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Mistresses Is Girls for the Soccer Mom

MistressesLast night, season two of ABC’s Mistresses premiered. As cast live-tweeted with bloggers and fans, one thing was clear. These mistresses are (mostly) not the kind of women we hate. They’re the women we can identify with.

At its heart, Mistresses is a show about four friends and the bond between them that holds them together through thick and thin. Savi (Alyssa Milano), Joss (Jes Macallan), April (Rochelle Aytes), and Karen (Yunjin Kim) are flawed. They’re mistresses, as in women in positions of authority, in work, love, and at home. One is a career woman vying for a partner position at her law firm, while simultaneously trying to get pregnant with and remain faithful to her husband. Another is a widowed mom. Another is still living the single life. And one is a sort of messy contradiction of good and really, um, bad impulses. They make mistakes and have to deal with the consequences of those mistakes. The show doesn’t shy away from issues of trust, pain, and loss, or the tensions among close members of families, and deals with them in realistic ways.

Mistresses is for us what Girls is for the college and post-college-aged, what Sex and the City was for the up-and-coming career woman. These women are just beyond — they’re in the thick of their mid-to-late 30s, they’re in juggle-mode. These women are multi-taskers. Kids, work, husbands, infertility: this is the stuff that gives them fine lines and heart palpitations. And like the women in Girls or Sex, they’re sort of muddling through, for better or for worse, in a sea of wisdom and stupidity — leaning toward wisdom most of the time. And, by Jove, they’re looking fantastic while they’re doing it.

So after making-lunches-kids-to-school-work-school-pick-up-soccer game-ballet class-dinner-homework-help-laundry-e-mail-moisturizing on a busy Monday, Mistresses.

Mistresses airs Mondays at 10pm/9c.

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