The show is set in a part of America traditionally viewed as less liberal, less tolerant. It’s in the Deep South, dealing with the lives of people in lower socio-economic brackets yet everyone (villains aside) appear to be marvellously accepting and enlightened. Is this wish-fulfilment, or are people too easily labelled and underestimated?
What I love about this show is that it speaks to our humanity. At the end of the day, these themes are so universal no matter what group you find yourself in.
The idea of someone searching for self-love and acceptance, empowerment… These things are true for all over us.
That’s the cool trick of Waitress that you go in thinking it’s just one thing, a sunny happy slice of pie but there are some serious themes about abuse and adultery. And a very complicated story about a mother not wanting a child.