This is a unique and interesting way to tell a story and I love that characters that are dead still have a life in the story with the past being featured throughout the show. It feels a lot like reading a book. Too bad the story itself doesn't lend to the enjoyment of the series. Summed up perfectly near the end of season 2 by Kate with a comment about possibly not crying for once. All the characters are insufferable, self-centered, and unlikeable. I find myself rooting against them. They also try to tell the story for the most dramatic impact and it just gets tedious and wears on the viewer. 20 episodes a season with nothing but drama gets really old. In sum it is a drama about a set of triplets and how they all individually had issues with their childhood which of course they use to blame their issues as adults. The characters are all really damaged and so self-involved in their own little worlds. This is definitely a 'you made me feel XYZ so I am a compulsive eater, a drug user, prone to panic attacks or whatever'. It is such a victim oriented show - I guess that is what is so off-putting. Take some responsibility - eating to be 400 lbs isn't because your Mom made you feel insecure, or your Dad died or people were mean to you. Popping pills isn't because your parents didn't pay enough attention to you. And a remaining parent constantly crying 'this is the best I could do, you were my entire life'. Whatever. My other pet peeve is they make the past look like the 70s or very early 80s. Well it would be the 90s because the kids are only in their mid 30s so they'd be teens in the early 90s. There are a lot of elements of the show that miss the mark like this. The doctor that delivered them for instance was at least in his late 60s and still in the show 17 years later so he'd be like 95 and he is basically almost in the same condition. There are a lot of liberties like this that most people probably don't catch.I watched this out of boredom on Hulu. I'm sure season 3 will be packed with more crying and drama as previewed at the end of 2. We'll have to live through a now depressed but still morbidly obese Toby and Kate, drama with the adopted defect teen Deja, etc. Frankly the best thing that happened so far is Kate/Toby not having their baby and Kevin unmarried. These people do not need to procreate and have another generation of unhappy people mired in nothing but self imposed drama.
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