“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” is the first scripted series from the Bravo network. The former arts channel rebranded itself over the last decade as a reality-show network.
Bravo was eventually sold to NBC and underwent a full makeover. Its famous “Real Housewives” franchise transformed the channel into the power-brand it is today, leading to other successful shows like “Vanderpump Rules,” and many mini spin-off series with several “Real Housewives” franchise cast members.
“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” follows a best-selling author Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein) of a self-help book series who is secretly hiding her separation from her husband Jake (Paul Adelstein) as she starts to traverse her life as a single woman in her 40’s in L.A.
The separated-but-living-and-sleeping-together couple has two children who they are trying to keep away from the drama they are enduring.
At the beginning, Abby takes advices from her divorced friends, which leads her to life-changing experiences. Those friends are Lyla (Janeane Garofalo) and Phoebe (Beau Garrett). Lyla is a tough-as-nails attorney who is not too happy with the fact that she has to pay alimony to her once-promising and very unemployed chef husband who likes kinky sex (we saw that episode). Phoebe is a gorgeous former model who has embraced her freedom from divorce a little too much we must say. Let just say she smoked inside a store.
Marti Noxo wrote the show. It is based on the public life of Vicki Iovine, a best-selling author and family guru turned divorce survivor.
Bravo sure knows itself too well. It certainly easy to say that “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” focuses on the network’s target demographic: Women.
The series, like most of Bravo’s shows, is quite entertaining and fun to watch. With plenty of jokes about high-priced divorces and the difficulties surrounding it like the issues we all deal with (pause for reaction): Who gets the house with the pool? And who’s keeping the nanny or more like who’s paying for the nanny?
The show is snarky, funny and an entertaining look at the nonsenses of the big D: Divorce, but California style for sure.
“Girlfriends’ Guide” also tries to show the real pain that even the best of us in relationships cause on each other sometimes leaving the children in the middle of it all.
“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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