“Good Girls” was not a series I was interested in to begin with, but after watching the first season for an event, I was completely hooked. I was fascinated by not only the lives of these women and their families, but the unbelievable chemistry between Beth and her gang contact Rio (Manny Montana). I mean, this is palpable. It will burn through your watching screen of choice.
If you didn’t remember how good an actress Christina Hendricks is, oh goodness, are you in for a treat! She practically jumps off the screen at you. Every look, every thought that goes through her head is on point, and the scenes between Beth and Rio, full of danger and attraction let you know early on that Beth was just made for a life of crime. Maybe it was years of taking a back seat to her husband. Maybe it was untapped potential, but whatever it was, you can see how desperately she wants this. Even as she tries to get out, you can see how her heart isn’t in it. As she learns each new aspect of being a criminal, she becomes better than the people she learned it from. (I have also learned things, like the color of nail polish needed to counterfeit money. It just … seems like a lot of work.)
Add in Matthew Lillard who plays Beth’s weasel of a husband (and he’s so good at playing weasels), and performances from June Squill, Allison Tolman, Ione Skye, and Andrew McCarthy, and you’ve got a total blast of a series.