine," and then never tune in again. In TV's crowded landscape, that's simply not good enough.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

This series will be as polarizing as the original "Sex." Some women will adore it; many men will flee the room, fearing estrogen poisoning. In that regard, "Lipstick Jungle" truly is a worthy successor to "Sex and the City."

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Not nearly witty, self-aware, or sarcastic enough to convince anyone this well hasn't gone dry long ago, the series is in trouble mere seconds after its first frames.

Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Lipstick Jungle is a strangely dour affair... and is almost misshapen in its clunky blend of drama and comedy. But most important, it inspires little confidence in the plausibility of its sister tribe, or the entertainment value in seeing them squirm.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lipstick Jungle: Season 1

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