Fleabag is a comedy show that revolves around a girl in London (Phoebe-Waller Bridge) reeling from the death of her best friend and struggling to keep her guinea-pig themed café afloat.
Fleabag is a very witty and sharply written show. It’s unique because the main character breaks the fourth wall, she knows that there’s people watching her life unfold and talks directly to viewers. While this is not a new concept, by inviting us into her life, she let’s us see her at some of her most vulnerable moments.
Many of the characters in the show don’t have proper names. Characters are simply referred to as “Father” or “Godmother.” We only know our protagonist as Fleabag, though she is never referred to by that name. This is another unique part of the show, since we are seeing Fleabag during some very intimate moments of her life, but don’t know simple details about her like her name. It’s a way of keeping the viewer at bit of a distance, yet still allowing us to relate to or understand her.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the star of the show, but she also created and wrote the series. She’s an utter genius and a brilliant writer. Her character is a very broken and flawed, but she feels so real and complex. The show, Fleabag, is also not your average comedy and gets a bit dark in places. It delves into some bigger themes such as grief, family, loneliness, and faith, which also helps the show stand out. The show can also be quite crude and has a lot of sex and sex based humor.
While season 1 was great, season 2 (which just won a ton of Emmy’s) is absolutely masterful. In season 2, the writing gets even better, relationships are more developed, and the comedy is sharper.
One of the best relationships in the show is Fleabag and her sister, Claire (Sian Clifford). They are not the most affectionate duo and Claire is cold to everyone around her, but you can tell that they really do love each other. To no surprise though, all the actors on the show are great. Olivia Colman brings a bit of star power to the series and you love to hate her. Andrew Scott was also a huge standout in season 2 and helped keep the show fresh.
Overall, Fleabag, especially season 2, is some of the best TV I’ve seen because of its writing. The series is very intelligent and comedic, but it’s also a quick binge with only 2 seasons with 6 half-hour episodes. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with and I cannot wait to see what she does next.
I give Fleabag an A.