Insatiable feels like one long identity crisis. Even the fact that its episodes are an hour instead of a half-hour doesn’t feel right, and the whiplash of the tonal shifts makes its too-long episodes feel disorienting and interminable. There’s technically some compelling stuff buried underneath all the lazy jokes and rollercoaster writing. The scene where Nonnie finally tells Patty she loves her is gorgeously shot and written -- some of the best writing across the whole series, in fact. But it’s too little too late. The first few episodes merely make a joke out of Nonnie’s crush and even almost cross a line into making her seem predatory. Nonnie and Patty’s best friendship is often unconvincing, especially because of how selfish Patty is within their relationship. The best detail about their relationship is their obsession with Drew Barrymore, but that’s the kind of specificity that many of the interpersonal dynamics lack (Nonnie’s incredulity that Patty watched Firestarter without her is among the very few legitimately funny lines in the first couple episodes).
The back half of the season really does feel like a different show entirely -- not a better one, necessarily, but something darker that dials up the drama in confusing places. There’s a sudden twist when it comes to Bob, his wife, and his rival Bob Barnard, played by Christopher Gorham. The Bobs and Coralee end up having to work through some very serious and grounded relationship stuff that’s, again, technically well-written and receives total commitment from all three actors, but it’s entirely out of place.
It ends, unsurprisingly, on a cliffhanger that’s completely out of left field and another wild shift in tone and story. But it’s not the kind of cliffhanger that leaves one yearning for more. Insatiable Season 1 is already more than enough.