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Spinoffs & Other Shows

Recaps, opinion pieces and analysis of Bravo TV shows including Don't Be Tardy, Manzo'd With Children, Ladies of London, Tour Group, Shahs of Sunset and Southern Charm.

A Crash Course on Sweet Home Oklahoma

Glenn Rowley

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It's one show on Bravo I never thought I would watch, but I spent all weekend binging the first eight episodes and have fallen head over heels in love with Sweet Home Oklahoma. Set in Oklahoma City, (a.k.a. Vicki Gunvalson's favorite place in the country), the new series premiered in March and follows the hilarious misadventures of three best friends, an ex-husband and one very spoiled puppy named Tubbers. Unlike anything else on Bravo, Sweet Home Oklahoma is a surprisingly light, fun watch and once I started, I couldn't get enough of the boundary-less dynamic between the three ladies at the center of the show. Honestly, I can't recommend it enough: GO WATCH IT. Before a new batch of episodes premieres July 10 on Bravo, here's a quick introduction to the most delightful ladies in the OKC:

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Jennifer Welch is the de facto ringleader of the Oklahoma blondes. A high-end interior designer and mom of two boys whom she lovingly refers to as "spawn," Jennifer has a huge affinity for pranking her girlfriends and an unwavering obsession with Tubbers, her French bulldog puppy/fraudulent emotional support animal. She's also back in a monogamous relationship with her ex-husband Josh, a manbun-sporting disbarred lawyer with a penchant for taking jokes just a little too far. During the first eight episodes, Jennifer and her sense of humor blessed us with plenty of LOL-worthy moments - from spying on Lee's blind date from the next table over to the show's only multi-episode storyline thus far involving a surprise birthday party for her dog designed for the sole purpose of irritating poor Pumps. 

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As the most quietly hilarious of the trio of besties, Lee Murphy may just be my low key favorite person on the show. Tall, blonde and nicknamed "Barbie #1" by Pumps, Lee is a divorced mother of three who often serves as Jennifer's right hand woman in lovingly "dicking over" Pumps through their endless stream of jokes, pranks and schemes. However, just because she's statuesque doesn't mean Lee is above going to Old Testament levels of "an eye for an eye" when crossed. Just ask the neighbor who chopped down a tree in her yard how much he enjoys looking at the giant middle finger-shaped topiary she planted in its place as revenge...

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Rounding out the trifecta of blonde tornadoes is Angie "Pumps" Sullivan, a character with a personality that's larger than the entire state of Oklahoma. An unapologetic helicopter mom who makes her teenage kids drink out of sippy cups so they won't spill, the lawyer is never without (usually more than one) giant fountain drink full of iced tea and Splenda and surreptitiously feeds her smoking habit by wearing a rubber glove so her kids won't smell the smoke on her. Honestly, half the fun of the show is simply watching Pumps react to the chaos and calamity that's happening around her - whether she's mixing up Siri on her iPhone with Suri Cruise and getting hopelessly lost or realizing she's the only person who got tricked into wearing a 1920s flapper costume to Tubbers' birthday party. I dare you to not laugh out loud watching Pumps do water ballet while driving a jet ski on the girls' trip to Grand Lake. And never fear, Pumps isn't always the butt of the joke. Exhibit A: the time she attached her step tracker to her dog's collar so Jennifer and Lee would think she was exercising more than them.

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The key to the show's tremendous amount of heart is that the dynamic between the three women is real, genuine and. They walk into each others' homes unannounced because knocking on the door would be unthinkable. The ladies also recognize they are fundamentally different from their ultra-conservative surroundings - one running gag that sets the show apart is the producers interviewing other native Oklahomans for an amusingly down-home perspective on the ladies' shenanigans. (For example: "We're asking people around town, do Oklahomans like to exercise?" Answer: "We have a good time together shootin' and exercisin' our Second Amendment rights...") Setting the show apart from the rest of the Bravoverse, the besties often film their confessionals in pairs, cracking each other up with their banter and witty one-liners.

I promise if you're not watching this show yet, you're seriously missing out. As mentioned above, the show's first eight episodes were so well received and such a hit that Bravo ordered another batch to add to Season 1, the first of which airs July 10 right after the Season 12 premiere of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Any bets on what the OG of the OC will think of that? Until then, binge the first part of the season to get to know Jennifer, Lee, Pumps and Josh and their ride-or-die friendships in the OKC. Let me know what you think of the ladies and all things Sweet Home Oklahoma in the comments below!