This is like a better and gutsier version of the iCarly reboot.
There is no shortage of TV shows that dive deep into the weird wired world of social media, but F#Ck1Ng Social Media deserves credit for doing it effortlessly. You can tell the writers have an intimate knowledge of internet fame by how it contrasts has-been influencer Amanda with rising content star Vicky (Azul Guaita). Amanda’s realm is YouTube (a millennial staple) while Vicky’s is TikTok (a Gen Z haven). Amanda rose to fame because of her sincerity, while it was Vicky’s sleekness that first caught people’s eyes. Through their rivalry, the series shows us how swiftly social media evolves and how contradictory it can be—online, we’re both vulnerable and artificial, progressive and regressive. It’s a hefty message, but the show delivers it with an impressively light touch. Intense rivalry and fame commentary aside, F#Ck1Ng Social Media is also a quirky comedy and a touching family drama. There’s just as much to like here as there is to learn.
For all its knowledge about how social network sites work, F#Ck1Ng Social Media relies on many analog transitions and props. The way it’s blocked and edited makes it seem like a play, which is an interesting choice. I’d say it adds to the show’s overall quirk and charm, but I do wish it employed more of the whizzy effects of social media, if only to match the show’s themes.
What did you think? Who should watch it?