In this month’s edition of the Boundless Binge, we recommend some of the finest, darkest, most honest comedies we’ve seen in the recent past, so you don’t have to spend two hours every night just browsing and figuring out what to watch.
I May Destroy You
One Line Summary: After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, Arabella’s life changes irreversibly and she is forced to reassess everything, including her career, friends and family.
Genre: Drama, Dark Comedy
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Michaela Coel’s breakaway hit show, I May Destroy You. Lauded around the world by critics and viewers, this BBC/ HBO co-production is uncomfortable, compulsive viewing in the best possible way. It’s a show about a sexual assault survivor, but also about so much more — from friendship to consent to social media to relationships to race. What drives it most powerfully is Coel’s exceptional writing. After apparently turning down a million dollar Netflix deal because she wanted more creative ownership, Coel brought the same sense of confidence and control to the final product, which hits the right spots and brings up the grey areas around assault, consent and friendship in several ways, while also giving us an honest slice of vibrant London culture. It is essential viewing which feels easy to watch but raises the kind of questions that leave you thinking long after the episode is over. It affirms the voice of Coel as one of the most exciting writers and creators of the new generation, and if you haven’t seen it yet, do it now!
Where to Watch: HBO/ Hotstar in India
One Line Summary: Barry, a professional hitman, discovers the joy of acting while he is looking for a target. Surprisingly, he loves it so much that he is ready to leave his old life behind.
Genre: Dark Comedy, Crime
If the premise of a hitman in Los Angeles deciding to take up acting classes because he is enamoured by the freedom and sense of expression they offer him is not crazy enough, you can add in Bill Hader’s comedic…