Fleabag: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Clever and viciously funny, Fleabag is a touching, wildly inventive comedy about a complicated young woman navigating the aftermath of trauma.



Critic Ratings: 40


Audience Score

User Ratings: 693
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Air date: Sep 16, 2016
Air date: Sep 16, 2016
Air date: Sep 16, 2016
Air date: Sep 16, 2016
Air date: Sep 16, 2016
Air date: Sep 16, 2016

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A sexually-liberated, irritable woman navigates modern life in London in this comedy. Based on Phoebe Waller-Bridge's play of the same name.

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Critic Reviews for Fleabag Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (16)

Those hungry for an alternative to Lena Dunham's Girls will find plenty of dark relationship humour in this very funny comedy by writer/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge...Fleabag might be full of self loathing but she is very easy to like.

Feb 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Fleabag reminded me of the brave aspects of many of the Sad Clowns we've encountered over the years, who use the tools they know best in order to cope. They're in a battle with grief, despair, loneliness, and worse, and they refuse to succumb.

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…

If Fleabag begins as a collection of single-girl moments, patience through a few episodes reveals a fuller, sadder, more multidimensional story anchored by Waller-Bridge's bracing honesty, inventive uses of jumbled time and an abrupt editing style.

Sep 6, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Fleabag] joins the likes of You're the Worst, Transparent and Casual in the realm of gut-punch comedy.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Hilarious heartbreaker.

Sep 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Its theatrical DNA lingers in its fleet style of storytelling: Fleabag is both narrator and actor, turning to the camera to commentate on a scene before seamlessly re-entering it. It's been done before, not often as charmingly.

Sep 19, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's dirty, it's sexy, it's disgusting, it's hilarious - and it's about being a girl. As in, a real girl. Scared? You should be.

Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…

...an honest-to-hell portrait of urban alienation and its tragicomic hues. It's jittery, droll, pathetic, amusing and unapologetically confrontational.

Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The script is razor sharp and fizzes with a daring, deadpan wit. Watching Waller-Bridge's performance, it becomes all too clear she must have written the comedy.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's journey is dark and emotionally complicated, and made all the better by clever pacing/editing and Fleabag's constant need to talk to the camera, usually during the most unlikely moments.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fleabag: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    Wittiest, funniest comedy on TV right now.
  • 4d ago
    LOVE!! Just the best show ever.
  • 5d ago
    Genuinely awful, unfunny, blatantly out to shock rubbish. Yet it's a huge hit because, I can only think, it was on the BBC. It's seems like BBC shows are immune from criticism, no matter how bad. Fleabag is essentially a gross out comedy aimed at women. We live in a era where, probably rightly so, gross out comedy aimed at men is widely ridiculed. This is just as bad as a Men Behaving Badly or American Pie or some rubbish like that. Yet because it's a BBC show with a female lead/ creator, it's not only acceptable, but considered a work of art. The dumbing down of society continues - but more worryingly, dumb comedy is now considered genius.
  • 6d ago
    CARRY ON! The greatest television show in the history of the earth as we know it!!! Don't worry, you're not too late to the game, and yes 2016 was so three years ago, but that was Season One, and in true British "take our time" fashion, Season Two is this year fresh. Don't have one of those primo amazon accounts? Good for you, pat yourself hardily on the back. That guy's a jerk, and here's how you can screw him: start your free trial, binge both seasons of Fleabag and promptly cancel your membership. Boom! Don't forget to cancel your membership though, this cannot be stressed enough. Please do not write huffy comments if you fail in this three part process. For feks sake people, it's only three steps: start, binge, stop. Basically a one night tv stand (12 episodes is all), except everyone wins. Right, so who or what the hell is Fleabag? Besides the greatest show in the history of the earth as we know it? It is the brain and body child of the extraordinary Phoebe Waller-Bridges. She of the sharp nose and sharper tongue. Right from the get-go the fourth wall is not just broken but smashed to smithereens, as Fleabag winks, smirks, eyebrow arches, and quips at us through every moment, even the naughty, intimate ones. And yes, there are plenty of those. Fleabag deals with her wacky lays, her wacky family, her wacky friend, her wacky self, but all in the grand Brit tradition of furnishing our comedy with healthy doses of misery, despair, trauma, faith, sex and hidden complexity. Even though Fleabag is a torching tornado without filter, it is not just easy to root for her, it is imperative. Her aim is totally true even when she dives head first into tempting minefields, and the perilous, just can't help herself journey is scream along hilarious. Season One one is revelatory funny. Season Two is simply astonishing. A quenching couple of 6-packs that hits the spot. - hipCRANK
  • Aug 14, 2019
    Really fun show. Phoebe-Waller Bridge is so much fun to follow around. Witty. Funny. Charming. The show's pacing moves well. Subtle British humor is really full-on display here as well. Good concept, Excellent execution.
  • Aug 14, 2019
    Just watch it. You will know whether or not its for you in the first 5 min.
  • Aug 11, 2019
    I made it through one and a half episodes and turned it off. The first time I tried to watch it, I couldn't make it through the first scene because it was traumatizing. A couple of years later, I decided I'd fast-forward through that part since I liked the creator's Killing Eve and have run out of things to watch. But I couldn't get past the feeling of imagining abusive ex-boyfriends blaming me for not being more like Fleabag--whom I can't relate to at all and don't really like. Whereas Villanelle from Eve does make me laugh--it seems like Fleabag is just going for shock value. That yanks me out of the story. I usually tend to think a lot like a movie critic and more often than not, my preferences line up with theirs. Not this time. I can't believe they're unanimous in praise.
  • Aug 03, 2019
    fast, sparkling, original, irreverent and fresh. great
  • Jul 26, 2019
    Imagine a delicious bowl of soup (or any comfort food) but made by Mauro Colagreco or Chef Ramsay. Fleabag is that perfect combination of comfort and sophistication. I mean, it has the perfect amout of darkness, sadness, drama, controversy, and with perfect timing. Fleabag is PERFECTION. And Phoebe Waller is the best thing that could've happened to Television right now. She is a cathegory on her own. The whole plot, and the story within each chapter is rich and full of originality. And it doesn't stop there, the art direction is a perfect combination of dark and light, full of colour without making it cheesy or tacky. The costumes, the performances (satanding ovation to Olivia Coleman), everything is well thought and put together. Yes, I am obsessed. But it's with reason, go watch it.
  • Jul 23, 2019
    Fleabag combines the british dark, absurd humour with tenderness and honesty - it may not be an overstatement to say that Phoebe Waller-Bridge's show is perhaps the best on tv those days.

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