USA's Playing House: Are You Game For More?

Playing House Series PremiereTake two best friends, add a generous portion of suburban humor, then mix it all in a diaper with some melted chocolate, and you’ve got USA Network’s irresistible new comedy Playing House, which premiered Tuesday.

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Jessica St. Clair (Veep) stars as Emma, a fancy international business lady who returns to her Connecticut hometown to attend the baby shower of her childhood bestie Maggie, played by Lennon Parham (Best Friends Forever).

Save for a few bumps along the way — like Emma getting caught using Maggie’s boob as a microphone by her cop ex-boyfriend (Key and Peele‘s Keegan-Michael Key) — the visit goes off without a hitch… until Maggie catches her husband cyber-cheating with a delightful German lass who goes by the username MunichMuncher69.

The weekend continues spiraling towards disaster as Emma oversleeps for a Skype meeting, then offends a prospective partner by falling asleep mid-conversation. She’s given an ultimatum — come back now, or don’t come back at all — and while she initially chooses to save her job over her best friend’s crumbling existence, she eventually has a change of heart, albeit a totally forced one.

Playing House‘s supporting characters are also pretty spectacular, like Zach Woods (The Good Wife) as Maggie’s trumpet-wielding brother Zach, whose relentlessly awkward pursuit of Emma is equal parts endearing and uncomfortable.

Basically, we feel the same way about House‘s on-screen duo as Emma does about Maggie’s chest: “They’re like the boobs of our dreams!”

Did you enjoy Playing House? Rate the premiere below, then drop a comment with your review.


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  1. Aleana says:

    I gave it an A I thought it was funny sweet amazing chemistry between the two leads

  2. Sheila says:

    I like the leads, so I’ll keep watching. The pilot was okay.

  3. Tom Charles says:

    Wasn’t this called Best Friends Forever and failed on one of the networks?

  4. Velocisexual says:

    Lennon and Jessica are some of the funniest people out there. Loved it.

  5. Mark says:

    They both starred in best friends forever on NBC as well. They’re RL best friends.

  6. Jimmy says:

    I went into the series thinking it would be OK, but I was pleasantly surprised. Both episodes had some very funny moments and the leads are great together.

  7. Jenna says:

    I loved it! I thought the writing and the co-leads were great, and the supporting cast has such talent and room to grow. A perfect lead-out from The Mindy Project for my Tuesday nite viewing, followed then by Fargo…

  8. Stormy says:

    I only watched a few minutes here and there during my show’s commercials. It didn’t grab me, but I’m sure USA will reprise it on saturday or sunday morning. I’ll try it then.

  9. cjeffery7 says:

    the pilot was unexpectedly rushed to set up characters and plot, but these ladies are so funny together and the 2nd episode that aired right after was PERFECT. bird bones – HA!

  10. Laura says:

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait for next week
    you go GIRLS… :D

  11. HAP says:

    If anyone missed this episode, for some strange reason, it will be showing at 9:30 tonight on E! I realize that both USA and E! share the parenthood of NBCU, but I frankly can’t recall seeing this sort of thing happen in a very long time.

  12. Babygate says:

    I loved it. These gals have awesome chemistry. And the entire supporting cast is funny as well. The comedy is not trite or forced. It is just genuinely funny. Bird bones sitting on the hoarder closet gorging in Easter chocolate made me laugh so hard… And I like that its not about gimmicks or crude comedy, although the boob grabbing was borderline, but its just a funny, feel-good show…

  13. M says:

    So glad the BFF women got a second shot. God, I loved that show.

  14. Ron says:

    It was so real and hilarious! Enjoyed every bit! Please stay!

  15. Jen says:

    I just discovered Playing House this weekend. I caught up on every episode immediately! I love it! They are so funny, the entire show has been so good. USA, please keep it!!!

  16. Katie says:

    Loved this tv show. I hope it comes back. It is quick funny and puts a smile on your face. I love their chemistry together!