As I struggled to prepare for this dreadful midterm week that is now upon us, I found myself procrastinating and distracting myself with HBO’s newest show, Divorce. Premiered on Sunday night, Sarah Jessica Parker leads the show, starring as Frances, a woman who has suddenly decided to reassess her life and her marriage, and attempts to create a fresh start from her current situation (married with kids living in upstate New York). Co-starred by Thomas Haden Church who plays the role as Frances’s husband, Robert, the show follows the failing marriage between the two, and the awkward, enraging, and heart-breaking stages that come with divorce.
In the show, SJP moves away from her widely-known character as Carrie Bradshaw, the adventurous and young sex columnist in the HBO series, Sex and the City, and takes on a much more serious and mature role as Frances. I wonder, will SJP be able to escape the shadow of Carrie? Her face has become so widely recognized in Hollywood as the face of Carrie Bradshaw that I wonder if she’ll be able to break away from her character of the early 2000s.
The show will most likely attract audiences and fan-lovers of Parker’s previous role as Carrie, however, I must warn those young romance-seeking viewers that Divorce differs drastically from the fun, upbeat and saucy storyline of Sex and the City. Instead, the comedy-drama offers an inside look into a failing marriage, and the problems and stress that come with divorce.
From simply watching the pilot episode, I found it refreshing to watch a series that challenges the typical Hollywood perfect-relationship theme. With raw and genuine emotions, the show delivers the naked truth about marriage, and the challenges that come with raising a family.
Check out this article for a more in-depth analysis of the first episode and the show.
– Eleanor Raether