Fleabag: 5 reasons this Amazon show is must-watch television

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Photo: Fleabag: Season 2 / Amazon. Credit: Steve Schofield

2. Fleabag is a quick watch

Even if a show is supposed to be REALLY good, the time commitment required to catch up can feel daunting at times. Earlier this year, people surely experienced this with Game of Thrones as the final season approached.

There is no such excuse when it comes to Fleabag. The show features only two six-episode seasons, with each lasting only 23-28 minutes. Do the math; the show can reasonably be finished in one-two days. There’s no reason to rush through it, however, as the show’s quality makes one want to savor it.

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Photo: Fleabag: Season 2 / Amazon. Credit: Steve Schofield

3. The show makes the viewer “feel” things

In Jim Valvano’s famous ESPY’s speech, one section has always stuck with me:

"“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. No. 1 is laugh. You should laugh every day. No. 2 is think. You should spend some time in thought. No. 3 is you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heckuva day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”"

There are countless ways to evaluate what makes a show “great,” but if it makes one think, laugh and cry, then it’s likely doing something pretty special. Fleabag definitely pulls this off, and the fact that it manages to do in two short seasons makes it even more impressive.

The show is a comedy at its core, so the laughs come easy. The thinking and ultimately the crying comes from Waller-Bridge’s impressive writing and storytelling. Her exploration of life, relationships, and personal growth all carry interesting philosophical undertones.