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Series / Chewing Gum

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A 2015 British Cringe Comedy series about the life of Tracey, a 24-year-old who's desperate to lose her virginity, and the shenanigans of her family and friends. The series is based on Chewing Gum Dreams, a 2013 play written by Tracey's actress Michaela Coel. The show was cancelled after two seasons in 2017 because Coel felt that her writing had already reached its peak.

I May Destroy You, Coel's followup series, is fictionalised about her experiences attempting to follow up on the series.

Provides examples of:

  • Activist-Fundamentalist Antics: Tracey's mother is constantly looking to evangelize people in a rather...aggressive manner. It'so over the top that it's funny rather than scary or irritating.
  • Casual Kink: Candice would like her boyfriend to be dominant during sex, Connor's mother likes to roleplay as a baby and a couple that Ola encounters is into cuckolding. Of course given the tone of the show these things put the characters in embarassing situations, but vanilla sex does the same.
  • Chocolate Baby: One of Tracey's friends (a white girl) is pregnant and the potential fathers are three black men, who are all ready to acknowledge paternity. However when she gives birth the baby is white and she admits that she had a one-night stand with a white guy.
  • Coming of Age Story: Tracey is an example of late bloomer: she's in her mid-twenties and she still hasn't had sex, lived apart from her family or contested their belief system until the start of the series.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Tracey's friend Candice gives her her first makeover and her grandmother comments "are you sure that [Tracey] is your friend?" because of how bad the result looks.
  • Disappeared Dad: Tracey's father is never mentioned nor seen until the very last episode. She states that he's a nice enough guy, but not really a relevant presence in her life.
  • Fictional Fan, Real Celebrity: Tracey is obsessed with Beyoncé to the extent of praying to a shrine to her in her room.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: Tracey relies on this trope when she tries to solve Connor's ED problems by inviting another woman to have sex with them. This without informing him first and despite the fact that she's not attracted to women. Predictably, it doesn't end too well.
  • Has a Type: By the time Tracey begins lusting after Aaron's Dad, she freely admits to Candice that her type seems to be basement-dwelling losers (as demonstrated by her first boyfriend Connor, a "wasteman").
  • Incest-ant Admirer: Tracey's cousin keeps on trying to have sex with her. She's repulsed at the idea.
  • Informed Deformity: It's been remarked by multiple people that Tracey has very saggy breasts, to the point that it's noticeable even when she's fully clothed. However they don't look nearly as bad to the viewer when Tracey is in her bra.
  • Informed Flaw: Tracey says that she's not envious of Candice, despite her beauty, because she has learning difficulties and so it balances out. However these difficulties are never shown and they don't seem to have impacted Candice's life in any way.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Ron constantly belittled Tracey while they were together, insulting her physical appearance, her intelligence, her family and her job. After his homosexuality was revealed he joined a group for LGBT Christians and seemed to become much nicer...but he was only pretending to be a nice guy in order to hook up with other group members, and he treated them badly afterwards.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Tracey, the Light Feminine one, is naïve and wide-eyed, having grown up with an extremely conservative Christian background. She also wears lots of bright colors and her hair in youthful braids. Candice, her best friend, is more glamorous and sexually assertive/experienced, making her the Dark Feminine.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Happens almost every time that Tracey and her boyfriend Connor attempt to have sex. Probably because he feels nervous about being her first sexual partner, as he does seem attracted to her otherwise.
  • Meet the In-Laws: In an episode Candice goes to meet her boyfriend Aaron's parents for the first time, with Tracey and Ola tagging along.
  • Miss Conception: Type I. At one point Tracey thinks that she may get pregnant because her boyfriend ejaculated on her thigh.
  • Older Than They Look: Tracey is asked if she's seventeen years old at one point, and when she talks to a police officer about a possible statuatory rape she assumes that Tracey's the victim. Emma, a recurring character in season 2, is 45 year old and she's assumed to be in her mid-to-late twenties.
  • Race Fetish: A guy Tracey briefly dates has a thing for black women and he has no qualms about openly fetishizing her and even using racial slurs. She deservedly calls him out on this.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Tracey and Cynthia definitely have a rivalry going on. At first Cynthia takes advantage of Tracey's relationship with Connor to make herself look better and purer in front of their mom, and their rivarly seems to be part of the reason why she agrees to marry Ron. When she also discovers her sexuality the sisters compete about who has more sexual experience.
  • Stacy's Mom: Gender-Inverted Trope when Tracey develops a crush on Aaron's single Dad.
  • Tempting Fate: Ron histrionically declaims "God, for my foolishness take me down now!" three seconds before being hit by a car.
  • Younger Than They Look: A guy Tracey has sex with is 16 and looks like he's in his twenties.