Fat teenage angst 4ever: Huge on DVD

By | March 7, 2011


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Beware of LARPing fatties. They'll fuck you up.

Last summer, ABC Family ran a little show with a very big heart, and that show was Huge. My newer readers may not be familiar with this series, as ABC Family’s promotion of it betrayed a total lack of understanding about what made the show great, and once it was over, the network declined to renew it for a second season, leaving us with a cliffhanger of tragic proportions, rivaled only by the gone-too-soon fate of My So-Called Life.

The similarity is especially frustrating given that Huge was the product of a collaboration between My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman and her daughter, the clever, personable, and maaaad smart Savannah Dooley. I wrote incredibly wordy and effusive recaps of Huge at my former blog* and later interviewed Miz Dooley herself to talk more about the process of bringing such a fat show to the small screen. In short: I had feelings about this show.

Huge came out on DVD a couple weeks ago, and watching it the second time around has really driven home the fact that it was such a radical departure from the standard fare on TV these days, not just in its treatment of fats but in how it approached gender identity, varying forms of queerness, and marginalization. It’s one of very few shows not only to take a sympathetic position toward outsiders, but to do so from the outsiders’ own perspective. Rather than assuming one universal Fat ExperienceTM, Huge chose to portray a diversity of fat people, with a diversity of relationships with their bodies. It was not merely refreshing but fucking magical. I mean, there’s a Nikki Blonsky striptease within the first four minutes of the very first episode:

How can you not love that?

The full series is viewable on Hulu, if you missed it the first time around, but I do recommend y’all consider buying the DVDs as well. I’ve yet to listen to the audio commentaries but as Savannah is damned hilarious I expect they’ll be worth the price of admission on their own.

So there you go: the best series of 2010 you probably didn’t watch. Go remedy that now.

* You can still read the original recaps and comment threads over there, but keep in mind that I am no longer approving comments on Fatshionista.com, which currently survives only for archival purposes.


9 Comments

Christina on March 7, 2011 at 11:49 am.

Hi. I also loved Huge and was sorely disappointed when it was canceled. In case you’re interested, I interviewed Savannah and Winnie for New York Magazine ( Link is at http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/06/huge_my_so_called_life_winnie.html), and also Nikki Blonsky for my blog (http://christinamkelly.blogspot.com/2010/06/hey-my-so-called-life-fans-watch-huge.html).

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Karen on March 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm.

They should write the ending – in a book, in a straight-to-dvd flick, in a blog, anywhere!! Please!!

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Marley on March 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm.

I bought it for iTunes just the other day, and was re-reading your recaps while watching! Great times!

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Sue on March 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm.

I’m so glad to see this is out on DVD! I had bought every episode from iTunes when it was announced the series was canceled but after reading this message just bought the DVD for the extras. Thanks.

For the record, I’m 57, fat ll my life, and wish we had shows like this when I was younger – it would have helped my life a great deal.

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RachelB on March 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm.

Thank you for the heads-up. I want ABC Family to know there’s a market for character-driven shows with fat protagonists. If TV in general were more like Huge, I would watch much more TV.

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Jenny on March 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm.

Aw, so tragic a fate.

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Erinlala on March 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm.

I live in Scotland so have never seen any of Huge! The Hula links don’t work either. So the only bits of it i’ve ever seen were some clips I dug out. I loved the idea and read your re-caps faithfully every week. It was like some awesome fatty serial. My very own Fat Bridget Jones’ Diary.
I am away to go search on Amazon see if I can buy it there.
Give me a heads up if you see it available for sending to Scotland.
Can’t wait to see if it is the same as I imagined! x

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Lacie on March 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm.

It still legitimately makes me want to cry that this show was canceled. Personally I can’t stand television most of the time, and I have never watched a show religiously in my entire life, but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t freaking out and waiting to tune in the second it started every week.

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Sarah T on March 8, 2011 at 6:06 am.

Erinlala, I was just coming to post roughly the same thing! I followed this avidly from Lesley’s recaps and what I could dredge from Youtube. Roll on Region 2 release! (I nearly typed “season 2″, and now I’m sad again at the thought that there won’t be one.)

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