I May Destroy You: Miniseries (2020)


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I May Destroy You

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I May Destroy You is at once brave and delicate, untangling the trauma of sexual assault with dark humor and moments of deep discomfort all held together on the strength of Michaela Coel's undeniable talent.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2020

After visiting her long-distance boyfriend in Italy, burgeoning writer Arabella returns to London, where her literary agents have left her several frantic messages; with mere hours left to finish, she is tempted to join a friend on a night out.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2020

Arabella thinks about the hazy events of the previous night while having lunch with Terry, prompting her to probe Simon for answers; Arabella drops by Simon's apartment, only to find herself at an unwelcoming doorstep.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2020

Terry visits Arabella in Ostia, Italy, where she's living large on her agents' money; after procuring party favors, Arabella and Terry each have a wild night of their own.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2020

Two months after the incident, Arabella meets with a therapist who encourages her to find new ways to cope with her trauma; Arabella's book agents assign another client, Zain, to help her with the writing process.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2020

The day finds Arabella reassessing a sexual encounter with Zain and, following a promising new lead in the investigation, opening up to Biagio about her assault.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2020

Much to Terry's disapproval, Arabella attends a support group for rape and sexual assault survivors run by their high school acquaintance Theo; in a flashback to 2004, teenage Arabella and Terry intervene with a young Theo.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2020

Going broke and still unable to finish a draft of her book, Arabella takes a job working alongside Theo at a vegan delivery startup; birthday girl Terry takes covert measures to ensure Simon won't make a surprise appearance at her party.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2020

Reeling from a demoralizing development in the investigation, Arabella hatches a risky plan and convinces an adverse Terry to bankroll it; still navigating his own assault, Kwame challenges himself to explore the full spectrum of his sexuality.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2020

Arabella's bloated social media presence finds her more glued to her phone than ever, perpetually internalizing the stress of her followers; at Terry's Halloween paint and wine, Kwame opens up to the girls about his recent sexual experiment.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2020

After Simon mistakenly drops a bomb on Arabella, she heads to her mom's birthday dinner, where painful, long-forgotten memories bubble to the surface; Kwame's no-strings-attached hookup bender leads him to Tyrone.

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Cast & Crew

Michaela Coel
Arabella Essiuedu

Actor
Weruche Opia
Terry

Actor
Paapa Essiedu
Kwame

Actor
Marouane Zotti
Biagio

Actor
Aml Ameen
Simon

Actor
Adam James
Julian

Actor
Ann Akin
Alissa

Actor
Sarah Niles
Officer Funmi

Actor
Lara Rossi
Kat

Actor
Harriet Webb
Theodora

Actor
Ellie James
Sion

Actor
Franc Ashman
Susy Henny

Actor
Karan Gill
Zain

Actor
Natalie Walter
Francine

Actor
Phil Clarke
Executive Producer
Roberto Troni
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for I May Destroy You: Miniseries

  • Mar 14, 2022
    Coel is a genius, what great work. I was so invested in everywhere she took me as a viewer, I was sad to see there will be no more, but the success of what she did in the 1-season drama was AMAZING.
  • Jan 31, 2022
    So many perspectives that only those who have suffered abuse can fully understand. For the fortunate ones who have not, you can barely grasp the amount of despair and the complexity of healing that comes with it
  • Jan 02, 2022
    really don't understand why people liked this. seemed poorly written, poorly acted and just pretty annoying.
  • Dec 01, 2021
    I really have no words... but really how could a show be this cathartic! I spent the entre last ep laugh-crying?!
  • Nov 22, 2021
    This was one of the finest TV shows that i saw in the 2020-2021 TV season. The beauty of this limited series is its story structure. Unlike formulaic tv shows that focus on an assault and the immediate aftermath, this series starts with the longer term impacts of trauma on the central character and slowly unravels the complex, raw, emotions that come to the surface as this character struggles to uncover and deal with what happened to them. The performances are nuanced, and realistic without being overly sentimental. Although the series takes the viewer to some very dark places, it delivers a rewarding, genuinely emotional experience. This show is proof positive that we are in the renaissance of television. A gem of a series.
  • Jul 22, 2021
    I May Destroy You hits all the right notes in approaching the theme of sexual assault: its millenial humour avoids it being dragged into some heavy melodrama, while its maturity and sensibility in dealing with those themes is both brave and fresh - thanks mostly to Michaela Coel's outstanding talents of multiple layers, deeming her one of the best artists of her generation.
  • Jul 22, 2021
    Artificially build around its Message,
  • Apr 28, 2021
    I had heard really good things about this, so I expected to like it, but what I didn't expect is how it kept suggesting sort of predictable narratives, confounding them, and then reflecting on them. The meta / writerly aspect of it is underrated.
  • Apr 04, 2021
    It's absolutely perfect.
  • Mar 21, 2021
    I don't want to spoil but it's a nice perspective on a tough subject matter.

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