We’ve seen coming-of-age stories on the big and small screen for decades. Still, every now and again, a show will come around and bring a fresh perspective that feels current for our times — enter Single Drunk Female, Freeform’s new dark comedy from creator Simone Finch (The Conners) and executive producers Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) & Jenni Konner (Girls).
Single Drunk Female follows Samantha Fink (Sofia Black-D’Elia), a 20-something, who, after getting fired from her job, confronts her alcoholism and her past trauma while living under her mother’s roof (Ally Sheedy). It’s a specific coming-of-age story that plays with the dark comedy genre in an unexpected way.
“Even five years ago, TV was a very different landscape in terms of coming of age stories,” said actress Sofia Black-D’Elia.
“I was thinking about how Lost, and all the shows that came before it, the lead was always a man [navigating] this experience…I think we are moved because there’s so much space for creators to tell the stories they want to tell. There’s so much more opportunity for these specific, nuanced female stories, and it’s just fun as a fan of TV. It’s just really fun to be a part of it.”
In the same vein as the HBO show Girls, Single Drunk Female takes the viewer through Samantha’s journey of trying to figure life out as a 20-something, with the added confusion of finding a sponsor, going to meetings, and staying clean, all the while trying to have a social life.
The show’s strongest suit is striking the right balance of tone and the measured way the writers highlight the biting comedy with a knack for balancing the serious subject matter of its brutally honest characters. Awards Radar chatted over zoom with stars Sofia Black-D’Elia and Ally Sheedy to unpack the show’s irresistible charm.
Single Drunk Female premieres on Freeform on January 20th.