16 May 2019 | autur
Girls meets Breaking Bad
This show strikes me as a crossover between Girls and Breaking Bad, more on the side of the latter. To those who aren't familiar, Girls (2012-2017) focused on the tumultuous, day-to-day life of four young, artistic women trying to make ends meet. Breaking Bad needs no introduction...
Although I must give credit to the entire cast for its superb acting, my highest praise goes to the star of the show and its co-creater, Bat Hen Sabag. She plays Shiri, a compassionate and volatile 30-year-old, who is trying to make it as an actress, but has to take a 180-degree turn in order to save her boyfriend from a drug bust. Despite her good intentions, she screws up a lot and is frequently called "dumb" by the people around her (dumb as in foolish, not unintelligent). Bat Hen Sabag plays Shiri so convincingly and with so much passion that I can't remember that last time I felt so much sympathy for a TV character. Her performances in this show earned her two Best Actress awards.
Those who've watched the popular Israeli show Fauda (streamed on Netflix) will also be delighted to find that 3 of the actors from Fauda are regular cast members on Dumb, and two of them reprise characters involved in investigative police work.
I'm crossing my fingers that Amazon or Netflix picks up the show so that it can be viewed by non-Hebrew speakers too.