Showtime’s latest series, SMILF focuses on Bridgette, a single mom who is trying her best to raise her son Larry, tackle the dating world and figure it all out. The wonder woman behind this beautiful and extremely real new series is Frankie Shaw. Shaw has starred in Blue Mountain State, Mr. Robot, and Mixology, but SMILF is by far her best venture yet. Not only is Shaw starring in the series, she also created it and serves as the director and writer for the pilot. We’re completely hooked and we think you’ll be too! Here are the Top 5 reasons we love Frankie Shaw and her new series, SMILF.
1. She’s Pretty Badass
I’m not going to lie, when I saw the trailer for SMILF I thought it looked pretty good. I thought it would be a new series I would check out when I got around to it, but when I saw that Shaw had so much of a hand in so many behind-the-scenes aspects of the series (not to mention she created it), I was completely sold. Her dialogue is witty and biting and painfully real. It’s a show that forces you to pay attention to every single moment and it’s brilliant in so many ways–that’s all because of Shaw.
2. It’s a Much Needed Perspective
We already know Frankie Shaw is one of the coolest chicks in the game but after the pilot premiered it’s safe to say her character, Bridgette, is pretty darn badass. She isn’t a perfect person living this unrealistic life, she’s real. She’s immensely flawed and she isn’t going to apologize for it. she’s trying her best and it’s what makes her so great. SMILF is semi-autobiographical of Shaw’s life and that fully contributes to its relatable and fresh tone. Bridgette isn’t asking for a pity party for her situation. Instead, she’s fighting to make it better. She doesn’t need saving, she’ll save herself.
3. The Setting
The series takes place in the south side of Boston. A setting we rarely dive into in the TV world. Bridgette’s roots are there and that shines through so heavily in who her character is. The city is gritty and tough and resilient, and that’s everything that Bridgette represents. Together they are the perfect pair for mesmerizing television. Bridgette’s wicked strong and the city has forced her to be that way.
4. Her TV Son is the Cutest Kid Ever!
Let’s take a minute to talk about how stinkin’ cute her TV son is! Seriously, Larry is world’s cutest TV baby. And, believe it or not, he’s actually played by two adorable twin girls named Alexandra and Anna Reimer.
5. She Enlisted a POWERFUL Supporting Cast
Rosie O’Donnell is unrecognizable as Tutu, Bridgette’s mother. In the scenes she shares with her daughter, the tension and hostility in their struggling relationship is clear. O’Donnell is just one of the stellar supporting actors in the series, another being Miguel Gomez who plays Rafi, Bridgette’s ex and Larry’s father. Their chemistry is inevitable and I’m so excited to see where their characters go this season on the show.
What did you think of the SMILF pilot? Do you think Frankie Shaw is crazy talented too? Let us know in the comments!
SMILF airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime and on CraveTV in Canada, where new episodes stream Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET (day and date with Showtime).
Victoria loves all things TV! Whether it's binging Grey's Anatomy (for the 4th time) or talking Orphan Black plot lines with her Professors, she's fully in love with the medium. Victoria loves television so much that she is studying it at Monmouth University. If you love hearing long rants about why Luke and Lorelai are meant for each other you should follow Victoria on twitter @VictoriaNelli.