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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Language, mature humor in hilarious music biz spoof.

TV Peacock Comedy 2021
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The Tina Fey/Robert Carlock joke machine is in fine fettle in this charming series, cranking gags out so fast that you miss two while you're laughing at one. Fey fans will be happy to see that Girls5Eva runs along the typical Fey lines: an unconventional yet confident female lead with a quirky chosen family, grappling with her life's absurd foibles with an artillery of quick-wit punchlines. It's a formula that generally works beautifully (see: 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) or at least pleasantly (Mr. Mayor, Great News) and Girls5Eva is thankfully leaning more towards the former.

Of course, there's plenty of absurdity to be mined from the entertainment business in general, and Girls5Eva's characters are instantly lovable. Busy Phillips is in her element as the Jacqueline White/Jenna Maroney of the group, and her scenes with ex-teen idol hubby Kev (Andrew Rannells, with a hilariously Bieber-esque wig) are one of the series' highlights. Dean Winters shows up with what feels like a riff on his Dennis-from-30-Rock character, Sara Bareilles throws off a Fey vibe, Paula Pell is a scream as suffer-no-fools band member Gloria. Of the whole band, only Wickie seems to have held onto her superstar vibe, and every time she and Bareilles start in on a number, you're reminded that these two can actually sing (Hamilton fans will recognize Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, but her star power may come as a surprise to the uninitiated). It all adds up to a lot of fun, and a summer breeze of a show that's simply a blast to watch.

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