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Bring Back Tuca and Bertie

One of the best new animated series is dropped by Netflix

It’s funny, it’s feminist, and you should watch it even if it ends up being only one season long.

Ok, so I promised Nicole I would pick up the Quickies for her today, but instead I want to bring your attention to the animated series called, Tuca and Bertie. Tuca and Bertie is a show about 30 something, female friendship and the difficulties and joy that brings. In that spirit, I hope Nicole can forgive me for veering of coarse while I implore the world to find another home for this amazing show. I love you, Nicole.

If you haven’t watched the only season of Tuca and Bertie on Netflix. You should. I’ve watched it twice and my friend Callie has watched it FOUR times. That’s how great it is and often how I judge the quality of a show. It’s re-watchable. It has all the elements of television that we need more of right now. First of all, the show creator is an illustrator named Lisa Hanawalt. You might know her from the show she co-produces called, BoJack Horseman. And while I’m not interested in dissecting the quality of that particular series, just know that Tuca and Bertie speaks much more loudly and brilliantly to our audience here. Secondly, the voices of the main characters Tuca and Bertie (yes, they are birds) are exquisitely performed by two women, (who I’m happy to report are not caucasian) named Tiffany Haddish (Tuca) and Ali Wong (Bertie).

It has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes where it is described as: “Free-spirited toucan Tuca and self-doubting song thrush Bertie are best friends — and birds — who guide each other through life’s ups and downs.”

This show deserves a second chance.

Why?

It’s sex positive.

Tuca and Bertie gif sex positive
Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix
Tuca and Bertie gif sex positive
Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix

The show touches on body positivity.

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Credit: Netflix
Tuca and Bertie gif body positive
Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix

The show addresses how women are often treated in the workplace.

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Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix
Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix
Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix

The show has a story line that explains the importance of medical procedures that are abortion related.

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Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix

The show even introduces a complicated narrative about sexual assault and coming to terms with it. Something that a lot of women have to deal with but few shows touch on in such a creative and caring way.

Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix
Tuca and Bertie address sexual assault
Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix

The show doesn’t have just gender conforming cis characters either.

Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix

It has all of these important feminist issues attached to it while still being beautifully animated, really funny, incredibly creative, and focused on the importance of friendship and following your dreams.

Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix

It’s just a really great show that deserves at least four more seasons. Maybe six.

Even if Tuca and Bertie doesn’t get another run, take this chick’s advice and do yourself a favor and watch the first season on Netflix, if you haven’t already. Or if you are like me and my friend Callie, watch it again. Season 1 is a complete tale on its own with a wonderful story arc and some really fantastic moments that you can stuff inside your heart and take with you on your own journey through life.

Tuca & Bertie Netflix series Credit: Netflix

I hope this isn’t goodbye and that we will see Tuca and Bertie on another adventure soon.

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Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia, science-loving artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and is currently in love with pottery. Daily maker of art and leader of Mad Art Lab. Support her on Patreon. Tip Jar is here.

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