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Annie, described as a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Annie is trying to make it as a journalist while juggling bad boyfriends, sick parents and a perfectionist boss, while the world around her deems her not good enough because of her weight. She starts to realize that she’s as good as anyone else, and acts on it.

It stars Aidy Bryant as the main character Annie.

This show provides examples of:

  • Big Beautiful Woman: While there are a variety of large women of varying levels of beauty like the very cute Annie and the sexy Fran and all the plus-sized bathing beauties at the Fat Babe Pool Party, the one that stands out the most is a big, blonde, and beautiful woman in a red dresswho by her example teaches Annie to cross the street without apology.
  • Black Best Friend:
    • Fran is a well-developed version of this trope, as she isn't a Satellite Character and her own mind and dating life.
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    • Annie's "work husband", Amadi, is a straight example (and not just because he ''is'' straight), although she and Fran are closer and they live together. Amani, on the other hand, is mostly seen through his and Annie's work and we learn very little about his life.
  • Brainy Brunette: Brown-haired Annie is a writer and Fran is dark-haired woman with a witty tongue.
  • Bumbling Dad: Deconstructed with Annie's Dad, who is a goofy man and relies on his wife to run the household, but when Annie lashes out at her mother he really tells her off about how self-centered she can be while her Mother hardly puts herself first.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Annie's "Mind Prison" speech is full of this after she rants and cries to Fran and her partner about how hurt she is by her boss's comments about "the obesity epidemic" and how she has been reminded everyday that she would not be seen as lovable unless she was thin enough is this.
  • Ethical Slut:
    • The strippers that Annie meets encourage her to go after what she wants in life and relationships because she has a "fat ass and big titties" and she should be telling men what to do.
    • Discussed, rather than played straight, in Season 2. Fran Really Gets Around and struggles to be monogamous, but she's very upset when she learns that her onetime girlfriend, Vic, also has a steady boyfriend.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted. Annie takes the Morning After Pill and after it is revealed to not work, she goes to have an abortion and it is treated as a non-issue.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Annie, the protagonist, is one, so naturally everyone she works with is one, too.
  • My Beloved Smother: Deconstructed with Annie's Mom, while she does push Annie to diet to lose weight and can stand to back away, she is not painted as a one-note gorgon and instead as a complex person with feelings.
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  • Platonic Life-Partners: Fran and Annie, who live together and are best friends.
  • Reality Ensues: Annie quits her job at the Thorn to get back at her Bad Boss Gabe, but she can't find work. Although she is a pretty respected writer, she can only get offers for an "internship".
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Based on writer Lindy West's memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Ryan, Annie's boyfriend. He is mediocre, doesn't have a job, very lazy, has only one pillow, insists on having sex without a condom, and makes Annie sneak out the back after she spends the night so his roommates don't see her.
  • You Are Fat: The show explores how hard it is for a fat woman like Annie, where it even turns out she is too overweight for the morning after pill! She lives in a society where even random strangers feel entitled to commenting on her body.


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