What To ~Maybe~ Watch: Good Girls

Good Girls - Season 1
Josh Stringer / NBC

Well The Olympics are finally over & our regular TV schedule is back. Because we were so patient with NBC during all that snow-sport hoopla, we’re also being rewarded with some new programming.

One of those new midseason shows premieres tonight & The National Broadcasting Company was kind enough to provide the first 3 episodes for critics to review, prior to the premiere. I watched all three of those episodes & I’m here to tell you all about it so you can decide if you need to carve out one hour a week and watch this show over many others in this age of #peakTV.

Good Girls stars Retta (Parks & Recreation, the greatest Snapchat Stories), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) & Mae Whitman (Parenthood, the biggest Friday Night Lights fangirl). Already that killer lineup is enough to convince most people to give the show a shot. I know that when I saw the poster, I was immediately intrigued. The show was created by Jenna Bans (the gone too soon The Family.)

Good Girls - Season Pilot
Source: Good Girls // NBCU

If the cast doesn’t convince you, let’s talk a bit about the premise. Good Girls is about 3 women who are backed into a corner by life and who decide to rob a grocery store to get a little money and save their families. I’ll let NBC tell you the rest:

When three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet, they decide it’s time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local grocery store. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think.

Unfortunately, once Ruby, Beth, & Annie actually rob the store, the creepy manager is on to them and they stumble into a way bigger payout than they expected – including the mob.

Good Girls - Pilot
Josh Stringer / NBC

From gangsters, to smuggling across the Canadian border, to medical miracles, to cheating husbands, and so much more, these women are put through the ringer and they are simply trying to make it out alive.

  • Mae Whitman’s ex, Matt Saracen Zach Gilford, is suing her for custody of their child & she has no money to get a lawyer and fight back.
    • this is why I mentioned the FNL fangirling earlier, Mae is living the dream and acting with all of them slowly but surely making her way to Taylor Kitsch, her fave.
  • Retta’s daughter (the perfect and adorable Lidya Jewett)has a medical condition that is causing her kidneys to fail, the doctor they’re seeing is a hot mess and the drug that could save her is 10k A MONTH.
  • Christina Hendricks finds out that her husband of 20 years – with who she has FOUR kids – has been having an affair AND has led the family to bankruptcy.
Good Girls - Season 1
Source: Good GIrls // NBCU

At times, Good Girls tries very hard to be a feminist show and it weirdly feels like an afterthought. Weird because with 3 female leads whose stories are at the forefront, the shows feminism and intersectionality should bleed through and not feel so tacked on. Other times it feeds into the same exhausting narratives, like the stereotypical Latinx mob boss and the trope that a woman’s story becomes more interesting if a rape (or attempted rape) is involved (consider this your trigger warning for episode 2…& 1 actually). It is exhausting that the only representation & diversity on this show (that isn’t Retta & her adorable family) is a gang member. Honestly this is one of those times where people involved obviously knew better and did what they did anyway.

Let’s be real, the way they treat Retta isn’t perfect either, but there is some redemption for this show in that regard. Retta’s character is in a loving marriage with a man who is supportive and not secretive and present, he shows her he loves her and is a real partner to her. A low bar I know, but black women, and women who aren’t a size 2, raaaaaarely get to have a fulfilling romantic relationship on screen, so the baby steps still matter.

After watching the 3 episodes available to me, I’m still not sure if I like this show enough to keep watching it. I’m also not sure where it’s headed in the long run. For now, I’m willing to put my doubts aside and continue watching this show, mostly because I love Retta & I want to keep seeing her on TV (also Matt Saracen deserved better than Julie Taylor & I just want Zach Gilford to be happy).

Good Girls - Season 1
Josh Stringer / NBC

Good Girls premieres tonight on NBC, will you be tuning in?

 

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Author: Hasti

a potato who likes nice things.

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