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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 10, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 199 Ratings

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  • Summary: Disgraced-lawyer-turned-beauty-pageant-coach Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts) helps the bullied (and full of hidden rage) Patty (Debby Ryan) become a pageant queen in the dark comedy that was originally developed for The CW.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 12 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 22, 2018
    80
    Here's what Insatiable is not: an exercise in fat-shaming or any other teenage caste cruelty. Sure, Patty gets mocked and abused, but the kids who engage in that behavior are unambiguously treated as villains, and they don't fare well. And Patty's acts of vengeance mostly seem heroic, even when they are patently misanthropic. Everybody who ever suffered shunning or scorn at the hands of a high-school social overlord will be raising a fist in solidarity.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Aug 10, 2018
    70
    Insatiable is excitingly preposterous. ... That there is a high degree of difficulty to the comic twistedness of such developments goes toward the nerve of the series’ creator, Lauren Gussis, whose confidence seems winning as long as the pace keeps up (and misplaced when episodes grow slack with meandering scenarios and repetitious dialogue).
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 8, 2018
    50
    Patty is important--but she’s not Insatiable’s main dish. Strangely and crucially, her viewpoint often gets lost, ignored or brushed aside, at least in the early episodes. The focus of this dark comedy is Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts).
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Aug 8, 2018
    20
    Insatiable is a harsh example of the best intentions yielding the worst results. ... Insatiable is unforgivably inelegant as satire. It fails not only to land its purportedly progressive message about body image and weight, but also its storylines tackling sexuality, sexual agency, classism, race, and transgender acceptance.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 8, 2018
    20
    Insatiable is trite, way over the top (even for a series that appears to be trying to go there for comedic effect), unfunny and, running at 40-plus minutes per episode, a bloated mess that's labor-intensive to get through.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Aug 10, 2018
    16
    So many problems plague Netflix’s original series it’s only option is the scrap heap, where a few spare parts can be salvaged to sustain other functioning vehicles.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Aug 10, 2018
    0
    The show specializes in the easiest forms of scripted cruelty and snark. The fat-shaming, such that it even exists, is brief and nowhere nearly as harmful as the middling idiocy of the entire effort. That’s my review and also a scolding: If you’re watching this, you really need better things to do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 67
  2. Negative: 9 out of 67
  1. Aug 10, 2018
    10
    People don't like this show because the don't want to face the truth of this society
  2. Aug 16, 2018
    10
    This Tv Show projects reality in a mini-series about teenagers with problems with parents
  3. Aug 20, 2018
    10
    Je suis un peu perplexe devant le nombre de critiques négatives de cette série qui, au contraire, me semble confronter nombre de lieux communsJe suis un peu perplexe devant le nombre de critiques négatives de cette série qui, au contraire, me semble confronter nombre de lieux communs et de clichés.
    Il faut cependant l'apprécier au deuxième ou même au troisième degré, ce qui est très clairement l'intention des créateurs.
    Le tout dégage un parfum "camp" très irrévérencieux qui est fort amusant et en profite, au passage, pour aller à l'encontre ou même dénoncer certains dictas sociaux (encore une fois, il ne faut pas visionner la série au premier degré).
    C'est sans doute l'un des produits les plus rafraîchissant qu'il m'a été donné de visionner depuis peu. Oui, on se moque de l'obésité, des questions de sexualité et d'orientations sexuelles et de toutes sortes d'autres sujets, mais on le fait avec irrévérence et humour. Personnellement, je fais partie de la communauté LGBTQ et j'ai eu le sentiment qu'on riait avec moi (et non de moi).
    Vivement une seconde saison!
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  4. Aug 15, 2018
    10
    This is an amazing look at popular culture in 2018 and well worth the watch, it's funny and has the balls to make light of serious situations.This is an amazing look at popular culture in 2018 and well worth the watch, it's funny and has the balls to make light of serious situations. It's not perfect and lags in the middle but not since South Park and Family guy have we seen a show willing to address these topics in pop culture. There are people who seem to hate this show, the show will ask you if can you take solace in their seething hatred. Like Patty (show protagonist), I feel better knowing these people feel punished because of the existence of this show, as after all their the bullies in life! Expand
  5. Aug 14, 2018
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Trying to relate to the people in Insatiable is a lost cause. The show is considered black comedy and satirical at its maximum level. A beauty queen in a Weiner taco suit? Poison darts? It's not fair to rely on Insatiable to promote a healthy body image and proper social norms because the creator left no room for that. Did I laugh because Patty was fat? Did I cry because she was bullied? No. Because what happened to Patty is so insane that I get to focus on what really happens in real life. That then leaves me more room to actually enjoy the funny antics on the show, feel thrilled at the suspense of each event that may make or break the characters, and admire the incredible acting skills and lines that the actors are shooting out at each and every turn. My favorite line: "I'm not jealous. At least not in the way you think." Just watch out for it. Although the current media comments of both showrunners and stars who are defending the show are trying to make the show relatable, it certainly isn't. However, it most certainly is entertaining as heck. It's a respite from the serious shows that force us to reexamine ourselves in the same light as the characters. Honestly, Patty is not relatable at all for many people because first off, she developed rage issues which led to several felonies and a couple of first-degree murders and possibly, a second-degree one. Showrunner Lauren Gussis admits that Patty is a satirical character based on her own experiences, which are quite rare in the whole fat-shaming and body positivity discussion. Most people who experienced the same type of bullying tend not to rage out, rather, they focus more on the loneliness and negative effects on their lives. In truth, the show is showing another side of the effects of fat-shaming while ensuring that it does not turn into something that can be recreated in real life. As opposed to 13 Reasons Why which allegedly caused a suicide contagion, I highly doubt that Insatiable will create a Cinderella (I have no plus-sized princesses to refer to) Complex Murder/Revenge Spree. It also does not glamorize revenge using a hot new body because most of Patty's plans fell flat on her face and caused her more pain that success. So, no. Insatiable is not bad for the audience. It's actually good that Patty keeps getting beat down even when she becomes thinner because she developed a sense of entitlement that no one with a bad attitude deserves. Viewers fail to realize that Patty is constantly learning that being thin is not all that. Each episode poses a life lesson that is not related to her weight. Insatiable is more of a cautionary tale than an awareness campaign. Let go of the fat-shaming parts because that was never addressed in their world and Patty was never saved from the bullying or the pain. She skipped that part and went right to developing an Insatiable need for what people say she can finally have - revenge, fame, boys, happiness? Bob, Coralee, Christian, and even Brick are all telling her what to do now that she's thin. Most of their advice is actually not about being thin but focused on their own motives and how they can benefit from Patty's new life. How about just letting her think for herself? Now that's a lesson that you can learn from the show - how being thin doesn't mean anything if you're not focusing on who you really are. She's not Fatty Patty. She's not Patricia Bladell, beauty queen. She is just Patty. Watch it and see for yourself. Expand
  6. Sep 21, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Eu vi a série para confirmar se a série, de facto, pratica "fat shaming". Não faz. A série é uma sátira óbvia e não encontrei nenhum momento ofensivo. A série explora as raças, a homossexualidade e a imagem corporal. Se és muito sensível a piadas sobre estes tópicos, não te recomendo a série.
    Só não gostei da história à volta do "trio" bissexual (?) e o final completamente rídiculo e sem nexo.
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  7. Oct 11, 2018
    0
    Terrible. Without doubt, the worst TV show I have ever seen. The caracters are weak, mean, virtually unlikable; puppets with no courage orTerrible. Without doubt, the worst TV show I have ever seen. The caracters are weak, mean, virtually unlikable; puppets with no courage or will to fight against their basest instincts and shocking lack of values. The storyline is full of holes. This was actually really uncomfortable to watch. Expand

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