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Genre Comedy
Created by Frankie Shaw
Starring Frankie Shaw
Miguel Gomez
Samara Weaving
Rosie O'Donnell
Composer(s) Daniel Hart
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Lee Eisenberg
Gene Stupnitsky
Frankie Shaw
Michael London
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Supahsmaht Productions
Quantity Entertainment
Groundswell Productions
ABC Signature Studios
Showtime Networks
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original network Showtime
Original release November 5, 2017 (2017-11-05) – present
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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.[1] 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" [2], or "Southie" (a nickname for South Boston), or both.[3]

Rosie O'Donnell co-stars as Tutu, the mother of Shaw's character Bridgette.[1] Connie Britton has a recurring role as Ally, Bridgette's boss.[4] Miguel Gomez and Samara Weaving are also in the cast. On November 29, 2017, Showtime renewed the series for a second season.[5]





No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"A Box of Dunkies & Two Squirts of Maple Syrup"Frankie ShawFrankie ShawOctober 20, 2017 (2017-10-20) (online)
November 5, 2017 (2017-11-05) (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.
22"1,800 Filet-O-Fishes & One Small Diet Coke"Leslye HeadlandFrankie Shaw & Emily GoldwynNovember 12, 2017 (2017-11-12)0.547[7]
Bridgette must ensure that her son Larry gets vaccinated, but must also balance this with her job as a tutor.
33"Half a Sheet Cake & A Blue-Raspberry Slushie"Leslye HeadlandJess Dweck & Frankie ShawNovember 19, 2017 (2017-11-19)0.476[8]
Bridgette searches for additional income, and runs into multiple unusual situations while doing so.
44"Deep-Dish Pizza & A Shot of Holy Water"Leslye HeadlandKarey DornettoNovember 26, 2017 (2017-11-26)0.516[9]
Bridgette, Eliza, and Nelson participate in an extreme mud run; Rafi and Tutu baptize Larry without Bridgette's consent.
55"Run, Bridgette, Run or Forty-Eight Burnt Cupcakes & Graveyard Rum"Amy York RubinZach StraussDecember 3, 2017 (2017-12-03)0.529[10]
Bridgette feels conflicted on Father's Day as she chooses different paths to forgive Rafi for baptizing Larry.
66"Chocolate Pudding & A Cooler of Gatorade"Amy York RubinSarah L. Jones & Mel ShimkovitzDecember 10, 2017 (2017-12-10)0.575[11]
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.
77"Family-Sized Popcorn & A Can of Wine"Frankie ShawScott KingDecember 17, 2017 (2017-12-17)0.567[12]
Bridge, Eliza, and Larry spend a day together searching for Bridge's towed car; Tutu has a manic episode.
88"Mark's Lunch & Two Cups of Coffee"Frankie ShawFrankie ShawDecember 31, 2017 (2017-12-31)0.407[13]
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.


Critical response[edit]

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."[14] Metacritic, which uses a normalized average, assigned a weighted average score of 64 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15] 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."[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2018 75th Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Frankie Shaw Nominated [17]
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy SMILF Nominated


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  2. ^ Barsanti, Sam. "The "S" stands for "single" in new Showtime comedy SMILF". Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Wilson, Adam (November 12, 2007). "The Southie in "SMILF," a Very Boston Comedy". The New Yorker. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  4. ^ Warren, Andrew. "Back in action: Acclaimed comedy 'Broad City' cranks up the laughs". TV Media. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (November 29, 2017). "SMILF Renewed for Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 7, 2017). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.5.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 14, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.12.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 21, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.19.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 29, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.26.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 5, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.3.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 12, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.10.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 19, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.17.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (January 3, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.31.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "SMILF: Season 1 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "SMILF: Season 1 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "These Were The Best TV Shows Of 2017". Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  17. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (December 11, 2017). "Golden Globes: Big Little Lies, FEUD, Fargo, This Is Us and The Handmaid's Tale Lead TV Nominations". TVLine. Retrieved December 12, 2017.

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