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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 10, 2018
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  • Summary: Disgraced-lawyer-turned-beauty-pageant-coach Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts) helps the bullied (and full of hidden rage) Patty (Debby Ryan) become a pageant queen in the dark comedy that was originally developed for The CW.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 12 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 22, 2018
    80
    Here's what Insatiable is not: an exercise in fat-shaming or any other teenage caste cruelty. Sure, Patty gets mocked and abused, but the kids who engage in that behavior are unambiguously treated as villains, and they don't fare well. And Patty's acts of vengeance mostly seem heroic, even when they are patently misanthropic. Everybody who ever suffered shunning or scorn at the hands of a high-school social overlord will be raising a fist in solidarity.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Aug 10, 2018
    70
    Insatiable is excitingly preposterous. ... That there is a high degree of difficulty to the comic twistedness of such developments goes toward the nerve of the series’ creator, Lauren Gussis, whose confidence seems winning as long as the pace keeps up (and misplaced when episodes grow slack with meandering scenarios and repetitious dialogue).
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 8, 2018
    50
    Patty is important--but she’s not Insatiable’s main dish. Strangely and crucially, her viewpoint often gets lost, ignored or brushed aside, at least in the early episodes. The focus of this dark comedy is Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts).
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Aug 8, 2018
    20
    Insatiable is a harsh example of the best intentions yielding the worst results. ... Insatiable is unforgivably inelegant as satire. It fails not only to land its purportedly progressive message about body image and weight, but also its storylines tackling sexuality, sexual agency, classism, race, and transgender acceptance.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 8, 2018
    20
    Insatiable is trite, way over the top (even for a series that appears to be trying to go there for comedic effect), unfunny and, running at 40-plus minutes per episode, a bloated mess that's labor-intensive to get through.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Aug 10, 2018
    16
    So many problems plague Netflix’s original series it’s only option is the scrap heap, where a few spare parts can be salvaged to sustain other functioning vehicles.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Aug 10, 2018
    0
    The show specializes in the easiest forms of scripted cruelty and snark. The fat-shaming, such that it even exists, is brief and nowhere nearly as harmful as the middling idiocy of the entire effort. That’s my review and also a scolding: If you’re watching this, you really need better things to do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 68
  2. Negative: 10 out of 68
  1. Aug 10, 2018
    10
    People don't like this show because the don't want to face the truth of this society
  2. Aug 16, 2018
    10
    This Tv Show projects reality in a mini-series about teenagers with problems with parents
  3. Aug 19, 2018
    10
    Its a different show, and its good. Starts with a saga to revenge, then, its shows that every character has his own saga to to care about. ItsIts a different show, and its good. Starts with a saga to revenge, then, its shows that every character has his own saga to to care about. Its a very good show with a very good plot. Expand
  4. Aug 15, 2018
    10
    This is an amazing look at popular culture in 2018 and well worth the watch, it's funny and has the balls to make light of serious situations.This is an amazing look at popular culture in 2018 and well worth the watch, it's funny and has the balls to make light of serious situations. It's not perfect and lags in the middle but not since South Park and Family guy have we seen a show willing to address these topics in pop culture. There are people who seem to hate this show, the show will ask you if can you take solace in their seething hatred. Like Patty (show protagonist), I feel better knowing these people feel punished because of the existence of this show, as after all their the bullies in life! Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2018
    9
    If you are a fan of Riverdale, then there is a good chance that you will appreciate Insatiable. This series is edgier than the former butIf you are a fan of Riverdale, then there is a good chance that you will appreciate Insatiable. This series is edgier than the former but don't let that stop you. This show is good. I don't understand the critic's poor reviews. Maybe they are playing it safe. Insatiable hits a lot of strings when it strums. The story is fun, well written, and the actors back this up with excellent performances. Expand
  6. Sep 8, 2018
    8
    This dark dramedy , about a disgraced/falsely accused former beauty pageant coach (Dallas Roberts) who gets a second chance mentoring a bitterThis dark dramedy , about a disgraced/falsely accused former beauty pageant coach (Dallas Roberts) who gets a second chance mentoring a bitter former overweight girl with behavioral issues (Disney Channel veteran Debby Ryan), has gotten a lot of negative buzz from professional critics. I, however, liked it.

    Admittedly things get a little dark or touchey a few times. However, it doesn't happen as thoroughly the reviews say. Overall, I thought this was pretty funny, inventive, and unpredictable.

    Most of the characters can be over-the-top selfish, but at the same time they are all have problems and personal demons and can be pretty sympathetic. One downside is that the show juggles way too many characters. There are some people you want to see more of, but the writers just don't have the time.

    Great cast all around. The MVP though is Irene Choi as treacherous and super dumb contestant rival Dixie Sinclair. Although this type of character is far from original, she has a distinctive flair and steals every scene she is in.

    Listen, if you don't like dark comedy, this won't work for you. Otherwise, you might have a fun time.
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  7. Dec 7, 2018
    0
    It's simply terrible.

    Lets forget about all the hate during the whole show (fat shaming etc), the main character is first portrayed as a
    It's simply terrible.

    Lets forget about all the hate during the whole show (fat shaming etc), the main character is first portrayed as a sweet girl and then she suddenly becomes a raging **** The first episode was decent but then it all turned to sh*t.
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