In The Flesh is a great show for getting people involved in fighting inequality/challenging their beliefs/recognising the different and sometimes subtle elements of oppression and persecution. It deals with the themes of family, the political spectrum, extremism, bigotry, gender roles + expectations, abusive parents, PTSD, mental illness, fetishisation, terminal illness, sibling relationships, heteronormativity, self-hatred/self-acceptance, conforming to be accepted, the pros and cons of religion, corrupt authority figures, and so much more.
Also it’s a show with:
one canonically bisexual/pansexual lead who is potentially mentally ill (and also our hero despite being gentle, kind, sensitive, and in no way the traditional macho male action hero, seriously he’s such a great role model for teenage boys)
one canonically homosexual lead who is definitely mentally ill and suffered with drug addiction
a really really strong believable female lead (and not the only one either) who tramples all over the whole manic pixie dream girl trope by showing a woman can be as wacky and ‘random’ and feminine as she likes but also be, y'know, a person who exists for herself and has her own troubles and pain
a lead with an emotionality abusive parent who is also most likely homosexual (so it deals with the pressure a lot of kids have to keep their sexuality secret)
another really really strong female lead who suffers from PSTD
This is not just your average tv show. This show means something. It’s progressive, it’s making a statement, and it’s entirely unique. There is nothing out there quite like it.
There will never be another show like this. This is a once in a lifetime thing. It’s cancellation is such a huge mistake.
Hopefully another network/channel will pick the show up, because if not, then a hell of a lot of people who are usually completely ignored by mainstream television will be left out in the cold again.