Netflix’s and Channel 4’s Feel Good season 1 is relatable for all the right and wrong reasons, introducing us to two loved up, sometimes broken characters.
Feel Good season 1 will be released on Channel 4 on the 18th March and on Netflix on the 19th March. This review contains no spoilers.
By the time you hit 30 it’s very likely you’ve had an intensely loving relationship with someone that brings out the best and worst in you. It’s like a sickly love, toxic connection that works in a cyclical, and often damaging way. They say being “in love” has the same effect on the brain as cocaine and withdrawals make you go mental.
And that cycle is central in Netflix’s and Channel 4’s Feel Good season 1. The series understands that falling in love quick does not relate to an instant “happily ever after”. Our main characters, Mae (performed by Mae Martin as herself) and George (Charlotte Ritchie), are two women you’d never expect to end up in bed with each other.
Mae is a recovering drug addict and stand-up comedian, vying for the smallest audiences at a stand-up bar while George is your typical, 30s woman whose friends are constantly trying to set her up with men. They are an absolute mismatch, so when they instantly cross paths in Episode 1, the audience is introduced to a relationship where their differences are oddly cute and assuring.
But Feel Good season 1 at the same time shows how their relationship sours in their differences as well. The series presents many unspoken words and often unseen insecurities from the opposing character. Many will watch the series understanding some of the pains of misunderstanding each other and quite simply, how raw communication is the vital ingredient to become genuinely intimate.
Of course, with George assumed to be a straight woman, Feel Good season 1 thematically embraces the “coming out” scenario and the stresses it brings while Mae is centered on the trials and tribulations of a recovering drug addict, displacing her mental health issues to focus on George, which is a dangerous cliff to hang off.
Netflix and Channel 4 have a fruitful gem in Feel Good season 1 and audiences will enjoy the comedy, LGBTQ-themed series that centres on a loving and cyclical relationship. Roll on season 2.
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