Like a good British series, Feel Good it’s short in terms of length as well as number of episodes, but make no mistake, this production has a lot to say even with little screen time.
With only 6 episodes, Feel Good delivers an addictive story, so to speak. Talks about addictions, dilemmas, conflicts, and how. sometimes we project our happiness on the other, and we forget to look at ourselves. The humorist Mae Martin star like Mom, a young woman looking to live her life in a very intense way, and who falls headlong into a new relationship with the young woman George (Charlotte Ritchie). The point is that George never had a relationship with another girl, but he seems to want to find out more about this hilarious and fun comedian from stand-up that she meets one night at a bar.
Feel Good it shows the speed and ease that some people have to fall in love, but it also shows the challenges and difficulties of living a life together, when really as a person we are not 100% well with ourselves. Here, our characters begin to project bigger problems on their partners, as is the case with Mae is with George, and vice versa. AND Feel Good it basically shows the whole process and journey that we see young Mae deal with when embarking on a monogamous relationship, and clearly, changing one addiction (that of drugs) for another (that of a person).
And that is clear, when in one of the moments, Mae says that he had a problem and that now he has George, and George says, “You can’t just have me…. I have my job, my friends…. ” This is the type of discussion that the series certainly proposes, which is completely valid, after all, where the characters do not always make us agree with their attitudes.
Feel Good manages to create an almost suffocating look at relationships that throws us into this hurricane called Mae, where with each episode we learn more about her life, and what led her to leave Canada and live in the United Kingdom. And at the same time, the series manages to work the other side of the coin, with the figure of George, and his journey of sexual self-discovery, and personal maturity, while navigating his feelings, the pressure of society, and of course, how will introduce his new girlfriend to the world.
In the midst of this troubled and really intense relationship between the two, we have supporting characters who deliver stereotypes of British figures in the most different ways, but which help to break the ice of seriousness a little. Feel Good wants to pass by talking about these people and their complex relationships. We have Phill (Phill Burgers) the kind of weird but totally adorable roommate, the clueless friends like the young woman Binky (Ophelia Lovibond), the parents are absent with emphasis on great Lisa Kudrow, and still Brenda (Rosalind March) who acts as a kind of godmother for Mae, and all the colleagues in the young woman’s support group. Thus, these characters serve as support and at the same time act as a cataclysm to aggravate the situations that Mae and George live in their relationship.
Feel Good puts Mae and Georgie’s relationship in a spiral of situations that lead to fun moments, others that are sadder, in their lives, whether going to a wedding alone as a fear of presenting their new girlfriend to friends, a trip to try to get along better with parents, or use your sincerity to do a good number of stand-up that goes viral and full of online views. Feel Good shows that even susceptible to addictions, people can have bad attitudes, but be good people, and have good attitudes, and really be bad people.
On here, Mae Martin it delivers a complex character, full of doubts, and full of layers that make us wonder how we would react in different situations in its place, all with unparalleled British humor. Martin’s mother seems to suck everyone around her and really seems to get caught up in little things to really survive, while experiencing everything intensely.
Launched in the midst of a global pandemic, Feel Good it is the perfect series to marathon in just one day, and it delivers a production that will provoke many feelings, as it manages to create a dialogue on several, and difficult, subjects. In the end, Feel Good it will make you feel good when watching your episodes, after all, the greatest merit of the series is to present us protagonists as close to real life as we hardly have in the fiction series.
Feel Good is available on Netflix.