I May Destroy You: Miniseries (2020)

I May Destroy You

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I May Destroy You is at once brave and delicate, untangling the trauma of sexual assault with dark humor and moments of deep discomfort all held together on the strength of Michaela Coel's undeniable talent.



Critic Ratings: 91


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User Ratings: 381

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Air date: Jun 7, 2020

After visiting her long-distance boyfriend in Italy, burgeoning writer Arabella returns to London, where she's greeted by a deluge of frantic messages from her literary agents. With a matter of hours left to finish a draft of her second book, she plans to pull an all-nighter--but is soon tempted to join a friend on a night out. Series premiere.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2020

Lunch with Terry gets Arabella thinking about the hazy events of the previous night, prompting her to probe Simon for answers. Growing increasingly desperate to put together the pieces, Arabella drops by Simon's apartment, and, later, finds herself at an unwelcoming doorstep. Meanwhile, Terry has a lousy audition, and a concerned Kwam rushes to Arabella's side.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2020

In a flashback, Terry visits Arabella in Ostia, where she is living large. After procuring party favors from Biagio, Arabella and Terry each have a wild night.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2020

Back in London and two months after the incident, Arabella meets with a therapist, who encourages her to find relaxing and creative ways to cope with her trauma. Still anticipating the first draft of Arabella's book, her agents assign another client, Zain, to help her with the writing process. Kwame introduces his modest new love interest, Damon, to a stranger he met online.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2020

A tumultuous day finds Arabella reassessing a sexual encounter with Zain and, following a promising new lead in the investigation, opening up to Biagio about her assault. Later, after a meeting with Susy Henny, Arabella threatens to break the internet when she goes off script at a writing summit. Meanwhile, Kwame's prompted to report his own assault to the police.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2020

Much to Terry's disapproval, Arabella attends a support group for rape and sexual assault survivors run by their high school acquaintance, Theo. In a flashback to 2004, teenage Arabella and Terry intervene when a resourceful, troubled young Theo attempts to flip the narrative on consensual sex gone sideways.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2020

Atado por dinero en efectivo y aún sin poder producir un borrador de su libro, Arabella toma un trabajo trabajando junto a Theo. La fiesta de cumplea?os de Terry encuentra a Kwame evitando recordatorios de su asalto.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2020

Reeling from a demoralizing development in the investigation, Arabella hatches a risky plan to "spark joy"--and convinces an adverse Terry to bankroll it. Still navigating the fallout of his own assault, Kwame challenges himself to explore the full spectrum of his sexuality.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2020

Arabella's bloated social media presence finds her more glued to her phone than ever, perpetually internalizing the stress of her followers. At a Halloween "paint and wine" organized by Terry, Kwame opens up to the girls about his recent sexual experiment--and Arabella's reaction lands her in an emergency session with Carrie.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2020

After Simon inadvertently drops a bomb on Arabella, she heads to her mom's birthday dinner, where painful, long-forgotten memories bubble to the surface. Kwame's no-strings-attached hookup bender leads him to Tyrone, a stranger in search of a different kind of connection.

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Cast & Crew

Aml Ameen
Michaela Coel
Arabella Essiuedu
Ann Akin
Adam James
Franc Ashman
Susy Henny
Karan Gill
Sarah Niles
Officer Funmi
Ellie James
Simon Maloney
Roberto Troni
Executive Producer
Phil Clarke
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for I May Destroy You Miniseries

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (46)

Coel's a great talent - no doubt about that - but this can be an aggravating, unfocused sprawl at times. The power and horror of Arabella's ordeal is the unintended casualty.

Jun 5, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"I May Destroy You" is moving and, despite the subject matter, at times very funny. It should inspire plenty of conversation about very sensitive subject matter with ever-increasing complexities.

Jun 8, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

A writer less volcanically talented than Coel might struggle to weave one of these themes into a 12-part series; that she's able to explore so many different layers of power while creating such a compulsively watchable show is striking.

Jun 8, 2020 | Full Review…

It's tricky to call an actor mesmerizing, for fear of making her power seem magical rather than the result of craft. But Coel here is magnetic and memorable, for sure, and you won't be able to take your eyes off her.

Jun 7, 2020 | Full Review…

"I May Destroy You" is fascinating TV, taking a dark subject and turning it every which way. It can be shocking, it can be fun (which is also somewhat shocking), it can hurt and maybe even heal. No matter what, it's an unsettling revelation.

Jun 5, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I May Destroy You isn't just powerful television; it's a great surprise. It's a groundbreaking model of how to honor the complexities of sexual trauma on TV without succumbing to lecture or exploitation.

Jul 17, 2020 | Full Review…

That's an awful lot to pack into one series, but Coel makes the narrative aspect seem easy.

Dec 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Coel already had a hit with her series Chewing Gum, and the strength of I May Destroy you proves she's got more than one trick up her sleeve. Expect to see more from her.

Dec 30, 2020 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

This is smart, compelling TV, electrifying and fun, but also important, stylishly filmed, with a superlative script and performances.

Dec 30, 2020 | Full Review…

That is not only remarkable, but exceptionally brave.

Dec 30, 2020 | Full Review…

I May Destroy You could very well make good on the promise of its title, but its strange, oddly beautiful denouement will almost certainly heal you.

Dec 30, 2020 | Full Review…

You won't be able to shake I May Destroy You from your thoughts.

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Audience Reviews for I May Destroy You: Miniseries

  • Apr 28, 2021
    I had heard really good things about this, so I expected to like it, but what I didn't expect is how it kept suggesting sort of predictable narratives, confounding them, and then reflecting on them. The meta / writerly aspect of it is underrated.
  • Apr 04, 2021
    It's absolutely perfect.
  • Mar 21, 2021
    I don't want to spoil but it's a nice perspective on a tough subject matter.
  • Mar 17, 2021
    Really fucking excellent
  • Mar 08, 2021
    This show was an original. It was like nothing I have ever seen before. It was genius at times. I watched the entire show in one day. I couldn't stop watching no matter how hard I tried. I hope there is a season 10 of this show.
  • Mar 03, 2021
    I'm really struggling to watch this, it's super gross and the story is weak.
  • Feb 25, 2021
    This may be the best TV show of my generation. I have never seen a show take something so intimate and internal and translate it to something that could be watched on screen. I'm not sure everyone is ready for a show like this but it's a show everybody needs to watch.
  • Feb 20, 2021
    Unbelievably good, stayed up all night to finish. An addictively gripping and relentlessly dazzling show that holds nothing back. The craziness in the final episode is just as smart and compelling as the rest. Amazing shows like this are few and far between.
  • Jan 20, 2021
    Almost unwatchable. Really tried. Talented actress, but this is just weird and chaotic. The short episodes are full of gratuitously graphic scenes - people going about their personal business in various situations - which to me did not make sense. Otherwise it's very confused. This is regrettable as there is something there and she is a mesmerizing screen presence. I loved her in Black Earth Rising.
  • Nov 19, 2020
    I wasn't pulled into the story and I wasn't sure if it was also trying to be humorous. If it was, I didn't laugh.

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