TV Critic’s Corner

Showtime offers a free glimpse of Frankie Shaw’s ‘SMILF’

Frankie Shaw (right, with Rosie O’Donnell, left) created and stars in “SMILF.”
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Frankie Shaw (right, with Rosie O’Donnell, left) created and stars in “SMILF.”

I will be reviewing “SMILF,” a new Showtime comedy that premieres on Nov. 5 and that is of particular interest to all of us in the Boston area. It’s about a young single mother living in South Boston, and it was created by once-local comic Frankie Shaw.

Shaw also stars, by the way, as the young single mother, Bridgette Bird. Bridgette’s son’s name? Larry, of course. And the name of the first episode? “A Box of Dunkies and Two Squirts of Maple Syrup.”

Before the official premiere, Showtime has decided to make the first episode available for sampling. Non-subscribers can watch the half-hour on YouTube, Facebook, and, and subscribers can get it on demand from their cable provider and Showtime’s streaming service.


“SMILF,” along with “White Famous,” is part of Showtime’s effort to build up its roster of half-hour comedies, now that “Episodes” and “House of Lies” are gone.

The cast includes Rosie O’Donnell as Bridgette’s Southie mother, so let’s all pray for a non-cringe-inducing accent. Abby’s accent on “Ray Donovan,” RIP.

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