Survival of the Thickest: Season One   Books Included 
August 8, 2023 7:22 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Mavis Beaumont (Michelle Buteau) is a stylist in New York City trying to figure out her life after a bad breakup.

"You can’t fault Survival of the Thickest for fitting what it can into the episode order it was given. You can lament how institutions like Netflix have pivoted away from early experiments like The Ranch, which mirrored the length of network comedies as well as their look and feel. On ABC, Abbott Elementary has spent two seasons proving we don’t need to choose between classic formats and contemporary themes. Mavis’ mission in life is to evangelize the idea that bigger can be better, a maxim that applies as much to TV as the world of fashion." -- Alison Herman, Variety

"But if agreeableness is one of Survival of the Thickest‘s chief assets, it can also be an unexpected liability. The series seems determined to be a little bit of everything, and not too much of anything." -- Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter

"Survival of the Thickest is at its most artful when drawing attention to just how much Mavis is trying to balance. The series doesn’t need to do everything to be great—it just needs to keep Buteau’s charm at its center." -- Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic

Survival of the Thickest streams in the US via Netflix.
posted by Etrigan (3 comments total)
Perhaps unsurprisingly (this series is based on her book of autobiographical essays), your level of enjoyment with this series will probably be almost exactly your level of enjoyment of Michelle Buteau. However, if you didn't know she was a standup, you probably wouldn't be able to tell from this -- everyone gets laugh lines, but there aren't many punchlines per se that you can tell came straight off the stage.

If you like Buteau, this is a must-see. If you don't know her, give it a shot.
posted by Etrigan at 10:50 AM on August 8, 2023

I wasn’t familiar with her but I’m enjoying it so far! It’s got great range.
posted by obfuscation at 3:36 PM on August 8, 2023

The title has unfortunate connotations here in Britain, where "thick" is a slang term for "stupid".
posted by Paul Slade at 1:21 AM on August 11, 2023 [1 favorite]

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