BET+ series First Wives Club landed on Netflix recently, giving sitcom fans and romance nerds a chance to embrace this adorable Jill Scott/Michelle Buteau-led project. The series might share a name with the 1996 film, but its energy feels totally 2010s — in a good way. Will this delectable comedy become Netflix subscribers’ newest feel good binge?
Opening Shot: Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe) wistfully remembers how much her best friends were there for her through the good times, specifically her dreamy wedding, before admitting folks grow apart as we get older. Ari leaves a silver framed photo of that memory behind as she listens to a voicemail from Hazel (Jill Scott) apologizing for missing Ari’s politician husband David’s (Mark Tallman) fundraiser, followed by another from Bree (Michelle Buteau) explaining her sitter has canceled. We immediately flit into a montage of Ari holding down her family’s impressive life by volunteering for talks, meetings, and putting her impressive legal career on hold. When she gets a second alone, she signs in agony as we cut to Hazel cutting a track in the studio with the lyrics, “What I Want.”
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