I'm currently watching the Bravo series, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, which is now streaming on Netflix.
For ages, I avoided giving it a look because, from the promo (well, all I really needed to see was the promotional thumbnail), it looked like a bunch of obscenely privileged LA chicks enjoying the kind of post-divorce tragedies that we could only dream of. Yes, give me their problems. I'll have what they're having!
However, I queried some divorced facebook friends, and they said, yeah, they're watching. So, I watched an episode and got hooked.
Basically, it's Sex in the City with 40-ish divorcees instead of promiscuous, on the prowl, 30-somethings. Except I like the Guide to Divorce chicks much better. Maybe it's that they're a little older, so they're more interesting as people.
I'm now mid-way through Season 2, and at this point in the story, the requisite four girlfriends are: a Latina upscale vegan bakery owner;an ex-model with a wrong-side-of-the-tracks backstory; a celebrity author who's rebranding herself as an online columnist (and toying with getting back together with an almost ex-husband -- they just haven't filed the paperwork); and a not-yet-married, elegantly beautiful partner at a top law firm (being pressured into marriage by her older, controlling, billionaire boyfriend).
So that's all a mouthful. And, yeah, there's casual sex, but not on the ewwwww level of Sex in the City. And, without the level of desperation that seethed under the surface of just about every SITC episode.
Here's the thing. Though most of us won't relate to the lifestyle (or am I the only one who doesn't shop all my troubles away), I'm pretty sure that you'll identify with lots of what goes on in this show. Especially if you're a working woman.
If you've explored romantic relationships after divorce, you'll identify. If you've had seemingly irrational fights with friends and said things you're afraid you can never take back, you'll identify. If you've thought about getting back together with your ex . . . well, you get the picture.
As I write this, two full 13-episode seasons are streaming on Netflix, and there are three short, 7-episode seasons to come. By the time you read this, the third season will probably be up for streaming. And, of course, if you have Bravo, Season 3 has already streamed.
So, binge away!