Fleabag

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?

On Amazon Prime

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