Survival of the Thickest, a new comedy series on Netflix, is quite refreshing overall. The show portrays Mavis, a plus-sized woman played by Michelle Buteau, as a deserving and relatable heroine. It captures her journey from discovering her boyfriend’s infidelity to the re-evaluation of her self-worth and priorities.
Moving out of her posh Manhattan apartment and into a small Brooklyn pad with a quirky roommate named Jade, played by Liza Treyger, Mavis navigates the challenges of finding new clients as a stylist and confronting her desires for marriage and motherhood.
Michelle Buteau has given some scene-stealing performances in romcoms like Marry Me and Always Be My Maybe. Here she shines as the charismatic romantic lead in Survival of the Thickest. Some may argue that the story didn’t really hit the fever pitch, Buteau’s performance was nothing short of captivating.
Survival of the Thickest is adapted from Buteau’s book of essays and co-written by Buteau and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. It challenges the narrative that plus-sized women are less deserving of love or respect.
Supporting characters Khalil, played by Tone Bell, and Marley, portrayed by Tasha Smith, provide Mavis with the much-needed support and camaraderie as she navigates her new reality. Their interactions are relatable, often serving as a comforting shoulder or offering a dose of straight talk.
While Survival of the Thickest excels in its agreeable and relatable nature, it occasionally struggles to distinguish itself from other similar stories set in the backdrop of New York’s creative scene.
Despite its occasional shortcomings, Survival of the Thickest is a worthy addition to Netflix’s lineup. It offers viewers an entertaining and light-hearted escape while addressing important themes of self-worth, friendship, and pursuing happiness in the face of adversity. Michelle Buteau’s charismatic performance, combined with the show’s relatable characters and witty dialogue, make Survival of the Thickest a delightful watch for fans of comedy and romance.