Top 10: Best Moments in ‘Shrill’

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    Shrill - Episode 103 - Annie isn't going to let her troll ruin all the success she's had recently. So, she invites Ryan to a work event -excited to introduce her boyfriend into her life. Annie (Aidy Bryant) shown. (Photo by: Allyson Riggs/Hulu)

    Hulu recently made the announcement their popular series “Shrill” would return for a second season. To celebrate the good news, we are listing ten of the best moments from season one. “Shrill,” which stars Aidy Bryant and is based on the book “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” by Lindy West, centers on Annie (Aidy Bryant), a calendar editor at a local alt-weekly in Portland. It’s a remarkable and endlessly entertaining show about a woman gaining self-agency and body confidence.

    10Her First Assignment

    (Photo by: Allyson Riggs/Hulu)

    Annie goes up to her boss while he’s talking to a co-worker and confidently asks to pitch an article about how the morning after pill fails plus-size women. After he turns down her pitch, she keeps persisting, and persisting, and making her voice known. Eventually, when a coworker mentions another coworker wouldn’t be available to write an upcoming food cover, she gets her chance. It’s a terrific moment of Annie standing up for herself in the workplace.

    9The Strip Club

    8Going After the Troll

    7Overcoming An Obstacle

    6Bonkers

    5Ruthie, The Cool Secretary

    4The Walk

    3Honing Her Voice Through Writing

    SHRILL – Episode 2 – Annie’s writing her first article, going on her first date with Ryan and, finally, asking more from the people in her life than she has before. Things are looking up, until an internet troll appears and tries to drag her self-esteem back down where it started. Amadi (Ian Owens), Annie (Aidy Bryant) shown. (Photo by: Allyson Riggs/Hulu)

    At a coffee shop, a trainer comes up to Annie once and tells her there is a thin person inside of her waiting to get out. As season one progresses, Annie realizes that there isn’t a smaller woman trapped inside. But rather, the realizes how to make her voice known. One of the joys of the show is watching Annie hone her voice through her craft. Writing, for her, becomes a way of articulating everything that she didn’t know how to say before. The words flow out of her. She doesn’t painstakingly edit so much as bring forth what rings true to her. Seeing her type ravenously at her keyboard feels like witnessing a natural come into her own.

    2Fran

    1The Pool Party

    SHRILL – Episode 4 – Annie & Fran attend the Fat Babe Pool Party. Annie is so empowered by the experience and so furious with her boss, Gabe, that she posts a body positive article to the paper’s website that explains exactly what it’s like to be a fat woman in today’s world. Annie (Aidy Bryant) shown. (Photo by: Allyson Riggs)

    There’s a good reason this particular scene has inspired the most think pieces. When Annie gets invited to a pool party celebrating fat women, she jumps at the chance. She arrives with Fran, initially covered up from head to toe. But as she looks around the party, seeing fabulous fuller-figured women being proud of their bodies, she decides to get into her bathing suit and take a swim. In a move not unlike a rebirth of sorts, Annie dives in, energized by the bodies around her. Annie says that it’s one of the best days of her life.

    What are your favorite moments of the show? Let us know in the comments below! 

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