I May Destroy You: Season 1

I May Destroy You: Season 1

I May Destroy You: Season 1

The life of a self-assured woman with a great social life and prominent writing career gets turned upside down when her drink is spiked in this dramatic London-set series.

2020Rating: MA15+USA
Drama

Streaming (2 Providers)

EPISODE 1.1
2 September 2020

Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes

After visiting her aspirational long-distance boyfriend in Italy, writer Arabella returns to London, where she is greeted by a deluge of frantic messages from her literary agents.

EPISODE 1.2
2 September 2020

Someone Is Lying

Lunch with Terry gets Arabella thinking about the hazy events of the previous night, prompting her to probe Simon for answers.

EPISODE 1.3
2 September 2020

Don't Forget the Sea

Three months earlier, Terry visits Arabella in Ostia, Italy, where she's living large on her agents' dime. After procuring party favors, Arabella and Terry each have a wild night of their own.

EPISODE 1.4
2 September 2020

That Was Fun

Back in London and two months after the incident, Arabella meets with a therapist who encourages her to find relaxing and creative ways to cope with her trauma.

EPISODE 1.5
2 September 2020

…It Just Came Up

A tumultuous day finds Arabella reassessing a sexual encounter with Zain and, following a promising new lead in the investigation, opening up to Biagio about her assault.

EPISODE 1.6
2 September 2020

The Alliance

Much to Terry's disapproval, Arabella attends a support group for rape and sexual assault survivors run by their high school acquaintance, Theo.

EPISODE 1.7
2 September 2020

Happy Animals

Strapped for cash and still unable to produce a draft of her book, Arabella takes a job working alongside Theo at a vegan delivery start-up.

EPISODE 1.8
2 September 2020

Line Spectrum Border

Reeling from a demoralizing development in the investigation, Arabella hatches a risky plan to "spark joy" – and convinces an adverse Terry to bankroll it.

EPISODE 1.9
2 September 2020

Social Media Is a Great Way to Connect

Arabella's bloated social media presence finds her more glued to her phone than ever, perpetually internalising the stress of her followers. 

EPISODE 1.10
2 September 2020

The Cause the Cure

After Simon inadvertently drops a bomb on Arabella, she heads to her mom's birthday dinner, where painful, long-forgotten memories bubble to the surface.

EPISODE 1.11
2 September 2020

Would You Like to Know the Sex?

Arabella's obsession with a fellow young author, Della, leads to unexpected progress on her book, despite a devastating setback.

EPISODE 1.12
2 September 2020

Ego Death

When Arabella's memory of January 22nd comes rushing back to her, she drags the last of her demons out from under the bed – once and for all. Season finale.

I May Destroy You: Season 1 / Reviews

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

At its best, I May Destroy You ruffles your feathers unpleasantly, creating moments that trigger an urge to laugh uncontrollably commingled with a sense of spreading unease.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Over the 12 half-hour episodes, there were many times I wasn't enjoying the show and several points at which I lost track of narrative threads. But my interest never wavered in the audacious and precarious thing that Coel is attempting.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

Coel is undeniably comfortable in her body and non-European beauty, and delivers a raw performance and story that unflinchingly examines consent, victim shaming, gender, race, class, imposter syndrome, and our over-reliance on social media through the lens of a Black Londoner.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

While the outcome is overwhelmingly positive thanks to an earnest, talented cast, there are a few characters that register as loose ends or don’t contribute much to the story beyond an affable presence. ... The episodes that do fuel the show’s main arcs are brilliantly executed.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

This degree of complexity would’ve been enough to distinguish the show from hundreds of earlier representations of sexual misconduct. Remarkably, though, it grows even more ambitious as it continues, without alienating viewers by deploying academic buzzwords or condescending lectures.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

At just about every step, it’s touching and quietly hilarious. Coel gets away with things that would be dicey for other writer-directors, and she does it with consistency.

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Vulture

Vulture

The direction is lucid, employing a camera that is both curious and kind. The writing is striking for its willingness to delve into uncomfortable territory without ever flinching from the emotional bramble at hand. But what I keep coming back to when I think of I May Destroy You is Coel’s performance.

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