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New on Netflix: Good Girls

I binge watched a recent addition to Netflix called Good Girls. It’s an American series starring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Hap & Leonard), Retta (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Parks & Recreation), and Mae Whitman (Parenthood, Arrested Development) as three suburban mothers who decide to take matters into their own hands and do whatever it takes to get their families out of desperate circumstances. Like Weeds but with a little less sitcom and featuring three times the leading ladies.

The cast is great. I love Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly) as the playful, funny and a bit naive husband. Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo) totally pulls off the typical dumb and selfish male mid-life crises. I wish there was a bigger story line for Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) because there is a lot of material to draw on as he co-parents with his ex (high school sweethearts who married too young) and struggles to start a second family with his new wife. Factor in David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as sleezy supermarket manager, Boomer, and Manny Montana (Graceland) as the hot and dangerous mobster, Rio, and there’s a lot to enjoy about this cast.

The series is created by Jenna Bans, who executive produced and wrote a couple of episodes. She is known for her work on some pretty great shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and Desperate Housewives. Maybe that’s why critics have been so hard on this program, because the bar was set high. But I dropped into this show with no expectation, no prior knowledge of who was involved, and got hooked off the first episode.

It’s fun and funny, but yet dramatic and I can relate to these women and their situations. How far would any of us go if we were desperate and an opportunity presented itself at our lowest moment? I don’t know. And frankly I’m not pondering it, I’m happy to just relax and enjoy the ride without having to suspend any beliefs. I think there’s a lot more room in film and television for programming that features strong innovative women who kick ass and take names. And these women do, but they also have emotional breakdowns and make bad decisions and everything else human that goes along with being a woman. I like that.

I think this show is great, in the same way that shows like Orange is the New Black and Scandal are great. There are serious issues being touched upon but the show isn’t too serious, it’s easy to sit down, relax, and just get lost for awhile. Give this one a try if you haven’t already. I am looking forward to a second season!

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