Screw being the perfect mom.
As if it isn't hard enough being a woman, society just keeps piling on us. Thanks to goddess extraordinaire Amy Poehler, the landscape of network TV is changing for the better. Poehler serves as an executive producer on I Feel Bad which is a modern comedy about being perfectly okay with being imperfect.
According to NBC's official description, Emet (Sarayu Blue) is a working mom who is just trying to figure it all out. Sometimes she has sexy dreams about strangers, and she even fakes not knowing her kids in public. Can you really blame her, though? Emet is an example of how keeping it together at all times is simply impossible.
Quite frankly, having it all is an archaic and stupid concept. It places an unnecessary burden on women and prevents them from being their truest, happiest selves. NBC's I Feel Bad disrupts this societal expectation by emphasizing that no one can possibly have it all. It's an overrated and oppressive concept that builds unrealistic expectations and makes women feel guilty about their choices.
"Women feel like they are spinning so many plates at once, and I think that's something this show really speaks to," explained Blue during the I Feel Bad panel at PaleyFest. "I think everyone feels that way to a certain extent, but there's something really unique about seeing a character really be this human and this much of a disaster… instead of watching her be this adorable, perfect Betty Crocker mom. It really calls to the reliability of the show and why people feel seen when they watch it."
Created by Aseem Batra, who also serves as a writer on the series, I Feel Bad is exactly what we need on the small screen right now. It's based on the illustrated book I Feel Bad: All Day. Every Day. About Everything by Orli Auslander. The show also features Paul Adelstein, Aisling Bea, Zach Cherry, Johnny Pemberton, and James Buckley.
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I Feel Bad premieres on Thursday, Oct. 4 on NBC at 9:30/8:30c.