Netflix cancels controversial revenge drama Insatiable after two seasons following major body image criticism
17th February 2020

NETFLIX has cancelled controversial revenge drama Insatiable after two seasons following major body image criticism.

The show originally debuted in August 2018 and stars Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts and Alyssa Milano.

It follows a 'disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach who takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client.

Patty – played by Debby – was bullied and ignored because of her weight but after suddenly finding herself slim, she wants payback.

But despite being created by Dexter's Lauren Gussis, the streaming service has axed it after two seasons.

One of the main reasons could be the controversy that came from some of the show's storylines including body shaming.

Many viewers who had seen the show felt it made fun of beauty, body weight and race, despite its creators and stars repeatedly defending it.

Alyssa, who played Coralee Huggins-Armstrong, recently thanked fans for their support following the cancellation.

She wrote on Twitter: "This is sadly true. We had the most fun creating this show.

"I want to thank the fans who gave us a shot and kept coming back for more. Season 1 & 2 are still streaming.

"P.S. Any thoughts on who was Coralee’s baby daddy? I guess we will never know."

Netflix’s Original Series VP Cindy Holland previously supported the show in a statement at the streamer’s Television Critics Association presentation over the body shaming accusations.

She said: “The creator felt very strongly about exploring these issues based on her own experiences, but satirically, in a very over the top way.”

She added “fat shaming is in the DNA of the show” but that “the message of the show is that what is most important is you feel most comfortable.”

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