Tiny Beautiful Things | Hulu / Disney+ Original Review
“Tiny Beautiful Things” is the newest limited series from ABC Signature and Hello Sunshine, which stars Kathryn Hahn as Clare, a floundering writer who becomes a revered advice columnist while her own life is falling apart.
When we first meet Clare, her marriage to her husband, Danny is barely limping along; her teenage daughter, Rae, is pushing her away; and her once-promising writing career is non-existent. So when an old writing pal asks her to take over as the advice columnist Dear Sugar, she thinks she has no business giving anyone advice. After reluctantly taking on the mantle of Sugar, however, Clare’s life unfurls in a complex fabric of memory, exploring her most pivotal moments from childhood through present day, and excavating the beauty, struggle, and humour in her unhealed wounds. Through Sugar, Clare forms a salve for her readers – and for herself – to show us that we are not beyond rescue, that our stories can ultimately save us. And, perhaps, bring us back home.
This eight-episode series doesn’t pull any punches and deals with some pretty serious issues, including cancer, grief, adultery, marriage, drugs, parenting, sex and more. It gets pretty graphic in some scenes and deals with some heavy subjects that some might find this show too uncomfortable to watch.
The series flips between a number of different periods in Clare’s life, providing lots of insights into her life and why she is the way she is. There are also moments where the timelines interact, which can be a little confusing, but because they used different actors for the different time periods, it really helps keep the viewer on track.
It’s a hard-hitting series, that really shows how Disney’s studios can deliver a high-quality drama series for adults and how the limited series format works so well, rather than a long, drawn-out series over multiple seasons.
“Tiny Beautiful Things” isn’t your typical easy-going drama series, that shows a much more realistic version of life. We all deal with multiple problems, and those events in our lives shape who we are, which this series explores and doesn’t shy away from. This isn’t a show that I would say I “enjoyed” watching, since it’s so serious and heavy throughout, but sometimes, life isn’t light and funny. The acting in this series is superb, and Kathryn Hahn is fantastic.
Overall, “Tiny Beautiful Things” isn’t an easy watch for many reasons, some of the storylines hit hard to the bone, but it handles them with an element of reality that you don’t see too often in US drama series, which is refreshing. It’s not going to be for everyone, but if you want a serious emotional drama series, to pull at your heartstrings, “Tiny Beautiful Things” is going to hit the spot.
Rating – 4 Out Of 5
“Tiny Beautiful Things” is going to be released on Friday, 7th April 2023, on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ around the world.