Feel Good is a short, semi-autobiographical six-episode sitcom created by Mae Martin and Joe Hampson. You may remember Mae from such opening lines as ‘Did everyone have a good…childhood?’ which should give you an idea of what’s happening here.
I’ve watched this show three times now, and it only gets better after every re-watch. It is quirky, sincere and incredibly funny – often all at once. It’s also an astonishingly accurate account of addictive behaviour – to the point where you may feel a familiar sinking feeling in your stomach based just on the look on Mae Martin’s face, at times. Move over, Frodo Baggins, there’s a new big-blue-eyed traumatised gay* for us to fawn over.
Anyway, here’s 10 reasons to go catch up before Season 2 comes out.
1. It’s a love story.
2. It depicts addictive and obsessive behaviour so accurately.
3. It has Lisa Kudrow being done with everything for six episodes straight.
4. It shows how insidious the comedy scene can be.
5. It emphasises how every queer story is different.
I don’t have a cute Feel Good gif for this because I’d need at least three and I won’t subject you to that, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it. Anyway.
6. The mystery of what happened to the ornamental pears.
7. It shows people attempting honest communication.
8. It’s simultaneously accurate and deadpan hilarious.
9. It’s so pretty.
10. Did I mention Mae Martin? Because it has Mae Martin.
In all seriousness, it’s an amazing, fresh-feeling show and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone. And I’m not just saying that because I love Mae Martin.
Feel Good is on All 4 right now if you want to catch up before Season 2 comes out on Netflix on 4th June. Alternatively, you can wait for Season 1 to come to Netflix on that same date because no one has time for those All 4 adverts. What will happen in Season 2? Did I make this post just to find and make gifs of Mae Martin’s face? Will we ever find out what happened to the ornamental pears? I can’t wait to find out.
*By gay, of course, I mean queer person, or member of the LGBTQ+ community. Unfortunately, that’s not as snappy.