Am I Being Unreasonable? Season 1 Review – Bizarre mash-up of genres makes for an entertaining and unsettling watch

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 4/5

 

British dark comedy, Am I Being Unreasonable, revolves around Nic, a wife, and a mom trapped in a dysfunctional relationship. Nic is keeping a sinister secret that she simply can’t bear to reveal to anybody. Ollie, Nic’s kid, is the sole factor that keeps Nic going. She has no friends who are close to her, nobody to open up to concerning her trauma and sadness, and nobody to talk to regarding the things that are tearing at her.

Her life gets better when Jen shows up. When Nic and Jen, a single mom who is new to the neighborhood, begin talking, everything changes. The women support and comfort one another but like Nic, Jen also harbors a dark truth that only comes to light over time.

The series unravels the many layers of Nic and Jen’s narrative over the course of six episodes. Initially, nothing appears to fit the tale, much like the primary protagonist’s psychological state. The puzzle pieces slowly fit together as we gradually come to understand things concerning the protagonists and their underlying motives.

The thriller comedy’s element of mystery is really what helps makes this stand out. Nic is denying a lot of things and is hiding information from others for evident reasons. Although Jen may be lying to herself or in denial, the reason why she is unable to simply come clean about her past equally becomes clear later on in the show. The series invests a lot of time and effort into creating narrative holes that arise, simply to have those details filled in later on down the line.

While the show is billed as a comedy, the writers are also able to add just the right amount of chaos, ambiguity, and even a little bit of horror to the fold. In the end, a bizarre mash-up of genres produces an entertaining and unsettling show concerning relationships, familial bonds, and psychological well-being. Many genres are being juggled here, and for the most part the show does well to balance all of this out.

The script deftly flits between laughs and ominous sequences, touching moments in addition to unexpected turns. Having said that, the comedy sometimes takes a backseat due to this being much more narrative rather than character-driven.

In order to create a chaotic depiction of parenting that is the perfect balance of recognizable as well as absurd, plausible along with psychologically twisted, the creators skillfully interweave the stories of two best friends, and their performances complement all of this well.

Cooper is a wildly talented and entertaining actor who displays crushing vulnerabilities. Hizli proves to be an equally skilled actor who excels in dramatic sequences, in which Cooper appears less at ease. Rush has comedic skills as well as an emotional range comparable to a performer twice his age.

This dark comedy thriller looks at the difficulties of being a parent, the rush of making new friends, and the effects of having a guilty conscience. The show effortlessly joins the ever-growing genre of shows concerning complex, chaotic women without succumbing to the method of conventional sitcoms. And all in the process of making sure you have a good time.


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