ABC Keeps It Real With 'Single Parents'
Is it okay to laugh at something that feels too true? We think so!
Carpool lanes? Cross guard duty? Indoor trampolines? What's not to love about raising a kid in America?
In case you missed it, ABC's Single Parents premiered last night, introducing us to six incredible single parents, working together to keep it together. Not only did the Season 1 opener consistently deliver laughs, it also reminded us how important friends are and that most things in life can be fixed with a Snuggie and glass of wine. (Though, perhaps, a sing-along sesh to Moana's "How Far I'll Go" might also help?)
Without further ado, here are the 5 things we're absolutely loving about ABC's Single Parents.
1. Angie D'Amato, The Jaded Ring Leader
XOXO! Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester (hello, Blaire Waldorf?!) has officially returned to television — funnier than ever, I might add.
Meester plays Angie D'Amato, a paralegal who also happens to be a hopeless romantic. Though Angie loves her son, Graham, and his views of the world, she fears his eagerness to express love with an open heart will only hurt him. (Oh, in case you were wondering, her views on Graham's father happen to tilt toward the side of absolute trash.)
Angie is a protective and loving mother, she's got a big heart, and she is the glue that holds her tribe of single parents together. When Angie sees how enthusiastic Will (Taran Killam) is about being the "perfect" parent — and how much he's lost himself in the "vortex" of parenthood — we know, deep down, her desire to squash him like a bug can only come from a good place. Right?
2. Will, The New Guy With Good Intentions And Zero Game
When it comes to Will's parenting style, "eager" and "involved" don't seem to do it justice.
From making a talisman out of Post-Its to using a sequined mermaid bag to carry his wallet, he's definitely forgotten what life is like outside of being a parent. In fact, Will's daughter has to remind him that she'll see him at pick up when he struggles to detach himself from her on the first day of school.
But who can blame him? Will's new to this single parent thing and desperately wants his daughter to never feel the hole that her mother's left in their lives. At least, Will now has Hilltop Elementary's group of single parents to keep him company and reintroduce him to the world.
He should also remember Angie's words of wisdom: Hide your mush. We'll have to see whether or not Will chooses to listen to this advice — but judging from last night's episode — Will definitely got his mush everywhere.
3. The Wacky Supporting Players
This group of single parents couldn't be more different.
The two other stand out, polar opposites — besides Angie and Will — are Poppy (Kimrie Lewis) and Douglas (Brad Garrett). On one hand we have Poppy, a free-thinking bookstore worker who encourages her son to express himself every which way he can, loud and proud! On the other hand, we have Douglas, a dermatologist whose twin girls mutter "drain the swamp" and check their father — by saying things like "you can't call girls sweethearts, it's not empowering" — in the lapse of 15 seconds. In the premiere episode, Poppy even turns to Douglas and says, "Douglas, you are why we march."
Still, it's encouraging to see Poppy and Douglas lean on each other for support and structure. It reminds us that, perhaps, we can get along with others despite all our differences. (Gulp.)
Let's not forget Miggy (Jake Choi)! Miggy is the youngest and most disconnected member of the group because his child is still an infant. Thankfully, Poppy has taken it upon herself to guide Miggy away form his Yeezys and towards his daughter's well being instead!
4. The Scene-Stealing Offsprings
From juice box confessionals to makeovers, the kids are the best thing to happen to Single Parents! Though the kiddos don't get a ton of screen time, when they do, they absolutely shine as the child stars they are meant to be.
When Graham emails Zoe that he loves her, we can't help but feel the way Angie does about it — concerned for his heart, yes — but also curious as to how an eight-year-old can work email so fluently!
The thing is: We don't have to worry about Graham, y'all. He can hold his own because he trusts his instincts and leads with his heart. By the end of the episode, we all know (including Angie) that Graham is going to be fine, especially when Zoe accepts to chew the gum he was chewing on and confesses that his email "shook her to her core."
5. In The Village We Trust (I mean, Sort Of?)
Every time Will tries to drop the old proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," the group quickly shuts him down. They don't want to hear it — that is, until they do.
It's only when Will and Douglas sing-along to Moana's "How Far I'll Go," that we as an audience know this group is going to be okay, even if they don't really know what they're doing and are all just faking it until they make it. Or, at least, until their kids turn 18.
And yet, somehow I can totally relate, you know?
You can catch Single Parents on ABC Wednesday nights at 9:30/8:30c.