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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 4, 2018
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  • Summary: Plum Kettle (Joy Nash), a ghost writer for a fashion magazine editor (Julianna Margulies), plans for losing weight leads her to become involved with a feminist group in this Marti Noxon dark comedy based on Sarai Walker’s book of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Jun 4, 2018
    88
    The smartly written dark dramedy, created by Marti Noxon (UnREAL), is a delectable expression of feminist anger, a parable that eviscerates the patriarchy.
  2. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Jun 4, 2018
    80
    Dietland is a wonderfully absurd exaggeration of the rage that’s driving sea change like the #MeToo movement. The Harvey Weinstein effect is satirized here, his depravity and the victim’s fury filtered through dark humor, and that dark humor woven into a quirky yet compelling drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jun 4, 2018
    80
    Dietland may not single-handedly dismantle the beauty magazines, cosmetics corporations, impractical diets, and male gazes that place so many barriers in front of women achieving self-confidence, but it’s taking aim at those subjects with enough verve and freaky flair to make it impossible to ignore.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    May 14, 2018
    67
    Getting hooked on Dietland will take patience that viewers may not have. As it stands now, the drama is like a diet itself--easy to start, and even easier to abandon.
  5. Reviewed by: Gwen Ihnat
    Jun 4, 2018
    67
    What if that view was expanded past a size 4? Like Plum says, it would indeed take a revolution for that to happen. Dietland tries hard to pull that revolution off, and may actually get there eventually. But viewers will have to wade through a number of conflicting conspiracies to get there.
  6. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jun 5, 2018
    60
    Dietland’s biggest problem isn’t its tonal shifts; it’s the show’s structure, which is surprisingly haphazard for a drama so thematically complicated.
  7. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    May 31, 2018
    40
    For every moment that strikes just close enough to reality to make a pointed mark, there are about five more that feel far more scattered to the winds. Dietland wants to be a satire and a drama and all that lies between depending on its mood, and that determination to be everything often has it feeling more like nothing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 6, 2018
    8
    I watched the first two episodes and they were so much fun. Joy Nash and Tamara Tunie are especially good. Julianna Margulies has surprised meI watched the first two episodes and they were so much fun. Joy Nash and Tamara Tunie are especially good. Julianna Margulies has surprised me the most as I had no idea she could be so funny. I have to say that I am so happy to see Debra Monk in her role as Plum's mother. I loved Debra in Nero Wolfe and although her role here is small, she is excellent as always. I am happy with the acting so far and the production values are also very good. I think that this is a show that people will either love or hate. Those who love the show can and will see it for what it is; a satire that pokes at patriarchy and its values. If you enjoy satire, give this one a go. I highly recommend it. Expand

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