Having started with the intention of recounting his life, his experiences and his inner strife in the claustrophobic environment of the Roman town, Zerocalcare found himself – instead – to have been the one who, as never before, managed to summarize how it feels to be part of a middle generation. That generation placed in limbo between what one wants to be and what one must be. A generation that hides – behind an apparent closeness – a profound solitude in which – as Zero tells us – we are all blades of grass. This is what is beautifully represented in Tear Along the Edges.
It must have been for the way he narrated his misadventures, for the soundtracks or for that perfect balance between the ironic and the dramatic – or for a mix of all three – that Tearing Along the Edges left a small mark on the soul of many, making us feel a little less alone in our wandering in search of one’s place in the world. And although the Zerocalcare series is a unique product of its kind, there are series that – in many respects – have something in common with her. For this reason, if you are abstinent from Tearing Along the Edges, we strongly advise you to recover them.
If you are looking for a series like torn along the edges, introspective and that tells a life that is anything but rosy, you can not recover BoJack Horseman: one of Netflix’s cult series in which you will experience the dramatic but bizarre adventures of a Hollywood horse at the bottom of the barrel. BoJack was a star of the 90s, star of a very popular sitcom, but now that past the peak of his career he finds himself stuck in an unsatisfying life. Tormented by a difficult childhood and overwhelmed by drug and alcohol abuse, our protagonist will try several times to get his life back on track – without any notable result. A series of characters revolve around him – almost all of them anthropomorphic animals – however, they seem to be sucked into a downward spiral that attracts anyone who gets too close to them. How Zerocalcare – in its series – speaks to us with irony, sarcasm and cynicism about aspects such as loneliness and the difficulty of finding a place in the world – so BoJack talks to us alike about addictions and depression.
Conceived and produced by the same creators of Bojack Horseman – Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksber – and available on Amazon Prime Video, Undone is a deep and surreal animated series like never before, starting from the rotoscope animation technique used to make it. The protagonist is Anna, a 28-year-old grappling with a frustrating life that includes a demanding mother and an overly optimistic sister. to all this, the woman has always reacted with sharp sarcasm and cynicism, waiting for something that would turn his life upside down and one day this happened. Following a bad accident, Anna will enter this sort of dreamlike dimension where she will meet her father. Destroyed the barriers between reality and fiction and the limits of space and time, the viewer will be taken on a journey of knowledge that deals with a wide range of topics: from mental illness to the search for one’s own spirituality. Due to its introspective and profound aspect, we could not fail to recommend it as a series similar to that of Zerocalcare.
Both for its appearance autobiographical that for his side comic from the flaps amariLouie Tear Along the Edges they have much more in common than one might imagine. Conceived and acted by Louis CK, the series – not openly autobiographical – talks about the life of stand up comedian, the only real character in the series. It all starts from the beginning of his career: he is divorced, he is not comfortable with his body and wants to be a comedian at all costs, but it’s not easy at all. Louie starts at turn your experiences into funny reflections on life in a comic key, but despite this his fame does not seem to want to arrive. While most of what we find in the series is directly related to his real life, on the other hand you always have to take into account the appearance fictionalized which – inevitably – we find in every series, even if of autobiographical inspiration. This last aspect, together with the previous ones, makes this TV series very close to Tear Along the Edges and for this unmissable if you miss the first animated series of Zerocalcare.
As Zerocalcare, Secco, Sarah and all the characters in the series find it difficult to walk the road following the dotted edges perfectly, the same happens for Fleabag, protagonist of the homonymous series. Distributed for the first time in 2016, the series – available on Amazon Prime Video – tells of the difficulties of the protagonist, and of her entire generation, in forging real relationships and finding one’s way in the world. With its large dose of cynicism and sarcasm Fleabag reminds us a lot of a female version of Zerocalcare which manages to overturn cornerstones of society such as the importance of having a man by your side or the idea that a woman to be feminine must necessarily be sweet and composed. Although the two series are very different from each other – and not only for the technique – Fleabag is certainly an excellent product to watch while waiting for the release of This world won’t make me bad.
A little girl full of sarcasm with little joie de vivre and a wary gaze towards the world: although Daria came out more than 20 years ago, we can’t help but consider her a still very modern character. In addition to being one of the first series to focus attention on LGBT issues and minorities, the series showed us that going against the tide is possible, bringing us a model of an independent girl, strong and far from social conventions. The story follows – with a large dose of cynicism and sarcasm – the life of a high school girl, supported by her friend Jane Lane, with whom she shares the worst feelings and moments – albeit few – the most exciting. That the period in which everything is set is 1997 is not a relevant element: after all these years, the life of this teenager turns out to be perfectly in line with what we have all experienced at least once: the constant confrontation with standards of incomparable beauty and feeling misunderstood in our being ourselves. And then – in the end – if you think about it, Daria and Zerocalcare are children of the same generation, albeit in two different environments: this will also be what made them share – in part – the same feelings.