You guys, I dropped off the face of the planet for a little while. Things have been CRAZY and October is currently kicking my butt. However, I felt the need to drop a little love to one of my favorite TV shows and pop my #WatchWithRach cherry with the most delightful female driven comedy – HBO’s “Doll & Em”.
Fact: I love lady shows. I especially love shows that are created by ladies, starring ladies who are strong and amazing actors, and that celebrate friendship. Guess what? “Doll & Em” hits it out of the park with all of this and then some. Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer wrote and star in the show and they are perfect.
A little background…Emily & Dolly grew up together. Their dad’s were buddies and the girls were childhood friends and have been best friends ever since. Dolly is best known for her roles in the British series’ “Some Girls” and Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy. You can currently catch her on “Blunt Talk” with none other than Sir Patrick Stewart (well done, Doll!). Emily has been in pretty much everything I love including Disney’s “The Kid”, “Young Adam”, “Dear Frankie”, “The Newsroom” where she kicked some serious booty as MacKenzie McHale, and my personal favorite, “Coming Home” a terrible but perfect BBC show from 1998. It’s perfection – look it up. She is also the voice of Holley Shiftwell in “Cars 2” and every time my kids hear her voice from the TV they get all excited because Holley is their favorite (2000 kid points for Emily).
The first season of “Doll & Em” premiered last year and was a six episode series set in LA. Dolly was SOL and ended up becoming Emily’s assistant while she worked on a movie and all hell broke lose. The second season premiered this fall and just wrapped up its six episode run. The devastating part is that the seasons are only 6, 30 minute episodes. The good part is that they’re the best 30 minutes you’ll spend all day. Season two is set in Brooklyn where Doll & Em both live. In fact, I think that a lot of the show is actually shot in Emily’s real life house which is ten kinds of amazing. The whole gig is put together by family and friends – Emily’s husband, Alessandro Nivola, is the producer and their buddy Azazel Jacobs runs the whole gig as the director. Their kids and moms are also in the second season and I totally dig the family vibe happening. It’s really fantastic. And don’t get me started on the guest stars. You’ll have to watch and see!
I don’t want to give away the stories completely so I won’t but the reasons I love this show are endless. I honestly feel like it is the best show about female friendship there has ever been. It is often so uncomfortable (in the best possible way) that you can’t help but feel completely in sync with the bumps and bliss going on in Dolly and Emily’s relationship. There are so many nuances to female friendship and it can often be hard but is also so very rewarding. To me, a good female friend is almost as good and sometimes better than a husband or partner. They are there to help, laugh and cry with you, and there to bring you back to reality when your head gets too big for your neck. I can say things to my girlfriends that I could never say to my husband and you really see that love between Dolly & Emily.
The driving force in this show is reality and not in a ridiculous, trumped up way. The entire show is slightly self-depricating in the fact that the characters play themselves. Emily is actually Emily and Dolly is actually Dolly, although they both defend themselves saying they’re not quite as crazy as they are on the show and I tend to believe them. It is a character study in female friendship and jealousy and anger and unavoidable competition. There is often a feeling of competition between women that nobody wants to talk about. “Doll & Em” seasons 1 and 2 bring up these feelings so articulately that you can’t help but fall madly in love with the stories these women have to tell.
So, sit back and fire up your OnDemand and enjoy this little jewel of a show. If you need HBO access you can hit me up, I’m happy to share so you can fall in love with Doll & Em just like I did!
P.S. My dream is to have coffee with Emily & Dolly and just absorb their awesomeness and talk motherhood with them because they seem like the coolest mamas ever!