HBO Max's 'I Hate Suzie' Is a Nude-Hack Comedy That 'Fleabag' Fans Will Love

The British show, co-created by a 'Succession' writer, stars Billie Piper as an actress in a crisis.


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There’s a genre of TV show that’s cropped up in the past couple of years that I refer to as Fleabag-adjacent. These series-which also include Catastrophe, Feel Good, and I May Destroy You-have some commonalities: They’re British, their episodes are roughly a half hour each, they’re sexually frank, and they focus primarily on a woman (usually played by the creator or co-creator) in some form of psychological disarray. While comparing these programs feels almost unfair because each is a unique showcase for their stars’ voices, it’s also probably true that, if you like one of them, you’ll probably like the rest. The latest addition: I Hate Suzie, an eight-episode series now streaming in its entirety on HBO Max.

I Hate Suzie, which aired earlier this year in the UK, is a collaboration between the actress Billie Piper and Lucy Prebble, a playwright and consulting producer for HBO’s Succession. Piper stars as Suzie Pickles, a woman with a Billie Piper-esque career. Like Piper, Suzie was a teenage pop singer. Like Piper, best known for her stint on Doctor Who as the Doctor’s travelling companion Rose Tyler, Suzie also starred on a popular sci-fi show.

The premiere episode begins with Suzie receiving the news that she’s been cast as a princess in a Disney project, a big win for an actress who’d thought she’d aged out of those sorts of roles. Later that same day, with a photo crew about to arrive at the quaint country home she shares with her husband, Cob (Daniel Ings), and their deaf child, Frank (Matthew Jordan-Caws), Suzie learns that her phone has been hacked and that intimate photos have been leaked to the press.

The chaotic photo shoot, with Suzie dressed up like Cruella de Vil in bright red lipstick and a fur coat, along with Cob’s slow discovery of the nature of the photos (it turns out that the penis in the explicit shots with her isn’t his), sends Suzie into a spiral. The episode plays like a thriller until the end, when Suzie, locked out of her house after the photo shoot, sings about her hatred of the small town she lives in, like a profane Belle from Beauty and the Beast.


Each episode that follows is titled after one of the stages of grief, and each is surprising in its own way. Midway through the season, there’s an entire episode that features Suzie’s attempts to masturbate while constantly being disrupted by her inner monologue that’s guided by what she assumes her best friend and manager Naomi (Leila Farzad) would say. It’s surreal, and also a shockingly accurate representation of the inner workings of a woman’s mind.

I Hate Suzie may be about the rarefied experience of living in the public eye and use the tropes of Suzie’s job to tell her story, but it’s also the saga of a woman trying to reclaim her identity when pieces of her have been picked apart for public consumption. Over the course of the season, it becomes clear that, with or without the leaked photos, Suzie’s private life with her professor husband and young son was merely a facade doomed to shatter, but the hack sped up the timeline.

If you only know Piper from her stint on Doctor Who-which she was great on, don’t get me wrong-prepare to be amazed. The camera is frequently trained on her astounding face, which projects anxiety so well that it’s downright disturbing. With Suzie, she’s crafted a character so captivating, a ticking time bomb who’s volatile and passive at the same time, that she exists outside of the meta narrative that resembles Piper’s own career.

Why do I love I Hate Suzie and its ilk so much? In some ways, watching these shows is torturous. You watch these women make bad decisions over and over again, and cause turmoil for everyone in their path. The easy explanation is that these shows are all concise little masterpieces that play with form, are devastating emotionally, and have lots of humor. If you’re also into the Fleabag-adjacent genre, I highly recommend adding I Hate Suzie to your queue.Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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