Breaking News: Watching Bravo is no longer a guilty pleasure thanks to the network’s second ever scripted series (and first ever comedy,) Odd Mom Out. Gone is the shame of binge-watching the Housewives alone with a glass of wine for a few holier-than-thou giggles (and the acute desire to bathe in battery acid afterward!) Bravo now offers a show that caters to our collective penchant for ego-stroking shows designed to point out other people’s flaws, with the added bonus of legitimately funny writing and respectable acting.
The show chronicles the slightly bizarre life of Jill Weber, a “gay bagel” loving, mother of three who hates entitlement, snobbery, and women who don’t eat bread as much as we do. Jill–who is “not that loosely” based on the show’s creator Jill Kargman–is married to arguably the most sane character on the show, Andy (played by Andy Buckley) who’s successful career is overshadowed when his younger brother strikes it rich by introducing bagels to China. His wife Brooke–Jill’s nightmare of a sister-in-law– is your typical Upper East Side mean-girl ring leader, obsessed with prep schools and vehemently averting bread. Played by SNL’s Abby Elliot, Brooke is a cycling-crazed blonde who occupies the time her nannies free up by raising her children to host fundraisers that provide preventative Lap-Band surgeries for children of overweight parents.
We caught up with the stars of the show at last week’s New York premiere where Elliot told us, “I’ve met women like Brooke. They’re the ones cutting me in line at the juice place in their Soul Cycle outfits!” But the satire is all in good fun, assures Mrs. Kargman, a native New Yorker, who told the Observer that the pressures of motherhood are not confined to the Upper East Side. “There’s an episode where my character wants to move to Brooklyn–where there aren’t women who won’t eat bread but then they’re breast feeding their four year olds and telling me I’m the shittiest parent for feeding my child out of a jar! It’s really just trading one set of problems for another.”
Mrs. Kargman says the show– which “hyperbolizes the milieu that she grew up with but does not feel defined by”—is intended to make people laugh and poke fun at stereotypes rather than serve as social commentary.”My character loves New York and loves being a Mom but she is insecure about motherhood–like I was when I had my first child. Now I don’t really give a shit as much about what people think but at the time it felt like I was doing everything wrong.” Mrs. Kargman, a real life mother of three who’s previous work includes the novels, Momzillas and Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut, says the show is for anyone who’s been yelled at about giving their child a Pepperidge Farms Goldfish off of the floor. “People are so stressful about parenting” she says, “I think this show kind of takes the air out of that.”
But you don’t have to be a parent or even a New Yorker to watch this show. Anyone who understands the benefits of dating an orphan (no in-laws = a deal maker according to Jill Weber) or walks the fine line between hating to wear pants only slightly more than exposing their “thass” (Jill Weber’s term for the place where your thigh meets your ass) will also enjoy this show.
Odd Mom Out premieres tonight at 10pm on Bravo. Pair with a glass of wine and a few floor Goldfish, and get ready to laugh.