Fleabag

CretanBullCretanBull Toronto
edited February 2017 in Other TV

Has anyone else seen this?

I've just binged it over the last couple of days (6 episodes, each a half hour) and totally loved it.  It quickly shot to near the top of my list of best shows that I've seen over the last year or so.

If anyone has ever read Martin Amis (The Rachel Papers, Money etc), it reminded me of his style of writing but from a woman's perspective.

The star of the show - Phoebe Waller-Bridge - also wrote it, based on a play that she originally wrote.  It's currently sitting at 8.2 on IMDB and 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Well worth the watch!

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  • I just subscribed to Prime a couple months ago and this was the first show I binged through. I thought it was great. It had several laugh out loud moments but also some great character moments. I'm definitely in on any future seasons.
    CretanBullBrawn
  • I just subscribed to Prime a couple months ago and this was the first show I binged through. I thought it was great. It had several laugh out loud moments but also some great character moments. I'm definitely in on any future seasons.



    I was dealing with a bout of insomnia last night and laughed out loud so loudly that I was worried that I might have woken up other people in the house!  I loved the sense of humour in the show, and it served a purpose as well. 

    I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet, but there are several times when a joke is set up in a particular way and then the payoff is delivered.  They use that to catch the audience off guard by using what you think is a familiar setup, and then hit you with something totally unexpected.  In those moments, you're put into the shoes of the main character - she's expecting something, the audience is expecting something and we're both given something shockingly different.  It's a great way to build a bond between the viewer and the protagonist.  I was totally unprepared for the emotional impact of the finale, I was surprise by how it made me feel.  We laugh along with her for 5 episodes, we've formed an empathy with her, we're drawn into her life and we're rooting for her...then when certain things come to light, it makes you question all of that.

    It's fantastic writing, as clever as it is bawdy.

    I've found out that she's written and stars in another show called "Crashing" (not the new HBO show of the same name!).  I haven't been able to track it down yet, but it's going right to the top of my 'things to watch next' list! 

    hisdudeness915
  • The trailer for anyone who might be interested:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYmENGPlNMk


    Brawn
  • @CretanBull That series is available on Netflix. I haven't watched it yet but it's in my list.

    CretanBull
  • BrawnBrawn Baltimore, MD
    edited November 2018
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  • @CretanBull That series is available on Netflix. I haven't watched it yet but it's in my list.




    Oh, awesome! I looked for it last night and didn't find it - but it's there now. My insomnia induced mind probably misspelled it or something!
  • podcartfanpodcartfan Cincinnati
    I really enjoyed Fleabag and have a pretty large crush on Phoebe now.
    Brawn
  • I binged this last year and have been trying to convince anyone who will listen to give it a shot. Hilarious, sharp, yet emotionally devastating. All the acting is brilliant including Olivia Coleman as the step-mother. That woman can really play anything! Waller-Bridge is absolutely fantastic and I believe is going to be playing a droid in the next Star Wars.

    Crashing is available on Netflix. Completely different vibe from Fleabag but I also found it really well done. Not as nuanced or sophisticated as Fleabag but does a great job of capturing a different stage of life.
    BrawnCretanBull
  • I binged this last year and have been trying to convince anyone who will listen to give it a shot. Hilarious, sharp, yet emotionally devastating. All the acting is brilliant including Olivia Coleman as the step-mother. That woman can really play anything! Waller-Bridge is absolutely fantastic and I believe is going to be playing a droid in the next Star Wars.

    Crashing is available on Netflix. Completely different vibe from Fleabag but I also found it really well done. Not as nuanced or sophisticated as Fleabag but does a great job of capturing a different stage of life.

    I watched episode 1 of Crashing earlier today.  It didn't grab me the same way that Fleabag did, but I liked it enough to keep watching.  I found the joking, but not joking, just kidding - joking! nature of her relationship with her 'friend' a little annoying but not enough to put me off.
  • The first few minutes made me think of this:


    manhattnik
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    Watched it. Fucking loved it. Very clever and so, so funny. And goddamn if i did cry my eyes out in the end, and during some of the middle bits...show will just crack you over the head with brutal honesty before you're done laughing at a the last joke. I am loving these shows being helmed and written by women that feature nuanced, flawed and non-precious females. 
    CretanBullBrawnblacksunrise7
  • aberry89 said:

    Watched it. Fucking loved it. Very clever and so, so funny. And goddamn if i did cry my eyes out in the end, and during some of the middle bits...show will just crack you over the head with brutal honesty before you're done laughing at a the last joke. I am loving these shows being helmed and written by women that feature nuanced, flawed and non-precious females. 

    And to add to that point, as a male viewer I didn't feel alienated at any point in the show.  It was definitely a female perspective, but the core of her struggle was very relatable - and that's a sign of quality writing!
    Brawnaberry89Flukes
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    edited March 2017
    That is so awesome to hear! And yet not surprising at all.  I can't remember who said this, and I am paraphrasing but... "The more personal you're writing becomes, the more universal it is."      

    CretanBull
  • Fleabag is good, slightly different and a bit darker than usual sit-com, which I love. It was a play originally, saw it ages ago and liked the way they transferred it.  

    The lead/writer is in the new Han Solo film by the way, although might be a cgi character. 
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    Okay, now I want to see the Han Solo film in the Fleabag format of 4th wall breaking, jokes to the camera  XD


  • hisdudeness915hisdudeness915 Atlanta, Ga
    Season 2 just dropped on Amazon for anyone who enjoyed the first season
    CretanBullElisa
  • ElisaElisa Los Angeles
    YAYYY!!!
  • kingbee67kingbee67 Los Angeles Ca.
    Gonna start season one as soon as I’m done watching Catch 22. I do like the short season format. 
  • Seems like this show came out of nowhere and now I am seeing it being discussed everywhere - but I am glad!   I checked it out and it is really good.  I think I liked season one a bit better but both seasons were really good.  Just wanted to add my shoutout to the mix :)
    Elisa
  • I dont think a series has ever made me laugh or cringe  more. Probably my favorite new binge by far. 
    CretanBullElisaNoel
  • I love  how we never hear her actual name and imdb only lists her character as Fleabag. 
    CretanBull
  • kingbee67kingbee67 Los Angeles Ca.
    After finishing both seasons I think they toned her down some in the second season. 
  • hisdudeness915hisdudeness915 Atlanta, Ga
    adobo1148 said:
    I love  how we never hear her actual name and imdb only lists her character as Fleabag. 
    Holy shit! I didn’t even realize this until now. I liked  season 1 better but I did enjoy season 2 and would definitely welcome a third. I’m really digging PWB as a creator and an actor and I’m looking forward to see what she does next. 
    majjam0770Elisa
  • What I love about season two is that she matured it in place which augurs well for future seasons. 

    My only complaint is that my binge lasts a what feels like minutes and then it’s gone for another couple of years
    majjam0770
  • podcartfanpodcartfan Cincinnati
    adobo1148 said:
    I love  how we never hear her actual name and imdb only lists her character as Fleabag. 
    Holy shit! I didn’t even realize this until now. I liked  season 1 better but I did enjoy season 2 and would definitely welcome a third. I’m really digging PWB as a creator and an actor and I’m looking forward to see what she does next. 
    I haven't seen it, but she's the creator/writer of Killing Eve.  I've heard it's a great show and sounds like it couldn't be more different than Fleabag.
    CretanBullElisa
  • I'm not reading the comments yet because we're only through 2 episodes of the new season so far (started it last night), but I saw this and it rang so totally true that I figured I would drop it in.


    CretanBullmajjam0770hisdudeness915blacksunrise7ElisaNoel
  • chriskchrisk Indianapolis
    edited May 25
    I’m about halfway through S2 and this is the best show I’ve seen in years. Really sorry it won’t be back but maybe she’ll change her mind. 

    Aron, Jim, and Cecile really need to watch the first season because I think the previously on for S2’s premier doesn’t make clear the big reveal in the final episode of S1. Doesn’t affect enjoyment of the show but definitely helps understand the character and where she’s coming from. 
    ElisaTravis
  • manhattnikmanhattnik the big apple
    Season 2 is even better than season 1, and the ending is perfect. It also does a good job showing that even though the "hero" is witty and gorgeous (especially in that dress, you know the one), she's still messed up. At least until the end. 
    ElisaTravis
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    edited May 29
    Just finished season 1, episode 2. I'm not sure if there are spoilers here so not reading anything above. I do like it so far, but I'm not sure why. Her comments to the viewer can be spot on, and at times tedious, like when she states exactly what we see (He kisses me and then says, "maybe I should go," followed by the actor doing exactly that) It's perfectly funny at times and yet other times misses the opportunity to be funny. I will continue to watch because I know sometimes shows start off a bit slow. Or sometimes I'm a bit slow to truly enjoy it. But everyone says it's amazing so I will watch to be amazed.

    update: just finished season one and am definitely a fan. On to season two!
    CretanBullElisa
  • MichelleMichelle California
    I finally started this series - I'm on the third ep of season 1 and loving it!  It's hilarious in places, cringeworthy in places (in the best way), relatable in places,  and just so so so good.  I can't stop watching!
    CretanBullNoelElisa
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