Netflix’s newest animated series follows two friends in their 30’s who move out from being roommates to being neighbors. After living together for years, the bird-women decide to live apart—Bertie is moving in with her boyfriend, Speckle, and Tuca will live on her own.
The animations and character style may look familiar to some. Brought to you by the team behind Bojack Horseman, TUCA and Bertie is not afraid to deal with real world issues, while still being funny. If you’re a fan of Bojack Horseman, you are in for a treat.
Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish are the two biggest stars in comedy. Ali Wong rose to prominence with her Netflix stand up special, talking about parenthood to the struggles of being an Asian woman in America. Tiffany Haddish has taken the world by storm with her breakout role in Girls Trips. The combination of these two women is bound to be hilarious.
Like Bojack Horseman, TUCA and Bertie is not afraid to delve into read issues. The anxiety-inducing scenarios that commonly affect millennials — workplace and street harassment, job stagnation, sexual frustration—have always been ripe with potential for dark comedy. TUCA & Bertie takes advantage of these themes, satirizing the stressors that make up systematic disenfranchisement and honoring the friendships that make it all tolerable.
The world of animations has been male-dominated for some time now. In 2016, Polygon reported that Adult Swim’s executive VP Mike Lazzo once said, “When you put women in the writers room, you get conflict, not comedy,” before proceeding to dig the hole deeper by posting to Reddit: “Women don’t tend to like conflict, comedy often comes from conflict, so that’s probably why we (or others) have so few female projects.” He later retracted the statement (though it remains on Reddit), but it was just a tiny glimpse of the harassment that female writers of animated shows. TUCA & Birdie decide to make a show by woman, showing woman experiences for all.