Dark Comedy, six 30 min episodes
Brand new comedy about love and addiction. Stand-up Mae (Mae Martin) is single, in recovery, and sleeping on a friend’s sofa. When she meets previously heterosexual George (Charlotte Ritchie), they embark on a whirlwind romance.
Romance, toxic relationships and addiction
Mae Martin’s Feel Good (dir. Ally Pankiw) is a dark comedy about what it’s like to exist as queer in the 21st century. It tackles addiction, mental health, coming out, gender identity, and familial relationships, but at its heart is something very specific to the queer millennial experience. It follows Mae (Mae Martin), an aspiring comedian who meets George (Charlotte Ritchie), one night after one of her comedy shows. The two immediately hit it off and soon become wrapped-up in their romantic whirlwind. However, it appears that neither character is aware of how complex the other truly is, and the tumultuary of getting to know each other in the midst of their chaotic lives, acts as the perfect backdrop for presenting the struggle of queerly navigating through young adult life. Perhaps more importantly however, Feel Good is very much concerned with facing these struggles alongside someone whose struggles are almost completely opposite.
Feel Good, which Martin co-wrote with Joe Hampson, contains elements of autobiographical experiences from Martin’s life, but in true Mae Martin fashion, they’re illustrated through charming, self-deprecating comedy. As a consequence, though, the realism in the series is incredible, with many scenes feeling as though they were plucked straight from my own memory. As well, the depiction of the relationship between Mae and George feels overwhelmingly candid and honest, in a way that most onscreen queer relationships usually lack. They seem to perfectly capture the dorkiness of queer domesticity, while also dealing with the parts of a relationship that are inevitably heartbreakingly tragic. Lisa Kudrow’s performance as Mae’s mother is also outstanding, and absolutely guaranteed to make you cry laughing. Overall, Feel Good has everything you could ever want from a series. It’s charming, hilarious, heart-breaking, queer as hell, and a stellar example for queer series to follow.
How, when and where to watch Feel Good
The drama begins on Channel 4 on Wednesday 18th March 2020, with all six episodes available immediately on All 4.
Outside of the UK, Feel Good will be available to stream on Netflix from Thursday 19th March.
Feel Good Series Description
Written by Mae Martin and Joe Hampson, Feel Good is a six episode comedy drama about a woman recovering from addiction while trying to sustain a new and intense romance.
The story will explore the nature of gender and sexuality in today’s modern world, while also looking at how love can become an unhealthy addiction in its own right.
Mae’s complicated relationships will be at the core of the series, not only between her and George, but also her parents, fellow recovering addicts and locals she meets at a stand-up comedy club.
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This review was written by:
London-based Film Baby studying a film MA specialising in lesbian film.