Not too long ago, I was subscribed to Entertainment Weekly magazine. After realizing I didn’t need to read every single issue, I decided the cancel my subscription and just continue to purchase the special double issues or issues that appealed to me. Recently, I decided to pick up the Fall Television special issue just to see if there was anything else that I should consider watching. I came across a small article that dealt with “Top 10 Musts” which highlighted the top 10 things you should be watching/reading etc. One of those things was an Australian television show titled Please Like Me about a young man named Josh who gets dumped by his girlfriend only to soon realize that he is gay. I decided to look into it a little more and found out that it is a comedy that also deals with some heavier material. I was intrigued and decided to give it a try.
By the time I finished the first episode, I was hooked. Please Like Me is genuinely hilarious. I am in love with the very dry sense of humour that this show uses. I didn’t realize going into the show that each episode was only a half hour long. This definitely helped with how fast I was able to binge watch the first two seasons of this series.
The first season consists of only 6 episodes and I watched all six straight which took a little less than 3 hours if you factor in the lack of commercials when streaming a series online. Just like that I was already finished the first season…and all I wanted was more. I continued on with the second season the next day, which consisted of 10 episodes this time around, and I was done by the end of the day. Like I said, the episodes are only a half hour long so 10 episodes straight only took about 5 hours.
Please Like Me is filled with hilarious one liners that genuinely had me laughing out loud. While the show is hilarious and is considered a comedy for the most part, it also deals with some more serious material. Please Like Me is very forward when it comes to speaking about mental health, in fact it is one of the central themes of the show. Sure, there is constant humour surrounding the topic, but there are moments where things get rather serious. Please Like Me deals with mental health in ways that no other television program does.
One of the best things about the entire show is that literally no one makes a big deal over the fact that Josh suddenly realizes that he is gay. Sure, his friends have a few questions here and there about how he didn’t realize until now, but literally no one questions whether or not he actually is, they just accept it. It is simply refreshing.
I had never heard of Josh Thomas, the creator and star of Please Like Me, prior to watching the show (I know, I’m sorry), but I am seriously glad I have finally discovered him and his wonderful comedic style. He literally has me laughing and crying (sometimes both at the same time) during every single episode. Add in the rest of the amazingly hilarious cast and you get one pretty perfect telelvision show. I mean, if I managed to watch two full seasons within a cumulative period of 8 hours while also keeping up with my already hectic television schedule, you know it must be great.
It also turns out that the third season of this wonderful television show premiered its first episode a couple of days prior to when I first began my binge watching expedition, so I may have already also watched that as well…it’s just so great! So much happened in the first episode of the third season alone regarding the relationship between Josh and Arnold, a young man who suffers from severe anxiety. It was such a fantastic premiere and if the rest of the season is going to be anything like its premiere episode, I’m extremely excited to continue watching!
Please Like Me has honestly been one of the best accidental surprises I have ever stumbled across. I highly recommend it to everyone, but especially to those who enjoy some laugh out loud dry humour mixed with a bit more of a serious tone regarding mental health.