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Is Netflix's 'Insatiable' Really That Bad?

August 13, 2018


There is something so conflicting about liking a show many people believe shouldn’t have aired in the first place. In this moment, that show is Netflix’s Insatiable, a show plenty of people have blasted for allegedly have a message rooted in fat-shaming. I’m here to tell you that, despite the rumors, Insatiable is actually highly likable.


Insatiable is as much about Patty Bladell, an overweight teenage girl who gets skinny and seeks revenge on everyone who wronged her, as it is about Bob Armstrong, a small-town Georgia lawyer and pageant coach wrongfully accused of molestation. Together, the two form an unlikely bond, and attempt to turn both of their lives around by turning Patty into a pageant queen (or at least, attempting to do so.)


In an effort to remain as objective as possible here, I haven’t read any reviews of the show. But in a discussion on E!’s Daily Pop, a show that discusses all the trending pop culture news, Chief News Correspondent Melanie Bromley mentioned that critics have found Insatiable to be problematic at best. And maybe if I were a critic, I would nit-pick, too. Because the truth is, this show isn’t for everyone, and so far as I can tell, it wasn’t intended to be. There will be some people who claim that Insatiable mishandles dark issues, but Insatiable isn’t meant to be taken as a serious show trying to open the discussion about dark topics. Instead, Insatiable is intended to be satirical, comedic and somewhat whimsical in the face of heavy topics, not unlike Scream Queens.


With all of the negativity and distress surrounding Insatiable, you could imagine my surprise upon realizing that I was three episodes deep and actually enjoying myself. I was laughing at the jokes, lusting over the fashion and feeling for some of the characters on the show. Ultimately, what I find most charming about Insatiable is that it’s not catering to our politically correct society. This is not a show for the overly sensitive. This is not a show for the easily offended. This is not a show for the activist crusaders of our time. This is a show for those who are tired of the redundancy of the true crime genre. This is a show for those who like the performative drama of Toddlers & Tiaras and Dance Moms. This is a show for those who are tired of the idea that fictionalized TV shows must make some sort of grand statement. That very sentiment is what makes this show so refreshing and, ultimately, so likable.


It’s an unpopular opinion, I know, but Insatiable really isn't so bad.


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