Sunday, 10 p.m., Showtime

Summary

20-something Bridgette (Frankie Shaw) tries to balance relationships, work, sex, and life as single mother in this comedy based on Shaw’s 2015 Sundance Film Festival Jury award-winning short film of the same name

What The Critics Say (Metascore 63)

  • None of SMILF would work beyond the struggling single-mom trope if it weren’t for Shaw truly announcing herself here as a creative force. … Showtime looks to have found something special with SMILF. — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Like some past Showtime comedies (“Happyish,” “Nurse Jackie”), “SMILF” has an unsteady tone, swerving from emotional realism to quirkiness to slapstick raunch to abrupt fantasy sequences, in roughly descending order of what works best. There’s a riffing, open-mic quality to the first three episodes, as if the show were still trying on personalities.  — James Poniewozik, New York Times
  • There’s a potentially great show lurking not far beneath the surface … But every time the stronger version of the series gets its head above water, it gets shoved back down by a puzzling creative choice that left me wondering if it’s worth waiting around to see if Shaw and company can achieve SMILF’s full potential. — Alan Sepinwall, UPROXX