Ally Pankiw is a Canadian director who is best known for making music videos for Ariana Grande and the band The Arkells. Breaking away from that world, Pankiw has moved to a longer format and has created her first television show, titled Feel Good. The series stars and is co-written by Canadian comedian Mae Martin. Initially premiering on Channel 4 in the U.K, Feel Good was picked up for distribution by Netflix.
Feel Good is a six-part romantic comedy and drama about a young lesbian comic named Mae (Martin). Mae’s character is a native of Canada who is living in England to promote her career in comedy. She is a recovering drug addict, but Mae’s current fixation is on straight girls. When Mae notices a girl named George (Charlotte Richie) at her weekly comedy set she knows something is up because Mae isn’t THAT funny. The two hit it off and become inseparable. Two colossal problems in this relationship surround honesty – George is hiding Mae from her friends because she is uncomfortable with her sexuality, and Mae is hiding her past drug addiction from George because she feels her addiction is no longer a part of herself.
Throughout the six-part series, Mae reveals how much she wants to be loved and accepted as a partner by George. At the same time, George is struggling with being her authentic self. Both inner battles are playing out at the exact same time. Just as George is afraid to deepen their relationship by introducing Mae to friends, the more Mae feels compelled to relapse.
Online reviews have been very positive for the series thus far. Rotten Tomatoes gave the series a one 100% rating while on IMDB the show is at a rating of 7.5 out of 10.
A favourite aspect of the whole show for me is Mae’s mothers character Linda (Lisa Kudrow) who has a terribly dry sense of humour which I personally ate up. I was intrigued at the storyline of Mae’s character and why she continues to choose women who are unattainable.
Ultimately, I would recommend watching Feel Good because it has subtle comedic moments and doesn’t feel derivative of other Netflix shows.