SMILF: Season 1 Reviews

July 29, 2019
Raw, indie-inflected television.
March 26, 2018
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.
March 15, 2018
Still, it's difficult not to be entirely charmed by Smilf, which, if it can settle its temperament just slightly, feels like a new kind of story, one that should be told, and in Frankie Shaw, it marks the arrival of an important and original voice.
November 30, 2017
I am charmed by Shaw's way of sketching her character, Bridgette Bird, in brazen strokes of absurdity and delicate gestures of woe.
November 14, 2017
It sure is illustrative of the best kind of television being made right now.
November 13, 2017
The Greater Boston of SMILF is neither the lite liberal enclave that some people fear it is nor the Irish-Catholic gangland of Hollywood's imagination, but a city full of quiet tensions.
November 9, 2017
Now this is how you do flawed heroines. Their mistakes aren't applied to them like temporary tattoos. They're inherent to their characters.
November 4, 2017
But then, in episode three, Shaw seems to find her footing, and I found myself thinking that SMILF could develop a Shameless-like charm.
November 4, 2017
[Frankie] Shaw is such a dynamic presence, oddly beautiful without being blow-dried and lacquered with make-up, believable in sweats and slides but also transcending them.
November 4, 2017
SMILF is rough but scrappy, like the street basketball Bridgette plays. It dribbles, it head-fakes, and you never quite know in which direction it will make its next move.
November 4, 2017
The show, which premieres Sunday, is a candid, funny and raw take on how socio-economics and gender affect opportunity, and boy does life at the bottom look different from a female perspective.
November 3, 2017
SMILF can sometimes be all over the map, narratively, but in ways that feel true to life, a messiness of necessity for a woman who resists the daily indignities with a fierce determination and blunt openness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 3, 2017
The old "misery loves company" axiom gets a stern test with Showtime's SMILF.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 3, 2017
... there's little about "SMILF" that distinguishes it from a raft of similar shows that have come and gone - and will keep coming and going.
November 3, 2017
Everything that happens in that part of the episode is consistently surprising, engrossing, and steeped in an environment that feels authentic. Watching what happens between Bridgette and this man feels like watching real life unfold.
November 2, 2017
What SMILF does well, it does really well. There are signs of a good series, with the potential to improve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2017
SMILF rarely slows down often enough to focus on just one idea or promising story thread.
Top Critic
October 31, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 30, 2017
You won't spend long dwelling on the title, but you'll want to stick with this story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+