Shrill: Season 1 (2019)

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Sharp social commentary and a star-making performance from Aidy Bryant help Shrill overcome its familiar comedic sensibilities to create a show that proves self-acceptance isn't one size fits all.

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Critic Ratings: 54

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User Ratings: 191

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Air date: Mar 15, 2019

When the morning after pill fails and aspiring journalist Annie winds up pregnant, she weighs the pros and cons of having a child with her hook-up buddy. The decision-making process forces Annie, with help from her best friend Fran, to figure out who she is and what she wants from her life.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2019

Annie's writing her first article, going on her first date with Ryan and, finally, asking more from the people in her life than she has before. Things are looking up, until an internet troll appears and tries to drag her self-esteem back down where it started.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2019

Annie isn't going to let her troll ruin all the success she's had recently. So, she invites Ryan to a work event -excited to introduce her boyfriend into her life.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2019

Annie & Fran attend the Fat Babe Pool Party. Annie is so empowered by the experience and so furious with her boss, Gabe, that she posts a body positive article to the paper's website that explains exactly what it's like to be a fat woman in today's world.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2019

Annie deals with the fallout from her "Hello, I'm Fat" article with Gabe and her troll, while Ryan guides Bonkers through an accidental mushroom trip.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2019

Season 1 finale. Annie's been putting herself out there more than ever and her life is becoming a tornado of both good and bad. She is forced to confront her boyfriend, her boss, her roommate and even her troll.

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Critic Reviews for Shrill Season 1

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (20)

Both [Aidy] Bryant and [Lolly] Adefope are skilful comic actors, offering quiet charisma and playful but grounded performances.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Even the weightiest scenes don't abandon Annie's wry, casual sense of humor. She's a fascinating character, played by a fascinating performer, and Bryant makes "Shrill" worth watching all by herself.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Shrill is a marvelous piece of writing and acting, a meeting of Bryant's vibe and West's.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…
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Nothing's official yet, but at this point, Hulu must know it has something very worth holding onto.

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Bryant, who even when she's playing self-obsessed-becoming a self-actualized human being may require a wee bit of egomania-is extremely appealing.

Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's a humane slice of life...with plot strands that sit together effortlessly and side characters who are richly drawn...

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

I hope there will be a season two, because I'd like to see a more nuanced look at her romance with Ryan.

Jan 8, 2020 | Full Review…

It's zinging, fast, sweet and seriously funny, no characters drawn with anything less than depth.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Shrill was the show I needed to see right now.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Shrill is a fresh voice in a sea of sameness and you'll burn through the six 23-minute episodes so quickly, and you'll want more.

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

It would be nice to see Shrill go even further in embracing an intersectional approach to its depiction of 'fat' women.

Aug 18, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Shrill offers a more realistic view of the changing feelings around women's bodies. There's a life beyond size and a love and appreciation for the size you're in.

May 19, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shrill: Season 1

  • Sep 19, 2020
    I can never get the minutes it took to watch episode 1 back. Disgusting is too nice a word for it. From the gross boyfriend to the vile boss and the weird gleeful abortion. To see it's got three seasons ... words fail me !
  • Jul 07, 2020
    had a few laugh out loud moments. loved watching a woman come into her own. love a good female friendship. was pleasantly surprised that the season only had six episodes. it left me wanting more which is a good thing. and it felt good to watch. empowering even. and very relatable. lost a half star just for the unrealistic way a complete wreck of a man can suddenly "just change" into someone she should waste her time dating. besides the fact that he will have sex with her...what is her interest in him? and let's address the white woman privilege of being able to stalk and harass her troll online in real life and then destroy his property without any sort of police intervention.
  • Mar 29, 2020
    Simply put, I like following along with Annie (Aidy Bryant)'s story and all of the people in her life.
  • Feb 29, 2020
    I wanted to like this show but it was difficult to. Annie starts out as meek and insecure girl who then transforms into a stubborn, abrasive and somewhat selfish person. Furthermore, I didn't find any of the lessons she learned throughout the series truly transformational or inspiring. Overall, I find her Shrill but not in the empowering girl boss way I had hoped.
  • Feb 04, 2020
    What an amazing show. The characters are darling, the story line is real, and I couldn't ask for a better portrayal of a modern woman. Shrill isn't just another show about a plus size woman learning to love her body, it's a show about the main character going through real life problems and figuring out who she wants to be, weight aside.
  • Feb 04, 2020
    Stopped after the first episode! After her irresponsibility for having unprotected sex, she does what the show writer called a great decision for her life and killed the baby! Jesus help us that's the second show this week I've stopped watching because of abortions.
  • Jan 27, 2020
    Is this supposed to be a comedy? Is it supposed to take place in an alternate reality? I sat through the first episode and I feel like I should be compensated for my pain and suffering. How did this get two seasons??
  • Jan 26, 2020
    I love Aidy Bryant on SNL but there's nothing likeable about her character here. In fact there's nothing likeable about any characters on this show. Everyone is a broad stereotype or tries too hard to be clever or funny. And why does Annie act, speak and behave like a 12 year old? Did I miss something? She a grown adult, right? It seems like everyone is so impressed with the bold choice of subject matter here (dealing with obesity) that no one's noticing that the show actually sucks.
  • Jan 24, 2020
    Love the characters & storylines. Good stuff.
  • Jan 21, 2020
    Well I'm happy they're portraying abortion so care free in this stupid show. That was horrible and definitely not okay.

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