The Bisexual: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
The Bisexual

Critics Consensus

Carried by Desiree Akhavan's dry wit, The Bisexual explores identity politics with humor and heart.

90%

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Critic Ratings: 30

50%

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User Ratings: 79

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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
2
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
3
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
4
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
5
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
6
Air date: Nov 16, 2018

Tv Season Info

New Yorker Leila (Akhavan) goes on a "break" from her long-term girlfriend and business partner Sadie (BAFTA-nominated Maxine Peake). Moving out of their flat but still forced to see her ex every day at their joint tech company, Leila rents a room from novelist Gabe (Brian Gleeson), a neurotic 30-something dwarfed by the success of his debut novel, which has now been forgotten. Leila soon begins sleeping with men but struggles to come out as bisexual to Sadie and her gay friends. She finds an unlikely wingman in Gabe who helps her navigate a new life dating men and women. Skewering stereotypes and unpicking them The Bisexual explores the differences between dating men and women from the perspective of someone who finds herself -- for the first time -- doing both whilst examining the funny, painful, complexities of realizing that the one you love, and the life you need, may be two very different things.

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Critic Reviews for The Bisexual Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

As "The Bisexual" breaks down sexual stereotypes, it warmly reminds us that coming of age can happen repeatedly, and at any age.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Akhavan creates robust enough characters to keep us compelled, even as we laugh.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Dry British comedy suits Akhavan's understated jokes, and her character's ongoing sexual identity crisis puts a fresh spin on the overdone "bi-curious young woman" plot.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Inconsistently amusing, The Bisexual might have been a tight feature-length film, but the story here does not justify six 30-minute segments.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Funny, wry, poignant, sad, honest and revelatory.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Leila's experience seems more like a way to respond to narratives about bisexuality than a realistic characterization.

Jan 23, 2019 | Full Review…

The Bisexual's depth exposes how lazily and badly written most TV still is.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Hulu's The Bisexual is a refreshing change of pace, as it centers on a queer woman's story written and directed by an actual queer woman (what a concept!).

Nov 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Frank sex, great characters in mature queer dramedy.

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

As laissez-faire as I was about watching the show at first, by the final two episodes, everything just kind of fell into place.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Akhavan has taken a well-trod story and given it an interesting twist. And the show is pretty funny to boot.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

What impresses me most about The Bisexual isn't that it skewers The Discourse, but that it ignores it completely in favor of having an actual dialogue.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bisexual: Season 1

  • May 10, 2020
    Led by a wonderfully observant albeit indecisive main character, The Bisexual covers a range of experiences in its tight six episodes with compassion and grace.
  • Apr 28, 2020
    Painful and warm and genuine.
  • Mar 13, 2019
    The Bisexual wasnâ??t exactly the smash hit that Channel 4 wanted and from the outside it isnâ??t very difficult the see why. With the lack of any real promotional material and a title that just screams out-of-touch itâ??s not difficult to see why audiences didnâ??t quite gravitate towards this project. Iâ??m not here to tell you that the Bisexual is some undiscovered masterpiece or anything though itâ??s got some stuff going for it but I can only give it a light recommendation. If you are looking for a more realistic portrayal of sexuality than most network shows are wiling to give I guess this could be sort of what you are looking for but in my opinion the main plot about Akhavanâ??s character discovering her hidden sexuality while also trying to win back her ex-girlfriend (played wonderfully by Maxine Peake) is the least interesting part of the show. It seems to me that this show exists more because people love other shows that handle these topics and less because there was a story to tell. I say this because I believe this would be a far greater show if the focus was on Gleesonâ??s character and the break-up was the B-plot. Time and time again I found myself completely invested in the life of the struggling Irish writer only to remember that this show was about his room-mate. I really feel bad having to critique the whole show together because even though Iâ??m certainly not a big fan of 5/6 episodes of the show episode episode 5 is indie/art-house television done right. Although some people may find the flashback concept to be a gimmick I found that by showing what had lead these characters to where they were at the start of the serious only elevated the tragic nature of the show, especially for Gleesonâ??s character. ultimately The Bisexual is a forgettable little show that never quite reaches itâ??s full potential.
  • Jan 11, 2019
    More identity politics which no one wanted or needed.
  • Dec 15, 2018
    Really awful acting. Akhavan is a TERRIBLE and UNLIKABLE lead character. Nothing to see here.
  • Dec 14, 2018
    What an insult to families!
  • Dec 14, 2018
    Running out of agendas to push? Perhaps its time to return to interesting stories and likeable characters.
  • Oct 24, 2018
    Desiree Akhavan as Leila is an amazing comic talent.

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