« Living with Yourself »: Is the Better Version of You really the Better Option?

Netflix’s Paul Rudd starring new show Living with Yourself tackles self-improvement issues and critics our online personas. The question is can you stand living with the best version of yourself?

Living with Yourself/ ©Netflix

American dramedy Living with Yourself created by Timothy Greenberg for Netflix hit the screens on October 18, 2019. The show depicts the miserable life of Miles Elliot (Paul Rudd) who is on the verge of losing belief in himself in every possible way. His marriage with Kate (Aisling Bea) is falling apart, he hates his monotonous 9-5 job and he is about to have a mental breakdown. However, thanks to a referral from a coworker his whole life changes as if he has started anew. Miles undergoes a new, experimental treatment program in which his DNA will be rebuilt to produce a much better version of himself. The new Miles is more handsome, loveable and charismatic. He is better in his job where all of his coworkers and managers love him. His marriage is better off with a happy wife and hence a happy life. But what is really the show about?

Paul Rudd as Miles Elliot in Living with Yourself/ ©Netflix


At first sight the show might appear as a classical comedy show dealing with a desperate man and his misfortune in life. Yet, it is so much more than that. While original Miles is struggling against his better version in every front, the show suggests that appearances can be deceiving. His better version is just a criticism of our online personas where everyone’s life is just a bed of roses. Our own self image, and hence our online personas are changing every minute of every day with new cures and methods of a better life. Thanks to celebrities’ unreal and unhealthy beauty standards, we are deceived into believing that we need to change who we are to be happy instead of understanding and embracing who we really are.  Living With Yourself suggests that maybe we should start searching for the answer for being happy by looking within, rather than creating a whole new persona with unrealistic life standards.

Original Miles Elliot fighting against his better version./©Netflix

While the first season has already wrapped up with a great deal of unexpected turn of events on the whole the show raises philosophical questions on today’s society such as is it achievable to be the better versions of ourselves? To what extent can we go to be better? What is happiness as a concept? Is it really possible to be a human and perfect at the same time? What is perfection anyway? For now it is yet uncertain if the show is coming with a second season or not. If it does we can only expect even more criticism granted the structure of it so far.

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