Insatiable
Genre
Created byLauren Gussis
Based on"The Pageant King of Alabama"
by Jeff Chu
Starring
Narrated by
  • Debby Ryan
  • Dallas Roberts
ComposerJulian Wass
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes22
Production
Executive producers
Cinematography
Running time40–55 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10) –
October 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)

Insatiable is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Lauren Gussis, starring Dallas Roberts and Debby Ryan.[2] It is based on Jeff Chu's article "The Pageant King of Alabama", published in July 2014 in The New York Times Magazine.[3][4] The first season premiered on Netflix on August 10, 2018. In September 2018, the series was renewed for a second season,[5] which premiered on October 11, 2019.[6] On February 17, 2020, Netflix cancelled the series after two seasons.[7]

The series received negative reviews from critics who called the show "offensive" and "insulting", with some praise being directed towards the performances and dark humor. While critics have not favored the show, the audience response, on the contrary, was generally positive.[8]

Plot

17-year-old Patty Bladell was bullied at school for being overweight, but after a violent encounter with a homeless man and a summer of liquid diet, she becomes thin and determined to exact revenge on her bullies at the start of her senior year. Bob Armstrong, a disgraced civil lawyer and beauty pageant coach, discovers Patty's potential and sets out to convert her into a beauty queen.

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
112August 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
210October 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)

Season 1 (2018)

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11"Pilot"Andrew FlemingLauren GussisAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
High school student Patty Bladell is constantly bullied for being overweight. One night, when a homeless man insults her, Patty punches him, but he punches her back and breaks her jaw. Meanwhile, Bob Armstrong, a local civil rights lawyer and a pageant coach, fails to secure the crown for his client, Dixie Sinclair. In retaliation, Dixie's mother, Regina, falsely accuses Bob of molesting Dixie. Three months later, Bob is disgraced on the pageant circuit. Patty, who is now thin after being on a liquid diet, is being prosecuted for assaulting the homeless man, and Bob agrees to take her case pro bono. When Bob meets the new Patty, he sees her as his chance to return to the pageant world. To ensure she avoids jail time, Bob advises her to plead not guilty, and with a stunning makeover, Patty manages to seduce a key witness into lying on her behalf during the hearing. Following the trial, Bob suggests that Patty enter beauty pageants, offering to coach her. Patty, who has began to fall in love with Bob, agrees, but her mom, Angie, refuses. At Angie's AA meeting, Patty encounters the homeless man and seeks revenge by seducing him. At his motel room, she nearly sets him on fire but stops. Bob, contemplating suicide, receives a call from Patty, who agrees to join pageants.
22"Skinny Is Magic"Andrew FlemingLauren Gussis & Jace RichdaleAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Patty navigates the first day of senior year, while Brick Armstrong, Bob's son, ends an affair with Regina when he decides to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Magnolia Barnard. When Patty hears news about a man critically injured in a fire at the same motel where she met with the homeless man, she realizes she may have been responsible while intoxicated. Patty's best friend, Nonnie, goes to the hospital and confirms the man's identity as the homeless man. Bob advises Patty to retrace her steps while he works on proving her innocence, butting heads with rival DA Bob Barnard, Magonlia's father, at the crime scene. Bob discovers evidence linking Patty to the crime, and he advises her to require an alibi for when the fire started. Patty realizes she went to a local convenience store following the fire, and uses security footage to learn she was there 10 minutes after the fire started. She purposely intoxicates herself to test how long it took her to run to the store from the motel, but faints and ends up at the hospital. There, Bob gets the homeless man to admit he accidentally started the fire with his matchbook and wanted Patty to take the blame to exonerate himself. Patty confronts the homeless man and wishes death on him, and he suddenly dies of a heart attack.
33"Miss Bareback Buckaroo"Andrew FlemingKari Drake & Craig ChesterAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Bob takes Patty to the Miss Bareback Buckaroo pageant in Alabama to visit his former mentor, Stella Rose, who helped him enter the world of pageants in 1998. Patty hopes to seduce Bob during the trip, and Nonnie, concerned about Patty, embarks on a road trip to Alabama with classmate Donald Choi and Dixie. Bob's wife, Coralee Armstrong, plans a dinner party to increase her chances of being inducted into the Junior League organization, led by Bob Barnard's wife, Etta Mae. However, her plans are thwarted by an unwelcome visit from her estranged sister. Stella Rose agrees to help Bob coach Patty, but he soon discovers her plan to win Patty for herself. Stella Rose reveals she wants revenge after Bob ended their affair 20 years earlier while he was married to Coralee, leaving her hurt. Bob rejects Patty's advances, and Stella Rose manipulates Patty into leaving Bob. Bob exposes Stella Rose's deception to Patty, who reconciles with him. However, Stella Rose unveils her true intentions: she never sought Patty for herself but instead plans to exploit Patty and Bob's vulnerabilities to assist her client, Roxy, in winning the prestigious Miss American Lady pageant. Noticing Patty's crush on Bob, Stella Rose gives her a necklace that Bob gave to her as proof of the affair.
44"WMBS"Maggie KileyDanielle Hoover & David MonahanAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
When Etta Mae is dismissed from the Junior League, Coralee makes an effort to impress her by proposing the idea of creating an organization for working mothers. Etta Mae agrees to Coralee's proposal, and Bob suggests hosting a pageant as the kick-off event after Patty's original first competition is cancelled. They agree to a mother-daughter pageant, and Bob has Coralee and Patty compete together due to Angie relapsing. Though initially not happy about working together, Coralee and Patty eventually find common ground. Hurt, Angie convinces Nonnie to compete in the pageant together in an effort to make Patty jealous. Meanwhile, Bob and Coralee learn about Brick's affair with Regina. Magnolia, Patty's main rival in the pageant circuit, reveals to her father her desire to quit pageants, and she and Etta Mae drop out of the competition. Coralee and Patty win the pageant against Angie and Nonnie and Regina and Dixie, and Regina is arrested for sleeping with Brick. Angie and Nonnie apologize to Patty, and Angie agrees to let Patty compete in pageants with Bob. Patty and Angie invite Coralee to celebrate, but Coralee ditches them in order to be accepted into an exclusive group of upper-class women. Feeling betrayed, Patty gives Stella Rose's necklace to Coralee.
55"Bikinis and Bitches"Andrew FlemingLauren Gussis & Andrew GreenAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
When nude photos of Dixie are leaked from Patty's phone, she is disqualified from competing in the upcoming Miss Magic Jesus pageant. Magnolia breaks up with Brick after learning of his affair with Regina. Coralee leaves Bob after receiving Stella Rose's necklace from Patty, and Patty and Brick grow closer as he confides in her about his strained relationship with his father. Bob is determined to fix things with Coralee, while also attempting to fix his relationship with Brick. Despite being mad at Patty, Bob also agrees to help her with her phone crisis, and deduces that Regina is most likely behind the cyber-attack. He discovers that Regina's cellmate hacked Patty's phone, and in exchange for a makeover, her cellmate agrees to blame Regina for the attack. Meanwhile, Magnolia agrees to help Patty get back into Miss Magic Jesus by organizing a bikini-dog-wash fundraiser, hoping that her losing the competition will convince her father to finally let her quit pageants. Dixie sabatoges the fundraiser, but Brick comes to the rescue. Magnolia witnesses Brick's act and decides to give him a second chance. Bob alerts the Miss Magic Jesus board about Regina, and Patty is reinstated into the competiton. Brick and Patty kiss, unaware that Magnolia is watching them.
66"Dunk 'N' Donut"Brian DannellyKari Drake & Jace RichdaleAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Patty's plans for Miss Magic Jesus suffer a setback when she learns that she was never baptized. In order to baptize Patty properly, Bob volunteers to be her godfather, and Pastor Mike Keene tasks Patty and Bob with completing good deeds. Patty and Brick enter a relationship, and Magnolia gives Patty the chance to come clean. When Patty lies, Magnolia, having qualified for Miss Magic Jesus at a previous pageant, reenters the competition and vows to defeat Patty. As part of her good deed, Patty sets up Magnolia with Christian, Pastor Mike's son and a new student. Christian, noticing Patty's secret feelings for him, schemes with Magnolia for the two to make Patty and Brick jealous. Bob attempts to mend his relationship with Brick as part of his good deed, but when he accidentally ruins Brick's wrestling match, he decides to get baptized too. Nonnie comes to terms with her sexuality and her secret feelings for Patty after meeting Dee, a plus-size girl competing in Miss Magic Jesus. Nonnie confesses to Patty, but when Patty reacts with indifference, Nonnie accuses her of being self-involved. Magnolia attempts to sabotage Patty's baptism by spiking her drink, which causes Patty to hallucinate during the ceremony and prompts her to leave Brick for Christian.
77"Miss Magic Jesus"Lev L. SpiroDanielle Hoover & David MonahanAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Christian is recorded performing cunnilingus on Patty, and Bob Barnard threatens to release the tape unless Patty drops out of the pageant. Since Patty and Christian technically didn't have sex, Bob and Patty confess to Pastor Mike, and he allows Patty to remain in the pageant. Patty and Bob become worried when Stella Rose is announced as a last-minute judge for Miss Magic Jesus, and a new Bible trivia quiz segment is added to the pageant. Bob finds out that Roxy is Stella Rose's daughter, and he begins neglecting Patty as he tries to figure out if he is Roxy's biological father. Magnolia wins Miss Magic Jesus, while Patty is named first runner-up. Christian reveals to Patty that his parents are determined to send him to military school for his antics, and he convinces Patty to run away with him to Hollywood. Bob follows Roxy to the gym and uses a strand of her hair from a towel to run a DNA test. He discovers that Roxy's father is Bob Barnard, who Stella Rose slept with 20 years ago as revenge for Bob leaving her. Bob Barnard reveals that Magnolia cheated on the Bible quiz, and in exchange for Bob's silence, he agrees to alert the board, allowing Patty to win the crown. Magnolia overhears their conversation and overdoses, while Bob discovers that Patty has run away.
88"Wieners and Losers"Andrew FlemingLauren Gussis & Jenina KibukaAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Patty loses her virginity to Christian, but she later realizes he does not love her back. Upon Magnolia's disqualification and subsequent overdose, she ends up in rehab, while Patty returns to Georgia to claim the crown. With Bob's help, Patty manages to strike a deal with the fast food restauraunt, Weiner Taco, to sponsor her eating awareness platform for the Regionals competition. Patty realizes her period is late, and she begins to panic when a pregnancy test comes back positive. However, she soon discovers that it is actually a teratoma, a tumor that was once her twin in utero. Pastor Mike fears that Patty's tumor is actually a demon inside of her. Bob's father has a heart attack, allowing Bob and Coralee to rekindle their marriage. Bob and his father mend their relationship, but things turn sour when Coralee confesses she had an affair with their massage therapist and Bob's father hires Bob Barnard as a senior partner at their law firm. At the Weiner Taco grand reopening, Bob and Bob Barnard engage in a physical fight in the restroom. Suddenly, Bob Barnard kisses Bob and reveals he is gay and in love with him, the reason behind their rivalry. Dixie attacks Patty atop the Weiner Taco's food truck to steal the crown, but Patty pushes her off, rendering her unconscious.
99"Bad Kitty"Steven TsuchidaJace RichdaleAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Pastor Mike confesses to Patty and Bob that he thinks Patty's teratoma is a demon, which made her push Dixie off the food truck. He suggests an exorcism to get rid of it, but Bob refuses. Christian becomes obsessed with Patty's "demon", and he attempts to help her figure out a way to control it and use it to her advantage. Patty's fight with Dixie goes viral, and she seizes the opportunity to boost her profile, becoming a local celebrity. Regina is released from prison on compassionate release, and Patty's fame comes crumbling down when Dixie returns to school, paralyzed and in a wheel chair. Dixie gains sympathy and becomes adored, while Patty is cast as the villain. An anti-bullying assembly is organized for them to publicly apologize to each other. Convinced Dixie is faking her injury, Patty pushes her out of her wheelchair in front of the entire school during the assembly, only to discover that Dixie was telling the truth. Patty agrees to Pastor Mike's exorcism, only to discover that she never had a demon in the first place. Bob Barnard, noticing that Bob kissed him back during their fight, tries to convince Bob that he also has feelings for him. Bob rejects him to attend couple's therapy with Coralee, but he eventually realizes his feelings for Bob Barnard and sleeps with him.
1010"Banana Heart Banana"Elodie KeeneTim SchlattmannAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Bob spends the night with Bob Barnard and struggles to lead a double life. When Patty is suspended from school for pushing Dixie, Bob suggests throwing a charity roast for Patty's 18th birthday party to raise money to buy Dixie a new electric wheelchair. Coralee, also seeking to focus on herself, creates a business called Tampazzle — a tampon with a decorative tassel to ensure women never lose the string. Bob Barnard, tired of hiding his own private life, comes out as gay to Magnolia and files for divorce from Etta Mae. Bob discovers that Christian was once arrested for attempting to kidnap his girlfriend in Brazil. When Patty confronts Christian, he becomes violent, but Brick intervenes. During the party, Angie's ex-boyfriend Gordy shows up. Angie has him arrested for holding drugs and tells Patty she needs to leave town for a while, before fleeing in his car. Nonnie realizes the extent of Patty's neglect in their friendship, and declares she needs a break. Patty walks in on Bob and Bob Barnard kissing. Humiliated, she exposes their affair to everyone at the party, and Coralee leaves Bob once again. Angered, Bob insults Patty before walking out on her. Dixie is revealed to have been faking her injury. Feeling abandoned, Patty goes home and binges a whole sheet cake.
1111"Winners Win. Period."Lev L. SpiroLauren Gussis & Michael EllisAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Following her birthday party, Patty isolates herself and binge eats for a week. However, upon learning that her favorite actress, Drew Barrymore, will be visiting Atlanta for a book signing, she is inspired to make amends. Patty invites Nonnie to Barrymore's book signing, but Nonnie rejects her. Despite his anger towards his father for the affair, Brick decides to assist Patty in her weight loss journey for Regionals. He also protects Patty from Christian, who has been stalking her. Magnolia returns from rehab and encourages her father to reconnect with Roxy, who initially blames Bob Barnard for abandoning her. She changes her mind when she discovers Stella Rose's role in her adoption, and Bob and Bob Barnard decide to coach Roxy together for Regionals. Patty apologizes to Bob for outing him, but he remains angry and reveals that he is now coaching Roxy. Bob, Bob Barnard, and Coralee talk things out, and they unexpectedly end up having a threesome. Initially tempted to binge upon learning of Roxy's new coach, Patty instead turns determined to prove herself to Bob, and she concocts a plan to sabotage Roxy and secure her own victory. Patty steals the Weiner Taco food truck and tasers Roxy under disguise, but is hit by a tranquilizer dart and falls unconscious.
1212"Why Bad Things Happen"Andrew FlemingLauren Gussis & Jace RichdaleAugust 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Patty wakes up to discover that Stella Rose and Roxy have kidnapped her. They unveil their plot to bring down Bob, having used Roxy to feign leaving Stella Rose as part of their scheme. Bob convinces Coralee to enter a thruple with him and Bob Barnard. As Nonnie is ready to reconcile with Patty, she and Brick realize Patty is missing and search for her. Magnolia finds out she's reinstated by the Miss Magic Jesus board. Stella Rose's plan to sabotage Bob's chances at Regionals by revealing Roxy's true allegiance fails when Bob, preoccupied with his new relationship with Bob Barnard and Coralee, is unfazed by the revelation. Bob Barnard rejects the idea of a thruple, giving Bob an ultimatum to choose between him and Coralee. Her plans foiled, a deranged Stella Rose plans to kill Patty and frame it as a suicide over Bob. Patty escapes and receives a message from Magnolia, but it turns out to be Christian, who roofied Magnolia to prevent her from competing in Regionals, hoping to win Patty back. Patty frees Magnolia, and when Christian confronts her, she beats him to death with a crowbar. Patty calls Bob, who was contemplating suicide, for help. They push Christian's car into a lake to hide the evidence, but it fails. Patty confesses that she also killed Stella Rose.

Season 2 (2019)

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131"Pig"Andrew FlemingLauren GussisOctober 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)
Patty tells Bob Armstrong that she was handcuffed into the food truck by Stella Rose, who wanted to kill her and frame it as a suicide to make Bob feel guilty. While escaping, Patty accidentally ran Stella over twice with the food truck. Bob asks Patty not to call the police. When she accompanies him to the place where she killed Stella, they do not find her body and realize that Stella may still be alive and out there somewhere. They decide to get rid of Christian's corpse before dealing with Stella Rose. In the forest, the trunk of Bob's car containing Christian opens and the corpse falls to the ground. Pigs arrive and eat the whole body. Meanwhile, Coralee makes advances towards Bob Barnard, but he refuses because he is gay. Later, he overhears Roxy on the phone and discovers that she is using him to help Stella Rose take revenge on Bob Armstrong. He then realises Magnolia is missing. In the regional pageant, Roxy discovers that Patty has escaped the food truck. During the rehearsal, Bob returns to Roxy's dressing room and spies on her phone. He discovers that she does not know where Stella Rose is. Roxy is crowned the winner of Regionals, with Patty in second place. Patty runs to throw up in the bathroom after previously binging on pastries which she covered in soap to prove to Bob she did not have an eating disorder. Magnolia reappears, and suddenly a scream is heard. Roxy is found dead in her dressing room, strangled by her own sash.
142"Dead Girl"Brian DannellyRick ClevelandOctober 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)
The police interview everyone at the pageant. Magnolia claims she does not remember where she was after the fight with her father, and is escorted to the hospital by her father. Patty is about to be interviewed when the officer who walks in is the same man Bob had a tryst with in the steam room. Patty admits she was throwing up in the bathroom but denies she has an eating disorder. Bob deduces that Patty could not have killed Roxy as she did not eat the pastries in Roxy's room afterwards. At the hospital, Magnolia is diagnosed with short-term memory loss. Bob brings Christian's car to a junkyard to have it crushed. Regina is selling her version of the tampazzle in the prisons. Since Roxy is dead, the pageant board has decided not to award anyone the crown. Bob claims the board is afraid to award the next crown because he claims they are afraid of what the public will say. Patty and Bob suggest a planned memorial to show all the pageant girls are successful and to prove Patty did not kill Roxy. Coralee gets news footage of a drunken Magnolia being drunk and foolish behind the news reporter, proving she could not have killed Roxy due to the timing. At the memorial, the pageant girls sing a song for Roxy. The pageant board decides to crown Patty. Dixie returns, but is run down by the wiener mobile.
153"Boomerang"Damian MarcanoScott KingOctober 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)
Dixie becomes paralyzed after getting hit by the ween mobile and hires Bob Armstrong as her lawyer. Coralee reaches out to Regina and they become partners for Tampazzle. Patty meets her father Gordy and they bond. Choi's lawyer initially wins the case over Bob and Dixie, however Bob finds out Choi had not gotten new glasses despite his eyesight worsening, leading to Dixie winning the case and becoming owner of the Wiener Taco. Patty finds out that Gordy sexually abused her mother when she was underage. Realizing he is to blame for their problems, she shoves him in rage, accidentally making him fall to his death. Panicked, she steals his phone and texts everyone a fake suicide note to cover it up.
164"Poison Patty"Andrew FlemingLauren Gussis & Andrew FlemingOctober 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)
Traumatized after accidentally murdering her father, Patty begins to have hallucinations of him calling her a bad seed. Coralee hands Bob divorce papers, much to his dismay. Brick helps his father get back into dating, which leads him to a swinger event. Coralee and Regina hold a period-themed Tampazzle launch party at the Wiener Taco with Bob Barnard to endorse him for mayor. Angie returns after having breast enlargement and reveals to Patty that she stayed gone out of fear of Gordy. Bob Armstrong fails to find a fitting couple at the swinger event and confronts Coralee and Barnard at the party, announcing that he is running for mayor as well, with Angie as his campaign manager. A paternity test reveals that Gordy is not actually Patty's father.
175"Finding Magnolia"Brian DannellyJessica WatsonOctober 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)
Nonnie launches an investigation to find out what happened to Magnolia the night she was blacked out. Patty, afraid Magnolia will remember that she killed Christian, goes along to attempt to sabotage. Brick mistakes Patty's anxiety for disinterest in him and, after taking advice from Magnolia, practices kissing on fruits. Dixie gets a visit from her birth family, who tell her that Regina is not actually her adoptive mother, but her kidnapper. Angie tries to help Bob Armstrong improve his image by having him give out free hot dogs, however the event takes a turn for the worse when it's revealed his father is backing Bob Barnard for mayor. Armstrong confronts his father who claims he does it to protect him as he is "too fragile", and reveals that his mother did not die of cancer, but rather committed suicide. Armstrong hands his gun to Angie to make sure he does not make the same mistake. Magnolia manages to find out what happened to her after Patty killed Christian, but does not remember what happened before. Patty covers it up by texting her from Christian's phone and lying about what happened. Armstrong issues a public apology which is poorly received. Patty walks in on Brick and Magnolia kissing.
186"Eat and Run"Ryan ShirakiLisa ParsonsOctober 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)
197"Full Brazilian"Nancy HowerGil HizonOctober 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)
208"Pretty in Prison"Suzi YoonessiMichael EllisOctober 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)
219"Ladybomb"Brian DannellyRoxy RöckenwagnerOctober 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)
2210"The Most You You Can Be"Andrew FlemingLauren Gussis & Rick ClevelandOctober 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)

Production

A pilot for the series was ordered by The CW, but passed on before Netflix picked up the series.[2] The series was filmed in Newnan, Georgia and Atlanta, Georgia . Season 2 was filmed from early-March 2019 to late-June 2019. Season 2 only consisted of 10 episodes, compared to 12 episodes in the first season.[15] On February 14, 2020, the series was cancelled after two seasons.[7]

Release

On July 19, 2018, the trailer for the series was released.[16] The first season of Insatiable premiered on Netflix on August 10, 2018.[16]

On July 10, 2018, Netflix released the first teaser and the first images from the series.[17]

Prior to the show's release, The Guardian reported on July 24, 2018, that over 100,000 people had signed an online petition on Change.org started on July 20, 2018, calling for Netflix to cancel Insatiable, accusing it of "fat shaming".[18] Lauren Gussis, the show's creator, defended the show, saying it was based on her own experiences as a teenager.[19] Alyssa Milano stated on Twitter, "We are not shaming Patty .. We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat-shaming."[20] As of August 27, 2018, the petition had over 230,000 signatures.[21]

Reception

The series has an approval rating of 11% based on 56 reviews from critics, with an average rating of 2.68/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. The site's critic consensus reads: "Broad stereotypes, clumsy social commentary, and a failed attempt at wokeness make Insatiable hard to swallow."[22] Metacritic reported a score of 25 out of 100 for the series, based on reviews from 15 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[23]

In negative reviews, Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter called the series "trite", "unfunny", and "a hot bloated mess",[24] while Jen Chaney from Vulture called it "an equal opportunity trainwreck" replete with bad jokes about rape and pedophilia, and offensive stereotypes of African-Americans, Christians, Southerners and gay people.[25]

Reviewer Linda Holmes of NPR said the show willfully misunderstood the realities of fat-shaming and the concerns of fat people like herself; arguing that being fat should be respected and treated with kindness: "Let me assure you: It is not satire. Insatiable is satire in the same way someone who screams profanities out a car window is a spoken-word poet."[26]

Writer Roxane Gay called the show "lazy" and "insulting" in a Refinery29 piece, saying "Insatiable's greatest sin is that it suffers from a profound lack of imagination. The show cannot imagine that a straight man could truly love pageants and mentoring young women and be secure in his masculinity, or that a young lesbian could love herself enough to not fall in love with her straight best friend, or that a fat girl could be happy, healthy, and thriving without losing weight. Never does this show dare to imagine that maybe it was everyone else who had the problem when Patty was fat, not Patty herself. The show cannot imagine that perhaps, the most profound way Patty could seek vengeance would be to love herself at any size, to be seen by a love interest as lovable at any size, to see herself as beautiful because of, rather than despite, her fat body."[27]

In an interview with Variety, star Debby Ryan stated that she listened to the body-positive podcast "She's All Fat" in preparation for the role.[28] Responding via their Twitter account, hosts of the podcast Sophia Carter-Kahn and April K. Quioh stated: "We're not sure how our show could inspire a thin actress to don a fat suit as we've discussed at length how this very act is incredibly harmful to the fat community."[29]

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  29. ^ @shesallfatpod (August 12, 2018). "In this Variety article, the star of Insatiable mentions that she listened to SAF to prepare for the role. We're not sure how our show could inspire a thin actress to don a fat suit as we've discussed at length how this very act is incredibly harmful to the fat community" (Tweet) – via Twitter.