Will ‘Insatiable’ Return For Season 2? Netflix’s Teen Revenge Series Has Already Alienated Some Potential Fans

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Netflix is premiering a dark (and disturbing) teen "comedy" on Aug. 10. Insatiable is the revenge story of Patty (Debby Ryan), a formerly fat and bullied teenager. Patty is punched by a homeless man and has to have her jaw wired shut, which causes her to lose a lot of weight. She returns to school, and though she's suddenly seen as “hot” by her classmates but she wants to make them pay for their meanness. Her beauty pageant coach Bob (Dallas Roberts) is initially unaware of her ulterior motives for revenge but he soon discovers the truth. The show has already received a good deal of backlash, but will Insatiable return for Season 2? There’s no word from Netflix about another season yet, and the controversy around the series may affect that possibility.

Update: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix renewed Insatiable for another season, to be released sometime in 2019. No specific premiere date has been set.

The Insatiable Season 1 trailer dropped on July 19 and garnered some strong responses from social media users. Some believed the show’s premise of Patty finally being “worthy” enough to stand up for herself only after she becomes skinnier and “hot” encouraged fat-shaming and unhealthy ideals about weight loss.

This sentiment is echoed in a Change.org petition created by UK resident Florence Given, which demands Netflix cancel the series. The petition has garnered over 221,000 signatures. In the text, Given slams Netflix for allegedly promoting a toxic narrative about women and girl’s bodies. She wrote:

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Several cast members defended the series on social media and Netflix executives have obviously decided to release Insatiable despite the controversy. According to The Cut, the streaming service’s Original Series Vice President Cindy Holland responded to the criticism during the 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour and said the show’s message wasn’t being understood clearly:

Gussis also spoke up via a statement on her personal Twitter page and said Insatiable reflected her own teenage experiences. The statement reads:

It remains to be seen how many people will actually watch the show. There may be enough viewers to justify a Season 2, but it does seem right now like it'll be an uphill climb for the satire. Either way, Insatiable is here and Netflix fans have to make a choice to tune in or scroll to another option.

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