I Hate Suzie

I Hate Suzie

One intense, prolonged nervous breakdown with an astonishing performance by Billie Piper

The Very Best

8.2

TV Show

United Kingdom
English
Comedy, Drama
2020
Billie Piper, Daniel Ings, Leila Farzad

What it's about

Suzie Pickles, a star on the wane, has her whole life upended when her phone is hacked and a photo of her emerges in an extremely compromising position.

The take

A black comedy with an aggressively bleak view of its own protagonist, this story of a celebrity's life falling apart starts off funny and gradually becomes more and more difficult to watch. As the titular character scrambles to keep each part of her life afloat, her sense of self begins to fracture as well—emphasizing how our lives are defined by the responsibilities we have over others and ourselves. Billie Piper is extraordinary in the lead role, spiraling further down in ways that are truly haunting, and Leila Farzad balances her out perfectly as Suzie's unapologetic, type A manager.

If the show's first season is impressive enough with its unpredictable mix of styles and stern drama, season two—which only consists of three episodes—ratchets up the tension even more, playing out like an extended anxiety attack backstage at a reality show. Think Uncut Gems but with lots of dancing. For the boldness of its direction alone, I Hate Suzie doesn't serve to just fly under the radar.

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