SMILF: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

A questionable name and superficially familiar tropes mask SMILF's raw, tender core and surprisingly fresh perspective.



Critic Ratings: 39


Audience Score

User Ratings: 152
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Air date: Nov 5, 2017
Air date: Nov 12, 2017
Air date: Nov 19, 2017
Air date: Nov 26, 2017
Air date: Dec 3, 2017
Air date: Dec 10, 2017
Air date: Dec 17, 2017
Air date: Dec 31, 2017
Air date: Feb 17, 2019

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Bridgette Bird (Frankie Shaw) is a single mother trying to balance raising her son Larry (Anna and Alexandra Reimer) with doing her job as a tutor and dating other men. In doing so, she finds herself in situations that put her in conflict with her mother Tutu (Rosie O'Donnell), her boss Ally (Connie Britton), and her ex, Larry's father Rafi (Miguel Gomez). "SMILF" also stars Raven Goodwin as Eliza, Samara Weaving as Nelson, Mark Webber as Father Eddie, and Bodega Bamz as Carlos.

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Critic Reviews for SMILF Season 1

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (19)

Shaw's good but her televised autobiography is a work in progress that can't quite settle on tone, meaning or direction. Even the series title is frustrating.

Oct 31, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

You won't spend long dwelling on the title, but you'll want to stick with this story.

Oct 30, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

But then, in episode three, Shaw seems to find her footing, and I found myself thinking that SMILF could develop a Shameless-like charm.

Nov 4, 2017 | Full Review…

The old "misery loves company" axiom gets a stern test with Showtime's SMILF.

Nov 3, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show shows promise under Shaw's care. However, the spark hasn't totally caught fire in its opening.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's just a fun, lighthearted show.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

SMILF might turn off some viewers due to its somewhat raw attitude. But sometimes rawness is necessary when you want honesty.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

SMILF also raises questions of feminism, of women's empowerment, of morality ... and all without wanting to give lessons of anything in reality. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 8, 2018 | Full Review…

SMILF offers a tender but clear-eyed look at what it is like to live on the poverty line and struggle.

Jun 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's funny, sad and poignant all at once.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Raw, indie-inflected television.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Comedically, it's somewhere between Fleabag and Divorce, being both surprisingly explicit and emotionally tender, while remaining true to the humanity of its women on the verge.

Mar 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for SMILF: Season 1

  • May 26, 2019
    This one tugs at you until you finally have to admit that beneath it all is a very powerful core narrative.
  • May 10, 2019
    The first season was funny. The second season was a waste of time.
  • May 04, 2019
    "SMILF" has seeds of greatness hidden beneath a veneer of veneer, hard to explain, it's humbling when you see that it went right over your head before it hits you. You think you're getting it and then you see you're not and then you see the sheer brilliance. Bergman, The Sopranos, Kurosawa, Deadwood, you just know you're experiencing the most that art can offer. "SMILF" just sort of sneaks up on you. Every aspect is superb, but you need patience and yes, even humility. Also, Rosie O'Donnell is a revelation, Frankie Shaw is a freakin' genius.
  • Apr 01, 2019
    Love it, I hope the show gets picked up by another network or something.
  • Mar 26, 2019
    Add ten more stars! Single moms can relate!!
  • Mar 25, 2019
    I can't grasp it. Nice idea, nice acting but it's boring :( Re-watch Weeds.
  • Mar 24, 2019
    OMG.. Just started watching this.. and soooo funny!!!
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Expected this show to be stupid. was pleasantly surprised when some very real moments in motherhood and single motherhood were explored. I honestly expected this to be a funny show trashing on a poor single mom buts its got a lot of redeeming moments. not bad!
  • Nov 14, 2018
    how can you not love her
  • Jan 19, 2018
    Unapologetic and honest television being made right here! Hopefully, it doesn't run on too long as less could be more.

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