Few comedy pairings are as delightful as Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. Whether they’re Wompler and Listler on WOMP It Up! or palling around on (the far too short-lived) Best Friends Forever, they’re a joy to see work together and bounce off one another. Considering how great these other projects are, it means a lot when I say that Playing House is (to this point!) the duo’s crowning achievement. It’s a perfect blend of comedy, drama, and heart, and one of the overall best shows on television today.
The fact that Playing House got a second season is a testament to its devoted fan base. It’s never been the most-watched show, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it found its home on the USA Network. But against all odds — and thanks to generous sponsorship deals from Samsung and Toyota — Playing House returned for a second season that was even better than its truly great rookie campaign.
The show follows the lives of Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair). After a very pregnant Maggie splits from her husband, Emma leaves her high-paying job in Japan to move in with her friend and help her raise the child. It’s never hacky or tacky or cliche; every story is written with heart and comes from a very real place.
Whether or not Playing House makes it to a third season is fully up in the air. Hopefully, some third party (I’m looking at you again, Samsung and Toyota) will swoop in and offer some money in return for some product placement. But even if the show never makes it to a third year, it’s well worth seeking out the first two seasons. Playing House is an absolute delight, and worth your time. Especially for the body rolls.