Shrill: Season 1 Reviews

May 3, 2019
Too few advance reviews have noted how genuinely, uproariously funny it is.
March 29, 2019
Shrill gives us a rare opportunity to really think about what changed in our minds and hearts, and to make sure that sea change stays permanent.
March 25, 2019
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.
March 18, 2019
"Shrill" succeeds where even well-intentioned shows fall short, because it examines not just how Annie relates to the world, but how the world relates to her.
March 18, 2019
Nothing's official yet, but at this point, Hulu must know it has something very worth holding onto.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
March 18, 2019
Shrill is a marvelous piece of writing and acting, a meeting of Bryant's vibe and West's.
March 18, 2019
On that count, Shrill delivers, translating West's real humor, hurt and heart to screen. Whether than translation moves you probably depends on your life experience, but that doesn't detract from the full, in both emotion and body, woman at the center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 15, 2019
I sincerely wish Shrill... had existed 20 years ago when a younger me so desperately needed to see Annie.
March 15, 2019
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.
March 15, 2019
It's the sort of capacity for growth that's worth sharing as loudly as possible.
March 14, 2019
It's a humane slice of life...with plot strands that sit together effortlessly and side characters who are richly drawn...
March 14, 2019
Shrill is mostly just another show that wants to make fun while also making essentially unarguable points about modern manners.
March 14, 2019
The main reason "Shrill" lands is Bryant's unfussy performance. She radiates the wounded hopefulness of someone who's ready for the next chapter of her life, and by the end of the six-episode season, she's there.
March 12, 2019
Bryant's a star, and Shrill lets her shine as brightly as Annie so badly wants to herself. Laugh-out-loud moments are few, but before long you'll be smiling as broadly as Annie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2019
I like Annie. I like being with her. Unfortunately, her relationships are too underdeveloped to emotionally invest in.
Top Critic
March 12, 2019
Bryant's a standout, the show not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 12, 2019
When "Shrill" warms up, it sparks in exactly the way that has made West's fiery writing so satisfying over the years.
March 12, 2019
The point of the show, really, is that you don't have to be a perfect person in order to be worthy of celebration. All the details in Shrill work to communicate that in subtle ways, from its easy, organic visual style to the costumes.
March 12, 2019
To call it a slice-of-life series wouldn't do justice to the well-honed commentary - on everything from false perceptions of health to institutionalized exclusion - but part of what makes "Shrill" so engaging is its diversity of storylines.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 12, 2019
The Emmy nominee makes an effortless transition from supporting actress to star, even if the show occasionally undermines itself by placing its concept - plus-size people deserve to live with dignity - before its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B