Fleabag: Season 1 (2016)

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

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 16, 2016

A sexually-liberated, irritable woman navigates modern life in London in the series premiere of this comedy.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2016

Haunted by memories of her dead best friend, dumped by her emotionally-fragile boyfriend and desperately trying to sell her stolen goods, Fleabag attempts to rekindle a romance to distract her from the mayhem of her life.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2016

Fleabag helps her inappropriate brother-in-law buy a present for Claire, who is organizing her own surprise birthday party. Meanwhile, Fleabag reconnects with a toothy friend.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2016

Fleabag and Claire reluctantly visit a female-only, silent retreat arranged by their father; however, their enforced silence is interrupted by an unusual weekend workshop, secrets coming to light and a surprising connection with an old acquaintance.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2016

On the anniversary of their mother's death, Fleabag and Claire return to the family home for the annual memorial lunch. Meanwhile, things get heated between Fleabag and her godmother, who muscles her way into the event and reveals plans for her Sex-hibition.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2016

In the first-season finale, Fleabag takes a date to her godmother's Sex-hibition only to discover a few shocks are in store for her, including a declaration of love, a familiar piece of work and an entire wall of surprises.

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Tv Season Info

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 (17)

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

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…
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Hilarious heartbreaker.

Sep 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Waller-Bridge's awkwardness, her moments of rampant egoism followed by crushing bleakness, make Fleabag one of the most distinctive female characters in recent memory.

Sep 19, 2016 | 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…

Fleabag is a clever, frenetic, and coolly smart series, balancing humor with a dark intensity the continues to grow. Still, the show never deviates from its irreverent buoyancy

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Very rude and very funny, Fleabag winds up at an unexpectedly moving place by the end. It's abetted by the glorious Olivia Colman as the heroine's witheringly passive-aggressive godmother.

Apr 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fleabag: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    I had a tough time with the first few episodes of this show, but it definitely gets better and even great as it goes along.
  • 6d ago
    Clever, funny, exciting, and at moments incredibly sad; Fleabag will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions where you'll cry, you'll laugh, you'll scream but you will never stop smiling. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is absolutely brilliant, and her camera work and off-screen interactions are so special and hilarious you will never know what's coming next in this crazy, hectic story she brings us. You will find yourself, like all of us, binge-watching the show in a couple days and desperately wanting a new season, and more of Fleabag's stories.
  • Sep 16, 2020
    Just fantastic! You'll fall in love with Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Sep 06, 2020
    Simply... wow... and I'm writing more words just because Rotten Tomatoes requires it
  • Jul 28, 2020
    This is a masterpiece. A testament to what television can accomplish. Pheobe Waller-Bridge is a genius.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    This show is so well-written that it's actually spoiled me for other shows. I wish there were more episodes.. but I suppose to get something this high quality you can't expect a lot of quantity. Well-written characters and dialogue, an interesting balance of genuine emotional drama mixed with comedic moments, exploring grief and shame through the point of view of a very modern, realistic female character. I can even forgive the fact that most of the characters come from such privileged backgrounds which often makes it hard for me to identify with them. I dare you to try to escape without developing a crush on PWB.
  • Jul 13, 2020
    This is the best kind of British TV there is. Fleabag is flawless!
  • Jun 30, 2020
    The leading cast are all excellent. Breaking of the fourth wall is well done. It does seem caught between a comedy and drama without the laugh-out-loud of the former or the depth of the latter.
  • Jun 28, 2020
    Uncomplicated, entertaining story, authentic acting, rich but subtle characters and dialogue, multiple laugh out loud moments each episode. The humour is mostly sexual and raunchy, which makes this show quite unexpected and absurd. Perfectly balanced with serious moments throughout to give the mood and viewing experience some contrast. Highlights would be Fleabag's fourth wall breaking with often hilarious effect and Olivia Coleman's nasty performance as the godmother
  • Jun 24, 2020
    Just amazing! One of the best series I've ever seen.

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