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The Starter Wife

2 Seasons

Season 1
4.1 out of 5 stars (361) IMDb 7.2/10

Debra Messing stars as Molly Kagan, who after receiving an unexpected phone call from her Movie Mogul husband announcing that he wants a divorce, is instantly transformed from a Wife Of to a Starter Wife.

Starring:
Debra Messing, Judy Davis

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Season 1

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1. Pilot-Hours 1 and 2

Hollywood wife Molly Kagen's life of luxury comes tumbling down when movie-mogul husband, Kenny, asks for a divorce. Molly decides to re-invent herself.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes Release date: May 31, 2007
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2. Hour 3

Molly must deal with the double blow of finding out that Lou has mysteriously gone missing, and learning that Sam is homeless.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 7, 2007
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3. Hour 4

Molly is reassured by Sam's declaration of his innocence, but she is unable to help him when he is thrown in jail.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 14, 2007
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4. Hour 5

Molly feels liberated by her relationship with Sam, but her other relationships are going through a period of turbulence.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: June 21, 2007
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5. Hour 6

Molly's relationship with Lou heats up as she easily slides back into a luxury lifestyle at the side of someone important.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 28, 2007
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By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on August 29, 2007
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You must forget Will & Grace when you watch the Starter Wife. Kiss Grace goodbye, this aint her. Messing shows how she can take the lead and keep this mini series moving. She plays an ex-wife of a Hollywood studio boss starts her life after her divorce

The supporting cast of Judy Davis, Joe Mantegna, Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), and Peter Jacobson (Transformers & the Lost Room)mesh with Messing. Mantegna best scene is hom in drag-DONT MISS IT

On the whole, the mini series, which is based upon the novel by Hollywood Wife Gigi Levangie Grazer, the wife of Producer/director Brian Grazer, is a great story. It ranks up there will Jackie Collins's Hollywood series of books and movies

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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Debra Messing and supporting cast/ensemble cast is absolutely stunning in this romantic comedy about a woman who faces her life after realizing she was just a "starter wife" for her up and coming famous husband. As he moves on to younger and more beautiful women, she must learn to adjust and eventually flower into who she really is.

Excellent, Smart, Sophisticated, Entertaining!!
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This show wasn't mindblowing and it wasn't super original, but it had heart, something I think is missing from TV today. It surprised me that I could sit and just get lost in this show and its quirky characters. Debra Messing is a great actress and I love the fact that Anika Noni Rose played the security guard for the community. If you haven't seen this show in it's original network run, please pick up a copy or rent it from Netflix. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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Sure. It's not bad. This is not a show I'd would have considered on my own or even remembered to watch. My wife was watching & I stopped for a moment & stayed because Debra Messing is so excellent- fashion, comedy & drama. It's not marketed to us 50+ males but is a perfect, summer mini-series. It went to dvd pretty quick in case you missed it. I'd recommend it. Debra's scenes with Joe Montegna are the best.
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I thoroughly enjoyed "The Starter Wife," even though it isn't the type of show I usually watch. It was a delight -- lots of chuckles, with enough serious subject matter to keep it from being a dramatized version of the Shopping Channel. Deborah Messing is perfect as the "starter wife" who's dumped by her studio honcho husband and thinks her life is over. Not so -- a new life is just beginning. Messing and her small coterie of loyal friends are great, and the hunk she finds on the beach is a feast for the eyes. The miniseries is great fun, guaranteed to bring a smile.
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I don't understand how anyone would be displeased with the Starter Wife! I just finished watching season two and thanks to Prime it was free. I had no real idea what it was about but was hooked right away because Debra Messing was the lead character and as far away from Will and Grace as you could get. She proved herself in this one. She was funny and sad and hurt and angry and all the emotions played out over the two seasons. After her divorce from a bigshot in the movie business she wanted to 'do it all.' I really enjoyed all the characters and the dialogue was A-1.
Basically it's a story about a woman trying to be her true and independent self with a lot of other 'stuff' going on with her friends. She is warm like 'Grace;'' loveable like 'Grace' and all the wit and charm you would expect from Debra. If you have PRIME please give this a chance. I don't understand why in the world those who gave the show l or 2 or even 3 stars didn't like it but I've watched many many many (and many more than many) TV series and mini-series and though this isn't going to save the world it takes you away to another life and some great characters. Check it out-you've nothing to lose! Happy Viewing
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Be sure to watch The Starter Wife (TV MIni-series) before you watch The Starter Wife Season 1....we didn't do it that way and couldn't understand how Season 1 started with flashbacks. When we went back to see the start of it all we thought it might be too dull to go backwards, but it was great too and left us wanting more! My husband even likes this show! We can't wait for another season.
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I'm not finished with the whole season yet, but it is enjoyable to watch Debra Messing in the earlier television show. Its interesting how she plays basically the same charector in this show as she does in the current "Mysteries of Laura". The episodes of "Starter Wife" seem to me to be slower paced and less interesting than the current show - Makes for a longer hour.
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