|Created by||Frankie Shaw|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
ABC Signature Studios
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original release||November 5, 2017– present|
SMILF is an American comedy television series starring, created, written, and directed by Frankie Shaw. It is based on her short film of the same title. The series premiered on Showtime on November 5, 2017. The series' name, SMILF, is a play on the term "MILF," with the "S" standing for "single" , or "Southie" (a nickname for South Boston), or both.
Rosie O'Donnell co-stars as Tutu, the mother of Shaw's character Bridgette. Connie Britton has a recurring role as Ally, Bridgette's boss. Miguel Gomez and Samara Weaving are also in the cast. On November 29, 2017, Showtime renewed the series for a second season.
- Frankie Shaw as Bridgette
- Miguel Gomez as Rafi
- Samara Weaving as Nelson Rose
- Rosie O'Donnell as Tutu
- Anna and Alexandra Reimer as Larry
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"A Box of Dunkies & Two Squirts of Maple Syrup"||Frankie Shaw||Frankie Shaw||October 20, 2017(online) |
November 5, 2017 (Showtime)
|Single mother Bridgette Bird finds an old hookup for an opinion on her post-birth vagina. They intend to have sex, but he stops and leaves after discovering her son on the bed. Her baby daddy Rafi starts dating someone hot.|
|2||2||"1,800 Filet-O-Fishes & One Small Diet Coke"||Leslye Headland||Frankie Shaw & Emily Goldwyn||November 12, 2017||0.547|
|Bridgette must ensure that her son Larry gets vaccinated, but must also balance this with her job as a tutor.|
|3||3||"Half a Sheet Cake & A Blue-Raspberry Slushie"||Leslye Headland||Jess Dweck & Frankie Shaw||November 19, 2017||0.476|
|Bridgette searches for additional income, and runs into multiple unusual situations while doing so.|
|4||4||"Deep-Dish Pizza & A Shot of Holy Water"||Leslye Headland||Karey Dornetto||November 26, 2017||0.516|
|Bridgette, Eliza, and Nelson participate in an extreme mud run; Rafi and Tutu baptize Larry without Bridgette's consent.|
|5||5||"Run, Bridgette, Run or Forty-Eight Burnt Cupcakes & Graveyard Rum"||Amy York Rubin||Zach Strauss||December 3, 2017||0.529|
|Bridgette feels conflicted on Father's Day as she chooses different paths to forgive Rafi for baptizing Larry.|
|6||6||"Chocolate Pudding & A Cooler of Gatorade"||Amy York Rubin||Sarah L. Jones & Mel Shimkovitz||December 10, 2017||0.575|
|Having realized her passion for basketball, Bridgette tries out for the WNBA; Rafi comes to a crossroads after a visit with Father Eddie; Tutu reconnects with someone from her past.|
|7||7||"Family-Sized Popcorn & A Can of Wine"||Frankie Shaw||Scott King||December 17, 2017||0.567|
|Bridge, Eliza, and Larry spend a day together searching for Bridge's towed car; Tutu has a manic episode.|
|8||8||"Mark's Lunch & Two Cups of Coffee"||Frankie Shaw||Frankie Shaw||December 31, 2017||0.407|
|Bridgette matches with a man on Tinder who she believes to be her estranged father; Tutu prepares to go on a cruise; Rafi moves in with Nelson.|
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 79% based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 6.31/10, the website's critical consensus stating: "A questionable name and superficially familiar tropes mask SMILF's raw, tender core and surprisingly fresh perspective." Metacritic, which uses a normalized average, assigned a weighted average score of 64 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The show was included in a list on Refinery 29 of 'The 17 Best TV Shows For Women Of 2017', which said, "If there’s one new fall 2017 show you’re going to watch, let it be Showtime’s SMILF [...] Sadly, television rarely allows women to be so layered."
Awards and nominations
|2018||75th Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Frankie Shaw||Nominated|||
|Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy||SMILF||Nominated|
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