Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 by Hoai-Tran Bui
When UnReal premiered on Lifetime in 2015, it felt revolutionary. Here was a pitch-black drama about the lurid behind-the-scenes conflicts of a Bachelor-style reality show, featuring two of the most fascinating and fearsome antiheroines on TV (played with withering contempt by Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer). Immediately, UnReal became a critical darling and a boon to Lifetime’s bid to be taken seriously in the oversaturated prestige TV market.
But then UnReal fell to its own behind-the-scenes conflicts. Co-creator Marti Noxon left series after its Emmy-nominated first season and the series suffered a bad sophomore slump. Attempts to restore the show’s creative potential mostly fell flat in its most recent third season, while ratings dipped even further. Now, the show that was once hailed as the “female Breaking Bad” will air its fourth and final season on Hulu.
As the UnReal final season makes its way to Hulu, let’s take a look at the show’s messy lows and its magnificent highs. Read More »