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Hulu's Shrill starring Aidy Bryant

I caught a little bit of it this morning and it while Aidy is likable the humor seems kind of clichéd and obvious. Like of course we see unflattering shots of her body. Of course she is fat shamed within the first minute of the show. Of course she is a square peg in a hip/trendy workplace. Of course her roommate/confidante is a no-nonsense black lesbian with a British accent.

It just seems over-engineered for this post-Lens Dunham world.

by Anonymousreply 6004/15/2019

I was afraid to create a thread on this because her character is the thing DL hates the most. But I intend to check out the first episode this evening. The reviews I've seen have been middling.

by Anonymousreply 103/15/2019

I'm going to check it out tonight.

I have my reservations, but I love Aidy. She's just so damn likable I can't really envision her being annoying.

by Anonymousreply 203/15/2019

Is this a retread of Rebel Wilson's now-defunct show Super Fun Night?

by Anonymousreply 303/15/2019

Male nudity quotient?

by Anonymousreply 403/15/2019

Does Hulu even do nudity?

by Anonymousreply 503/15/2019

A waitress once asked me if I was sure I wanted dessert! waaah

by Anonymousreply 603/15/2019

She came across as really likable on her interview on Fresh Air last night, but the clips of the show sounded a bit one-note.

by Anonymousreply 703/15/2019

Is her hottie husband on the show as well?

by Anonymousreply 803/15/2019

r8 Thanks for reminding me that I hate her because she gets to fuck that dude.

by Anonymousreply 903/15/2019

I'd never seen her husband before. They actually make a really cute couple. Agree that Aidy Bryant is a treasure. Will be checking it out this weekend.

by Anonymousreply 1003/15/2019

As soon as I heard the pitch, I thought, “Lindy West?” And what do you know, apparently this is all based on a book written by Lindy West. I like Aidy Bryant a loooooooooot more than LW, I really hope it doesn’t suck for her sake!!

by Anonymousreply 1103/15/2019

I just watched the first two episodes.

Datalounge is going to absolutely HATE this show. Not only is the lead actress overweight, but the entire concept of the show is about how overweight people are human beings who deserve happiness just like fit people do.

Datalounge HATES fatties and would never consider one worthy of respect and happiness.

by Anonymousreply 1203/15/2019

I just watched the first two episodes as well and I really liked it - very smart. Yes, a lot of it is about her size but I think the underlying them is being disenfranchised in general. Aidy is wonderful in it - who knew. I really like the show.

by Anonymousreply 1303/15/2019

I watched the first episode and thought she was lovely and sweet and funny, but it skews too young for me. I'm 44. Couldn't care less about her problems. And John Cameron Mitchell-- sticks out like a sore thumb.

by Anonymousreply 1403/15/2019

I just finished all six episodes and have to agree with r14. It's weird to think Annie is the same age or older as MTM in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, because her concerns seem like those of a junior high kid.

I'm sure Annie, Aidy and Lindy all have caught flak for being fat, but this confrontational stuff (the workout instructor calling her a "fat bitch," for instance) isn't at all right for Portland, where it's all about not causing offense. And, frankly, there are no shortage of young women with Aidy's shape in Portland.

They did get the beardo boyfriend right — there are a lot of 35-to-40 year old men there who are still living like teenagers (complete with entry-level jobs) who skateboard and collect comic books and act like adolescents even as they head into middle age.

by Anonymousreply 1503/15/2019

The pool party episode was great. Loved it. Also, trying to imagine how the casting call for that went out.

by Anonymousreply 1603/16/2019

Aidy Bryant seems like a genuinely lovely fun person. She’s best buddies with Kate McKinnon who I love.

by Anonymousreply 1703/16/2019

Watched it all. Loved it. Aidy is wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 1803/16/2019

Not a bad show, but does every young female comedy today have to feature their lead character having a abortion? Even the highest estimates is that only around a quarter of woman will have one in their lifetime.

by Anonymousreply 1903/16/2019

A quarter of all women is still more than there are gays around, and we see gays in almost every show now. So yes, abortion needs to be shown until you aren't constantly on the edge of getting it outlawed.

by Anonymousreply 2003/16/2019

R20 Gay people can't stop being gay, however there are a wide variety of ways to prevent pregnancy.

by Anonymousreply 2103/16/2019

Liked the characters but needs funnier writers.

by Anonymousreply 2203/16/2019

I waited the entire series for her loser boyfriend to shave that disgrace of a disgusting beard but it never happened.

by Anonymousreply 2303/16/2019

R15, the time that the MTM shownwas on the air the average marriage age was 20 and the average age of motherhood was close to it. Both of those numbers are far later this day and age. It is naive to think that less important social constructs don’t also track with these changes.

by Anonymousreply 2403/16/2019

Kept waiting for her to please take her boyfriend to a hipster barber shop. Maybe for Season 2.

by Anonymousreply 2503/17/2019

Two episodes in and I'm loving it. I gasped when this shot opened the second episode and thought how gorgeous it looked, and then the lyrics started "The city looks pretty..." This is Portland, right? Stunning.

I loved how non-judgmental she was towards those dancers in the bar, and vice versa. They could just as easily have gone the bitter "I might be fat but at least I'm not a pole dancer" route.

by Anonymousreply 2603/19/2019

Am I imagining things or was this couple annoying a DLer a couple of months ago? The poster kept talking about them in NYC and how he was annoyed by something they did. Is that them?

by Anonymousreply 2703/19/2019

r27 I seem to recall something similar because I remember being surprised by it, though I can't find the thread.

by Anonymousreply 2803/19/2019

R19---In the majority of shows that use 'abortion' as a plot device, the woman never has one---she considers it and then changes her mind at the last minute (Joan in Mad Men, and 100s of others,) or, it is taken out of the character's hands when a terrible accident happens and the baby is passively lost without the character taking action. I am old, and admittedly have not watched every tv show ever, but the number of tv and movie characters I've seen who actually have abortions can be counted on two hands.

R20 is right---abortion is a common experience for women, a simple medical procedure that is often chosen without extensive agonizing, by women who know they do not want to gestate, birth or care for a baby at that time. It needs to be portrayed as a medical fact of life, not a crippling moral dilemma that every single woman decides is just too awful to go through with in 99% of shows and movies.

by Anonymousreply 2903/19/2019

When are we going to get a show where a woman is HAPPY to get an abortion?

by Anonymousreply 3003/19/2019

r30 Sex Education had a scene like that recently. Also, Please Like Me before that featured an at home pill abortion and the girl seemed pretty happy about it. Though none of that is American TV, of course.

by Anonymousreply 3103/19/2019

R10 that's a lovely mother and son picture.

You're never too old for mama!

by Anonymousreply 3203/23/2019

My next movie is, "Such A Pretty Face". It's a comedy with serious overtones.

by Anonymousreply 3303/23/2019

It's a delightful little series that gets the message about overweight people across much better than the morose Dietland, which I couldn't even finish (sorry, Marti Noxon). The pool party and that scene with the woman in red seizing that crosswalk were pretty inspiring.

And Bonkers? You're a star, baby!

by Anonymousreply 3403/23/2019

So many frauen in this thread. Take it to L chat.

by Anonymousreply 3503/23/2019

She's getting bigger.

by Anonymousreply 3603/23/2019

"There... Are... FOUR... Fraus!"

by Anonymousreply 3703/23/2019

Her husband is a hottie.

by Anonymousreply 3803/24/2019

Aidy's husband is a fug nerd with gross teeth.

by Anonymousreply 3903/24/2019

I thought this show was delightful. In addition to a more broad novelty of showing an average sized woman as human (something anyone in the country can relate to) it definitely captured this weird late 20s/early 30s sort of malaise that seems endemic to coasts. The only thing I found very odd about it is the complete absence of any talk or worry about money. I guess these people live paycheck to paycheck and don't freak out about it.

by Anonymousreply 4003/24/2019

Sadly, some squinty cunt has ruined the vibe. This Jigglypuff look alike claims that Shrill, the show, stole her idea.

It's all very weird b/c she claims a white woman, Lindy West, stole the bit about the pool party from her book, or some Ted Talk she gave, but the episode was written by Samantha Irby, who's awesome and also a black woman. And the episode was made before this fat heaux came out with her book.

She's getting dragged on Twitter and Instagram, rightfully.

by Anonymousreply 4103/24/2019

R40, Average-sized woman? Like the show all you want, but that is not average. She is OBESE.

by Anonymousreply 4203/24/2019

But in the fat acceptance world Aidy IS sort of normal sized.

Some of these bitches are ENORMOUS

by Anonymousreply 4303/24/2019

I still can't wrap my head around this:

by Anonymousreply 4403/24/2019

She's a beard, right?

by Anonymousreply 4503/24/2019

The husband seems mentally ill on social media.

by Anonymousreply 4603/24/2019

I am halfway through and really like it. It has some good music, as well. I posted one of the songs below. I can forgive certain annoyances.

I'm not fat, but I totally identified with her when she went in the kitchen and finally ate that spaghetti in the middle of the night, after her hookup.

by Anonymousreply 4703/24/2019

fwiw her boss is based on DL fav Dan Savage

by Anonymousreply 4803/24/2019

I loved this...Very Portlandia in its quirkiness. John Cameron Mitchell as the Dan Savage character is so perfect. And Aidy is perfectly cast. The ending was rather abrupt though..

by Anonymousreply 4903/26/2019

Maureen the IT technician (of sorts), played by Jo Firestone, was hilarious. I think I actually listened to Jo's game show podcast once.

by Anonymousreply 5003/26/2019

This thread reeks of fish.

by Anonymousreply 5103/26/2019

We heard you the first time, dear.

by Anonymousreply 5203/26/2019

R52 maybe you should take this discussion to the weight watcher forums

by Anonymousreply 5303/26/2019

Nobody on this board fucking cares r29.

by Anonymousreply 5403/26/2019

[quote]In addition to a more broad novelty of showing an average sized woman as human

Only in the US could a land whale like Aidy Bryant be considered "average sized." She is morbidly obese by the standards of the rest of the world.

by Anonymousreply 5503/26/2019

At least Aidy isn't as big DL fave Chrissy Metz.

by Anonymousreply 5603/26/2019

Jupiter isn't as big as DL fave Chrissy Metz.

by Anonymousreply 5703/26/2019


by Anonymousreply 5804/15/2019

That's dope. It was a solid show. Aidy was wonderful in it... truly special performance.

by Anonymousreply 5904/15/2019

Yay!!!! This show was an EASY watch. A simple pleasure. Nice for a change. And it's harmless. Has the Girls vibe, a show I am still proud to say that I enjoyed very much.

John Cameron Mitchell cracks me up. He is basically playing David Pressler Goings, his character from Girls! And I LOVE it!!

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