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  • Writer's pictureMatt Levin

I Hate Suzie

I know I'm prone to hyperbole, but I Hate Suzie is the best thing on TV right now! Darkly twisted and hysterically funny, it owes much of it's success to it's brilliant showrunner and co-creator, Lucy Prebble.

At just 40, Prebble is something of a prodigy. She's the author of 4 theater plays, the first of which, The Sugar Syndrome, about an internet chatroom love triangle, she wrote when she was 22 years old in 2003 and garnered many accolades and won several awards, including the prestigious George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2004.

It made sense for me to learn that Prebble is also a writer and co-executive producer on the incredible Jesse Armstrong show, Succession. Even though the subject matter might seem miles apart, on closer inspection, there are similarities to be found...

Both shows are ultimately about power and control with strong female characters and sensibilities at it's core. Suzie is trying to navigate her career in show business, where men usually dominate at the top of the food chain. Similarly in Succession, although Logan Roy might be the patriarch of the family, the character of Shiv might be the most ruthless of the bunch, despite playing her cards close to the vest. Both shows are brilliantly written and acted and definitely worth a look.

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