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.



Critic Ratings: 29

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Nov 16, 2018
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
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 (29) | Top Critics (9)

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…

The Bisexual's secret weapon is its willingness to be moving. You laugh like a drain, but you care.

Oct 11, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | 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…

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…

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…

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