Feel Good (TV series)

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Feel Good
GenreComedy-drama
Written by
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Production companyObjective Fiction
Release
Original network
Original release18 March 2020 (2020-03-18) –
June 4, 2021 (2021-06-04)
External links
Website

Feel Good is a British comedy-drama television programme created by Mae Martin and Joe Hampson.[1] 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.[2] On 7 December 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second and final season which was released on 4 June 2021.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

The show follows the development of George and Mae's romance in contemporary Manchester. 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 she performs. The pair begin dating, and George learns that Mae is a former drug addict. George encourages Mae to attend a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, where she meets fellow recovering addicts like Maggie, a quirky middle-aged woman who takes Mae under her wing. As the series progresses, George struggles to tell friends and family about her relationship with Mae, which causes Mae to be frustrated.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

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

Series 1 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Episode 1"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson & Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
Mae and George's whirlwind romance begins with a bang after they meet at The Gag Bin comedy club. But will a beautiful straight girl really fall for a lesbian who looks like a kernel of corn?
22"Episode 2"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson & Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
Mae and George are so loved-up they haven't spent a moment apart since they met. But when George goes away to a wedding, Mae realises that she's forgotten how to be on her own.
33"Episode 3"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson & Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
As their relationship continues to heat up at home, Mae is growing increasingly insecure about George's public attitude toward her. Things reach a climax when they attend a packed house party.
44"Episode 4"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson & Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
Mae finds out that her parents are visiting the UK but haven't thought to tell her. They're in Blackpool, scattering the cat's ashes.
55"Episode 5"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson & Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
The arrival of Noughties heart-throb Arnie Rivers at the comedy club further knocks Mae's confidence in her faltering relationship.
66"Episode 6"Ally PankiwJoe Hampson & Mae Martin18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)
Mae hits rock bottom after her break-up with George. While George is pining for her, Mae's having casual sex.

Series 2 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [3]
71"Episode 1"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson & Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)
In Canada, Mae tries rehab but ends up leaving after reconnecting with an old friend. Mae calls an already-despondent George and tells her they should break up with each other. George goes to an office party and has sex with one of her male colleagues.
82"Episode 2"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson & Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)
Mae moves back to England. She visits George, and finds out that she is now with Elliott. Mae finds an agent to help with her career. After a stand-up set, George comes backstage and tells Mae that she has broken up with Elliott. Mae and George spend the night together.
93"Episode 3"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson & 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 she receives a phone call from another woman who had a bad experience with Scott. At the hospital, a doctor tells Mae that she is exhibiting all the classic symptoms of PTSD.
104"Episode 4"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson & Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)
Mae's agent gets her booked on a live TV show, and tells Mae that she should confront Arne, who is the host of the show, about the time he had tried to expose himself to her. 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 Arne, because she thinks she may have a better future in show business after her appearance.
115"Episode 5"Luke SnellinJoe Hampson & Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)
In pain and withdrawing from the world, Mae begins doing stand-up shows from her 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 & Mae Martin4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)
Mae, George and Phil fly to Toronto, where Mae ends up confronting Scott about her sexual trauma when she lived with him as a teenager. Phil bonds with Mae's parents, and Mae and her parents finally resolve what happened to the missing pear ornaments in the living room when Mae was a young girl living there.

Reception[edit]

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.[5]

Caroline Framke of Variety magazine 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."[6]

At the 2021 RTS Programme Awards, Martin and Hampson won Best Writer – Comedy.[7]

Sahir Avik D'Souza of Film Companion wrote, "Often there is a pressure on queer people to form a concrete definition of how we feel, but Feel Good tells us that it’s OK to be less than sure" [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rising Canadian Comedian Mae Martin Scores Scripted Comedy 'Mae & George' For Netflix & E4". Deadline Hollywood. March 27, 2019.
  2. ^ @netflix (February 18, 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.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (7 December 2020). "'Feel Good' Renewed For Second & Final Season By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  4. ^ Cordero, Rosy (19 May 2021). "Here's what's coming to Netflix in June: Lupin, Elite, The Big Lebowski, and more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Feel Good: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  6. ^ Framke, Caroline (19 March 2020). "Netflix's 'Feel Good': TV Review". Variety. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Winners of the RTS Programme Awards 2021 announced". Royal Television Society. 16 March 2021.
  8. ^ D'Souza, Sahir Avik. "Feel Good, On Netflix, Embraces Fluidity And Prickly Emotion". Retrieved June 7, 2021.

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