Insatiable: Season 1 Reviews

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May 14, 2019
The performers are fine, but they are left hanging by the script, as it drifts in and out of confusion.
December 13, 2018
Broadly cynical about pageants. It's cynical about everything... Beyond that, though, Insatiable has no clear intention.
September 1, 2018
Insatiable's campy shallows disguise occasional depths of emotion, moments that register all the more effectively for their rarity.
August 14, 2018
Lauren Gussis' disastrous hodgepodge of mistakes is an absolute mess, and it marks the worst Netflix original series yet to be released.
August 13, 2018
I could dissect the finer horrors of "Insatiable" for longer than its interminable episodes (among other things, it traffics in racial stereotypes, flirts with homophobia and transphobia and is just genuinely bad and boring TV).
August 13, 2018
This is the rare case where every flame of anger concerning the show's flagrant fat-shaming and unhealthy views about body acceptance was dead on.
May 14, 2019
The premiere is a hodgepodge of fluctuating accents, conflicting tones and clunky exposition, which is a pretty accurate representation of the series as a whole.
May 14, 2019
[Insatiable] lacks dimension, its characters are unsteady on their narrative feet and while it might seem funny, irreverent and boundary-pushing at times, it lacks those characteristics in enough volume to sustain itself.
May 14, 2019
Satire isn't easy to pull off, but if you're going to make a TV show where the premise rides a very thin line between okay and offensive, then maybe pare it down a little and focus on the parts you want to come through.
May 14, 2019
Despite its creators' clear talent and smarts, Insatiable doesn't deliver what any of us are really hungry for. Instead, its telling of the same, cruel, unfunny joke added to the cacophony of bullying to which we've all become too accustomed.
May 14, 2019
Satire is hard to get right -- and many of the choices this well-meaning series makes renders its particular take particularly hard to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 7, 2018
Sparky supporting roles are enjoyably absurd, played by ace scene-stealers.
November 2, 2018
If Insatiable only stuck to this ridiculous premise and went balls-to-the-wall camp, it might have worked. Instead it tries to infuse wokeness, horror, satire, and teen melodrama all into one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 11, 2018
The writers of Insatiable have never met a stereotype they don't love, whether they're portraying fatness or queerness or Blackness or pretty much anything else.
October 10, 2018
We need storylines with fat characters that have nothing to do with being fat, storylines about overcoming obstacles from being fat, while remaining fat. And that is precisely what Insatiable has failed to do.
October 10, 2018
I can say with certainty this is the worst show I will watch in 2018. It's offensive, it's vulgar, and it doesn't even tell a compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
August 31, 2018
I made it through four episodes. More power to you if you can stomach the season's other eight.
August 27, 2018
The character and her backstory are lazily filled in - the glib shorthand for her inner pain is her binge-eating. And without that foundation, what follows just seems hateful and random.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 24, 2018
You can certainly make something provocative and funny about our obsession with body image, perceptions of beauty and the shameless world of pageants, but Insatiable never really tries.
August 20, 2018
Insatiable is trying, clearly, to position itself as a subversive dark comedy, but it's just not smart or well-written enough to be considered such. It's clumsy and careless with its subject matter and, as a result, struggles to find its tone.
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