Country Comfort

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Kristin Smith

TV Series Review

Bailey has wanted to be a country music star since she was a young girl. But life rarely plays out the way you wish it would.

These days, Bailey is a grown adult, grieving the band she’s just been kicked out of and the boyfriend who gave her the boot. She doesn’t have a real home now, or a family to turn to.

And then—just like you’d hear in an old country song– her truck breaks down, too. She walks to the nearest house and asks to borrow a phone. But before she can call a mechanic or tow truck, she’s bombarded by a family of five kids (teens Tuck and Brody, little brother Dylan, and younger sisters Cassidy and Chloe) and a widowed father (Beau) in desperate need of a nanny.

Bailey knows nothing about kids or nannying. But these particular children take an immediate liking to her. Sure, Beau’s controlling girlfriend, Summer, doesn’t care for the attractive, non-credentialed Bailey. But what matters most to Beau is that his kids connect with her.

And what matters most to Bailey is that she’ll have a place to stay, a steady income and a consistent schedule that could allow her to pursue her musical career. Especially as she finds that her new gig includes a group of kids who are musically inclined.

And yet, music of any sort is a tricky subject for this family who lost their talented, beloved mother two years ago. If Bailey wants to succeed, she’ll need to figure out how to combine her passions and charm to tug on the heartstrings of her unexpected, new family.

Comfortable in the Country

Netflix’s newest show, Country Comfort, knocks on the door of countless homes, aiming to reach families with its laugh tracks, intentionally cheesy jokes and lovable characters.

This PG-rated series focuses on Bailey, a woman trying to pick up the pieces of her messy life, all while taking care of five kids. But while the story is sweet and while families seem to be the intended audience, this isn’t all squeaky clean.

Bailey’s life is a mess. She talks about living with her ex-boyfriend, choosing boyfriends who emotionally abuse her and growing up in a dysfunctional home that has obviously impacted her. There’s also a fair amount of sexual innuendo and uncomfortable sexual jokes between the kids and others (like the two teenage boys letting their nanny know how attractive she is). We see characters drink and hear references to drinking, as well.

But we find a lot of positives here, too. The show conveys lessons of patience, sacrifice, selflessness and familial love, especially as it progresses. And the most “language” we hear (so far) is the use of “crap,” “heck” and “oh my gosh.”

Episode Reviews

March 19, Episode 1: “Crazy”

Bailey’s truck breaks down and she finds herself stranded with a family in need of a nanny.

Two teenage boys tell Bailey that she’s “hot.” A possessive girlfriend makes it clear that she doesn’t like Bailey. A couple kisses and flirts. A woman sports a cleavage-baring top. Bailey talks about how she used to live with her ex-boyfriend who was emotionally abusive and treated her poorly.

Bailey’s ex-boyfriend takes a shot of hard liquor before telling her some bad news. A woman asks where her boyfriend stashes his hard liquor.

A few teenage boys wear cross necklaces. A group of kids struggle to talk about their mom, two years after her death.

Bailey says “heck” and “crap.”

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Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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