Good Girls (TV series)

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Good Girls
Good Girls Logo.png
Genre
Created by Jenna Bans
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jenna Bans
  • Dean Parisot
  • Jeannine Renshaw
  • Sarah Stennett
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network NBC
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) – present (present)
External links
Website

Good Girls is an American crime comedy-drama television series created by Jenna Bans that premiered on NBC on February 26, 2018.[1] The series is executive produced by Bans, Dean Parisot (who directed the pilot) and Jeannine Renshaw for Universal Television.[2][3] The first season ended on April 30, 2018.[4] On May 7, 2018, NBC renewed the series for a second season.[5] The series was released on Netflix internationally on July 4, 2018.[6]

Plot[edit]

The series follows three suburban Detroit mothers, two of whom are sisters, who are having a hard time trying to make ends meet. They are tired of having everything taken away from them so they decide to pull off an unlikely heist by robbing a supermarket, only to discover that they're in for more than they bargained. Their successful robbery attracts the attention of the store manager after he recognizes one of the women, but for a different reason altogether tied to the money.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, a mother of four and housewife whose car salesman husband cheated on her[7]
  • Retta as Ruby Hill, Beth's best friend, a waitress who is struggling to pay for her daughter Sara's kidney disease treatments[8]
  • Mae Whitman as Annie Marks, Beth's younger sister, a single mother who works at the supermarket as a cashier and whose ex is suing her for full custody of their daughter[9]
  • Reno Wilson as Stan Hill, Ruby's mall-cop-turned-actual-cop husband[10]
  • Manny Montana as Rio, a criminal who has a money laundering business[11]
  • Lidya Jewett as Sara Hill, Ruby's and Stan's daughter who has kidney disease
  • Izzy Stannard as Sadie Marks, Annie's and Gregg's genderqueer child
  • Matthew Lillard as Dean Boland, Beth's cheating car salesman husband who made bad decisions with their money[12]

Recurring[edit]

  • Zach Gilford as Gregg, Sadie's father who is trying to sue Annie for full custody
  • David Hornsby as Leslie Petersen a.k.a. Boomer, Annie's deplorable boss at the supermarket
  • James Lesure as Agent Turner, an affable FBI agent who's investigating Rio
  • Kaitlyn Oechsle as Emma Boland, Beth and Dean's youngest child
  • Allison Tolman as Mary Pat, an unlikely wolf in sheep's clothing who complicates the ladies' lives[13]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Dean ParisotJenna BansFebruary 26, 2018 (2018-02-26)5.98[14]
A Fine & Frugal grocery store is robbed by three masked assailants. Flashbacks show Beth Boland is a mother of four and her husband Dean owns a car dealership. Her sister Annie works at the Fine & Frugal and is a single parent. Their friend Ruby is the mother of a daughter who is very ill. The three friends meet at the diner Ruby works at and jokingly discuss robbing Annie's grocery store. Later, Beth finds out her husband is having an affair and they are in danger of losing their house. This prompts her to agree to the plan to rob the grocery. The three ladies rob the grocery store and make away with $500,000. They agree not to spend it, as that was much more money than they anticipated, but soon each lady spends a fair amount of their portion. Soon thereafter, Beth arrives home to three gang members in her kitchen. They want the money back that they were housing at the grocery store. The ladies attempt to recoup the money but still find themselves short. Annie's boss, Boomer, shows up at her apartment to tell her he knows she was one of the robbers because he saw her back tattoo. He wants sexual favors in exchange for his silence. After forcing himself on her, Beth hears Annie's pleas from the bathroom and confronts Boomer. When he threatens to tell the police, Beth hits him over the head with a bottle of liquor and he subsequently falls through a glass table & lays there motionless.
2"Mo Money, Mo Problems"Alberto Del ReyJeannine RenshawMarch 5, 2018 (2018-03-05)5.36[15]
Beth and Annie reveal to Ruby that they are holding Boomer captive in Beth's backyard in a tree-house. The ladies try to figure out how to get the money to pay back the gang. When the ladies meet at the diner to discuss what to do next, Rio tells them that they have until the following day to pay the money back. Ruby comes up with a plan to ransom Boomer and get his wealthy grandmother to give them the money. They attempt to break in but discover that she is home. Pretending to be home helpers, they snoop around the apartment but Beth starts to feel bad and refuses to steal the money. Rio and the gang show up the next day and the ladies try to appeal to him with antique figurines they stole from Boomer's grandmother. Fearing death, Beth makes an impassioned plea that saves their lives. Shortly thereafter, Boomer breaks out of the tree-house. When they find him, Annie takes a picture of his privates and tells him she is sending it to her daughter. She threatens to go to the police with the photo if he goes to the police about them. Later, Beth finds her son in her backyard with Rio. He asks Beth for help and asks if her and the other ladies have passports.
3"Borderline"Kenneth FinkJenna LamiaMarch 12, 2018 (2018-03-12)4.46[16]
Beth explains to the ladies that Rio wants them to travel to Canada and bring a package back for him. In exchange, he will clear their debt. In need of a car, the ladies steal one from Dean's dealership but are unaware that Boomer is following them. Once they get to Canada, the man who is supposed to give them the package refuses to do so. After Beth and Annie fail to get through to him, Ruby decides to scare him with Stan's gun but accidentally shoots him in the foot. After they get the package, they are pulled over at the border and subjected to a search of their vehicle. They pass the search and discover that the package they have is filled with wrapping paper and counterfeit money printed inside. They bring the money to Rio's warehouse and he tells them their debt is cleared. Later, Dean informs Beth that the cops have been notified about the car missing from his lot. The ladies then decide to drown the car in a nearby lake. The delay causes Annie to be late for her custody meeting. Beth calls Rio to discuss something before episodes end.
4"Atom Bomb"Dean ParisotNicole PaulhusMarch 19, 2018 (2018-03-19)4.07[17]
Beth wakes to discover one of Rio's associates in her daughters bed. Rio tells the ladies that he will pay them cash if they let his friend hide out there until he returns for him. But upon waking up, the man leaves and takes Beth's minivan. Beth's son wants a lavish birthday party and Dean tells him that they will throw him one. This prompts Beth to buy all the necessary items, so she can then return them within 30 days. Ruby deals with a rude customer and when he burns his hand on a skillet, he accuses her of neglect. Ruby can't bring herself to apologize and she gets fired. Sadie tells Annie that guys at school have been pulling her pants down, asking her what she is. When Rio's associate turns back up to return Beth's car, Annie takes him to the school where he warns the bullies to stop messing with Sadie. Boomer takes his suspicions about the ladies and their trip to Canada to the FBI, who don't believe him. At the birthday party, Rio shows up to say that he won't be paying the ladies since they didn't actually keep his friend there. Boomer, having dropped the cake off at the party, catches a glimpse of Rio and takes a picture which he sends to the FBI. The ladies offer to clean Rio's fake cash for him, in exchange for 12.5% of the cut. Dean tells Beth that he has cancer. Later, the FBI agent Boomer has been talking to shows up at Beth's front door.
5"Taking Care of Business"Sarah Pia AndersonDes MoranMarch 26, 2018 (2018-03-26)4.28[18]
FBI Agent Turner asks the Boland's if they've noticed anything odd in the neighborhood and Beth assures him she hasn't. Shortly thereafter, bags of money that need to be cleaned show up in the trunks of the ladies cars. They meet with Rio and discuss their concerns due to the FBI poking around. He tells them he isn't worried and he isn't taking the money back. They have to find a way to pay him back. The ladies execute their plan to buy a large amount of appliances with the fake cash. Annie meets an employee at the electronics store and he comes over to her apartment. He leaves in the middle of the night and takes her receipt for the televisions she bought with him. After tracking him to his apartment, the ladies discover he is married and he threw the receipt in the trash to hide any potential evidence. The ladies weed through the trash and eventually find the receipt. Agent Turner stops by the Boland's again and shows Beth a picture of Rio. She denies knowing him but then later says she will talk to the agent later when her kids aren't around. Ruby's daughter has a seizure and they find out that she hasn't been taking her medicine because she feels better and wanted to save it for when she wasn't feeling well. Beth meets with Rio and he tells her to tell the FBI that they are having an affair. Beth then tells Agent Turner she had a one night stand with Rio.
6"A View From the Top"So Yong KimMarc HalseyApril 2, 2018 (2018-04-02)4.04[19]
The FBI finds the car that the ladies ditched after their trip to Canada. Ruby thinks the ladies should quit the money laundering business and meet with Rio to say they want out. However, at the meeting Beth asks for more money to launder. The ladies bring in help to clean the money faster, using the cover of a secret shopper ring. Agent Turner visits Dean and tells him that Beth was the one who stole the car from his dealership and dumped it in the lake. Dean covers for his wife, but confronts her about it. He assumes that she was taken advantage of by Rio and she agrees with him. After Annie's co-worker loses $20,000 worth of merchandise, the ladies have to steal the merchandise back so they aren't short on their next payment. Ruby's old boss stops by the house, alerting Stan to the fact that Ruby has been lying about still working at the diner. She later comes clean to Stan by showing him her cut of money and using the secret shopper scam as a cover. Boomer buys a large amount of drugs and plants them in Annie's locker at work. Annie comes clean to Boomer's grandmother about stealing from her. Beth tells Dean that she willingly agreed to the trip to Canada.
7"Special Sauce"Sharat RajuBill KrebsApril 9, 2018 (2018-04-09)4.28[20]
Dean confronts Beth over the money she showed him previously, but she doesn't tell him where it came from. The ladies expand the secret shopper cover so they can clean the money even faster. With the money coming in quicker, the ladies all treat themselves. The FBI picks up the gang member that stayed at the Boland's a few weeks back and coerce him into helping with their case against Rio. Rio and company shows up at Beth's, hold the ladies at gunpoint and tells them that they slipped in fake cash with the real cash. They reveal that they have other people washing the money and he tells them he wants the name of the person who is cheating him so he can handle it. Instead, the ladies devise a plan to catch the person who isn't following through with purchasing items and returning them. Annie gets arrested when she returns to work over the drugs Boomer planted in her locker. The ladies figure out that single mom, Mary Pat, has been turning the fake money back in. She soon figures out that the secret shopper cover is a scam and blackmails the ladies into giving her $10,000. Greg and Annie bond over YouTube videos and end up sleeping together. After giving Mary Pat the money she requested, she tells them that she wants that same amount every month going forward.
8"Shutdown"Nzingha StewartMark WildingApril 16, 2018 (2018-04-16)4.24[21]
Beth wakes up and realizes that all the fake money she has been storing at home is missing. She meets with Rio, who tells her that the he is shutting down his operation due to the pressure from the FBI. Each of the ladies gets back into their "old" lives to make money. One month later, the ladies are short of their next payment to Mary Pat. At Sarah's soccer game, Mary Pat spots Ruby and Stan and subtlety hints to Ruby that she will go to the police if she does not get paid. The ladies then decide that to get the money, they will need to commit another robbery. Ruby finds out that Sarah has been shoplifting at school. She later takes Ruby to the local police station so she can be "scared straight". After gleaning some information from Nancy about her spas, the ladies each target a different spa for the robbery. Each lady makes out with a large amount of injectables. Once they fail to move the product, Beth confides in Dean about the situation. He takes the product to his doctor friend and he's able to move the injectables. While visiting Stan at work, Ruby learns that the man from Rio's gang that stayed at the Boland's is the one helping the police. She relays this information to the other ladies.
9"Summer of the Shark"Michael WeaverBill Krebs & Jeannine RenshawApril 23, 2018 (2018-04-23)3.95[22]
The ladies continue to discuss telling Rio about his associate, Eddie, that flipped on him to the FBI. When Rio asks them to pick up some trucks for him, the ladies agree but then chicken out. Ruby decides to get stoned with Stan and inquire if the cops know anything about the trucks. With assurance that the police most likely don't know anything about the trucks, the ladies go through with the plan and each drive off in a truck. Beth is pulled over shortly after leaving the garage. After seeing Mary Pat at the grocery and seeing Annie pay for all her groceries, Boomer goes to Teddy to get more information on her. Later, he attends her church and the two spark up a conversation, that leads Boomer back to Mary Pat's house where he sets up a recording device in her living room. Beth learns she was pulled over due to the truck not having a license plate. She talks her way out of getting in trouble and goes to Rio who informs her it was a test to see if she would talk to the cops. Beth is extremely angry and Rio tells her that their partnership is over. The ladies become convinced that Rio will want them dead, so the ladies decide that it may be best to flip on Rio.
10"Remix"Sarah Pia AndersonJenna BansApril 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)4.04[23]
While the ladies ponder ways to turn Rio in without incriminating themselves, Rio meets with agent Turner and threatens him. With a kidney available for Sara, Ruby and Stan write the hospital a bad check for $87,000. Later, Annie comes up with a plan to rob the grocery store again, as a means to get enough money for Ruby and also lead the FBI to the money Rio lauders through there. This time, Annie stays on duty to help Ruby open the vault and secure the cash. Beth also leaves information behind for the FBI. Annie is caught by Tyler, but they make a deal and she tells the cops he is a hero in exchange for his silence. Mary Pat finds the recording device Boomer planted in her house. She goes to Beth who tells her about who Boomer really is. Later, Boomer goes to Mary Pat's and she records him admitting to forcing himself on Annie. Dean gets into an accident and at the hospital Beth finds out that he doesn't have cancer. She also sees on television that Rio has been arrested. Ruby pays for the kidney surgery with the money from the robbery. Stan confronts her about robbing the grocery store. Beth returns home to Rio, who has beaten Dean up. He then gives Beth a gun and tells her to pull the trigger if she wants to be the boss.

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

Originally, Kathleen Rose Perkins was cast in the role of Beth in the pilot.[24] Later it was confirmed she had left the project and the role would be recast.[25] Christina Hendricks was announced as her replacement on July 10, 2017.[7]

Filming[edit]

The first season was filmed at Third Rail Studios in Doraville, Georgia. For its second season, the series will relocate to Los Angeles.[26]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" February 26, 2018 1.5/6 5.98[14]
2 "Mo Money, Mo Problems" March 5, 2018 1.3/5 5.36[15]
3 "Borderline" March 12, 2018 1.0/4 4.46[16]
4 "Atom Bomb" March 19, 2018 1.0/4 4.07[17]
5 "Taking Care of Business" March 26, 2018 0.9/4 4.28[18]
6 "A View From the Top" April 2, 2018 0.9/3 4.04[19]
7 "Special Sauce" April 9, 2018 1.0/4 4.28[20]
8 "Shutdown" April 16, 2018 0.9/4 4.24[21]
9 "Summer of the Shark" April 23, 2018 0.9/4 3.95[22]
10 "Remix" April 30, 2018 0.9/4 4.04[23]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 62% based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 6.32/10.[27] Metacritic, which uses a normalized rating to reviews, assigned a weight average score of 60 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[28]

References[edit]

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  21. ^ a b Porter, Rick (April 17, 2018). "'The Voice' and 'American Idol' adjust up, 'Good Girls' adjusts down: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
  22. ^ a b Porter, Rick (April 24, 2018). "'The Resident' adjusts up: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
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