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    Southie-set comedy ‘SMILF’ earns two Golden Globe nominations

    Frankie Shaw as Bridgette and Alexandra or Anna Reimer as Larry in "SMILF."
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    Frankie Shaw as Bridgette and Alexandra or Anna Reimer as Larry in "SMILF."

    “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 prognosticators, the Southie-based series earned a nomination for Best Television Series (Comedy) and Best Television Performance by an Actress (Musical or 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.

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    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 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.

    Kevin Slane can be reached at kevin.slane@globe.com