Written by Marley Ghizzone
Odd Mom Out Series Premiere Plot Summary:
In the outrageously wealthy and extravagant world of upper class New York, Jill Weber (Jill Kargman – author of Momzillas, the book that inspired the series) feels a growing pressure to get her twins into the right kindergarten.
I don’t know why I harboured a secret high hope for Odd Mom Out. Honestly, how dare I? The half hour comedy is shrill and baseless. There are so many problems ranging from the trying-too-hard jokes to the continued enforcement of stereotypes, specifically female.
Jill Weber (Kargman) is different, okay? She likes black nail polish and doesn’t exercise. Her house is wild and she doesn’t wear pants. Jill is quirky. Jill is better than you. Gag me with a cactus. Her character is literally nothing. She’s rich but not that rich and she just doesn’t get the other moms because ohemgee she is so old New York.
Jill Weber is an attempt at writing the cool girl version of a mom. It is whole heartedly sickening. The dialogue and, subsequently, the jokes, were over the top. They attempted to be fresh, hip, and young. Instead, Odd Mom Out fell far from the mark, making Bravo look desperate.
To add to the discomfort, Kargman cannot deliver a line. She seems to miss every single comedic beat. She relies on a fast-paced, questioning tone that screeches oh-so-adorably. Her acting leaves much to be desired and helps to create the unrelatable air that surrounds Jill Weber.
“Wheels Up” was all about showing the drastic difference between Jill and the other moms, especially her sister in law Brooke (Abby Elliott.) Brooke is superficial. Jill is deep. Brooke only cares about her figure and hates bread. Jill loves food, yeah she eats donuts! This is so annoying.
I don’t know how many more times I can say this but none of the jokes were funny. This made the attempt to show the difference between the women extremely obnoxious and highlighted the sexist undertones of all Bravo shows. It greatly enforces the idea that passive aggressive fighting and competition among women is the “norm.” Television has the power to change the societal group think on the way women communicate and interact. But, alas, Odd Mom Out decided to stick the route of it’s reality shows and pit women against each other.
I love television. I am also an outspoken feminist. It sometimes makes it hard to watch TV because it is nearly impossible to not see problematic storylines and badly written female characters. I choose my battles, but Odd Mom Out was not interesting or well written enough to warrant a pass on its bad behavior.
Rating: 1.5 out of 10