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After years of ignoring the TikTok edits, I finally gave in and watched Fleabag

Cue my very honest, and very delayed, thoughts and feelings.
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A hot priest, a stunningly chic haircut and a non-existent fourth wall; that’s all I knew about Fleabag courtesy of the many TikTok edits that flooded my FYP.

I had never watched the show before, nor did I have any intention of doing so. And yet, I stopped and watched every single edit, every single time.

I’ll admit, I was intrigued – I mean who wouldn’t be when there’s literally a hot priest – but for some reason, I didn’t think this was a series for me.

A few weeks ago, however, that all changed when I finally gave in and watched Fleabag for the very first time – seven years after it premiered in 2016 and four years after its finale aired in 2019.

I guess you could say I was a little late to the party.

I don’t know what it was, maybe because everyone around me was saying I simply had to watch it, or maybe those TikTok edits finally wore me down, but I binged both seasons in just a few days.

And let me tell you something, I was hooked. I don’t know why I ever doubted the TikTok algorithm because it truly knows me better than anyone else, and it was right to put me on Fleabag.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag. (Credit: Two Brothers Pictures) (Credit: Two Brothers Pictures)

What makes Fleabag so good?

Maybe it was the dry humour, or the wonderfully weird and wacky characters, but there was just something about Fleabag that made it so, so good.

Ultimately, its popularity can be credited to the titular character, known to us as Fleabag, and her constant disregard for the fourth wall, giving us direct access to her thoughts and feelings as she navigates life and love in London.

Portrayed by the brilliantly talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge (who also wrote the series), Fleabag let us know exactly what she was thinking when she was thinking it – making us feel oddly connected to her.

We felt the second-hand embarrassment when she did something très cringe, we laughed at her snarky and slightly inappropriate one-liners, and we felt her ever-complicated grief over losing the people closest to her.

We felt Fleabag. We saw her, we understood her, and we related to her. And that’s what makes it so good. That and the hot priest (Andrew Scott), of course.

WATCH BELOW: Fleabag Season 2 – Official Trailer

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All jokes aside, it’s not just her relatability that makes Fleabag so special, but rather it was the way the show handled the very delicate and very complicated dynamic of sibling relationships. Specifically, sisters.

One of the few characters to actually have a name, Fleabag and her sister Claire (Sian Clifford) manage to perfectly encapsulate how beautiful yet utterly devasting sisterhood can be.

From mistaking a hug for an attack (due to lack of affection) to lying about the other’s haircut gone wrong (to make them feel better), Fleabag and Claire didn’t have the perfect relationship. But they did have a realistic one.

“It’s an accurate, beautiful depiction of the messiness of sisterhood,” Sian Clifford told the Los Angeles Times. And I couldn’t agree more.

As seen by the success of Succession, an authentic take on the deeply flawed yet wonderfully comforting take on siblings works every single time.

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Fleabag and her sister Claire. (Credit: Two Brothers Pictures) (Credit: Two Brothers Pictures)

Where to watch Fleabag in Australia

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s never too late to watch a series, or a film, even after it’s been years since it first released and peaked.

So, if you haven’t watched Fleabag yet, then I seriously recommend you do. You can stream all episodes and both seasons right now on Prime Video.

And even if you have already watched it, there’s nothing stopping you from watching it all over again.

Stream Fleabag now on Prime Video with a 30-day free trial. Subscribe here.

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Where to read the book, Fleabag: The Scriptures

Oh, did I also forget to mention that there’s a book version of Fleabag? My bad. But yes, there is and it’s brilliant.

Titled Fleabag: The Scriptures, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s novel features all the filming scripts and never-before-seen stage directions from the series.

So, as soon as you’re done binging the Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA-winning series here, go ahead and shop the book now at Booktopia right here.

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