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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dark, very surreal series skewers America's beauty complex.

TV AMC Comedy 2018
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Deeply funny in a way that can only come from lived-in truth, this wild ride of a series delivers a defiant middle finger to the beauty standards that paralyze female power. Dietland viewers will recognize their own knuckling-under in Plum's endless endurance to the many indignities that are heaped upon her plus-sized body. In the show's pilot, the leader of a gastric bypass group cheerfully asks her "Are you planning skin removal? Save your pennies, because you're going to have a lot of loose skin. One girl said she looked like a flying squirrel." A doctor advises her to eat no more than 700 calories a day. The paper gown at the doctor's office isn't big enough to cover her body. Men whisper criticism of her body while they stand behind her in an elevator.

But the gastric bypass Plum's planning on is only the latest way she's tried to change herself. "Green tea, fat blockers, Herbalife, hypnotism," she ticks off the diets she's tried. So when Verena Baptist (Robin Wiegert), the regretful daughter of a successful weight loss clinic's founder seeks to atone by helping make Plum into a "happy fatty," she's ambivalent to say the least. And on the news, there's a strange series of mysterious deaths of people connected with the beauty industry, just when Plum finds her way to cryptic fairy godmother Julia (Tamara Tunie), and a subversive group of self-improvement saboteurs. Plum's life is getting weird, fast. But it's better than starving.

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