Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Marti Noxon for the American cable network Bravo. Based on the Girlfriends’ Guides book series by Vicki Iovine, the series revolves around Abby McCarthy, a self-help author who finds solace in new friends and adventures as she faces an impending divorce. Lisa Edelstein portrays the main character Abby, while Beau Garrett, Necar Zadegan, Paul Adelstein and Janeane Garofalo round out the main cast.
Produced by Universal Cable Productions, the series serves as the first original scripted series for Bravo.A 13-episode first season was ordered by the network, which premiered on December 2, 2014. The show debuted to 1.04 million viewers. Critical reception for the series has initially been generally positive, with particular praise towards Edelstein’s performance and the series’ quality over the reality series on Bravo.
In the first season of “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” marriage and childcare guru Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein) watches her own marriage crumble even as she enjoys success in her career. She and her husband, director Jake Novak (Paul Adelstein), are going through a divorce. Not only that, Abby has to share her kids with Jake’s new girlfriend, actress Becca Riley (Julianna Guill). But Abby is not alone in her marital woes; her closest friends – divorce lawyer Delia Banai (Necar Zadegan), entertainment lawyer Lyla Straley (Janeane Garofalo), and entrepreneur Phoebe Conte (Beau Garrett) – are all divorced. Abby’s best friend from college, Jo Hernandez-Frumpkis, moves in with her as well after the dissolution of her own marriage. Together, these women deal with the challenges of life post-divorce, including single parenting, finding love, and finding a new purpose in life.