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When Willamena Rader (Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray) arrived at Camp Victory, the absolute last thing the sarcastic, overweight teen thought shed find was herself.
Based on the best-selling book by Sasha Paley, and brought to television by the impeccable team of acclaimed producer Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) and her own daughter Savannah Dooley, Huge boasts a stellar ensemble cast featuring Gina Torres (Firefly), Paul Dooley (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Raven Goodwin (Just Jordan) and a breakthrough performance by Hayley Hasselhoff.
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ABC Family is a terrible network. I have tried to watch their other shows, such as The Secret Life, Pretty Little Liars and Melissa and Joey. They could be any other time slot filler-type show on any other network, yet these are the shows that will be on next year. It makes me sad, because they actually had the best, most realistic show about teens since Freaks and Geeks, and they cancelled it after just 10 episodes. I had hoped some other network would pick it up, because with the proper marketing, this show could have been just what it the title is: HUGE.
A host of talented young actors who have, by and large, made fledgeling careers out of playing the fat sidekick and doing brief walk-ons in other people's stories get to shine in a series that treats them as more than a one-note punchline. The characters feel lived-in and real as they grapple with the other problems that teens of all body shapes and sizes cope with, even as the story has a lot to say about how they see themselves and relate to a world in which people who look like them are stigmatized and underrepresented in the media; this is, after all, a show that aired next to "Pretty Little Liars". It's charmingly warm-hearted and charitable without being overwhelmed by sentiment (though at times it's a close-run thing), and it's a shame that it won't be coming back.
Well worth your time.
The show itself is amazing and I love that they focus on little flaws like natural blemishes. In the commentaries, Dooley said that they didn't put any make-up on the cast members and when they did, she asked the team to be as minimalistic as possible. They really did an amazing job to emphasize that these characters are real people. Including body image, other subject matters that arise are some that are rarely ever handled with such sophistication and poignancy--from Caitlin's eating disorder to Alistair's sexuality. It only makes me angrier that I didn't get to see a proper resolution for everyone that I wish they could have had.
The only complaint I would have about the product itself is that I wish there were subtitles and that there were commentaries on all of the episodes, including Nikki Blonsky and other cast members. It would have been fun to see what they had to say about certain scenes. It's a minor detail I could live without.
The show itself is flawless and this DVD set is a must-have for those who value high-quality television. Unless network TV gets their act together and realizes that not all women are Size 0 and not all men are buff & athletic and not everyone is heterosexual/cisgendered/heteronormative, you won't see another show like this for a long, LONG time to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this show!!! Very good perspective on what an overweigh teen goes through.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw the series when it first came out and I was disappointed when it ended too soon. I've always wanted it on DVD. Loved it then and I love it now!Published 11 months ago by Roberta Downing
i just finished watching this series and i LOVED it! it's a great story; the campy stuff is great -- i'm just finishing watching the extras. Read morePublished 14 months ago by tell me about it
I did love this show in the first few episodes but it didn't end up where I expected nor wanted it to. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Erin
Loved this series when it was on t.v. so had to buy it. Sad they didn't pick it up for a second season!! :(Published 18 months ago by Kyleigh Vining
I LOVED this show & I really wished they kept it on the air longer than one season. You always wonder what happen to the characters & where would they been now. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Pixie
Was told it was very funny but not to my taste at All. Reviews and 2 friends tell me otherwise.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer