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SMILF Season 3: Cancelled or Renewed?

March 27, 2019
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SMILF’ is a an American comedy television series with a rather provocative name that airs on the Showtime network. Created, written, and directed by Frankie Shaw, the show, which is based on her own short film of the same name, plays on the word sexually charged word MILF. For those unaware, the short film created quite the stir, and it went on to win the 2015 Short Film Jury Award for US Fiction at the Sundance Film Festival.

A relatively new show, Season 1 of ‘SMILF, consisting of eight episodes, first made its way to viewers’ screens on November 5, 2017, and saw its finale air on December 31, 2017. Season 1 was received positively by critics and viewers alike, and Showtime, on November 29, 2017, renewed it for a 10-episode second season. Subsequently, on January 20, 2019, ‘SMILF’ returned with Season 2, and it will see its finale air on March 31, 2019. Will ‘SMILF’ return with yet another season? Read on to find out.

SMILF Cast: Who is in it?

‘SMILF’, as the name suggests, primarily revolves around a single mother trying to find a balance between her earlier freedom and motherhood. Interestingly, show creator Frankie Shaw herself plays the part, starring as Bridgette Bird, the show’s main protagonist. Bridgette’s infant son, Larry, is played by identical twins, Anna Reimer and Alexandra Reimer. Rosie O’Donnell, meanwhile, co-stars as Tutu, Bridgette’s mother. Playing the role of Larry’s father Rafi is Miguel Gomez, while Samara Weaving plays Rafi’s girlfriend, Nelson Rose.

Other cast members who play important roles are Connie Britton as Bridgette’s boss, Raven Goodwin as Eliza, Blake Clark as Joe, Mark Webber as Father Eddie, and Bodega Bamz as Carlos.

The aforementioned cast members are the ones who get the bulk of screen time, and they are supported by some minor characters who make a few, sometimes even only episodic appearances.

SMILF Plot: What is it about?

It would appear that the plot of ‘SMILF’ is loosely based on Frankie Shaw’s own life. Shaw herself was a single mother for a while after the father of her child, actor Marc Webber, married Australian actress Teresa Palmer.

Set in South Boston, the show follows Bridgette, who is portrayed as a 20-something single mother who has recently given birth and is trying to find a balance between youthful freedom, work, and the responsibilities of motherhood. While Bridgette is no doubt smart, she also has the scrappiness that is characteristic of many young adults, and she often struggles to make ends meet owing to the burgeoning costs of child care.

Yet, ‘SMILF’ is not simply a show about parenthood – it is also a show about young women wanting to date and have sex. Insofar as the exploration of motherhood is concerned, ‘SMILF’ does not romanticize it, and Bridgette’s experience as a new mother is shown to be chaotic and full of struggles. Insofar as dating and sex is concerned, ‘SMILF’ is rather blunt and is as raw as its name suggests. Whereas SMILF supposedly stands for ‘Single Mom I’d Like to Fuck’, as the show progresses, it soon becomes very apparent that Bridgette is more of a ‘Single Mom Who’d Like to Fuck’. That being said, the rawness in the show never devolves to crudeness. Rather, ‘SMILF’ is more of an honest, no-holds-barred exploration of female sexuality and the emotional toll of being a young, single, struggling mother who is not yet ready to give up her freedom.

It is in this very rawness that the humor in ‘SMILF’ shines – Bridgette’s dark and troubling past, including her traumatic experience of being sexually abused by her father, is often alluded to, although these allusions are made in a blunt, matter-of-fact-way. Of course, the treatment of these issues is dark, but it allows ‘SMILF’ to bring these issues to the fore without changing the comedy-drama tone of the show.

In terms of reception, the show has done outstandingly as far as television critics are concerned, with Season 1 receiving a score of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the critics’ consensus being, “A questionable name and superficially familiar tropes mask SMILF’s raw, tender core and surprisingly fresh perspective.” Season 2 raised the bar even higher, getting a perfect score of 100%. Overall, the show has a score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. Weirdly, however, it appears that viewers did not enjoy the show as much as critics did, and it enjoys a better-than-average rating of 6.7/10 on IMDb.

SMILF Season 3 Release Date: Renewed or Cancelled?

Season 2 of ‘SMILF’ premiered on January 20, 2019 and is slated to air until March 31, 2019. However, fans of the show will be disappointed to know that ‘SMILF’ will not be returning again as it has been cancelled by Showtime.

Despite the show’s brilliant handling of the themes of single motherhood and female sexuality, ‘SMILF’ never had a large fan following, and not a single episode thus far has seen more than one million viewers. Given this fact, the show’s future was already in question. The final blow came when allegations of workplace misconduct surfaced against Shaw over her handling of nude and sex scenes during the filming of the show. In December 2018, it was reported that Shaw was being investigated over the allegations, and on March 8, 2019, Showtime announced that it had pulled the plug on the show. So, unfortunately, SMILF season 3 has been cancelled and won’t return unless some other network decides to breathe life into it. 

SMILF Trailer:

Well, now that the show has been cancelled there’s no new trailer or season to look forward to. However, here is the trailer for Season 2 of ‘SMILF’ to give you a glimpse into the show and the story of the final season.

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