|Created by||Meredith Scardino|
|Music by||Jeff Richmond|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Cinematography||John G. Inwood|
|Original release||May 6, 2021 –|
Girls5eva is an American musical comedy television series created by Meredith Scardino that premiered on May 6, 2021 on Peacock. It follows four women who were part of a girl group named Girls5eva, which was briefly popular around the year 2000 before fading into one-hit-wonder status. Now unfulfilled in their various lives, they reunite to try to find musical success again. In June 2021, it was renewed for a second season which premiered on May 5, 2022.
In October 2022, after Peacock decided not to continue the series, it was announced that it would move to Netflix for its third season.
A 1990s girl group that managed to score only one hit gets an unexpected chance at a comeback when their song is sampled by an up-and-coming rapper.
In addition, Julius Conceicao costars as Max, Dawn and Scott's son, a "New York Lonely Boy" (later taken over by Xander Fenyes), and Penelope Richmond as Stevia, Summer and Kev's daughter.
|First released||Last released||Network|
|1||8||May 6, 2021||Peacock|
|2||8||May 5, 2022||June 9, 2022|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Pilot"||Kat Coiro||Meredith Scardino||May 6, 2021|
|While Dawn is getting her first mammogram, she hears a song from the rapper Lil Stinker, who has sampled a song her group recorded 20 years earlier. The band reunites for the first time in years to sing backing vocals for Lil Stinker on The Tonight Show. Bored by their humdrum lives and energized by performing again, they ask to support Lil Stinker on tour, but he tells them they're too old, a sentiment their former manager repeats. Wickie, the only member of the band who's wealthy and apparently happy, heads to the airport, and Dawn chases her to confront her about the way she left the band years ago to start a solo career. Wickie confesses her career never went anywhere. Her glamorous life on social media is a sham; she actually works at an airport. In the morning, Wickie shows up at Dawn's apartment with her suitcase and says she wants to restart the band after all. She apologizes for the past and admits the band members make her better. The four women reunite on a bench they dedicated to their former band member, Ashley, who died in 2004, and confirm their decision to restart the band.|
|2||2||"D'wasg"||Brennan Shroff||Matt Murray & Meredith Scardino||May 6, 2021|
|Dawn's husband Scott is getting tired of Wickie's stuff taking over their apartment when her clear grand piano is delivered. It becomes a point of tension until he hears Dawn and Wickie playing and singing together, which makes him relent. Wickie tells Dawn she's her best friend. Summer is having her own marital issues; her husband Kev lives in Tampa and is rarely reachable. She plays a Cameo of Kev for Dawn and Wickie and pretends it's a FaceTime conversation. Meanwhile, the women decide their aim is to play at December's big Jingle Ball concert. Their first step is to gain traction by playing a pop-up show at the mall where they first played as a band. The mall's shut down, but they livestream the performance of "Dream Girlfriends" and are happy with it. However, later that night, they discover the video has been removed because their old manager Larry owns the rights to their songs.|
|3||3||"Alf Musik"||Brennan Shroff||Lauren Gurganous & Michael Koman||May 6, 2021|
|The women realize they can't perform their songs without Larry's permission, so they need new songs. They approach Alf Musik, the reclusive Swedish man who wrote their old songs and has written many hits. He writes another song for them, but they reject it as too misogynistic. They realize all their old hits were misogynistic, too. He writes a new song to better reflect who they are now, but it's about being sad and invisible, which is how Alf sees them. They reject it, too, and decide Dawn will write their new songs instead; she used to write before Larry shot down her efforts twenty years earlier. Meanwhile, Dawn has been putting off her planned attempts to get pregnant because it would interfere with the band. However, she's afraid of raising Max as a "New York lonely boy," an eccentric only child who befriends doormen and is more at home with adults than kids. But when they run into John Slattery, Talia Balsam, and their adult son on the street, she's reassured. She tells Scott she's okay with Max being an only child, but he says he really wants a second child.|
|4||4||"Carma"||LP||Anna Drezen & Azie Dungey||May 6, 2021|
|Dawn attempts to write her first song by fasting and writing all night. Dolly Parton comes to her in a hallucination, and Dawn tells her she doesn't remember how to do anything but be a mom. Dolly helps her write what Dawn thinks is a fantastic song, "I'm Afraid (Dawn's Song of Fears)." Having stayed up all night writing it, she rushes over to an event at Kev and Summer's house to perform it for the band. They immediately realize it's awful and pull the plug on Dawn's microphone. Back at home, Dolly tells Dawn that she wrote 5,000 songs before writing her biggest hits, so Dawn should keep trying. Meanwhile, Wickie has been dating a younger man who turns out to be a set of twins pranking her for TikTok, but Wickie was too narcissistic to notice. And Summer becomes convinced Kev is cheating on her because of certain credit card charges, so she damages his convertible. But when he tells her his credit card was stolen, she believes he's innocent, blames the car damage on their daughter, and talks him into coming home one additional weekend each month.|
|5||5||"Catskills"||LP||Chelsea Devantez & Berkley Johnson||May 6, 2021|
|The women go to a cabin in the Catskills to write songs. When they discover the cabin's owner hiding in a closet because she has nowhere else to go, Dawn gives her money to stay in a motel. Wickie tells Dawn she's too much of a people-pleaser and that the band will never succeed if Dawn doesn't learn to speak up. Gloria goes to the farmers market to "accidentally" run in to her ex-wife Caroline, and even though the two sleep together, Caroline says she doesn't want to get back together because Gloria is a workaholic. Gloria realizes her tendency toward overwork began when Girls5Eva started in order to avoid attention from boys before she came out. Summer, who's been tasked with making a salad because Wickie and Dawn don't like her songwriting ideas, confesses she doesn't know how to make a salad or do anything else useful. And Wickie is forced to confess she charged the others for the cabin rental even though she was getting it for free as an Instagram influencer. As the women admit their flaws to each other, they're inspired to write the song "Four Stars" about being imperfect but still good enough.|
|6||6||"Cease and Desist"||Kimmy Gatewood||Matt Whitaker||May 6, 2021|
|The group gets asked to perform at a Pride event celebrating music of the 2000s. Gloria expects to be celebrated as a gay icon, but it turns out Wickie is the famous one because YouTube star Zander made a lip synch video to a meltdown Wickie had while performing in a community theater musical based on the movie The Mask. When Wickie learns Zander has made $80,000 off endorsements and merchandise, Wickie and Gloria cut a deal with him: Zander heckles them while they perform their new song "Four Stars," and Gloria tells him off from the stage. Later, Zander will make a video that includes part of the song and a lip synch to Gloria's rant, bringing attention to the song and making Gloria the gay icon she's dreamed of being. After the show, Scott confesses he's worried Dawn will leave him as she rises to fame. She reassures him she loves him for being normal and grounded.|
|7||7||"A.I.R.P.I.G."||Kimmy Gatewood||Ava Coleman & Michael Koman||May 6, 2021|
|Dawn's songwriting is taking off and Zander's lip synch with Gloria has 3 million views. They attend an event for radio DJs in Tampa to promote their new song and talk to Nance, a powerhouse manager. She says they'll never work out as a band but offers to help them each find solo success. Feeling confident, they reject her offer, but Larry tells them their music was popular before only because he paid radio stations to play it. Wickie sees Dawn leaving Nance's room with a smile and, thinking Dawn has betrayed the band, takes Nance's offer of a job as a TV competition judge. Then she discovers Dawn only sold Nance some of the songs she wrote that Girls5Eva rejected. But it's too late; Wickie is flying to Atlanta that night to start her new job. Dawn has already spent the money she earned paying radio stations to play their music. Also on the trip, Summer visits Kev's Tampa home for the first time and discovers he's secretly quit his job in order to rehabilitate crabs. Summer at first is relieved, but then she realizes she's tired of pretending their relationship is fine and says she wants a divorce.|
|8||8||"Separ8 Ways"||Chioke Nassor||Anna Drezen & Meredith Scardino||May 6, 2021|
|The band holds auditions to replace Wickie but can't find anyone good enough. They program a holographic Ashley to sing the national anthem with them at an NHL game, but it malfunctions and ruins the performance. Disheartened, they each take the jobs Nance offered them: Summer does TV ads for shapewear, Gloria becomes a dentist for touring musicians, and Dawn sells her songs to other singers. Wickie continues judging the show "American Warrior Singer," which offers her a 1,000-year contract that forbids her from other work. All four women find themselves at the Jingle Ball for their respective jobs, and when they run into each other, they decide to find a way to perform. When Wickie goes on stage to announce the next act, the other women rush the stage and sing "Four Stars." The crowd appears to love them. The women are immediately kicked out of the venue afterwards, but they're exuberant. As they walk down the street, Gloria says she thinks Ashley faked her death.|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|9||1||"Album Mode"||Jeff Richmond||Meredith Scardino||May 5, 2022|
|The group is signed by record label "Property Records" and they enter what Wickie dubs "Album Mode". Tate, an executive at the record company, asks them to write an album in six weeks. The group debuts their new song at a talent showcase for executives and Gloria busts her knee doing a death drop. The label is very impressed by their performance so, despite needing a knee replacement, Gloria decides to do an interview while on painkillers. Despite initially encouraging Gloria's decision to delay her surgery to do the promotional tour, the rest of the group eventually agree that she can't risk her health and they announce that they're taking a break until Gloria recovers. Wickie is distracted by getting access to celebrity dating app, Raya. Dawn, meanwhile, confronts a mom at her son's school who only emails other moms about their kids' schedules, excluding dads like Scott who are more involved with their kids.|
|10||2||"Triumphant Return to the Studio"||Brennan Shroff||Ron Weiner||May 5, 2022|
|Girls5eva start recording at the studio with the help of sound engineer Ray, who also turns out to be a producer and songwriter. Dawn writes a song using every definition of the word "set" and she gets defensive when Ray tries to improve it. She sends him away, but later asks him to come back. Wickie invites paparazzi attention until she finds out they photographed her "bad foot", and she then has to do damage control. Gloria claims that she was discharged from the hospital and she sits in on recording sessions until a nurse comes to pick her up since she's still in recovery. Summer and her husband Kev clash over how to handle their divorce announcement, with Kev sneakily recording a song that paints Summer in a bad light. He ultimately agrees to give Summer everything she wants in exchange for him getting to retain their fanbase.|
|11||3||"Who U Know"||Brennan Shroff||Liz Cackowski & Azie Dungey||May 5, 2022|
|The group attempts to self-promote and fails. Wickie tries out being their publicist and manages to get them invited to Lil Stinker's music video shoot. They end up getting a bigger role in the video, but only because all the other celebrities dropped out because of a scandal Lil Stinker got involved in. He eventually cancels the entire shoot, but the girls make the most of their fancy wardrobe and makeup by shooting a year's worth of social media posts. Dawn takes her son Max to work and he gets a shot at fame by playing a young Lil Stinker, but he isn't good enough and Dawn is relieved. Summer pushes Gloria to flirt with women on set despite being bad at it and she eventually manages to secure a phone number, but still ends up sleeping with her ex-wife after they reconnect. Summer disapproves, but agrees not to interfere in exchange for Gloria promising not to meddle in her affairs either.|
|12||4||"Can't Wait 2 Wait"||LP||Lauren Gurganous||May 12, 2022|
|Summer's parents visit on a break from their ministry tour and ask her to take a chastity vow until her next marriage. Summer admires their enduring love and considers it while the rest of the group advises her against it. Wickie starts dating a celebrity implied to be Shaquille O'Neal, but she has to sign an NDA contract and the whole relationship appears to be shallow. She reveals why she doesn't date non-celebrities, but ultimately opens up to the idea again. Dawn spends a lot of time at the studio with Ray trying to crack the band's love song. Ray suggests they take a break and they end up watching "Business Throne" (a "Succession" parody), which is a show Dawn usually watches with Scott. Scott is upset when he finds out, which leads to them having an honest conversation about their relationship and deciding to spend more quality time together. Gloria spearheads the girls' effort to stop Summer from accepting the chastity ring from her dad, figuring out that her parents didn't wait to have sex until marriage. After hearing their explanation about wanting to protect her, Summer almost goes through with the purity ceremony, but at the last moment decides that she can take care of herself.|
|13||5||"Leave a Message If You Love Me"||Linda Mendoza||Matt Whitaker||May 19, 2022|
|Dawn writes the love song of the album and the group records it, but runs into some copyright issues. Gloria obsesses over a mysterious singer named T.K. whose face no one has ever seen and she concludes that it's Ashley. Wickie agrees to help her investigate further despite being skeptical. Dawn and Summer go to a med spa and Summer insists she didn't get a face lift while Dawn tries to dissuade her from getting more plastic surgery in the future. After their love song is scrapped, Dawn writes a revenge song about their terrible old manager Larry. He overhears and threatens to sue if they don't give him a cowriting credit, but Dawn figures out that his zingers included in the song were all lifted from a movie. Gloria and Wickie ambush T.K. in the bathroom and take off her mask, revealing that she isn't Ashley. The failed mission makes them reminisce about Ashley and the outgoing voice message on her phone, which was never disconnected, becomes part of the group's new love song.|
|14||6||"B.P.E."||Linda Mendoza||Sam Means & Taylor Cox||May 26, 2022|
|The group records several songs for their album, with Wickie taking the lead on most of them. Tate suggests that they should each audition to sing the solo Dawn wrote about her grandmother. Gloria and Summer later confront Dawn about going behind their backs and underhandedly getting Tate to suggest the auditions because she wanted to sing the solo. Wickie and Scott bond during a karaoke night, where it's revealed that Scott is a good singer, and he helps Wickie deal with a past traumatic experience on "Star Search". Dawn and Wickie clash over the solo, but eventually reconcile and Wickie agrees that Dawn should sing it. Meanwhile, the girls are supposed to purge their social media of any incriminating content, leading Gloria and Summer to confront their problematic stint on a prank show in the early 2000s. Gloria apologizes to the man they pranked while Summer helps him get some payback.|
|15||7||"Returnity"||Kimmy Gatewood||John Mahone & Ava Coleman||June 2, 2022|
|The group finally finishes their comeback album, Returnity, but are disappointed when Tate reveals the label’s weak plan to promote it. Dawn tries to find the source of her strange medical issues. Wickie meets Scott’s friend Sheawn and initially rebuffs him, but allows him to make her dinner after she realizes he can help her understand how to appeal to “normal” people. Gloria and Caroline struggle to have a romantic evening at Gloria’s place, and they decide to move in together. While showing them an apartment, Kev learns that Gloria has held on to another woman’s phone number and offers her some relationship advice. The group attempts a Beatles-style rooftop concert, which ends disastrously when they realize they’re on a hospital helipad. Wickie finds herself inexplicably attracted to Sheawn. Tate calls to offer the group a shot at opening for Collab on tour, and Dawn learns that she’s pregnant.|
|16||8||"Tour Mode"||Kimmy Gatewood||Meredith Scardino & Sam Nulman||June 9, 2022|
|Girls5Eva performs at Terminal 5, going up against Co-Z Boi to determine who will go on tour with Collab. The audience reacts positively to their performance of “Bend Not Break,” but leaves during Co-Z Boi’s set. Tate hints that Girls5Eva will be selected as the opener. Each member of the group struggles with their own fears about going on tour: Dawn is pregnant, Wickie doesn’t want to give up her new relationship with Sheawn, Gloria worries that Caroline will cheat on her if she leaves, and Summer doesn’t think Kev can handle Stevia on his own. Despite Girls5Eva’s success at the concert, the Property Brothers announce that Co-Z Boi will be joining the tour instead. Gloria confronts them on set and they reveal that they wanted the less likable opener so they can sell more concessions. Lil Stinker, who has rebranded as country artist Bootsy Tings, calls to tell them that their song about Fort Worth has become popular in the city. The group convinces each other to overcome their fears and leaves New York to embark on their own tour.|
On January 16, 2020, Tina Fey announced at a Peacock investor presentation event that she was executive-producing an original series for the upcoming streaming service.
The series is executive-produced by Fey, Meredith Scardino, Robert Carlock, Jeff Richmond, David Miner and Eric Gurian. Production companies involved are Fey's Little Stranger, Carlock's Bevel Gears, 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal Television. In October 2020, it was announced that the pilot episode would be directed by Kat Coiro. On June 14, 2021, Peacock renewed the series for a second season. On October 27, 2022, it was announced that the series would move from Peacock to Netflix for its third season after being canceled on Peacock after the second season concluded.
Some filming took place at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York, best known as the home of Sesame Street.
On August 10, 2020, Sara Bareilles was cast in a starring role. In October 2020, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps, and Paula Pell were stated to be joining the cast in starring roles alongside Bareilles. In the same month, Ashley Park joined the cast in a recurring role. On April 14, 2021, Daniel Breaker was announced to have cast in a recurring role. On March 13, 2022, Scardino revealed that Amy Sedaris and Neil Flynn joined the cast for the second season at the SXSW Studio in Austin, Texas. On April 6, 2022, additional guest stars were announced including Amber Ruffin, Chad L. Coleman, Grey Henson, Heidi Gardner, Hoda Kotb, James Monroe Iglehart, John Lutz, Judy Gold, Mario Cantone, Pat Battle, Piter Marek, Tim Meadows, and Property Brothers Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott, alongside returning guest stars Andrew Rannells, Park, Erika Henningsen, Janine Brito, Jeremiah Craft, Jonathan Hadary, Breaker, and Julius Conceicao.
Most of the original songs for Girls5eva were composed by executive producer Jeff Richmond with lyrics by Meredith Scardino. The songs were inspired by music of the late 1990s. Bareilles also contributed to writing "4 Stars" and "I'm Afraid (Dawn's Song of Fears)"; she revealed that she was influenced by the music of Destiny's Child, NSYNC, and ABBA. A soundtrack album was released on May 6, 2021, through Epic Records. The soundtrack album of the second season was released on June 10, 2022.
|3.||"New York Lonely Boy"||The Milk Carton Kids||2:34|
|5.||"I'm Afraid (Dawn's Song of Fears)"||Bareilles||3:22|
|7.||"Boyz Next Door (Puber-Dude)"||Andrew Rannells||2:36|
|2.||"Who U Know"||Jeremiah Craft||2:47|
|3.||"Thinking About Myself"||2:02|
|4.||"Can't Wait 2 Wait"||2:16|
|7.||"Summer Brings the Fall"||Rannells||1:17|
|8.||"At the Beep"||2:05|
|9.||"New York City Moms"||Ingrid Michaelson||2:18|
|11.||"Bend Not Break"||Bareilles||2:25|
|12.||"B.P.E. (Club Remix)" (Bonus track)||3:34|
On February 17, 2021, an official teaser for the series was released.
The series premiered on May 6, 2021 on Peacock. Selected episodes made their linear TV debut on E!. In Canada, it was set to debut on W Network on June 3, 2021. The second season premiered on May 5, 2022, with the first three episodes available immediately and the rest debuting weekly.
Seasons 1–2 were added to Netflix internationally on February 1, 2023.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 98% based on 46 critic reviews, with an average rating of 8/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Smart, funny, and just nostalgic enough, Girls5Eva's intelligent insights are brought to brilliant life by its talented quartet, whose individual gifts come together to make sweet comedic harmony." On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 80 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The second season has a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 22 critic reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The website's critics consensus states, "Like an addictive pop song, Girls5Eva is just as delightful the second time around, with its band of scrappy divas remaining one of the funniest ensembles on television." On Metacritic, the second season received a score of 81 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
|Black Reel Awards for Television||Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series||Renée Elise Goldsberry||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Guest Actress, Comedy Series||Vanessa Williams||Nominated|
|Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series||Chioke Nassor (for "Separ8 Ways")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing, Comedy Series||Anna Drezen & Azie Dungey (for "Carma")||Nominated|
|Dorian TV Awards||Best TV Comedy||Girls5eva||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby TV Awards||Best Comedy Series||Girls5eva||Nominated|||
|Best Comedy Actress||Sara Bareilles||Nominated|
|Renée Elise Goldsberry||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Guest Actress||Tina Fey||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Guest Actor||Andrew Rannells||Nominated|
|Ensemble of the Year||The Ensemble of Girls5eva||Nominated|
|Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards||Best Streaming Series, Comedy||Girls5eva||Nominated|||
|Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy||Renée Elise Goldsberry||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy||Paula Pell||Nominated|
|International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)||Program of the Year||Girls5eva||Nominated|||
|Best Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Best New Series||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Renée Elise Goldsberry||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Paula Pell||Nominated|
|Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Tina Fey||Nominated|
|Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Stephen Colbert||Nominated|
|Best Writing in a Comedy Series||Meredith Scardino (for "Pilot")||Nominated|
|Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series||The Ensemble of Girls5eva||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Meredith Scardino (for "Pilot")||Nominated|||
|Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Comedy||Girls5eva||Nominated|||
|Individual Achievement in Comedy||Renée Elise Goldsberry||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Renée Elise Goldsberry||Nominated|||
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