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'Odd Mom Out' will remind you of something else, but watch it anyway

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Wheels Up” | Aired June 8, 2015

Bravo took on divorce last year; this summer, it’s taking on motherhood in New York’s Upper East Side, with the new scripted comedy Odd Mom Out.

The show is loosely based on the life of Jill Kargman, author of the very funny and self-aware Momzillas, who also stars in the series. Kargman plays an over-the-top version of herself, Jill Weber. Jill Weber is the black sheep of the mom cliques and stands out among her very blond and very Upper East Side inlaws.

Unlike Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, OMO is a 30-minute sitcom about navigating the social hierarchy of the super-wealthy in an affluent part of Manhattan. It’s silly and clever, even if it’s not particularly new or groundbreaking, and is worth the 30 minutes. Jill is endearing, bringing her own brand of spazziness to the current TV landscape.

OMO—because it’s airing on Bravo—seems like it’s making fun of itself (which makes me love it more), all the while calling up memories of other great shows. In fact, OMO reminds me a lot of shows that I’ve loved over the years, but the familiarity doesn’t bother me all that much, because Kargman is interesting and charismatic. For primarily that reason, it’s not as derivative as it sounds. Poking fun at rich white people is always a good time.

Here’s a short list (TV references included) that might convince you to watch Odd Mom Out.

You really liked Gossip Girl, but you always wished that Serena and Blair were funnier.

All the wealth dynamics that made Gossip Girl interesting to watch are here, but none of the melodramatic ennui or unbelievable teenager antics. There is a lot of self-referential humor that makes me think that Bravo isn’t taking itself so seriously, and I adore that.

You really enjoy the The Real Housewives franchise, but you kind of want to punch them all in the face.

OMO is both participating with and satirizing the extremely wealthy. SinceThe Real Housewives of New York is airing right now, Jill and her mom-versaries won’t seem so alien.

What’s different, however, is that the show is taking a jab at the the snobbery of these types of social circles, making fun of the extreme materialism that permeates Bravo’s other shows. ODO might just serve as an antidote to a Real Housewives overdose.

Jill has to face down the Mombots everyday in Odd Mom Out.

The New Adventures of Old Christine was a favorite, but you prefer your meanie moms with an East Coast edge.

Both Jill and Christine are meant to be perceived as awkward outsiders, facing down the blond bullies with Birkin bags and Loubitins, but OMO seems very specific to New York City. Jill Kargman herself says, “It’s really about keeping up, but in no place is it more accentuated than New York City, where there’s this hyperbolized notion that you’re not good enough, and you’re trying to get in.”

Charlotte is your favorite character from Sex and the City, but you wish she had a little more Lorelei Gilmore in her.

Kargman is executive producer for OMO, but she gets a little writing help from a few former SATC alums. She thinks that her show is mostly populated with amped-up Charlottes obsessed with hedge funds and SoulCycle, but Jill works against that stereotype, acting as the anti-meanie mom—like Lorelei. Jill is one of the show’s only brunettes. She complicates matters even further by wearing black Converse shoes and being generally awkward.

You are perfectly okay caring about rich, stuck-up white people.

Because that is what this show is about. It about how terrible rich people act, and how embarrassed we should be that there are so many shows celebrating that. Like its predecessors, it’s not all that kind to the rich, stuck-up white people, but there really are no other characters in this show. It is what it is.

Even Jill, who is the “poorest” of the bunch, has way more money than most Americans will ever see. If you can suspend your own ideologies about the American wealth system, you can probably get on board with Odd Mom Out.

I would love to hear what all of you think about this show. Did it remind you of anything?

Odd Mom Out airs Mondays at 10/9C on Bravo.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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