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"Spinning Out" Just Dropped On Netflix And If You're Not Watching It, You're Missing Out

I need Season 2, like, now.

Netflix started the decade off pretty strong with the intense romantic drama series that is Spinning Out.

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I spent New Year's Day on my couch while watching this entire series. Amazing way to kick off 2020.

The series follows Katerina Baker (Kaya Scodelario) a couple years after what she thought was a career-ending head injury on the ice. However, when Justin Davis (Evan Roderick) is in need of a new partner, Kat makes the hard transition from solo to pair skating, and faces many problems along the way.

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Now, I'm not gonna lie, this show hooked me on the promise of romance and ice skating, but what I thought was going to be a guilty pleasure actually turned into riveting and compelling television.

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The show is almost as intense as Kat's stare.

So I am here to convince you that you should binge-watch Spinning Out at your earliest convenience.

1. For starters, there's amazing mental health representation in this series.

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Kat and her mother, Carol (January Jones), are living with bipolar disorder and the series — without giving too much away — shows the ups and downs of the disease and everyone it affects.

2. There's also racial representation.

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Marcus (Mitchell Edwards) and Jenn (Amanda Zhou) are both integral characters of color who not only hugely factor into the plot, but also experience nuanced roadblocks due to their race.

3. Aaannnd there's queer representation, too!

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Again, without giving everything away, Dasha (Svetlana Efremova), Kat and Justin's pair coach, has a plotline that involves a long-lost love.

4. The characters are complex and multifaceted, specifically the WOMEN!

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Mandy (Sarah Wright Olsen) and Carol are foils to one another. Mandy — Justin's stepmom — is the mother Kat should have had, and Carol is the mother that Kat actually has. There are times when you love them, hate them, but at the end of the day, you're going to respect them.

5. There's an amazing love/hate dynamic between sisters who are in competition with one another over pretty much everything.

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Both Kat and Serena (Willow Shields) are competitive skaters, though Kat has bipolar and Serena does not. While Serena is an amazing skater, it's clear to everyone that Kat is the one with the "it" factor, much to Serena's admiration and chagrin.

6. There's also a great display of female friendship that's not 100% about boys.

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While Justin is a factor in their friendship, Kat and Jenn's complicated relationship goes WAAAAYYY deeper than boy drama.

7. Speaking of boys...Kat's relationship with Justin — on and off the ice — will have you INVESTED from beginning to end.

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For a pair who spends a lot of time on the ice, they're AWFULLY fiery.

8. Also, if you're a fan of ice skating, this show is filled with the most BEAUTIFUL choreography.

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My goodness. Can I ice skate? No. Do I want to become an Olympic ice skater now? Absolutely.

9. There are also fun cameos! Like, two-time Olympian Johnny Weir...

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Johnny Weir skating on our screens again is what dreams are made of.

10. ...and Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness!

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He was made for this role.

11. And, if NONE of that convinced you, there's also an adorable cat named Yoka.

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He was honestly my favorite character in the entire series. Look at that face.

So do yourself a favor and watch Spinning Out! You will have no regrets.

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