Couch Potating: My Mad Fat Diary

The funny thing about teenage stigma is that it’s often taken lightly in many accounts of the media. This show doesn’t shield any of that and gives you the honest truth as to what a Mad Fat Teenager could go through with craptastic reality – in the mid-1990’s.

My Mad Fat Diary is a Britsh comedy-drama series that tells the story of 16 year-old Rae Earl after she left a psychiatric ward and comes back to Lincolnshire after four months. In this view, she tries to reconnect with her best friend Chloe – who is under the impression that Rae spent the past few months in France, and her gang comprised of Finn, Archie, Izzy and Chop still unaware of the state of her mental health and body image problems. In addition, she deals with her mother who has an illegal immigrant live-in lover and tries to get by with her love for music and the regular fantasies of a teen.

No question why I’m into this series – it’s very easy to identify yourself as an insecure teen with regular problems but it’s also a refreshing story with the creative visualization of what go through a teenager’s mind. Rae has insecurities, anxiety issues and she battles them out. She has friends who are oblivious to her problems because like every teen-related premise, they have their own issues to deal with too.

Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars


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