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Photo Credit:  Lacey Terrell/Showtime
  • Premiered: 
    November 5, 2017
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  • Network: Showtime
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Black/Dark)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2015 short film (SMILF) by Frankie Shaw 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

Based on the short film of the same name by series star Frankie Shaw, SMILF is a half-hour dark comedy series that tells the semi-autobiographical tale of Southie native Bridgette Bird, a working-class single mom struggling to give her three-year-old son Larry Bird the best life she can -- or at least a step up from her own. Bridgette juggles many part-time jobs to make ends meet, while harboring secret longings to play professional basketball. Her stubborn mom, Tutu, fetishizes "the way things used to be," yet suffers from her own long-buried emotional trauma. Bridgette's ex and baby daddy, Rafi, is a recovering addict with a never-ending supply of good will and get-rich-quick schemes. His new relationship with the glamorous, always on-trend sportscaster Nelson Rose Taylor provides a new source of conflict in their otherwise functional co-parenting relationship. At work, Bridgette endures her unstable boss, Ally, who struggles with boundary issues and a crippling desire for self-betterment. Away from the job, Eliza is Bridgette's level-headed, real-talking best friend, and Father Eddie is the parish priest with a genuine, borderline unhealthy love for Bridgette's entire family. Adapting her Sundance Jury Prize winning short film, Shaw executive produces, writes, directs and stars in this raw look at the challenges of doing it on your own, particularly when you aren't done growing up yourself. Plus, the show explores issues of generational dysfunction, class, race, politics, sexual violence, co-parenting and above all, the possibility for a young broke single mom to dream of something better.
On Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, Showtime premiered "Mark's Lunch & Two Cups of Coffee," the Season 1 finale of SMILF. Bridgette matches with her estranged father on Tinder; Tutu prepares to go on a cruise; Rafi moves in with Nelson. One month earlier -- on November 29 -- Showtime renewed SMILF for a second season.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by ABC Signature Studios


  • - Boston, Massachusetts USA