Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Will You Stick by Bravo's New Drama?

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Series Premiere Recap

Hear this, Housewives: Bravo broke into the scripted drama game Tuesday night with Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, a sometimes breezy, sometimes brutal series about the demise of a self-help guru’s marriage.

In a moment, we want to know what you think about House alum Lisa Edelstein’s latest gig. But first, a brief recap: 

Edelstein plays Abby McCarthy, author of a series of get-it-girl! books in which she uses her own life as examples of how to have a happy marriage, family, etc. (The program, executive-produced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Marti Noxon, is loosely based on Vicky Iovine’s Girlfriends’ Guide series.)

Problem is, Abby and her husband, played by Private Practice‘s Paul Adelstein, are separated — though they’re still living in the same house and trying to keep it hush-hush, for the sake of their two kids… and Abby’s career.

The few in the know about Abby’s unraveling relationship include her pals Lyla, a lawyer played by Janeane Garofalo (Reality Bites), and Phoebe, a hippie chick former model played by Beau Garrett (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) — each with her own drama. Lyla is (dirtily) fighting her husband for full custody of their two sons; Phoebe is engaged in a physical relationship that borders on prostitution.

Frothy scenes of Sex and the City-style merrymaking (drinking, dancing, sleeping with younger men) are interspersed with fraught moments from a crumbling marriage (Jake and Abby’s knock-down in the bedroom, in particular, was tough to watch). By the end, the kids know what’s up and a very upset Abby — after swallowing a pill Lyla slips her just before a booksigning — shocks her fans by admitting that she sometimes wished her husband would just die and make everything “easier.” When video of the moment goes viral, it looks like Abby’s career may be the first casualty of her impending divorce.

Edelstein is funny in her new role, which is a nice departure from House‘s perpetually harried Dr. Cuddy. Similarly, Abby’s hijinks with Phoebe and Lyla (who’ll depart the show after Episode 6) have a randy, rebellious feel. It’s easy to see how the series could fall into ridiculousness, but right now, it’s an entertaining ride.

We know you’ve got thoughts on the premiere. Grade the episode via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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12 Comments
  1. Vike says:

    It was amazing. I can´t wait for more. Abby is my new favorite character. What a show!!!!!

  2. Cassie says:

    I DVR’ed the show and haven’t watched it yet but I have to laugh at the poll results. It seems people either really liked it or absolutely hated it, no in-between. I can’t help but wonder if the people who voted “F” are House fans who hated Lisa Edelstein. The reverse could also be true and a lot of the “A” and “B” votes could be huge fans of her.

  3. Netty says:

    I’m sold! I love it, so refreshing…will def stick around for more.

  4. Andrew says:

    It’s not my usual cup of tea but I did find it intriguing. Edelstein’s acting skills are off the charts and I’m curious to know what she’ll do next. I’m definitely giving this show a shot!

  5. Tracy says:

    I liked the first ep and we’ll see how it goes…I am not usually a fan of Marti Noxon but we’ll see.

  6. Cat jones says:

    Ok yes I felt a bit reminded of S&TC during some parts of the show while the girls hit clubs, drank wine & enjoyed sex! But that’s what women in that age group do…most of my friends at least. I’m in my very early 40s, debating on divorce after a long 20 yr run. Being in love or NOT can make a relationship ugly fast. GGTD is so relatable! Love the show, cast &real humor! I will be tuning into Bravo on Tues nights!

  7. Alliko says:

    I liked some of it, but the younger man experience was a letdown because he was so old looking. Where was the guy in the promos who didn’t know what an answering machine was?

    Right now, it’s too depressing.

  8. Dotti says:

    Love the show!! Great cast, just sorry Will is only in 2 episodes.

  9. Rita says:

    Hate it what were anyone thinking? Sexist. Lisa shame on you. Certainly you don’t need the money. New body? Save it for your husband.