This Way Up: Season 1 (2019)

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This Way Up

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Devastating, hilarious, and surprisingly light, This Way Up captures the complexities of mental health with an empathetic -- if at times wandering -- eye.

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Critic Ratings: 23

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User Ratings: 27

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Air date: Aug 21, 2019

New heartfelt comedy drama from Aisling Bea. Four months after checking out of a rehab facility following a 'teeny weeny nervous breakdown,' Aine is still putting on a brave face for her concerned sister Shona. When Aine is dropped from a dinner party invitation, she calls an old friend from rehab for some company. But things take an awkward turn when she makes an unexpected move on him. At a networking event, Shona connects with a new friend, Charlotte.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2019

Aine is interviewed for a private tutoring job teaching English to a young French boy, Etienne who's recently lost his mother and has found himself now living in London with his father Richard who he barely knows.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2019

Aine and Richard's relationship gets complicated when she is inadvertently invited for dinner but leaves early after a misunderstanding. Aine pretends she has rats so she can spend the weekend with Shona, much to the annoyance of Vish.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2019

Aine and Shona's mother is over from Ireland and they head out of town to visit Vish's family. Tensions are high between Aine and her mother who haven't spoken in months and Shona feels stuck in the middle.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2019

A text from her ex Freddie catches Aine by surprise and brings him back into her life for better or for worse. A night out with Bradley and his friends ends badly when she finds her friend Tom from rehab drunk and a fight breaks out.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2019

Romantic feelings emerge between Aine and Richard but she's caught off guard when she turns up unexpectedly to find another woman in his house. Vish proposes to Shona but Aine and Shona fight over the secrets they've been keeping from each other.

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Tv Season Info

4 months after checking out of a rehab facility after suffering a "teeny weeny" nervous breakdown Aine puts on a brave face for her sister Shona after she is uninvited from a dinner party.

Critic Reviews for This Way Up Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14)

If you're missing Fleabag, here's your fix. This Way Up freely acknowledges the debt.

Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…

"This Way Up" makes the wise choice to treat its six-episode season as a reason to luxuriate in smaller moments rather than speed through them for the sake of shoehorning in extra plot developments.

Aug 24, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Small in scope, infinitely charming, and intermittently devastating.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It's very good, and it's warm and clever, and it will - or would - precisely hit the spot for a lot of people, if only they can find it.

Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…

There has been a lot of mental health depicted on TV and it's always on the way down. What I like about this one is it deals with trying to put yourself back together, rather than falling apart.

Jul 15, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a smart, sweet, sad, winning little show, and the season goes down easily in one burst.

Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Strong family love, great characters in low-key UK import.

Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All the characters are immensely likable, but not in a subversive way: They are genuinely lovely, funny, and human. While This Way Up aches at times, it's too busy making the viewer laugh to wallow in it.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a tribute to both the characterisation and script that the unflinching humour in a series built around fragile mental health never strays too close to either the exploitative or maudlin.

Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Bea and Horgan's performances are smart, playful, nimble, and rooted in empathy.

Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…

This Way Up takes the idea of happy-sad television to a new level, one that is ultimately rewarding.

Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…

This Way Up remains irresistible and not just because it's an easy and enjoyable binge-watch. Aisling Bea's performance is dynamic...

Aug 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for This Way Up: Season 1

  • Sep 07, 2020
    Phenomenal show! Reminded me of Fleabag but more wholesome, Catastrophe but without the main relationship. The main character is hilarious and I love the sister relationship and the will they/won't they plot line. The mental health struggles of the main character rang true. Also love the South Asian representation!!
  • Aug 29, 2020
    This is such a funny and raw show. It can get a bit cringe at moments, but we've all had those awkward experiences in life. Great cast, and well worth watching!
  • Dec 12, 2019
    Post-Catastrophe catastrophe
  • Nov 09, 2019
    Brilliant show. Very funny, whilst tackling serious topics. Aisling and Sharon are brilliant as creaters and actors
  • Oct 29, 2019
    I watched 6 episodes in a row and enjoy it. Aisling rocks!
  • Sep 06, 2019
    Fabulous acting, plot, pathos, wit, and warmth. I can't wait for hopefully, another season.

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