Queenie

Queenie

Apart from being realistically messy, this quarter-life crisis dramedy doesn’t bring anything new or enjoyable to the plate

6.7

TV Show

United Kingdom, United States of America
English
Comedy, Drama
2024
Bellah, Dionne Brown, Samuel Adewunmi
30 min

TLDR

I love Queenie the character, but I’m not a big fan of Queenie the show.

What it's about

Fresh from a breakup and struggling to be noticed at work, 25-year-old Queenie braves her way through the ups and downs of early adulthood.

The take

In theory, Queenie sounds like the kind of show many will find comforting and relatable. It follows an emotionally complex 25-year-old Black woman figuring out life, love, and everything in between. But unlike Insecure, I May Destroy You, or even Fleabag and Girls before it, Queenie struggles to find a discernable style and identity. It’s still directionless a couple of episodes in, which would be forgivable if it was funny, fresh, or smart. Instead, it feels slow and derivative as it slogs through blocks of speech and tells us what Queenie feels, instead of showing us how she feels. Dionne Brown is an emotive actress, but she’s unfortunately underutilized in a show that prefers dialogue and monologue over silent, powerful acting. The result is a show that drags itself with its own heaviness.

What stands out

The colorful realism and specificity of Queenie’s surroundings. Now if only her inner life could be rendered just as beautifully.

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