“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” will begin airing on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on Bravo. What do critics have to say about the cable network’s first original scripted series offering? Find out below, as we rounded up of some reviews.
Wall Street Journal was one of the first news entities to come up with their review of the series. According to its critic, the series has a “knowing, hard and snappy” tone to it, perfectly matched by the performances of its lead stars. The article particularly cited Lisa Edelstein’s portrayal as Abby. The critic also said that the show is enticing.
Entertainment Weekly, however, gave the show a grade of C, saying that the “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” is misogynistic and paints women as “gold-digging whores.” If the series wasn’t created and written by a woman (Marti Noxon), it would be offensive. The critic also saw bitterness in the show, when it was meant to be funny.
Variety called the series an “emerging polished product.” Bravo, the network that is doing a scripted original for the first time, was able to strike a balance between delivering characters that are usually seen on their famous reality TV programs, such as the “Real Housewives” variations, into a dramedy. The critic commended the writer for putting in such clever lines for the show. The critic also said that it was easy to draw pleasure from watching the pilot.
Boston Herald described the show as “fun and frothy, but also poignant” and cited Edelstein as “utterly believable” in her role as a woman struggling to come to terms with the failure of her perfect marriage. The critic noted that the supporting cast, however, is stereotypical and some of the scenes don’t feel authentic.
Deadline compared the show to “Sex and the City” and said that the series is a sturdy first-time offering from Bravo. The critic also cited Janeane Garofalo as the show’s biggest surprise, who will disappointingly be gone in the middle of the series.
And these are what some of the critics have to say about the first episode of “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” which will begin airing on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on Bravo. It is interesting to mention that when Edelstein was starting her work on the show, she was actually just married for a day, according to New York Daily News, who did a feature on the actress.
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