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There are also great performances throughout-Lisa Kudrow as Mae's mother is an utter delight, managing a perfectly distant but comedic delivery even when going through a boardwalk Haunted House ride.
It's a buoyant, bingeable comedy that's worth arguing about. Trust me when I say: It feels good enough.
For me, Martin is a revelation - slyly funny, charismatic, restless, and on the edge. She and her brisk comedy-drama made me - wait for it - feel good.
Anchoring all of this of course, is Martin, whose quippy humor is both refreshingly goofy and, at times, painfully introspective.
Co-created by Martin and playwright Joe Hampson, the story was palpably personal and had the ring of authenticity. Yet although this opener had plenty of charm, it wasn't quite funny enough.
It doesn't always feel good to watch it, but that's part of Feel Good's magic. It tells a story full of discomfort and insecurity with self-assuredness, empathy, and charm.
Don't let the short six-episode format fool you as Feel Good is packed with content. Martin has created a dramedy about addiction and the ways we try to deal with it that is both unsparing and relatable at once.
Feel Good is an exciting way for modern television to go. It's unfortunately still refreshing to see a show that features queer and gender-nonconforming characters that are not completely defined by those parts of their identity.
Martin and Hampson have created something that speaks to some pretty universal feelings -- yearning to be loved and wanting something that is out of reach.
Many will watch the series understanding some of the pains of misunderstanding each other and quite simply, how raw communication is the vital ingredient to become genuinely intimate.
This refreshingly funny and down to earth show is a welcome debut for anyone looking to expand their horizons under lockdown. At this time of social distancing, Feel Good is like a big, comforting hug.
Audience Reviews for Feel Good: Season 1
1d agoThis show is so funny and so real.
Feb 26, 2021Warm, biting and hilarious. Mae Martin is hugely likeable and her hardships can be felt by all. She doesn't wait to bring you into her world. It's a tough watch at times though, no one is perfect and that is the point. Watch it.
Jan 20, 2021Sweet, charming and fun. Recommend!
Jan 16, 2021Two words can sum up a series based on two lesbians lovers kissing - Dog shit. Seriously don't waste your time. You probably already wasted 3 minutes of your life watching the trailer. How this got a 100% rating is beyond me.
Jan 09, 2021For a show that tackles complex topics, Feel Good aims at validating current common beliefs instead of getting people to question them. It is pandering. Some (arguably most) good shows are good because they provide entertainment and are enjoyable to watch. Getting too heady when reviewing those kinds of shows is often just pretentious. For those shows or movies it is simple: Was I entertained? Did I enjoy the experience? Other shows & films though, such as Feel Good, are deemed good because they seem to effectively tackle complex social issues. The only problems is: Feel Good really doesn't. It merely cashes in on the trend. Remember the tuxedo interview scene with Seth Rogan in Step Brothers? I think that makes for a good metaphor for this show. Starts with: you guys really get it, but quickly turns to "...Ok, now the tuxedos seem kind of f#%&d up." I quit drinking several years back after it had long since become a problem, and when I first started watching Feel Good I thought to myself, wow, these guys really nailed the common misconceptions and horribly unhelpful behaviors of family, friends, and support groups where addiction is concerned. So much so that it was uncomfortable to watch at times, but the fact that it elicited such discomfort seemed to only validate how good the writing was. As the show progressed though I quickly began to realize that what I originally thought was a very smart and aware highlighting of some of the worst common ignorance on the topic of addiction, was NOT done on purpose. This put a whole new spin on the things the show addresses regarding the same sex relationship issues too. Being a straight man I have no firsthand experience with such issues, but what the show depicts definitely aligned with my sympathies on the topic. It neatly matches with what I assume are common prejudices and issues. In hindsight though, it seems that my reaction is the point, and that people like me are the targeted demographic. IE: Although the issues depicted may be perfectly valid, in hindsight it feels like the show is pandering to common sympathies while simultaneously playing it as safe as possible on the topic of same sex relationships where the general public is concerned. Once you see this and realize just how effectively it is being pulled off as evidenced by the current 100% Rotten Tomatoes critic's score, it really breaks the immersion. I highly doubt this show would have had the courage to be made a decade ago, but now that the topics are safe, well let's tackle these "tough" issues. There is some real irony to that. Even though the show is still a pretty decent show, and I personally felt that the acting is top notch, it is hard not to feel patronized and be disgusted by the whole thing. ...and yet I watched the entire first season, and it clearly has me thinking about the topics covered, so it probably deserves better than the half star I gave it. Still...
Jan 02, 2021desperately unlikeable characters
Dec 23, 2020Very entertaining. A good mixture of drama and comedy. The main character's a bit "stiff" and dry but perhaps she's just.. acting.
Dec 08, 2020I adored this show! So excited for season 2
Nov 12, 2020The production was very poor and the acting was even worse the story made no sense.
Sep 18, 2020I think cuulll. see for yourelf to find out