Here’s What to Expect From NBC’s Good Girls (Spoiler Free)

Here’s What to Expect From NBC’s Good Girls (Spoiler Free)

A parent’s love can manifest in a multitude of ways, from moments of sacrifice to feats of utterly superhuman strength. It has the power to skew logic and morality in ways that would appear almost villainous in any other context, but explainable with the understanding that one does whatever they need to do for the well-being of their children (note: explainable, not acceptable). In storytelling, the concept of a parent breaking conventionality to provide for their family can be really fun to explore. Those tales, however, often center fathers. Mothers, both real and fictional, aren’t afforded too many opportunities to take major risks, make mistakes, or create messes without automatically earning the label of “bad mom.”

With that in mind, I say this: Thank goodness for NBC’s upcoming comedy-infused drama, Good Girls.

Aptly described as a fun hybrid of Thelma and Louise and Breaking Bad, Good Girls follows the unexpected adventure of three friends and suburban moms who decide to solve their various financial hardships by robbing a grocery store. While career criminals might have little to no trouble carrying out such a task, Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta) and Annie (Mae Whitman) quickly discover that their amateurish actions have spawned a dangerous ripple effect, landing them in more trouble than they could have ever prepared for.

So what can viewers expect when they tune into NBC on Monday, February 26th at 10 P.M. EST? Well…

GOOD GIRLS — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks, Retta as Ruby Hill — (Photo by Steve Dietl/NBC)

To begin, Good Girls is created by a woman who knows how to pen a decent scandal.

With previous credits that include Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and Desperate Housewives, creator Jenna Bans knows her way around a salacious script. Twists, heartfelt connections, women with guns – this show handles it all masterfully because it’s in the hands of a pro.

It’s as dark as it is hilarious.

Though Good Girls‘ roster includes comedy veterans like Retta, Whitman, Matthew Lillard, and Reno Wilson, at its core is a story of everyday people reexamining their own moral compasses. Also – and this cannot be understated – the series chronicles the fallout of a serious crime with serious consequences. For every instance of hijinks, there is a reminder that the stakes are terribly high for every character involved. Thankfully, Bans and her team of writers walk the line between “hahaha” and “holy crap” beautifully. Prepare for a ride that features just as many gut punches as there are laughs.

It’s a middle finger to a number of women-centered tropes, including “The Good Girl.”

To clarify: it’s not a middle finger to those who identify as good girls, but to the ideology that places certain women on a pedestal while the rest of us are vilified. Beth, Ruby, and Annie are three wonderful mothers who have to navigate awful circumstances – something that is clear before and after the robbery. Furthermore, these women are fully realized human beings that exist outside of their roles as doting mothers. In lesser hands, they could have been pigeon-holed as the pristine housewife, the selfish party mom, and the sassy Black mother bear. Instead, we’re witnessing fighters with their own unique baggage and desires outside of their children.

Remaining on the subject of subverted tropes…

GOOD GIRLS — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) Reno Wilson as Stan, Retta as Ruby Hill — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

Retta!

Watching her function as a leading lady with a full spectrum of emotion is deeply, deeply satisfying. The show puts Retta, a Parks & Recreation favorite, front and center with her own heart-piercing arc that gives her the room necessary to flex her skills as a serious actress. Extra points can be awarded for showing a bigger woman receiving genuine, healthy love without making her body the focal point. It’s affirming to see Ruby Hill have a full-fledged story that doesn’t involving dredging up the well-worn conversation surrounding body image. If the show squeezes a few tears out of you, it’s likely thanks to Retta and Wilson. And yes, she still delivers the laughs.

Finally, this show is all about friends reclaiming their power.

More than anything, Good Girls centers the deep friendship between three mothers who wish to reclaim just a bit of power for themselves. As they descend deeper into trouble, it’s a comfort to watch them descend together as a true support system. This is a group that you want to see win, both in front of and behind the screen.

Tune into the premiere of Good Girls at 10 P.M. EST on Monday, February 26th (NBC).

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