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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2019
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  • Summary: Aspiring journalist Annie (Aidy Bryant) juggles her boyfriend (Luka Jones), her mom (Julia Sweeney) and her boss (John Cameron Mitchell) in this comedy based on Lindy West's memoir.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 15, 2019
    91
    Be assured that Shrill gains its footing en route to being something special by the end of its first season.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Barton
    Mar 14, 2019
    90
    An excellent and surprising adaptation of feminist writer Lindy West’s 2016 memoir.
  3. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Mar 11, 2019
    80
    It’s a smart, minor-key series.
  4. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Mar 15, 2019
    80
    Season 1 only covers enough time to break through the membrane of self-doubt holding her back. That may not be enough for viewers expecting a grand late bloom at the end of these six episodes; its too-short season closes in a place that lets viewers know Annie has just barely sprouted. And this creates the competing sensations of disappointment at Annie’s upswing at a significant turning point, one more suitable for a midseason reversal, and the delighted pang of wanting to see her living out loud, at long last.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 14, 2019
    70
    Ms. Bryant is not as zany as she’s called to be on “SNL,” instead giving a down-to-earth performance in a grounded roll that’s sometimes searing in its emotional honesty.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 12, 2019
    63
    Bryant's a standout, the show not so much.
  7. 50
    The result is that Shrill is not shrill, but it’s often blah and boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Mar 27, 2019
    9
    This was a thoughtful and enjoyable show. I came here looking for perspective on the treatment of African American characters on the show, andThis was a thoughtful and enjoyable show. I came here looking for perspective on the treatment of African American characters on the show, and instead the only negative critics embodying Annie's troll on the show. Find something else to do, losers! Expand
  2. Mar 18, 2019
    7
    In a lot of ways, Shrill takes the formula presented by Lena Dunham's 'Girls,' makes it more palatable, and refines it specifically toIn a lot of ways, Shrill takes the formula presented by Lena Dunham's 'Girls,' makes it more palatable, and refines it specifically to highlight fat shaming in everyday society. This alone deserves praise as so few shows dare to present anything other than a sample-size actress as the star, but it goes further by adding nuance and heart to each unique story line. The "good guys" and "bad guys" in this conflict often fight on both sides, showing support towards Annie (Aidy Bryant) when it's easy, then their true cards when times get tough. As an active user of the Gawker Media platform during Lindy West's time at Jezebel, I was also thrilled to see the commenting environment--again, both its pros and cons--given ample screen time in this limited series.

    What keeps the series from soaring right now, however, is the limited range of emotions Bryant provides to her character, staying pretty well entrenched in the "millennial nice" that laughs at pretty much everything, doesn't take things seriously, and always has Mommy and Daddy there to help her. The supporting cast surrounding Bryant often seem to be reacting to a character that isn't fully fleshed out by her and ends up feeling a little underbaked. I would have really liked to see more depth to her character who has genuine reason to be hurting. The Lindy West I know was loud and bombastic. I know it's only inspired by her, but I would have liked to have seen a little more of that fire and vigilante spirit. Certainly, though, Shrill has done enough to bring me back for more episodes when Hulu decides to release them.
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  3. Mar 31, 2019
    5
    Annie's Roommate ruins the show. She's supposed to be the edgy straight forward comedy character but she's just cringy and pure racistAnnie's Roommate ruins the show. She's supposed to be the edgy straight forward comedy character but she's just cringy and pure racist attitude.

    Outside from her roommate, Shrill is an entertaining show that follows a woman that never stood up for herself and just allowed things to happen. Her transformation of accepting herself is entertaining. It's a nice little show to watch if you have nothing else to do. No amazing performances but is it better than most. Aidy nails a lot of expressions and you can feel the discomfort of the situation. Then it cuts to a scene with Annie and her roommate..... Just kidding lol, Shrill is a decent show if you can get past her roommate.
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  4. Mar 29, 2019
    0
    A collection of "woke" vignettes where the matriarchy manifesto is in full pathetic effect.
    In Episode 2, the lead protagonist claims "these
    A collection of "woke" vignettes where the matriarchy manifesto is in full pathetic effect.
    In Episode 2, the lead protagonist claims "these fat boobs and this fat butt tells you what to do!".
    This, in a nutshell, is the epitome of the delusion, arrogance and stupidity that has taken half of the American nation.
    PS: In Episode 2, the black lesbian friend claims "I never apologize to white people". In many liberal European countries this would be -correctly- considered racism and punishable by law.
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