I’ve avoided talking about TV series on this blog so far, but I had to mention how much I enjoyed the debut season of Please Like Me. It was only 6 episodes but I’m going to go ahead and say it was the best Australian comedy to hit our screens in years.
The show followed comedian, Josh Thomas – who most Australian viewers would recognise from Talking ‘Bout Your Generation – as he hung out with his friends, dealt with family crises, and came out of the closet. It provided plenty of laughs and had an undeniable warmth to it, despite many of the characters clearly having trouble displaying emotion in a healthy way. It touched on issues of death, suicide, depression, racism, homophobia, infidelity and divorce but without ever feeling trite or over-dramatic. In fact, much of the comedy came from how characters didn’t react to these things (in the very first scene where Josh’s girlfriend dumps him, he is more upset about having wasted $19 on a sundae).
It was great to see a show about young people that didn’t feel like it was written from an older person’s perspective (the creators started writing the show at around age 20) and even though it didn’t shy away from the negative stereotypes attached to the younger generation (like Josh being constantly on his phone at inappropriate times) it showed that their problems are still very real.
So, I’ll be eagerly awaiting more episodes and stubbornly ignoring the possibility that it might not get picked up for another season. If you missed it, you can watch all 6 episodes for free here (may not work for those outside Australia) but if you did catch it be sure to let me know what you thought!