I saw a few episodes of this program on a recent flight, and was surprised at how much I liked it. The show follows the life of a young British woman, known only as Fleabag (apparently for her loose sexual habits) and her relationships with her absurd, overachieving sister, her creepy brother-in-law, and her recently widowed father. Much of the dialog concerns people forced into social interactions they can’t get out of with people they can’t stand. It’s like a Bizarro world version of Downton Abbey.
The episodes I saw were enlightened by high-powered guest stars in strange but brilliant cameos: Olivia Colman as a conceptual artist who brought herself to orgasm while painting, Fiona Shaw as a repressed therapist whose only enthusiasm was her client’s sex lives, and Kristen Scott Thomas as a bitchy business woman who cheered the freedom of the menopause while bemoaning the loss of flirting. You may be sensing a certain theme here.
The show is well written and crisply directed by one woman, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also plays the title character. It’s kind of quirky, and not for everyone, but since the episodes are only a half hour long, why not give it a try?
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