Freeforms Single Drunk Female Review: Early episodes makes the series feel like a winner

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When a pilot for a new show airs, sometimes it takes most of the airtime or maybe even an episode or two to set the storyline and get some good character development going. That is not the case with Freeform’s Single Drunk Female. This fast-paced series centered around recovering alcoholic Samantha (Sam) Fink arriving at her job drunk, once again, and being greeted by her boss and the news that she is fired. Chaos and hilarity ensued, leading to Sam assaulting her boss and subsequently getting arrested leading to her current situation: Entering court-mandated rehab, attending AA meetings, doing community service, and moving back home with her smother, I mean mother (stream the show, you’ll find out.)

The first episode did a good job setting the plot up and conveying the story. The director and producers also did a great job not wasting valuable screentime on filler and utilizing the full 26 minutes of runtime, bravo on that!

The show handles a serious topic with a comedic blanket. Some people will say the show makes fun of alcoholism. From my perspective, it does not. It highlights just how low some individuals can get before seeking help. Those watching who have an addiction were greeted with a message at the end of the first episode to get help. Just as they will be here. If you or someone you know needs help with substance abuse, visit or call 1-800-662-HELP.

Let’s break down the Single Drunk Female cast:

  • Sofia Black-D’Elia: Samantha Fink, the 28-year-old alcoholic protagonist
  • Rebecca Henderson: Olivia, Sam’s lesbian sponsor from AA
  •  Sasha Compère: Brit, Sam’s ex-best friend
  • Lily Mae Harrington: Felicia, Sam’s friend, and drinking pal
  • Garrick Bernard: James, fellow AA member, and possible love interest
  • Ally Sheedy: Carol, Sam’s toxic mother

The best quote from the first two episodes:

“It’s hard to be a person.” This line hits differently and is very spot-on accurate.

Where and when to watch Single Drunk Female

New episodes air live Friday nights on Freeform. Check your local listings for the correct time. If you do not have access to viewing the channel live, never fear because Hulu next-day streaming is also available.

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