MR. & MRS. SMITH: SEASON ONE
Starring: Donald Glover and Maya Erskine
Creators: Francesca Sloane and Donald Glover
Fair warning, Mr. & Mrs. Smith is not a straight adaptation of the 2005 film of the same name, so if you’re hoping for glossy romance and stylized action sequences, you’ll be sorely disappointed. However, this (relatively) grounded series is all the better for having paved its own way. Yes, it has spy movie and rom-com elements (alongside strong Atlanta vibes), but they are mostly window dressing for the compelling relationship drama at the forefront, which is driven by the palpable and off-kilter chemistry between Donald Glover and Maya Erskine. Admittedly, the pacing and plotting are wonky, but it's otherwise funny, smart, relatable, sophisticated, and inspired.
Donald Glover’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith is completely different from the film, and is all the better for it. The show is driven by the compelling and refreshingly authentic relationship between Jane (Maya Erskine) and John (Donald Glover), who are both very likable and share a genuine chemistry. My favourite parts of the show involve the new couple just talking and navigating the realities of their situation, which is a testament to their fantastic performances. Glover injects each scene with his distinctive brand of weird, much like Atlanta, and effortlessly moves the show between drama, romance, comedy, mystery, and fast-paced thrills.
I had certain expectations going into a Donald Glover-created Mr. & Mrs. Smith television show, but I was quickly reminded that Glover doesn’t really do the “expected.” This show is nothing like the 2005 film and unlike anything currently on television. It seamlessly cycles from spy thriller to comedy to action to romance as effortlessly as it takes to believe the chemistry between Glover and Maya Erskine. Their natural charisma breathes energetic life into a stylish script, sleek music and far-off locations propel the show’s sexiness, and every well-placed cameo adds to a mystique that makes Mr. & Mrs. Smith the first must-see show of 2024.
As someone who wasn’t a fan of the original film, Prime’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a welcome change of pace. I found the 2005 film corny, but this adaptation takes a much more grounded approach to the relationship between the titular spies. John (Donald Glover) and Jane (Maya Erskine) feel like a real couple with genuine insecurities. They have impeccable on-screen chemistry, and even in the show's slower moments, it’s a joy watching them interact. With amazing performances, stylish direction, and an energetic soundtrack, this new version of Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a total blast.