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. The show premiered on 21 July 2016. 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. The second and final series was broadcast from 4 March to 8 April 2019.
Fleabag title card
|Created by||Phoebe Waller-Bridge|
|Written by||Phoebe Waller-Bridge|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||12 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||23–28 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Two Brothers Pictures Limited|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||21 July 2016 –|
8 April 2019
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. 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.
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag, a troubled young woman living in London
- Sian Clifford as Claire, Fleabag's sister
- Olivia Colman as Fleabag's godmother, who is now in a relationship with Fleabag's father
- Bill Paterson as Fleabag's dad
- Brett Gelman as Martin, Claire's husband
- Hugh Skinner as Harry, Fleabag's ex-boyfriend
- Hugh Dennis as a bank manager approached by Fleabag for a loan
- Ben Aldridge as "Arsehole Guy", one of Fleabag's love interests
- Jamie Demetriou as "Bus Rodent", one of Fleabag's love interests (series 1)
- Jenny Rainsford as Boo, Fleabag's deceased best friend
- Andrew Scott as a priest who Fleabag falls in love with (series 2)
- Fiona Shaw as Fleabag's counsellor (series 2)
- Kristin Scott Thomas as Belinda, a successful businesswoman who Fleabag meets at an awards ceremony presented by Claire (series 2)
- Ray Fearon as a "hot misogynist" who serves as Fleabag's lawyer and love interest (series 2)
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||6||21 July 2016||25 August 2016|
|2||6||4 March 2019||8 April 2019|
Distribution and broadcastEdit
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.
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." 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". At Metacritic, the first series received a score of 88 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "universal acclaim", while the second series received a score of 96, based on 19 critics, again signifying "universal acclaim".
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." 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". Hank Stuever of The Washington Post characterised it as a "funny, highly profane but surprisingly poignant dramedy". Mike Hale in The New York Times praised the show for its "restless, almost feral energy and its slap-in-the-face attitude." 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".
Serena Davies of The Daily Telegraph lauded the show's second series as "a near-perfect work of art". Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon praised its "brilliant swan song", finding the series' conclusion satisfying and "well-earned". For Rolling Stone, Alan Sepinwall wrote that the "tragicomic masterpiece reaches new heights in its second outing". 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". 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".
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2016||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Comedy Series||Fleabag||Nominated|||
|Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Nominated|
|Broadcast Awards||Best Comedy Programme||Fleabag||Nominated|||
|Best Original Programme||Fleabag||Won|
|Best Multichannel Programme||Fleabag||Won|
|2017||Dorian Awards||Unsung TV Show of the Year||Fleabag||Nominated|||
|NME Awards||Best TV Series||Fleabag||Won|||
|Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards||Best TV Situation Comedy||Fleabag - "Episode one"||Won|||
|Royal Television Society Awards||Best Writing – Comedy||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Won|||
|Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Writer||Phoebe Waller Bridge||Won|||
|BAFTA Television Awards||Best Scripted Comedy||Fleabag||Nominated|||
|Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme||Olivia Colman||Nominated|
|BAFTA Television Craft Awards||Best Editing: Fiction||Gary Dollner||Nominated|||
|Best Writer: Comedy||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Talent Award||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Nominated|
|TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Comedy||Fleabag||Nominated|||
|Individual Achievement in Comedy||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Nominated|
|Golden Nymph Awards||Best TV Comedy Series||Fleabag||Won|||
|Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Won|
|Rockie Awards||Best Comedy Series – English Language||Fleabag||Won|||
|Gotham Independent Film Awards||Breakthrough Series – Long Form||Fleabag||Nominated|||
Phoebe's sister, Isobel Waller-Bridge, composed the music for the first series.
The complete first series was released on DVD on 3 October 2016 by Dazzler Media. The DVD and Blu-ray for the second series was released on 15 April 2019.
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