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
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
5Ruthie, The Cool Secretary
3Honing Her Voice Through Writing
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.
1The Pool Party
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.