Girls5eva, season 1 review, with all 3 seasons now on Netflix

Busy Philipps, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, and Sara Bareilles in Girls5eva

Girls5eva is a comedy about a one hit wonder girl group. They’ve all moved on from their 15 minutes of fame. When they’re in their 40s, they decide to try to get the group back together and start performing again. It’s an inane comedy with an underpinning of music, ambition, women power, and friendship. This review talks about season 1 only.

Girls4eva has 3 seasons. Netflix recently posted them all, so a bigger audience can take a look at this comedy.

Busy Philipps, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Hadary, Paula Pell, and Sara Bareilles in Girls5eva
Larry (Jonathan Hadary) is a terrible agent

The group consists of 4 women. Gloria (Paula Pell) is now a dentist and an out lesbian. She was not out in the group’s early days, much to her regret. Dawn (Sara Bareilles) is the songwriter in the group. She has a husband and son. Wickie (Renée Elise Goldsberry) has resorted to singing ads and trying to make something of herself on Instagram. Summer (Busy Philipps) is married to a guy who is Instagram famous and lives off the reflected glory.

Back in the day, the group had a 5th member, Ashley (Ashley Park). She’s supposed to be dead but appears on archive footage or as a hologram in nearly every episode. I don’t know if she’s really dead, because I’ve only seen season 1 so far, but there’s a hint at the end of the season that she isn’t.

The guest stars are fun and surprising. Tina Fey as Dolly Parton wasn’t too much of a surprise, because she’s one of the show’s producers. But some of the guest stars are a treat, even if they only have a couple of lines.

Busy Philipps, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, and Sara Bareilles in Girls5eva

Early in the season a famous rapper wants to sample their song and use it in one of this songs. He invites them to back him up on Jimmy Kimmel and the few moments they are on stage together ignites them to want more.

They decide to go for it. These are not naive teens now, they are grown women. But they still don’t know anything about the business or how to get going again. They meet a new agent, Nance (Vanessa Williams), who tells them to break up. She gets them all horrible jobs with good pay and thinks they’ll be satisfied.

But no, they want to sing. Together.

They need to write new songs, deal with their relationships, find a place to perform whether they were invited there or not, and get some videos up on social media.

The comedy was daffy and silly. The series reminded me a lot of Workin’ Moms. It had the same strong vibe of women’s friendship and support mixed in with the goofball antics.

Women directors in season 1 include Kimmy Gatewood, Kat Coiro, and LP.

I’m looking forward to watching the next 2 seasons of this comedy and listening to some gorgeous vocals along the way. Are you going to join me in watching this female-powered series?

2 thoughts on “Girls5eva, season 1 review, with all 3 seasons now on Netflix”

  1. I’ve only seen the first season, but I LOVED it!
    I still catch myself singing the songs, especially “I’M AFRAID”…that line, “When the sun shines through her salmon colored hair”.

    The humor is aimed RIGHT at me!

    A great show, I want to watch the other seasons!

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