Something a little different today as I’m going to be writing about Good Girls the new Netflix original TV show. You may or may not have seen the trailer, three suburban women all desperate for money in different ways decide to rob a local supermarket. All they need is one big payout and then they’re done.
Or maybe not. Because it turns out that the place they rob is a money-laundering front for a violent gang. And they really want their money back. Plus, the store owner knows it was them who stole all that cash. So rather than solving all their problems it lands them in a whole heap of trouble.
Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta) and Annie (Mae Whitman) all have complicated lives: a cheating husband, a daughter with serious medical issues and a ongoing custody battle respectively. They find strength through each other, making jokes and being a shoulder to cry on, everything that friends do. All three actresses are brilliant, you become invested in the friendships and love that these three women have for each other. Hendricks is probably the most well known of the three thanks to her time as Joan in Mad Men but Retta and Whitman have their time to shine after stints as recurring casts in other network comedy shows. The facial expressions that each pulls at many, many points in the ten-episode series are themselves Oscar-worthy.
The rest of the main cast are equally as strong: Manny Montana as Rio, the gang leader is just the right side of menacing for this comedy-drama as his relationship with the girls, and especially Beth develops. David Hornsy, who you may recognise as Rickety Cricket from Always Sunny is perfect as the unnerving and reprehensible Boomer, the supermarket owner who holds his knowledge of the robbery over Annie in particular with consequences that I can honestly say were extremely deserved.
As the women struggle and enjoy their new-found wealth they also discover something innate within them, an ability and skill at breaking the law. They move between the banal moments of motherhood, endless sandwich making and school runs, and delivering something nefarious across the Canadian border with ease, sometimes a little too much.
It’s not as down beat as Breaking Bad tended to be, but instead blends the comic abilities of all its main cast with serious drama and violence. At only ten episodes long it is perfect for a midweek binge watch. And it’s also been renewed for series two so we won’t have to wait to long to find out what happens after that cliffhanger.