My Mad Fat Diary tells the somewhat very true tale of Rae, a teen in the 90s. I don’t know if you remember the ’90s at all, but there was no internet there for a while. Rae, like any good ’90s teen, loves Oasis and writing in her super secret diary. The diary is a product of Rae’s recent turn in a mental institution. Rae struggles with body dysmorphia and depression; a suicide attempt landed her in the hospital, or “France,” as her mother has told the neighbors.
Rae returns to her normal, small-town teenage life with some lessons in hand, and her diary, the only place where she can be completely honest and open. She reconnects with her former best friend, Chloe, who has a new posse of friends – the teenage version of what one might refer to as “the beautiful people.” The things she writes in her diary will be incredibly familiar to anyone who’s ever been a teenage girl in the last, say, 50 years: feelings about boys, feelings about her body, indignant feelings that she is cool and valuable and interesting and anyone who doesn’t recognize it is missing out.
Series one had six episodes; it was such a hit that series two is already on its way. With the demise of Skins and their strange Skins-as-adults movies, this was exactly the teen TV fix I was looking for. Anyone who’s ever been a teenage girl: watch this now.