Feel Good (TV series)

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Feel Good
GenreComedy drama
Created by
Written by
  • Mae Martin
  • Joe Hampson
Story byMae Martin
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production companyObjective Fiction
Original network
Original release18 March 2020 (2020-03-18) –
June 4, 2021 (2021-06-04)

Feel Good is a British comedy-drama television programme created by Mae Martin and Joe Hampson.[1] It is a semi-autobiographical romantic comedy starring Mae Martin as a fictionalised version of themself[a] and Charlotte Ritchie as Mae's girlfriend George.[3]

The six-part programme premiered its first episode on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2020, after which all six episodes were released on All 4. Netflix handled international distribution and released it internationally on 19 March 2020.[4] Independently of Channel 4, Netflix renewed the series for a second and final season which was released on 4 June 2021.[5][6]


The show follows the development of George and Mae's romance in contemporary Manchester.[7] Mae (Mae Martin), a Canadian comedian (a version of Mae Martin's own personal life), meets George (Charlotte Ritchie), a repressed, middle-class English woman, at the comedy club where Mae performs. The pair begin dating, and George learns that Mae is a former drug addict. George encourages them to attend a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, where Mae meets fellow recovering addicts. Mae's addiction causes problems in their relationship, as does George's reluctance to come out and tell friends and family about her relationship with Mae.

In the second season Mae's career advances, while they address trauma in their past after receiving a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cast and characters[edit]




SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
1618 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
264 June 2021 (2021-06-04)

Series 1 (2020)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Episode 1"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson and Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
Mae's comedy club performance has a lukewarm reception, though one audience member—George—seemed to enjoy it. They stay at the Gag Bin, on a date, and kiss, before going back to George's flat. George and Mae have sex and begin a relationship; it is George's first relationship with a woman. Three months later, George has moved in with Mae, but only discovers they are a former narcotics addict when calling Mae's parents. Mae does not want to talk about it, but George encourages them to take up Narcotics Anonymous meetings again. At a meeting, Mae panics and quickly leaves, but Maggie follows them and they go for coffee. Maggie gives them lots of advice and informally becomes their "sponsor", in lieu of Mae attending meetings. George and Mae argue over this; George has searched through Mae's belongings for evidence of their past, while Mae is upset that George will not introduce them to her friends. Mae impulsively burns items from their past. On a night out with friends, George lies that her relationship is with a man. Later, Mae tells George about their cocaine addiction, drug dealing and time in prison.
22"Episode 2"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson and Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
George is invited to her cousin Dina's wedding, but lies to Mae that she is not allowed a guest. Mae is worried about being left alone for 36 hours. Arriving, George pretends she is on the phone to a cold caller to avoid introducing Mae to her friend Binky. Mae sends George a flurry of texts and George asks them to stop. To distract her, Mae turns to Maggie, with whom they drink at an art exhibition. Maggie's daughter – who Maggie was stalking – kicks them out. At the wedding, Binky's partner Hugh proposes, George's mother complains to guests about her recent divorce and George confesses to the photographer that she is dating a woman. A panicked Mae has locked themself out of George's house, so cannot answer George's calls. George's depressed roommate Phil finds Mae arguing with Nick, the comedy club booker, and defuses the situation. After calling their parents, Mae speaks at Narcotics Anonymous about their relationship being an addiction and Maggie opens up about her daughter.
33"Episode 3"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson and Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)

Mae leaves an NA session to have sex with George while she is working, but ends up trapped while George teaches. Nick blames their poor performance at the comedy club on them arguing. That evening, George struggles to make Mae orgasm. George tells Binky that she cannot make her boyfriend Jonathan ejaculate, but Binky is unsupportive. Maggie's daughter Laura tracks Mae down and Mae encourages her to speak to her mother. George surprises Mae with a police uniform roleplay, but Mae is insistent that their issue is how they have never met George's friends.

George takes Mae to Binky's party – where Mae sees a woman snorting cocaine – but George lies directly about not being in a relationship with Mae. Mae visits Maggie, who is reconnecting with Laura. Meanwhile, hypermasculine men lift George up but drop her onto the glass table, leaving her seriously injured. As Laura is telling Mae that they should not be with George, Mae gets a call from Binky and rushes to the hospital. High on morphine, George apologises to Mae and makes it clear that they are dating in front of her friends. When George is asleep, Mae pockets oxycodone tablets on the drawers.
44"Episode 4"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson and Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
George awakens to messages from her friends about her girlfriend and sexuality as Mae discovers their parents Malcolm and Linda are in the UK to scatter their dead cat's ashes. David encourages Mae to make amends with their parents, so Mae and George travel to Blackpool to meet them. Mae apologises formally. While Malcolm and George get on well, Mae tries to talk about issues in their childhood as her mother changes the subject. They scatter the ashes and ride on a Ghost Train. Linda finally talks, blaming Mae for their choices, and telling George that Mae only dates heterosexual women. As George drinks in a gay bar and Linda plays on the arcade, Malcolm talks to Mae about the similarities between them and their mother. George speaks to Mae about their former relationships, worrying Mae will lose interest in her too. Mae says that George makes them feel, finally, restful. The four enjoy breakfast together and bid farewell. Mae and George stay in Blackpool another night and go dancing.
55"Episode 5"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson and Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
The comedian Arnie Rivers plays at the Gag Bin; George had a huge crush on him in childhood. At a friends and family NA meeting, Laura presses George on whether she is in her relationship for the long haul. George learns that Binky is pregnant. Mae takes oxycodone after George says she would likely date men only if they broke up. During sex, Mae is preoccupied by their body, gender and what George wants. George discovers the oxycodone. Arnie asks Mae to do a set about their gender and sexuality insecurity, which George turns up to watch. Mae says they might be transgender, that they are trying to be George's dream high school boyfriend and that they are worried George will realise that Mae is a girl. George leaves, upset. Arnie initially asks Mae to tour with him, but when he snorts cocaine and sexually harasses Mae, Nick kicks him out. George confronts Mae about the oxycodone and asks if they makes them happy. Mae says, "not really", and they break up. Mae leaves and knocks on Laura's door.
66"Episode 6"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson and Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
Two weeks after their breakup, Mae has sex with Laura for the first time, and Phil buys George pet worms. Mae avoids telling Maggie about having sex with Laura and, at NA, rants about hating the meetings and leaves. Mae gets drunk with Kevin: they get tattoos. Mae headlines at the Gag Bin, as their last set went viral; Maggie confronts them there about Laura and leaves them without a place to stay. Mae steals Nick's cocaine and snorts it with Kevin. After nearly having sex with Mae, he calls his sponsor Brenda and Mae leaves. Mae has an NA meeting with David alone. George invites Mae over for coffee, where she apologises and lets Mae meet her mother, but Mae has already got a flight booked to stay with their parents in Canada. Mae and George have sex.

Series 2 (2021)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [5]
71"Episode 1"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson and Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)

Mae's parents drop them off at rehab; they was last there at the age of 18. Mae's roommate is the obnoxious Marsha, who refers to them as "the Queen of England". The rehab worker Audrey advises Mae to separate themself from George and focus on self-improvement, so Mae calls George and asks to move out. Marsha headbutts Mae after realising they owe them money to Marsha's boyfriend Inkboy. Mae gets panicked after Audrey talks about their teenage years, which they say they cannot remember large parts of. They leaves rehab with a comedian friend, Scott, but has a panic attack while doing stand-up. Mae's parents plan to monitor their every movement to prevent further relapse, but Mae leaves to stay with a comedian friend.

Meanwhile, George says she will help Phil find his dad, who he has not seen in 30 years. She tells Joyce that she is quitting her job, but changes her mind after speaking to the teacher Elliott. They agree to set up an activist group of teachers, inspired by George's newfound passion for saving bees, and have sex.
82"Episode 2"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson and Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)

Back in England, Mae discovers that Nick has joined the NA programme. The agent Donna Ridley is keen to sign Mae. Mae discovers George is in a relationship with Elliott. To maintain a lie, Mae invites Jack on a double date with George and Elliott. In an escape room, Elliott presses George and Mae on how their relationship ended, and they each blame themselves. George is distraught to learn what Mae has been through since the breakup and they agree to cut off contact, though Mae quickly breaks this with a phone call.

While Donna enjoys a stand-up set by Mae, Elliott is concerned when George expresses her desire for more aggressive sex. After breaking up with Elliott, George and Mae re-enact their first night together, beginning at the Gag Bin. Mae fulfills George's desire for dark erotic talk and sex.
93"Episode 3"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson and Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)
George wants to get back with her old friends for dinner, but Mae gets into an argument with Binky, who is very pregnant. Binky's water breaks, and she is rushed to the hospital to give birth. Mae becomes very upset when they receive a phone call from a woman who also had a bad experience with Scott. At the hospital, a doctor tells Mae that they are exhibiting all the classic symptoms of PTSD.
104"Episode 4"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson and Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)
Mae's agent gets them booked on a live TV show, and tells Mae that they should confront Arnie, who is the host of the show, about the time he had tried to expose himself to them. George receives a surprise visit from her Dad, who tells her she will soon be having a baby brother. At the live TV show, Mae decides not to go after Arnie, because they think they may have a better future in show business after their appearance.
115"Episode 5"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson and Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)
Mae does some stand-up shows from their living room. George organizes a social justice show for her students to put on for their family and friends. After it ends, Mae embarrasses George by proposing marriage to her in front of all the show guests.
126"Episode 6"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson and Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)
Mae, George and Phil fly to Toronto, where Mae ends up confronting Scott about their sexual trauma when they lived with him as a teenager. Phil bonds with Mae's parents, and Mae and their parents finally resolve what happened to the missing pear ornaments in the living room when Mae was a young girl living there.


On Rotten Tomatoes, season 1 has an approval rating of 100% based on reviews from 41 critics, with an average rating of 8.3 out of 10.[8]

Caroline Framke of Variety wrote: "Feel Good feels lowkey, insightful and real in a way that so much of TV tries to be, but rarely achieves quite like this – and yes, it also can feel pretty damn good."[9]

At the 2021 RTS Programme Awards, Martin and Hampson won Best Writer – Comedy.[10]


  1. ^ a b Martin is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.[2] The fictional character in Feel Good expresses uncertainty over gender, but uses she/her pronouns. This article uses they/them pronouns for both the person and the fictional character and refers to the fictional character as a woman.


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  2. ^ Milton, Josh (14 April 2021). "Feel Good comedian Mae Martin comes out as non-binary". PinkNews. Retrieved 14 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Charlotte Ritchie: 'Feel Good has been cathartic for a lot of people'". the Guardian. 30 May 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  4. ^ @netflix (18 February 2020). "Mae Martin created and stars in Feel Good, a semi-autobiographical exploration of love, addiction, and sexuality that you really won't want to miss" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ a b Petski, Denise (7 December 2020). "'Feel Good' Renewed for Second & Final Season By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  6. ^ Cordero, Rosy (19 May 2021). "Here's what's coming to Netflix in June: Lupin, Elite, The Big Lebowski, and more". Ew.com. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Meet the cast of Feel Good". Radio Times. 20 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Feel Good: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  9. ^ Framke, Caroline (19 March 2020). "Netflix's 'Feel Good': TV Review". Variety. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Winners of the RTS Programme Awards 2021 announced". Royal Television Society. 16 March 2021.

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