When the five-second countdown to the next episode begins, and you know it’s the last one of the season, and it makes you sad – you know you’ve got a winner on your hands. Then when you Google and see a third season is already on the cards for February 2020 and it makes you happy – ditto.
Heck, if you watched Season 1 of the NBC (yes, can you believe it? A good old-fashioned network series!) drama, you already knew it was a winner. Plus, Season 2 on Netflix adds three extra episodes to this story of three friends who find themselves even deeper in the criminal world than before.
Very quick recap for repeat viewers (spoiler alert): Beth (Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks) and her best friend Ruby (Retta, Parks And Recreation), and Beth’s little sister Annie (Mae Whitman, Arrested Development, Parenthood) are three ordinary suburban women. And like so many millions of ordinary suburban women, they have money issues. So they do the only logical thing – they rob a grocery store.
Thing is, they’re not very good at this lark, their first mistake being that they choose the place where Annie works, so they get recognised. That’s not the least of their problems; turns out there is a massive pile of cash in the safe, and it’s not technically the supermarket’s.
Fast forward to Season 2, and our heroines have learned a lot. They’re running a full-on money laundering operation, but it hits an obstacle in the first episode. As the season progresses, their criminal activities accelerate and include a pesky dead body that just won’t go away.
Ruby’s husband Stan (Reno Wilson, Mike And Molly), who happens to be a cop, finds out what his wife is up to, which is understandably a bit of a problem between them, as well as his employer.
Beth’s husband Dean (Matthew Lillard, The Bridge and numerous outings as the voice of Scooby-Doo’s buddy Shaggy) is also in on it, and the complications in their marriage and the repercussions make for an interesting side plot. As does Beth’s developing relationship with Rio (Manny Montana) which is everything to do with the bad boy attraction, and if you say you’ve never felt it, I don’t believe you.
Look a little closer and you’ll understand this is an extraordinary story of how women support each other, no matter what the consequences.
Annie’s still hooking up with her ex and father of her child Sadie (Isaiah Stannard, who has a more significant role in Season 2) but that’s not cool because his new wife is pregnant. Poor Annie makes one mistake after another, and her next romantic interest is about to break her heart.
All of these personal stories play out against the backdrop of the crime and the endless battle to stay ahead of the game, the cops, the FBI, teenage hitmen, and financial security. Look a little closer and you’ll understand this is an extraordinary story of how women support each other, no matter what the consequences.
Visually, Good Girls is beautifully filmed with carefully framed scenes, and the soundtrack is brilliant. Being a network project, there is no strong language, and most of the violence and certainly the nudity is implied and inferred, which shows it isn’t necessary to have these elements present to create a superbly dark crime drama peppered with wry, laugh-out-loud moments and instances of searing poignancy.