Mavis Beaumont (Michelle Buteau) walks through some mannequins wearing lingerie.

The Thickest

Michelle Buteau adapts her memoir of the same name, Survival of the Thickest.

12 July 20233 min read

Mavis Beaumont is a sassy assistant stylist on the cusp of directing her own, high-profile shoot — until she walks in on her photographer boyfriend cheating on her with a model and her world comes crashing down around her. What’s a girl to do when her life is upended?

Survival of the Thickest, the adaptation of comedian, actor, and host Michelle Buteau’s hilarious memoir, proves that moving in with a random roommate and getting single-girl messy are sometimes just the push you need to follow your dreams and figure out what you’re really made of.

Created by Buteau (Always Be My Maybe) and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (New Girl), the comedy series follows Buteau’s Mavis as she learns to thrive without her ex. From securing her very first client — an eccentric 90s supermodel (played by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Garcelle Beauvais) — to dating around (including a supportive Italian man played by I May Destroy You’s Marouane Zotti) and styling a fabulous “fatties of paradise” campaign for Nicole Byer’s (as herself) lingerie line, Mavis forges her own path through New York City with the support of her two best friends: art teacher-slash-playboy Khalil (Tone Bell) and sexually adventurous corporate executive Marley (Tasha Smith). 

Together they prove that life’s more fun when you have big dreams and friends to share them with.