Best Netflix shows released in 2023 (so far)

The Witcher season 3. CR: Netflix.
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Survival of the Thickest
Survival of the Thickest. Michelle Buteau as Mavis in Survival of the Thickest. Cr. Vanessa Clifton/Netflix © 2023 /

Survival of the Thickest

Looking for a new Netflix comedy to enjoy over the course of a weekend binge? Look no further than Michelle Buteau’s new series Survival of the Thickest which debuted its first season on Netflix this July!

Inspired by Buteau’s book of the same name, Survival of the Thickest is a body-positive comedy about aspiring stylist Mavis Beaumont (Buteau). As the series begins, Mavis unexpectedly finds herself having to rebuild her life as a stylist trying to break into an industry that doesn’t exactly celebrate women who look like Mavis. There lies the charm of the show.

Across the eight-episode first season, we get to watch Mavis go through both the ups and downs as she works to not only survive but thrive in the industry, and make a name for herself! Mavis is unapologetically herself and doesn’t try to conform to the norms of society. Instead, Mavis helps her clients feel beautiful and confident in their bodies, celebrating their natural selves in a wonderfully hilarious series that flips the typical cliches of fashion shows on their heads.

Michelle Buteau is an absolute standout bringing the laughs with her quick delivery and physical comedy, and we love to see her expanding her work with Netflix this time in front of the camera. (You might recognize her voice from The Circle as the host of the hit reality series.) If you’re looking for a hilarious new comedy to enjoy, be sure to add Survival of the Thickest to the top of your watchlist today!