Mondays are more than alright tonight with a can’t miss episode of Dietland as our Top Pick to Watch (catch up with our latest recap here) followed by Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler (the Dietland after show), In the 8pm hour, spend some time with Bear G and Derek Hough on Running Wild With Bear Grylls.
Before you read on, make sure you’ve checked out our recap and review from last week’s episode here.
After a heavy introspective episode about Plum and her inner demons last week, tonight’s Dietland shifted its gaze outwards, turning its focus on both men’s perception of beauty as well as Jennifer and its growing influence as a movement. Lines are being drawn on whether Jennifer is a terrorist group or the acceptable expression of all women’s collective anger after a lifetime of shitty treatment by men. In Plum’s life, she has to face the concepts of beauty vis a vis the idea of becoming bangable.
Few shows, if any, would attempt to even tackle these subjects. Even less shows would handle it with a modicum of the dignity and decency and nuance that Dietland pulls off on a regular basis. If you are not watching this show, you’re doing it all wrong.
Read our recap and review … after the jump (Spoilers Ahead)!!
Episode 3 of Dietland goes darker and weirder than ever before while at the same time, speaking truth to power and showing Plum’s life and struggles without a filter, without a censor and in its full colored glory.
Dietland is very well written and very well acted but really, its emotional grip is what draws me in. I am living Plum’s struggles with her … this show grabs hold of me from minute 1 and does not let go of my feelings for a solid hour. Thank God there are commercials so I can breath and relax and think, it’ll be better in the next act.
Read on for our deep dive recap & review of “Y Not” … after the jump (Spoilers – Be warned)!
“Tender Belly” (Episode 102)
June 4, 2018
Part two of the two hour series premiere of Dietland, “Tender Belly” introduces us to Verena Baptist – the author of Dietland (the book on the show) and daughter of the famous weight loss Baptists. Make sure you read our recap and review of Episode 1 here. If you’re interested in a good discussion of the issues and themes being raised by Dietland, definitely check out our hour long TVTalk discussion with Jen Ponton (Rubi); it was an emotional and impactful hour of frank talk.
As Plum deals with the fallout of her decision to email the “Dear Kitty” contact list to Julia, all of our characters settle into their roles and we learn more about where each of them are coming from. Except Dominic. Other than a sweet tooth, we know shit about that guy so far.
Time to get into the episode, read our recap & review of “Tender Belly” … after the jump (beware of Spoilers)!
There is a reason to watch TV on Mondays this Summer and that reason is Dietland. Make sure you’re caught up with our recaps of the premiere here and then jump into the show. You won’t be sorry. Also on, new So You Think You Can Dance, the penultimate episode of Supergirl, and a new fascinating series on ID, People Magazine Investigates: Cults.
Dietland, based on the 2015 book by Sarai Walker of the same name, is an indictment of our culture and how we allow … no, how we have encouraged and institutionalized the persistent bullying of women and even more so, overweight women.
Through Plum Kettle’s journey, the newest AMC series seeks to shine a hot white spotlight on all of the ways we have stigmatized and beaten down an entire section of our population, and in no uncertain terms, says, Enough.
Its time to fight back and so you have a choice to make … be part of the solution or get the fuck out of the way. Dietland — the show we need now. Our recap and review of the Pilot is after the jump (spoilers ahead).
Tonight’s big ticket item is the much anticipated Summer Series, Dietland on AMC. PCR will be covering this show so I hope you’re as excited for this new Joy Nash and Julianna Margulies series, as we are.