‘SMILF’ a surprise standout at 2018 Golden Globe nominations

The Southie-based series picked up a pair of nods during Monday morning's announcement.

Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird and Alexandra/Anna Reimer as Larry Bird in 'SMILF.' –Mark Schafer/ Showtime

SMILF, the Showtime series about a single mom struggling to make ends meet in South Boston, earned a surprising pair of 2018 Golden Globe award nominations Monday morning.

Though the show only debuted in November, and was considered a long-shot by awards prognosticators, the Southie-based series earned a nomination for Best Television Series (Comedy) and Best Television Performance by an Actress (Musical/Comedy) for its star and creator, Brookline native Frankie Shaw.

The show received mixed reviews from critics after its November debut, but was recently picked up for a second season.

Another series that dominated the Golden Globes nominations was The Handmaid’s Tale, a Hulu drama set in dystopian New England where a totalitarian Christian theonomy rules over women with an iron fist. The show earned nominations for Best Television Series (Drama), Best Television Actress (Drama) for Elisabeth Moss, and Best Supporting Actress (Television) for Holyoke’s Ann Dowd.

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