To be honest, I was first drawn in with this new show because of Leighton Meester, the one and only Blair Waldorf from ‘Gossip Girl’! Then once I watched the trailer, it looked fun and easy-going. I started watching the first episode and I found out that one of the creators is Elizabeth Meriwether, which is the same creator as ‘New Girl’. I knew this would be a new show for me to enjoy!
The cast is brilliant. The children are hilarious and all so different, same as the parents, they all bring something new and refreshing to the show. Firstly, there’s the new dad, Will Cooper (Taran Killam), the one who has fallen down the parent vortex as they say. He is a very hands-on, full-on dad, with whisper singing Moana and dancing to his daughter’s embarrassment. To say the least, he’s very emotional. He’s lost himself as a man and stands as a father to his daughter and that’s all. This is where the group of other single parents decide to jump in and help. However, once accepted into the group, all Will wants is to jump onto the “friendship train”!
Ok, so the rest of the group…. Angie (Leighton Meester) is a single mother who claims “mush” is unnecessary, aka feelings. She has serious commitment issues, but one commitment to her son whose commitment to his mum is extremely strong. She is very protective of her son and would do anything for him. Poppy (Kimrie Lewis) owns her own wine business, she is a character who is very head-strong and gives out advice left, right and centre. Her son is brilliant and fun as he claims he has multiple costume changes at a sleepover. This dramatic over-the-top attitude is fab. They are a family strongly true to themselves. Miggy (Jake Choi), a newly young single father, who still hasn’t grasped what he is doing. He lives next door to Poppy as he forms into the group with the only one not having a child in the same class. Finally, Douglas (Brad Garrett), the older father of twin girls, who are found “shawshanking their way to the neighbours” and cleaning cars. He’s the one who tries to get out of all babysitting and all he wants to do is be the stereotypical older man, drinking whisky and eating steak with others like him. He’s not one to talk emotions or show weakness.
The characters are fun, and the whole show feels fresh and modern. Very relatable as it covers all angles amongst the different characters. It is based around Hilltop Elementary School and babysitting priorities. But also tells the lives of the adults without their children. Each new episode is revolved around something different and ends in a conclusive circle as all sitcoms do. It makes me chuckle and is a great little escapism for 20 minutes. ‘Single Parents’ is probably one deemed as just another American sitcom, but it’s still great! It’s funny and such an easy watch! If you’re looking for a new show, why not try this one?