Tales from the Loop, Undone, The Legend of Vox Machina, Sneaky Pete, Vanity Fair, Alex Rider, Red Oaks, Homecoming, Modern Love, Fleabag, The Underground Railroad – God! With so many Original series to choose from, on Amazon Prime Video, it can be a daunting task to select an Amazon Prime Original Series to binge. But worry not; we’ve got you covered! In today’s article, we are going to pick the best original series for you to watch. So grab a tub of popcorn, dim the lights, and turn on your headphones – your bingeing session is about to begin!
The Best – Which One Is It?
With an IMDb rating of 8.7, a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating, cringy but fun comedy, drama, and a gripping storyline – looks like the perfect original series, right? If you have not already guessed it, the show we’re talking about is “Fleabag”! Production of Two Brothers Pictures, and directed by Harry Bradbeer and Tim Kirkby, this show has been ranked at the top by many critics’ websites. Without further ado, let’s get to know more about this show.
All You Need To Know About Fleabag
Starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman, Bill Patterson, Brett Gelman, Hugh Skinner, and Hugh Dennis among many other talented actors, this show has exceeded all expectations of its viewers as well as the makers. Originally produced by Two Brothers Pictures in association with Amazon Studios and digital channel BBC Three, this show has garnered worldwide acclaim. It won 39 out of the 77 awards it was nominated for, in a mere 5 years. Some of its awards include the Primetime Emmy Award, Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award, British Academy Television Award, Critics’ Choice Television Award, and Producers Guild of America Award.
Spanning over a period of nearly 1 month per season, with 2 seasons, the show produced 12 outstanding episodes with breathtaking performances. Phoebe’s one-woman play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2013, formed the baseline for the plot of this show.
33-year-old Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) is a sharp-witted single woman and the main lead of this series. She attempts to steer contemporary life in London after she is hit by aftershocks of trauma. Fleabag shares an uneasy relationship with her sister, Claire (Sian Clifford), and her husband Martin (Brett Gelman). Fleabag has no steady love interest and is open to one-night stands with men. Fleabag keeps running into comical, adventurous, and dangerous situations, and the show revolves around how she gets out of those messy situations. She has to keep coping with tragedy, anger, and grief as she lives her life. Fleabag’s journey in the show is quite motivational, she maintains her bravado, no matter what. Yes, Fleabag is definitely a dark comedy, but it is sure to lift up one’s spirits with its bone-tickling crude humor.
The creators knew that they didn’t need something extravagant to make the show special – all they needed was a touch of reality to the series. The show is simply about the typical life of a clever and straightforward person. It is about simple people. People who struggle with business loans, and go through heartbreaks.
Fleabag is erroneous and messed up, yet captivating, and one cannot help but laugh and cry at the same time. The characters are so well described, that one feels connected with them at an emotional level – so much that you cry when they cry and you laugh when they laugh. The concept of Breaking the Fourth Wall was wisely used in this original series, and that enabled the audience to connect with Fleabag’s psyche. Elegantly written, exquisitely performed, and gracefully executed, this show takes you on a rollercoaster, through the ups and downs of Fleabag’s life as she deals with grief, love, heartbreaks, and happiness, stress, and friendship while juggling between work and family.
The show focuses on the tiny pleasures of life; teaches one to be optimistic even in the face of incomparable grief and loss. It teaches one that love is imperfect – one doesn’t need to be immaculate and ideal to love and care. Life is beautiful in its imperfections, and Fleabag showcases this saying quintessentially.
What The Public Says About Fleabag
Viewers from all over the world have given exceptional reviews and ratings to Fleabag, courtesy of its touching story. Here are a few reviews –
- “I fell in love with the Fleabag series instantly after watching the first episode. Phoebe Waller-Bridge has definitely created a masterpiece! It is brilliantly written and edited and all the scenes are so exquisitely done by the great cast.”
- “Casting, actors, and writing, you name it…and it’s all in this flawless creation. Phoebe Waller-Bridge has just aced her game with this beautiful story of dealing with loss and still finding your way out.”
- “British humor at its best. Fleabag takes the audience along and introduces them to her life, her every day, her family, slowly unveiling her recent past and how she feels responsible for her friend’s death. Along this humorous ride, the audience realizes that depression never looks a certain way. It hides behind layers of self-deprecating humor, comic timing and I guess what looks like some-what ‘normal behavior’.”
- “I immediately found it compelling, almost believable, fascinating me with different emotions and compelling insight into what really matters in different people’s lives. It’s rarely what should matter. There is a good spread of different characters, which is fabulous and healthy. This is also the only show where I have experienced laughing out loud whilst crying at the same time.”
Where To Watch Fleabag? Fleabag can be viewed on iPlayer and iTunes apart from Amazon Prime Video as an Amazon Prime Original Series. While Amazon Prime Video comes as a part of Amazon’s Prime subscription, which is currently priced at Rs. 1499 per year (incl. of taxes), iPlayer can be viewed free of cost with a Television license in the UK, which is priced at £159 per year, which is around Rs. 15,300 per year. iTunes costs Rs. 99 per month after a free trial period of 1 month.