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SMILF revolves around Bridgette (Frankie Shaw, Blue Mountain State), a twentysomething from the south side of Boston. The series follows her as her obligations as a young single mother collide with her desires for relationships, sex, and a career.

Bridgette lives in studio apartment with her baby boy Larry. Although they have permanently broken up, she still has a fairly good relationship with Larry’s father Rafi (Miguel Gomez, The Strain). He is mostly absent due to his new relationship with Nelson (Samara Weaving, Home And Away), but he still shows up fairly regularly to do the bedtime ritual.

Always having to be there for her son means that Bridgette is struggling with her career as an actress, which is basically non-existing even though she is clearly a talented and smart woman. To earn at least some money, she is tutoring a girl, whose affluent mother (Connie Britton, Nashville) is one of those overly interested and nice bosses.

Rosie O’Donnell (The View) co-stars as Bridgette’s mom Tutu, who is helping with Larry as much as she is emotionally capable of. Although the series hasn’t really explored her yet, there is clearly a lot going on with Tutu and there is a lot of potential story there. Especially because Bridgette also casually mentions at some point that she has been sexually abused by her father.

As the title of the show alludes to, SMILF is very much about Bridgette’s fixation on sex. She hasn’t had intercourse since giving birth, but she is seen masturbating on two separate occasions. She also visits a gynecologist to inquire about the state of her vagina, and arranges to sleep with a guy she’s been with before, so he can assess what has changed. But before he can do so, he freaks out when he finds out that baby Larry has been lying under a blanket on the bed this whole time.

Ultimately, SMILF is a show about a young woman who gets several opportunities to get ahead in life, but is held back by her son, her mother, but most of all herself. Appearing a strong and independent woman, at times Bridgette doesn’t even look capable of running a 1,5 person household. Still, it remains unclear who Bridgette exactly is and similarly, it remains quite unclear what the show is about or where it is heading. One thing is very clear, though, and that is that the show has a terrible title.

SMILF airs on Sundays at 10/9c on Showtime.

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