Sally4Ever: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Sally4Ever

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The outrageously singular Julia Davis delivers yet another impeccable performance in Sally4Ever, masterfully walking the line between side-splitting and cringe-worthy comedy.

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Critic Ratings: 32

66%

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User Ratings: 182

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 11, 2018

Series premiere. A bored woman named Sally eschews marriage with her partner, David, in favor of an impulsive affair with Emma, a Bohemian temptress.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2018

After a subdued birthday celebration with her co-workers, Sally heads home for a surprise dinner with her stodgy parents, who are shocked when Emma shares details of her lesbian relationship with their daughter.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2018

Sally's performance at work suffers as an increasingly needy Emma develops an unhealthy interest in one of her friends.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2018

After landing a small role in Dan's film, Emma causes tension on set. Meanwhile, Sally confesses she is having some doubts. Guest starring Lena Headey.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2018

Sally has an unsettling job-performance meeting with her boss, Deborah, who's been evaluating Sally and Eleanor as they vie for a promotion. Startled by revelations from David, Sally and Emma consider the pros and cons of having a baby, and weigh possible donors. After Emma lands in the hospital, she and Belinda badger Sally to go the distance in support of Emma.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2018

Sally and her team are sent on a weekend retreat, where she is forced to confront her and Nigel's feelings for each other.

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Air date: Dec 23, 2018

Season 1 finale. A romantic getaway at a posh castle estate goes awry for Emma. Sally falters after an otherwise-pleasant encounter with actor Sean Bean. Back in London, Sally and Emma run into a former coworker of Sally's, who has embraced a new outlook on life.

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Tv Season Info

Sally (Catherine Shepherd) is about to marry David (Alex Macqueen), her nebbish boyfriend of ten years, when she encounters the charismatic Emma (Julia Davis). The two fall into a romantic relationship, but what starts out as an exciting and sexy fling takes an unexpected turn when Emma reveals herself to be a nightmare.

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Critic Reviews for Sally4Ever Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (23)

I'm not certain U.S. viewers are -- or will ever be -- ready... Davis's comedy is bleak and frequently surreal. Her use of grotesque caricatures feels raunchy in a dark and theatrical fashion, like Harold Pinter writing for Melissa McCarthy.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

There are also moments of proper brilliance.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

I found it very funny for all its rawness, viciousness and cruelty and I admire Davis's fearlessness and the masterful way she makes awful people so damned likable.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Julia Davis breathes new life into it with this tart miniseries...

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Sally4Ever covers all bases: the driest wit, physical humour, gross-out vignettes that are almost too hard to watch, improvised set pieces.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

[Shepherd's] subdued performance is a welcome counterbalance to Emma's audacious egomania and David's simpering foolery.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

In theory, Davis's utter fearlessness is to be applauded. In practice, it still is - particularly as the brilliantly repellent action is accompanied by brilliantly repellent one-liners.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

British comedy about bisexuality is for mature viewers only.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Julia Davis, the English comedian, actor, writer and director who created the original (and better) version of Camping, brings a new cringe-comedy fest to HBO with Sally4Ever and it needs to be your new Brit-com obsession.

Nov 12, 2018 | Rating: 90/100 | Full Review…

If you like cringe comedy, then Sally4Ever is the best in this category since Ricky Gervais ruled HBO in the mid-aughts.

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Sally4Ever is, if nothing else, committed to the idea that, in order to make the audience as uncomfortable as possible, it must leave the notion of comedy behind and become a full-blown horror show. There's something admirable in that, admittedly.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

An unexpected and hilarious little comedy.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sally4Ever: Season 1

  • Apr 07, 2020
    I started skipping ahead by 10 second intervals just to get close to the end of the episode(s). I only made it though 2 of them. I'm upset I wasted my time on this. This isn't funny. It's hard to watch. Emma's character makes you not want to watch further. The whole thing is cringe worthy. This is honestly the first HBO series I haven't loved. What in tf were they thinking?
  • Mar 09, 2020
    The problem with Sally4Ever is how easy viewers categorize it as gross, when it very much earns all those disgusting jokes. The scatological humor sits by the sidelines of incredibly precise comedic performances, painfully sharp writing, and an engaging storyline that is never distracted.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    I'm probably not the right audience for this one. Gave it a shot but found it boring and poorly written. Skip.
  • Feb 17, 2019
    As good and nighty night. Julia Davis is a treasure
  • Jan 11, 2019
    It's really hard to review this show. The actors are fantastic. But what am I supposed to make of this show? Who am I supposed to root for? Julia Davis probably has the best delivery in the show, but she's awful and I can't bear to watch her. She's, like, that bad--I don't want to watch her. But she's the best. Without including any spoilers, I want to warn any of you fecal-phobic folks out there to steer clear of this series.
  • Jan 01, 2019
    Sally4Ever reminds me of when I first watched AbFab: Eddie and Patsy were so awful it took an episode or two to get used to the biting comedy, Sally4Ever is ten times as extreme, with profane language and scatological humour that is guaranteed to offend many viewers, even those who may consider themselves broadminded. But the show is also outrageously funny, and I am glad I stuck with it as the show builds steam to the seventh hilarious episode. Will not be everybody's cup of tea, especially North American Puritans, but you won't forget it in a hurry. Highly recommended.
  • Dec 27, 2018
    This is one of the most hysterical shows I have ever seen. I am still rolling with laughter after watching the season finale!
  • Dec 27, 2018
    OMG! Funniest show we have watched this year. We couldn't wait for the next episode to see what would happen next!
  • Dec 24, 2018
    As uproarious as it is uplifting, Sally4Ever is a bright new spot for British television. Progressive in its focus on a same-sex relationship, while also being universal with it themes involving a milquetoast person entering a more liberating lifestyle, Sally4Ever already has a lot going for it conceptually, and it has the execution to make it all outstanding. Each episode is pristinely shot-and-edited, with wise use of music, and while it can be raunchy to an unbelievable level (even by today's standards) the show never resounds as anything less than human. The show is also highly unpredictable with its story, and ends on a note that's actually quite heartbreaking, so it's anyone's guess as to where it will go next year, but best believe I've already signed up for it!
  • Dec 16, 2018
    This would be much funnier if there was at least one character who wasn't repulsive. This is a series that is periodically quite funny, but almost completely without wit.

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