‘Girls5Eva’ Season Three Is a Hilariously Absurdist Look at Celebrity Culture

For all the abrupt cancellations and true crime cash grabs that the streaming age has wrought, the TV gods do occasionally smile upon us. Back in the day, a network’s refusal to renew a show typically marked the end of the line. But in the unquenchable churn of new content, a canceled show now stands the chance of being resurrected on another platform, granting it a second life and (hopefully) a larger fanbase.

Fortunately, former Peacock sitcom Girls5Eva has won this particular lottery, with a third season now airing on Netflix. If you’re on the hunt for a new queer comedy, this one is well worth a watch.

Girls5Eva centers on the members of the fictionalized, briefly successful ’90s girl group of the same name. There’s Dawn (Sara Bareilles), who has since settled into a mundane routine of devouring the latest buzzy HBO show with her husband Scott (Daniel Breaker); Wickie (Renée Elise-Goldsberry), who is still fervently chasing pop diva stardom; Summer (Busy Phillips), an aspiring Real Housewife who has embraced evangelical influencing; and Gloria (Paula Pell), a true crime obsessive who made history as one half of the first divorced lesbian couple in New York.

When an up-and-coming rapper samples one of Girls5Eva’s old tracks, the group tastes their long-lost fame once more, inspiring them to give showbiz another shot. But as it turns out, relaunching your career in your 40s is a whole lot different than becoming a cog in the Spice Girls-era pop machine. Getting thrown together by industry executives as a teenager is one thing, but now these four wildly different women have virtually no one but each other to lean on in their journey back into the spotlight. Naturally, hijinks ensue. While the previously aired follow Girls5Eva as they mount their comeback and put out a new album, the new six-episode third season takes place on the road as they struggle to mount a national tour.

Created by The Colbert Report and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt writer Meredith Scardino and produced by a gaggle of 30 Rock alums — including Tina Fey, who somehow pulls off her cameo as Dawn’s stress-induced vision of Dolly Parton — Girls5Eva expertly draws absurdist comedy out of both the artificial fever dream of ‘90s all-access celebrity culture and the strange, overly online funhouse of contemporary pop music. In our Y2K-obsessed world, you don’t have to be an aging millennial to be in on the jokes — but if you personally survived the MTV era, all the better!