Girlfriends (U.K.): Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2

So I won a year’s subscription to Acorn TV from RB Digital. Finally a perk for all those sales pitches at library conventions. I created an account this past week and immediately threw 24 items into my cart. I started out with Girlfriends, a U.K. series starring Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), Miranda Richardson, and Zoë Wanamaker as three lifelong friends now navigating their 60’s, each single with grown children. I was really looking forward to this for several reasons. I love shows about older people. I love the three actresses. And it’s British. Everything sounds better with a British accent. I guess I thought this was going to be lighter, more like Golden Girls. So first the drama threw me off. Then I didn’t really feel like an easy flow was happening. I kept thinking of a similar series – Grace and Frankie and how it keeps having trouble figuring out what it’s supposed to be. And finally the gay reveal in episode 2 was really bizarre. It felt like something from 20 years ago, not the 2010’s. I won’t give any details. You should decide for yourself. I didn’t hate Girlfriends, so I’ll give it a 3(barely) out of 5. It’s just not something I want to continue watching.

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