Insatiable (TV series)

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Insatiable
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Genre
Created by Lauren Gussis
Based on The Pageant King of Alabama
by Jeff Chu[1]
Starring
Narrated by Debby Ryan
Composer(s) Julian Wass
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Cinematography
Running time 40–53 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release August 10, 2018 (2018-08-10) – present
External links
Website

Insatiable is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Lauren Gussis, starring Debby Ryan.[2] The series premiered on Netflix on August 10, 2018.

Plot[edit]

Patty is a teenager who was overweight and bullied as a teen. After being on a liquid diet for three months, she is now thin and seeks revenge on her bullies. She is helped by Bob, a disgraced and dissatisfied civil lawyer, who has no idea what she is about to unleash upon the world.[2]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Arden Myrin as Regina Sinclair[2]
  • Daniel Kang as Donald Choi
  • James Lastovic as Christian Keene
  • Michael Ian Black as Pastor Mike Keene
  • Jordan Gelber as Sheriff Hank Thompson[4]
  • Ashley D. Kelley as Deborah "Dee" Marshall
  • Christine Taylor as Gail Keene

Guest cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Pilot"Andrew FlemingLauren GussisAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Patty Bladell is a big girl with a big crush on Brick Armstrong. Unfortunately, only Patty’s best friend, Nonnie, looks past Patty’s physical appearance. Patty goes to a convenience store in the hopes of seeing Brick buy his usual case of beer. After he displays no interest in her, Patty sits outside next to a homeless man. When he insults her weight and she punches him, he sues her and she ends up in the hospital with a broken jaw. Three months later, thanks to an all liquid diet, Patty loses a lot of weight. Enter Bob Armstrong, a local civil rights lawyer, and former pageant coach. After being disgraced on the pageant circuit, his father forces him to take a pro bono case: Patty Bladell. Once he sees the new Patty, Bob decides to take her under his wing and turn her into the perfect defendant. Patty, on the other hand, sees Bob as her perfect soulmate.
2"Skinny Is Magic"Andrew FlemingLauren Gussis & Jace RichdaleAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Patty decides to start her senior year off by skipping school and going straight to Bob Armstrong, her new pageant coach. After commiserating over being formerly overweight, Bob gives Patty a makeover and then takes her to school. Patty decides to use her newfound beauty to exact revenge on those who made her life miserable, and sets her sights on former crush Brick Armstrong. As Patty goes through the first day of school, she hears news of a fire at the hotel where she tried to seduce the homeless Besides trying to figure out if she is guilty of arson, Patty tries to figure out what clique she fits into after her physical transformation. Coralee Armstrong does damage control at Bob Barnard’s house, after finding out that Bob Armstrong was nearly seduced by Magnolia Barnard. Bob Armstrong tries to figure out how to get Patty off the hook after Bob Barnard finds a woman’s bra and a book of matches in the burned hotel room.
3"Miss Bareback Buckaroo"Andrew FlemingKari Drake & Craig ChesterAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Bob Armstrong decides to take Patty to the Miss Bareback Buckaroo Pageant to visit his old pageant mentor, Stella Rose Buckley. A flashback shows how Stella Rose Buckley helped Bob Armstrong enter the world of pageant coaching. Dixie Sinclair, Donald Choi, and Nonnie Thompson take a road trip to Alabama. Bob asks for coaching advice to help him control Patty better. Coralee tries to increase her chances of being inducted in the Junior League, only to have her plans thwarted by an unwelcome visit from her sister, Brandylynn. Bob shows Stella Rose his pageant coaching skills, but she has an ulterior motive for helping him. Coralee’s posing as a socialite is revealed. Patty doesn’t know who she can trust.
4"WMBS"Maggie KileyDanielle Hoover & David MonahanAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Patty schemes to break up Bob Armstrong and Coralee after finding out that Stella Rose used to have a relationship with Bob. Bob Armstrong tries to find a way to help Patty qualify for Miss Magic Jesus. Coralee makes an effort to get into Etta Mae’s good graces by creating an organization for working moms after Etta Mae quits the Junior League. Patty’s mother returns from her retreat. Bob Armstrong plans for Patty and Coralee to compete together in the local Mother-Daughter Pageant, though neither one of them is very happy about it. Coralee and Bob discover Regina Sinclair’s relationship with Brick. Bob Armstrong and Bob Barnard co-host the Mother-Daughter Pageant. Patty and Coralee find common ground. Angie convinces Nonnie to compete in the pageant with her in an effort to make Patty jealous.
5"Bikinis and Bitches"Andrew FlemingLauren Gussis & Andrew GreenAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Patty gets disqualified from the Miss Magic Jesus pageant after photos of Dixie Sinclair’s body are leaked from her phone. Patty, Nonnie, and Donald try to figure out who might have hacked Patty’s phone. Coralee leaves Bob Armstrong after receiving Stella Rose’s necklace from Patty. Bob Armstrong works to win Coralee back. Magnolia breaks up with Brick. Patty has to deal with a distressing rumor. Bob leaves Patty to fend for herself. Magnolia and Patty team up to help Patty win Miss Magic Jesus. Christian becomes Bob Armstrong’s most recent legal client, but Christian’s mother has other plans. Donald Choi puts his foot down. Patty puts her faith in Christian. Bob Armstrong sets boundaries with Patty. Magnolia stands up for herself. Bob does what he has to do. Dixie sabotages Patty’s plans. Brick saves the day.
6"Dunk 'N' Donut"Brian DannellyKari Drake & Jace RichdaleAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Patty’s plans for Miss Magic Jesus hit a snag when she discovers that she was never baptized. After she discovers that Patty lied about her relationship with Brick, Magnolia vows to defeat Patty in both pageant life and love. Patty finds it difficult to juggle her romantic relationship with Brick and her multiple relationships with Bob. Patty and Bob need to complete good deeds in order for the pastor to take Patty’s baptism seriously, but the two have a hard time making amends with the ones they’ve hurt. Donald has a heart to heart with Nonnie, and Nonnie reveals her feelings. A non-traditional pageant diva threatens to shake things up for Magnolia, Patty, and Nonnie.
7"Miss Magic Jesus"Lev L. SpiroDanielle Hoover & David MonahanAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Bob Barnard reveals a sex tape of Patty and a mysterious stranger. Pastor Mike Keene wonders if Patty’s mother is the reason for Patty’s deviant behavior. At the last minute, Stella Rose becomes a judge for the Miss Magic Jesus pageant. Both Stella Rose and Bob Barnard vow to destroy Patty Bladell’s chances of winning Miss Magic Jesus. After discovering that Roxy is Stella Rose’s daughter, Bob wonders if he’s Roxy’s biological father. Nonnie goes on a date and leaves Patty to fend for herself for once. With both Bob and Nonnie preoccupied, Patty relies on Christian to help her win the new Bible trivia portion of Miss Magic Jesus. Patty questions if Bob Armstrong will remain by her side if Roxy is his daughter.
8"Wieners and Losers"Andrew FlemingLauren Gussis & Jenina KibukaAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Patty and her mom bond over taking pregnancy tests with surprising results. Bob Armstrong visits his father in the hospital. Coralee and Bob share a drunken night of radical honesty. Nonnie tries to pretend that things haven't changed between her and Patty. Bob Barnard moves into Bob Armstrong's office. Christian returns with a surprising confusion. Pastor Mike fears that Patty might have an unholy presence instead of her. Dixie continues to try to steal the pageant crown from Patty. Bob Armstrong and Bob Barnard get in a fight that ends in a heated makeout session and a surprising love declaration on Barnard's end.
9"Bad Kitty"Steven TsuchidaJace RichdaleAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
10"Banana Heart Banana"Elodie KeeneTim SchlattmannAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
11"Winners Win. Period."Lev L. SpiroLauren Gussis & Michael EllisAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
12"Why Bad Things Happen"Andrew FlemingLauren Gussis & Jace RichdaleAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)

Production[edit]

A pilot for the series was ordered by The CW, but passed on before Netflix picked up the series.[2] The series was filmed in Newnan, Georgia.[5]

Release[edit]

The first season of Insatiable premiered on Netflix on August 10, 2018.[6] On July 19, 2018, the official trailer for the series was released.[6]

Marketing[edit]

On July 10, 2018, Netflix released the first teaser and the first official images from the series.[7]

Controversy[edit]

Prior to the show's release, The Guardian reported on July 24, 2018, that over 100,000 people had signed an online petition on Change.org started on July 20, 2018, calling for Netflix to cancel Insatiable, accusing it of "fat shaming".[8] Lauren Gussis, the show's creator, defended the show, saying it was based on her own experiences as a teenager.[9] Alyssa Milano stated on Twitter that "We are not shaming Patty .. We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat-shaming."[10]

Reception[edit]

The series holds an approval rating of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 27 reviews. The site's critic consensus reads: "Broad stereotypes, clumsy social commentary, and a failed attempt at "wokeness" make Insatiable hard to swallow."[11] Metacritic reports a score of 21 out of 100 for the series, based on 10 critics.[12]

In negative reviews, Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter called the series "trite", "unfunny", and "a hot bloated mess",[13] while Jen Chaney from Vulture called it "an equal opportunity trainwreck" replete with bad jokes about rape and pedophilia, and offensive stereotypes of African-Americans, Christians, Southerners and gay people.[14]

Linda Holmes of NPR argued that the show willfully misunderstood the realities of fat-shaming and the concerns of fat people: "Let me assure you: It is not satire. Insatiable is satire in the same way someone who screams profanities out a car window is a spoken-word poet. Satire requires a point of view; this has none. It generally requires some feel for humor, however dark; this has none. It requires a mastery of tone; this has none. It requires a sense that the actors are all part of the same project; this has none."[15]

In an interview with Variety, star Debby Ryan stated that she listened to the body-positive podcast "She's All Fat" in preparation for the role.[16] Responding via their official Twitter account, hosts of the podcast Sophia Carter-Kahn and April K. Quioh stated: "We’re not sure how our show could inspire a thin actress to do a fat suit as we’ve discussed at length how this very act is incredibly harmful to the fat community."[17]

In contrast to the largely negative critical reviews and publicity that characterised the run up to Insatiable's release, home audiences have responded generally more favourably. The show holds an audience approval rating of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 1339 reviews.[18] Metacritic has similarly demonstrated a broadly positive reception from audiences with a score of 7.5 out of 10, based on 125 ratings.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Kasey (August 10, 2018). "Is Netflix's "Insatiable" Based on a True Story?". What's on Netflix. Retrieved August 13, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Andreeva, Nellie (June 10, 2017). "'Insatiable': Netflix Picks Up Ex-CW Pilot Starring Debby Ryan To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (October 3, 2017). "Alyssa Milano To Topline Lifetime Mayor Comedy, Upped To Regular On Netflix's 'Insatiable', Developing 'Hacktivist' At CW". Deadline Hollywood. 
  4. ^ "'Insatiable': Jordan Gelber & James Lastovic Set To Recur On Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. November 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Sarah Fay (March 24, 2017). "Two productions filming in downtown Newnan Wednesday". Newnan Times-Herald. Retrieved August 10, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Petski, Denise (July 10, 2018). "'Insatiable' Starring Debby Ryan Gets Premiere Date On Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved July 19, 2018. 
  7. ^ Poulimenakos, Nick (July 10, 2018). "Netflix Original Series 'Insatiable' Unveils First Look Images & Official Teaser". Talkies Network. Retrieved July 19, 2018. 
  8. ^ Mumford, Gwilym (July 24, 2018). "Insatiable: over 100,000 sign petition to cancel Netflix 'fat-shaming' series". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2018. 
  9. ^ Rosenblatt, Kalhan (22 July 2018). "Netflix series 'Insatiable' accused of fat-shaming as stars defend the show". NBC News. Retrieved 24 July 2018. 
  10. ^ Heller, Corinne (20 July 2018). "Alyssa Milano Responds to Fat-Shaming Backlash Over Netflix's Insatiable". E! News. Retrieved 24 July 2018. 
  11. ^ "INSATIABLE: SEASON 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 10, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Insatiable : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved August 10, 2018. 
  13. ^ Goodman, Tim (August 8, 2018). "'Insatiable': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 10, 2018. 
  14. ^ Chaney, Jen (August 9, 2018). "Insatiable Netflix Review - Vulture". Vulture.com. Retrieved August 10, 2018. 
  15. ^ Holmes, Linda (August 9, 2018). "'Insatiable' Is Lazy And Dull, But At Least It's Insulting : NPR". NPR. Retrieved August 12, 2018. 
  16. ^ Clopton, Ellis (August 10, 2018). "'Insatiable' Boss, Stars Stand by Show Amid Backlash: 'It Really Comes From a Place of Compassion'". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2018. 
  17. ^ @shesallfatpod (August 11, 2018). "In this Variety article, the star of Insatiable mentions that she listened to SAF to prepare for the role. We're not sure how our show could inspire a thin actress to don a fat suit as we've discussed at length how this very act is incredibly harmful to the fat community" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  18. ^ "INSATIABLE: SEASON 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Insatiable : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 

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