Canadian comedian Mae Martin’s semi-autobiographical dramedy about love and addiction receives a heartfelt series 2
By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer
In series 1, Mae, who plays comic and recovering addict Mae, falls in love with George (short for Georgina and played by Call The Midwife’s Charlotte Ritchie). George has previously only had heterosexual relationships, but the pair are crazy about each other and things move quickly. When it comes to telling her friends and family about Mae, however, George drags her feet a bit.
Mae, who created and penned the series with their best friend Joe Hampson (Skins), delivers a quirky, awkward, relatable and dark brand of humour that spotlights addiction – not just the harrowing moments, but all the mundanity and funny bits in-between. Despite the chirpy title, and the fact there are plenty of fuzzy, feel-good moments, the series shows that sometimes the things that make us feel good can also make us feel really, really bad.
Check out our interview with Mae, Joe and Charlotte from the press launch of series 1 last year, and find out all you need to know below before diving into series 2.
We pick up where we left off
Mae (Mae Martin, left) and George (Charlotte Ritchie, right) grin and bear it at their fifth dinner party that week
Mae broke their cocaine sobriety at the end of series 1 and their relationship with George suffered. There’s also the elephant in the room that Mae pursued a romance with Lava (Ritu Arya, Humans), the daughter of their Narcotic Anonymous sponsor – something George doesn’t yet know about.
They appear to rekindle things in the finale after George finally embraces who she is, but based on the trailer, it looks like she has entered a new relationship… with a man. It doesn’t seem to last long however, as Mae and George are seen kissing and making up.
Mae decides rehab is where they should be, before dramatically checking out, and perhaps a trip to Canada is on the cards, as George says, “I don’t wanna die in Canada.” Amid plenty of self-destructive behaviours, Mae’s comedy career gets off the ground as they come to terms with the demons they joke about.
Series 2 is the final season
Philip Burgers plays George’s oddball flatmate Phil
Sometimes short and sweet is best, but it’s far from bad news! At the end of 2020, it was reported that Netflix is developing another project with Mae and Feel Good producer Objective Fiction. Watch this space for more of Mae on our screens (yay)!
Mae Martin comes out as non-binary in the trailer
“I don’t actually identify as a woman these days,” they say, adding they identify as “kind of like an Adam Driver or a Ryan Gosling”.
The comedian recently came out as non-binary in real life on Instagram, where they wrote: “The way I feel about my gender identity is ongoing and evolving, and it’s personal, but I thought it might be good to say for clarity and in case anyone finds it helpful – I’m nonbinary, my pronouns are they/them and she/her (I love it when people say “they” and I really don’t mind “she” at ALL, truly). I’m very bisexual and attracted to people of all genders.”
The show adds even more all-star cast members
Lisa Kudrow and Adrian Lukis reprise their roles as Mae’s parents
Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and West End star Marisha Wallace join, as well as Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stephens as George’s new flame, John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) as the one bailing Mae out of rehab and Eleanor Matsuura (The Walking Dead) as Mae’s agent.
Mae is nominated for a Female Performance In A Comedy Programme Award at this year’s 2021 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards
Responding to the news on Twitter, they posted: “Thank you SO MUCH @BAFTA! This is very thrilling. Thanks to Joe Hampson and @Objective_Fic and @Charitchie and all the other angelic supportive people who helped make the show. (Ps gender’s a construct)”
Good luck, Mae!
When is Feel Good on Netflix?
Find series 2 in Apps & Games > Netflix from Friday 4 June. Find series 1 in Apps & Games > All 4.
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