We are a TV family. We have a TV in almost every room. We eat dinner with the TV on and go to sleep with the TV on… yup, we do. We have Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo and our beloved Apple iTunes. We can even watch live American TV from here in Paris by the grace of God and the magic of Sling TV. My husband watches mostly creepy murder movies so he’s not allowed to watch TV in our bedroom near me because that stuff affects me and I usually have to turn on an episode of the Barefoot Contessa to calm me down. My daughter mostly watches Broad City because she’s cool. I, on the flip side of cool, mostly, strictly watch reality TV. And on top of that, I usually only watch the Bravo Channel if I’m not watching the E! Channel where I watch the Kardashians and get my news. Speaking of news, I also watch every night Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, BBC and CNN. So, if you have any questions regarding the current state of affairs in the world… Come to me. I can answer all of your questions about bank closures in Greece and its austerity policies, Pakistani Nobel peace prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai, inaugurating her first school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon on her 18th birthday, Harper Lee’s second book, Go Set a Watchman, after To Kill a Mockingbird, and on top of that I can answer all of your questions regarding any of The Housewives of New York (Ramona Singer in the yellow bikini in the heels in the Turks and Caicos, Bethenny Frankel imitating Dorinda… All part of my health and wellness package towards curing my ALS). Trust me, I know my TV.
So, it is with great confidence, that I can recommend my new favorite show on Bravo… Odd Mom Out.
If you have not seen the show, your homework over the next few days is to watch every back episode. Don’t worry, there are only six episodes as the series just premiered. Go ahead… I’ll wait…
Odd Mom Out is a new Bravo channel scripted series written by Jill Kargman. Who is Jill Kargman? First of all, she is definitely somebody I would want to be friends with because she is smart, witty and self-deprecating… my favorite combination. Let me give you some facts before we continue…
• Well-educated… Spence, Taft, Yale (graduated in three years with honors majoring in art history) and BADA (British America Drama Academy) at Stanford. So there.
• Is a New York Times best-selling author and has written 10+ novels.
• Has written hundreds of articles for all of our favorite magazines.
• Her father is Arie Kopelman, former president of Chanel and avid historic preservationist, whom I happen to think is one of the most elegant and gracious men. I have met him a few times as he is a friend of my friend, Diandra Douglas. He also said that he loved my shop, Circa, in Santa Barbara so obviously I’m a huge fan. :-)
• Her sister-in-law is Drew Barrymore. Cute.
• She shares a mutual dislike of cilantro with David Foster.
• Had stage III skin cancer and thinks humor is the best medicine. Moi aussi.
• She hates summer and loves stationery.
I first started to think, “Who’s that girl” when I saw her on my favorite design video series, Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk via Quintessence Blog. Watch…
Okay, are you with me? Now that we have discovered Jill’s background and she has proven her street cred… Let’s discuss her show…
The running theme behind Jill’s novels and new show is something that I am slightly familiar with… The Upper East Side of New York and all of its idiosyncrasies. I used to live smack dab in the middle of the Upper East Side on 68th St. and Park Avenue. Half of my friends live in the vicinity and are the subject of Jill’s humor. If you don’t know what I’m talking about read Jill’s book titled, Momzillas. Jill’s satirical half joking/half not joking portrayal of the uber-wealthy residents of Manhattan’s elite neighborhood is spot on. You find yourself thinking while watching the show, “I can’t believe she just said that!” And then you laugh hysterically.
My two favorite characters on the show are Jill’s best friend, Vanessa, played by actress K.K. Glick and Jill’s mother-in-law, Candace Weber, played by Joanna Cassidy. When Jill’s mother-in-law uttered the phrase in the last episode, “French third-base” I nearly spit out my vanilla soy chai latte.
Even though some critics say that the show is geared towards a niche market of the “1 percenters” and argues that not everyone can relate… I don’t agree. First of all, why does someone always have to relate to something to get it? Secondly, more subdued versions of these Upper East Side families exist in every community, across every continent…. Don’t fool yourself.
So, if you need a little humor in your day, go binge watch Odd Mom Out. Two words: chocolate starfish.
You can order all of Jill’s books HERE.
Visit Jill’s website HERE.