Parents' Guide to

Shrill

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

A fat woman embarks on a path of self-acceptance.

TV Hulu Comedy 2019
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

pass..

I was looking for a light comedy to relax to. In the first 15 mins the protagonist is sent a text at the office that read..." F*ck? " ...as a proposition I presume. I didn't stick around to find out. Too bad this is standard fair in comedy these days. Just not for me, or for kids.
age 18+

amazing show, but not for kids

This is an amazing, empowering show chock full of body positive and female positive moments and realizations. I am thinking how I can omit certain portions to share this with my eldest daughter. The reason I have hesitated to do so is that sex scenes are WAY too graphic for anyone to see. As long as those are not shown to kids/teens, then there are so many positive messages for discussion in this show that it is a very worthwhile watch for anyone raising older teens to discuss with their daughters.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It's rare enough to see a fat, female lead character on TV, but to see one who isn't mired in self-hatred while undertaking repeated, miserable attempts to lose weight feels downright revelatory. Though billed primarily as a comedy, Shrill has a tender sort of humor and is unique in the way it allows Annie to be a multidimensional human being -- both goofy and serious, cocky and meek -- while exploring the many ways society at large can squash a person's individuality and confidence. The series poses questions about what might happen if we were all able to shut out the world's negativity and daily micro-aggressions and figure out who we really are, what we really want.

Bryant brings a bubbly charm to her portrayal of Annie, and although she can come off a tiny bit stilted in the show's more deeply emotional moments, this doesn't seem too out of place, considering that the character herself is only just beginning to be comfortable pursuing what she wants out of her life and the people in it. She's heartbreaking in her early interactions with her noncommittal "friend with benefits" Ryan, settling for the bare minimum of consideration and reciprocity from him because she fears she has no other options. These doormat tendencies frustrate her bestie, Fran (played with great warmth and wit by Lolly Adefope), who urges her to demand the respect she deserves and "stop thinking of yourself in such a brutal way." And through a series of cathartic events, she does, though the path to self-love won't be a linear one: Annie's likable, but also a selfish screw-up at times. Hopefully, future seasons will have an expanded episode count, as six episodes don't provide nearly enough time for the character or the series to truly find its voice.

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