Playing House review: Sisters doing it for themselves

Apr 29, 2014 at 10:46 p.m. ET

Playing House is a new comedy from USA and the first episode is a fun start to what promises to be a sweet and charming series.

Playing House premiere review
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USA has added another comedy to its roster of original shows and Playing House is definitely geared for the ladies. It's in direct contrast to the more male-oriented Sirens (a series I, personally, find hilarious), but has its own appeal. As I watched the pilot episode, I felt like I was watching a 30-minute romantic comedy film.

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The show had everything in it to make for a mini romantic comedy. First there were the best friends: Emma, the workaholic who couldn't get away from her hometown fast enough, and Maggie, the content wife and soon-to-be mother who still loves the small town where she grew up.

It wouldn't be a good "romcom" unless their perfect little worlds started falling apart and, unfortunately for Maggie, hers starts to unravel at her baby shower. I don't think there's ever a good time to find out that your husband is secretly into weird sex acts, but making that discovery while celebrating the imminent birth of your child is probably the worst time ever. Emma's world fell apart soon after that, but the great thing about her is that it was mostly at her own hand. The workaholic decided to give up her job to help her best friend cope and such began this sweet, funny series.

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In addition to Emma and Maggie, there are some other great characters, as well. My favorite so far is definitely Zach. He was so adorable and dorky, I just couldn't help but immediately fall in love with him. It looks like he has a crush on Emma, which could be interesting as the two of them are not even remotely alike. Will she begin to find him as adorable as I do? Only time will tell.

Knowing that the series was created by real-life best friends, Jessica St. Clair (Emma) and Lennon Parham (Maggie), added to its charm. By the end of the first episode, I definitely wanted to hang out with these two and see where their new adventure will take them.

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My favorite bits:

Emma pointing out that Maggie's boobs were like the boobs of their dreams.

Emma breaking down and singing Kenny Loggins.

Emma trying to explain to Mark why she was using Maggie's boob as a microphone.

Emma realizing she just tipped her cap to the man she lost her virginity to.

The melted chocolate in the diaper game. It never stops being gross and hilarious.

Maggie discovering the hard way exactly what her husband was up to in the basement.

Maggie's teeny little playhouse. I seriously need one of those.

Emma: "Is he going to stop putting stuff up his butt?"
Maggie: "He's going to work on it."

Maggie realizing that Emma put together the nursery. Aw.

What did you think of the first episode of Playing House?