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Fleabag is a British comedy-drama television series set in London. It was originally produced by Two Brothers Pictures for digital channel BBC Three in a co-production agreement with Amazon Studios.[1][2] The show premiered on 21 July 2016.[3] Show creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as the protagonist, Fleabag, an angry, confused and sexually voracious young woman living in London. The programme is particularly known for "breaking the fourth wall" when the main protagonist talks to the camera.[4] The second and final series was broadcast from 4 March to 8 April 2019.[5][6]

Fleabag
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Fleabag title card
Genre
Created byPhoebe Waller-Bridge
Written byPhoebe Waller-Bridge
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s)Isobel Waller-Bridge
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Harry Williams
  • Jack Williams
  • Harry Bradbeer (s. 2)
  • Lydia Hampson (s. 2)
  • Joe Lewis (s. 2)
Producer(s)
  • Lydia Hampson (s. 1)
  • Sarah Hammond (s. 2)
Cinematography
Editor(s)
Running time23–28 minutes
Production company(s)Two Brothers Pictures Limited
DistributorBBC
Release
Original network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release21 July 2016 (2016-07-21) –
8 April 2019 (2019-04-08)
External links
Website

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The show is adapted from Waller-Bridge's 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe one-woman play of the same name which won the Fringe First Award.[7][8][9] The initial idea of the character of Fleabag came from a challenge by a friend, where Waller-Bridge was given the task of creating a sketch for a 10-minute section in a stand-up storytelling night.[10]

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1621 July 2016 (2016-07-21)25 August 2016 (2016-08-25)
264 March 2019 (2019-03-04)8 April 2019 (2019-04-08)

Distribution and broadcastEdit

 
The women behind the Fleabag monologue interviewed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. Performer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is in the centre.

BBC Three is the initial broadcaster of the series. However, a repeat run of the first series was broadcast on BBC Two between 21 August and 25 September 2016. The second series, broadcast simulcast with BBC One on Monday nights at 10:35 pm as BBC Three, is now part of a one-hour programming block on BBC One as of 4 March 2019.[11]

It was picked up by the on-demand Amazon Video service and premiered in the United States on 16 September 2016.[9][12]

Critical receptionEdit

Both seasons of Fleabag received widespread acclaim from television critics. At review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, both seasons received approval ratings of 100%. The first series received an average rating of 8.5/10, based on 40 reviews, with the site's critical consensus reading: "Clever and viciously funny, Fleabag is a touching, wildly inventive comedy about a complicated young woman navigating the aftermath of trauma."[13] The second series received an average rating of 9.23/10, based on 62 reviews, with the critical consensus stating: "Fleabag jumps back into the fray with a bracing second season that upholds its predecessors' frenzied wit and delicate heart, replete with Phoebe Waller-Bridge's indefatigable charisma".[14] At Metacritic, the first series received a score of 88 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "universal acclaim",[15] while the second series received a score of 96, based on 19 critics, again signifying "universal acclaim".[16]

Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker described the show's first series as "a precision black-humor mechanism, a warped and affecting fable about one single woman's existence."[17] Maureen Ryan at Variety called it "scathingly funny", concluding that "long after it’s pulled you in with its irreverence and jokes about sex, and beguiled you with its cutting wit and messily human characters, it reveals that it’s actually a tragedy".[18] Hank Stuever of The Washington Post characterised it as a "funny, highly profane but surprisingly poignant dramedy".[19] Mike Hale in The New York Times praised the show for its "restless, almost feral energy and its slap-in-the-face attitude."[20] Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times commended its unpredictability, acting, and "clear eye for truth that often becomes, like all good comedy, quite devastating".[21]

Serena Davies of The Daily Telegraph lauded the show's second series as "a near-perfect work of art".[22] Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon praised its "brilliant swan song", finding the series' conclusion satisfying and "well-earned".[23] For Rolling Stone, Alan Sepinwall wrote that the "tragicomic masterpiece reaches new heights in its second outing".[24] James Poniewozik of The New York Times wrote that "the new season feels immediately confident, if inevitably less groundbreaking. Yet it continues to push its form".[25] At the show's conclusion Hannah Jane Parkinson of The Guardian described it as "the most electrifying, devastating TV in years", writing of the second series that "it seems as though many who either did not watch the first series, or who didn’t think it lived up to the hype, have been converted".[26]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Fleabag Nominated [27]
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
Broadcast Awards Best Comedy Programme Fleabag Nominated [28]
Best Original Programme Fleabag Won
Best Multichannel Programme Fleabag Won
2017 Dorian Awards Unsung TV Show of the Year Fleabag Nominated [29]
NME Awards Best TV Series Fleabag Won [30]
Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards Best TV Situation Comedy Fleabag - "Episode one" Won [31]
Royal Television Society Awards Best Writing – Comedy Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won [32]
Breakthrough Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Writer Phoebe Waller Bridge Won [33]
BAFTA Television Awards Best Scripted Comedy Fleabag Nominated [34]
Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme Olivia Colman Nominated
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won
BAFTA Television Craft Awards Best Editing: Fiction Gary Dollner Nominated [35]
Best Writer: Comedy Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
Breakthrough Talent Award Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Fleabag Nominated [36]
Individual Achievement in Comedy Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
Golden Nymph Awards Best TV Comedy Series Fleabag Won [37]
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won
Rockie Awards Best Comedy Series – English Language Fleabag Won [38]
Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Series – Long Form Fleabag Nominated [39]

MusicEdit

Phoebe's sister, Isobel Waller-Bridge, composed the music for the first series.[10]

Home mediaEdit

The complete first series was released on DVD on 3 October 2016 by Dazzler Media.[40] The DVD and Blu-ray for the second series was released on 15 April 2019.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Day, Elizabeth (7 July 2016). "Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge on female anger, emotional honesty -and fancying Barack Obama". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  3. ^ Rees, Jasper (16 September 2016). "Fleabag: a gloriously rude, and far funnier, update of Bridget Jones – review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  4. ^ Wilson, Benji (25 March 2019). "Fleabag, episode 4 review: another superb, poignant episode that was both shocking and shockingly good". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
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  15. ^ "Fleabag - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Fleabag - Season 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  17. ^ Nussbaum, Emily (26 September 2016). ""Fleabag," an Original Bad-Girl Comedy". The New Yorker. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  18. ^ Ryan, Maureen (7 September 2016). "TV Review: 'One Mississippi' and 'Fleabag'". Variety. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  19. ^ Stuever, Hank (8 December 2016). "Fall TV 2016". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  20. ^ Hale, Mike (15 September 2016). "Review: 'Fleabag,' Biting, Bitter and Pushing Boundaries". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  21. ^ McNamara, Mary (15 September 2016). "Not just a millennial Bridget Jones, 'Fleabag' gives the female narrator a whole new voice". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  22. ^ Davies, Serena (9 April 2019). "Why Fleabag's second series is a near-perfect work of art". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  23. ^ Williams, Mary Elizabeth (20 May 2019). ""Fleabag" gets a brilliant swan song: Who says there are no great finales?". Salon. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
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