In Case You Haven’t Watched Hulu’s ‘Shrill’ Yet, Here’s Why You Need To

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When Hulu released Shrill in March earlier this year, I quickly added it to my queue on Hulu — and then watched reruns of Bob’s Burgers, completely forgetting about the new comedy starring Saturday Night Live comedian, Aidy Bryant. The premise of Shrill was promising, and while shows like that are supposed to be amazing and empowering, I suspected there were a million and one ways to get that wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time that a show talking body-positivity and personal growth failed to live up to expectations. If I’m being honest, I was afraid of being disappointed once again.

But I was wrong to delay my Hulu binge. Shrill didn’t just meet expectations, it exceeded them.

So, why is Shrill so good? What makes it so incredibly “binge-worthy” that I watched all six episodes in one sitting? Here’s what you need to know if, like me, you were delayed to hop on this series.

1. It doesn't hesitate to go there.

A lot of shows are afraid to address the root of the issue, but Shrill takes no prisoners. Instead of just saying that “Society bullies overweight people, and that’s bad,” Shrill breaks down what that actually means. It shines a light on how a series of microaggressions can add up to significant trauma.

Embracing your body doesn’t mean drastically changing it to meet societal expectations, and luckily, this is only the start of many radically real ideas that Shrill proudly delivers.


2. The “villains” are real people, and more recognizable than you’d like to admit.

Without fail, every teen movie features a central bully who is unrelatable and unfamiliar. Very few people actually know a Regina George IRL, but you do know the villains of Shrill. They’re everyday people who appear to have your best interest at heart but have been conditioned to hurt you by internalized stigmas. They’re a cruel internet troll, a stranger in a coffee shop, a coworker, or sometimes even your own family.


  3.The hero isn't perfect.

Annie Easton is a badass, and nobody can convince me otherwise. But she’s also a flawed character, because humans have flaws. She’s going through an incredible transformation that’s empowering and inspiring, but she’s not immune to mistakes. She’s authentic, and that’s the best part about her. 


4. It's honest.

Honesty is what gives this show its relatability and strength. Annie’s struggles are real, and they inform her decision making alongside the life that she’s built. She’s doing amazing things, but she’s also taking some major L’s. She has this incredible support system, but they’re people, too, with genuine problems of their own. As you’re watching this show, you really stop and think, “Wow, this could actually happen.” 


5. Self-growth and healing aren't linear.

Annie makes incredible strides towards self-growth, but it’s not linear. She doesn’t have an epiphany that makes her take steps to expand on her healing until she’s finally reached some goal. She experiences the true highs and lows of self-improvement. Sometimes, she’s confident and successful, and other times, she just needs a hug (I can totally relate). If there’s one thing that this show should teach you, let it be that you can have as many setbacks as possible and still become a better person.


If you’re looking for a bit of empowerment or just a show that’s real and refreshing, watch Shrill on Hulu. I promise that you won’t regret it, and soon, you’ll be counting down the days until the next season is released.