Black comedy is a genre hardly explored in mainstream culture despite there being options to level criticisms at various issues that plague society to this very day. The reason behind this reluctance is generally the idea that discussion of taboo topics in a funny, honest manner will not be taken by the general audience with open arms. Netflix has proven itself to be a medium that is unafraid to take up such challenges and explore the taboos around serious social topics.
Shows like ‘Jessica Jones‘ and ‘BoJack Horseman’ are bold steps in the direction despite them not being comedies. With ‘Insatiable’, Netflix has proved that they can venture into all genres with equal panache and create content that is both entertaining and socially relevant. Created by Lauren Gussis, ‘Insatiable’ is a show about a girl named Patty Bladell who has been body shamed throughout her life. When she is finally fit, she is ready to take on the people who made fun of her throughout her life. Patty wants to teach all of them a lesson that they will never forget. Meanwhile, she comes across a former lawyer who wants to send her as a participant to a beauty pageant contest.
Despite being a show about breaking stereotypes, ‘Insatiable’ has been accused by many to promote fat shaming. An online petition even asked Netflix to cancel the show. However, if you did enjoy the show and are looking for more series that explore similar themes and ideas, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Insatiable’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Insatiable’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
6. Heathers (2018)
‘Heathers’ is very similar to ‘Insatiable’. This show too is about the concepts of fat shaming, body positivity, and their effects on the general population. The central character of the story is a high school student called Veronica Sawyer. She studies at Westerberg High School where she is a part of a clique who call themselves “The Heathers” because all the members of the group have the same first name. The leader of this group is Heather Chandler. She is quite popular on social media because she always spreads messages showing how fat-shaming is wrong and why body positivity should be encouraged.
The other two members of the clique are Heather Duke and Heather McNamara. Though these three Heathers take a positive stance against body shaming, Veronica is suffering from an identity crisis and cannot figure out what she actually wants. Because she cannot relate to Heather Chandler completely, Veronica instead turns against her and starts getting violent towards Heather. ‘Heathers’, despite its thematic ambitions and genuine efforts, received negative reviews from critics and was canceled after the first season.