Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for season one of “Shrill.”
Hulu’s “Shrill” is loosely based on Lindy West’s essay collection “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman.”
The first season introduces Annie (played by Aidy Bryant), a writer in Portland as she ventures on a journey to self-love.
The show is a quick and easy watch with an important message.
“Shrill” is a series that needs to exist.
Inspired by feminist writer Lindy West’s personal essays, the Hulu series follows Annie, a 20-something aspiring writer in Portland. Throughout the six-episode season, Annie is learning all about self-love and rejecting the standards and people that make her feel bad for being fat. With the help of her best friend Fran (Lolly Adefope), Annie learns that she can be as loud and as sharp as she wants.
Why you should care: It’s honest and real.
West is a hilarious, witty, and sharp feminist writer, and “Shrill” is based on experiences she wrote about in her 2012 essay collection, “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman.” Serving as an executive producer on the series, West worked with Bryant and other writers on the show to provide personal anecdotes and experiences that depicted the reality of life for plus-size women.
In an interview with NPR, West said some of the male writers were shocked to hear stories the women shared.
“Society really does not teach young men how to value plus-size women. And it’s rough, man,” West said. “I think that’s part of what we wanted to do with the show — was make that experience accessible to people who maybe don’t really understand quite how cruel it can be.”
What “Shrill” does is provide the highs and lows in Annie’s life. It shows her building confidence but also being knocked down. It shows her finding love and learning to love herself.
One of the best episodes of the season is “Pool.” Annie receives an invite to a Fat Babe Pool Party and brings Fran along. While Fran is instantly ready to swim, Annie stays fully clothed. But as Annie watches women of all shapes and sizes swimming and dancing, her own confidence builds and the joy on her face is contagious.
What’s hot: Aidy Bryant is a star.
Bryant is truly the perfect person to play Annie. She’s vibrant and funny and full of heart, but she’s also nervous and timid and afraid. She’s apologetic to people who don’t deserve it because she feels like she doesn’t quite belong.
On the first episode, a personal trainer tells her that she can help her because, “There is a small person inside of you dying to get out.” Annie comes back with a self-deprecating response to avoid causing drama.
Later on the episode, the personal trainer spots Annie and is even more rude, telling her that she doesn’t need to “settle” for her body. Annie mutters, “f— you,” under her breath. When the trainer hears it, she snaps and calls Annie a “fat b—-.” At …read more
Source:: Business Insider