This Way Up: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
This Way Up

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 22


Audience Score

User Ratings: 9
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Air date: Aug 21, 2019
Air date: Aug 21, 2019
Air date: Aug 21, 2019
Air date: Aug 21, 2019
Air date: Aug 21, 2019
Air date: Aug 21, 2019

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 (22) | Top Critics (9)

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…
Top Critic

Small in scope, infinitely charming, and intermittently devastating.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Watching Aine muddle through life feels both low-stakes and a matter of life and death.

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…
Top Critic

You can tell that the script is good from the quality of actors joining the party (the prestige of being made by Horgan's production company surely helps, too).

Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for This Way Up: Season 1

  • Sep 06, 2019
    Fabulous acting, plot, pathos, wit, and warmth. I can't wait for hopefully, another season.

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