Shrill. It’s not overly dramatic. It’s not overly comedic. It’s more like an entertaining look into a real person’s world in modern times with modern problems, with one recurring thematic answer: acceptance. The main character “Annie” has been fat her whole life, and it took at least twenty years for her to decide that she’s happy with who she is. Twenty years may seem like a long time, but many people never do.
You may recognize the show co-creator, writer and main character, Aidy Bryant, from SNL. Throughout season one her character “Annie” decides to take control of her dignity, self-respect, and life overall. She stands up to the personal trainer telling her that “there’s a skinny person hidden inside”. She stands up to her mom who has tried putting her on diets her whole life. She stands up to the guy she was seeing who was making her sneak out the back door so that his friends wouldn’t see her. The episode where she goes to a fat women’s pool party and then writes about it is fun. The episode where there is a fight over the insurance costs of fat is fascinating.
The underlying theme with the show (no matter what the issue) seemed to be acceptance. She’s a lovable character that you really start to root for, even though the character doesn’t necessarily need it anymore.