Late last year, the impending return of Stan comedy SMILF (watch the trailer below) for a second season was overshadowed by off-screen controversy involving creator Frankie Shaw.
While the scandals - one concerned the show's writers' room and another surrounding the filming of a sex scene involving co-star Samara Weaving - play out behind the scenes, the showrunner’s character, Bridgette, faces her own challenges as her search for her father turns up empty, someone close to her passes away and she navigates a potential new romance.
Like Bridgette, SMILF is an acquired taste - you either enjoy watching her stumble through life or you find it kind of grating. Proceedings are all made more enjoyable by the presence of supporting actresses Rosie O’Donnell and Connie Britton, who steals every scene she is in as Bridgette’s self-consumed boss, Ally. (Episode 1 on Stan now. Season 2 continues on Mon., Jan. 28) 3 stars