• NBC’s Upcoming Good Girls Are Anything But

    by  • January 22, 2018 • Broadcast Decency, NBC, Violence • 1 Comment

    The new series combines Desperate Housewives and Breaking Bad.

    NBC has vowed that its upcoming series Good Girls will be “edgy and dark.” The lead characters are three “desperate housewives” who, frustrated by the incompetent, untrustworthy, and unfaithful men in their lives rob a grocery store. They come away with much more money than they expected…but, after kicking the men out of their lives and using the money to make their lavish dreams come true, find themselves menaced by the criminal gang that was hiding their money at the store.

    Allegedly a comedy, the show’s trailer makes the program look like a gritty drama…if not an original one. Combining the premise of ABC’s Desperate Housewives (working women also frustrated by their circumstances and the terrible men in their lives) with AMC’s Breaking Bad (an average person wants money, does one criminal thing to get it, but is led deeper into a morass of crime and evil).

    According to Deadline: Hollywood, the show’s creator Jenna Bans “dismissed suggestions she had to make compromises on how edgy the show could be because the series lives on broadcast TV”…even though the law requires a certain level of decency on broadcast television.

    Allegedly, Good Girls “leans into the fun and the chemistry of these three women,” even as it shows them breaking the law, threatening others with guns, and stealing purely for their own selfish ends.  “The audience has to decide,” says Bans. “We don’t put any moral judgment on it.”

    As far as the show’s title, star Christina Hendricks boasted to the press that “It’s a big middle finger to the phrase ‘good girls.’” A better description of the show’s attitude can scarcely be imagined.

    Good Girls premieres on NBC Monday, February 26th at 10:00 p.m. ET.




    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    One Response to NBC’s Upcoming Good Girls Are Anything But

    1. Susan
      February 20, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      Here’s an idea Hollywood. Leave Michigan out of your stories with gun violence. You don’t know or get us. We would prefer you leave us out of your storylines as we work to do a lot better than your characters represent. Humor is no excuse. If you insist on these types of stories…keep the characters in CA!

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