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A Bit Of Fry & Laurie ( UK 1987–1994 )

neddy-and-jackCambridge graduates Fry and Laurie would, by their appearance and elocution, fit the bill of upper class twits perfectly. And certainly a lot of the humour on offer in this series does test your sense of subtlety to the limit. But these two pithy academics also seem to have an interest in lampooning the lower classes they seem to have less in common with, so the humour covers a wider section of society than those this might be slightly more aimed at. You can see where David Mitchell and Robert Webb got their idea of a sketch show from. These two chaps. The usual gripe, that is common to most sketch shows of the time, is the unnecessary inclusion of musical numbers, but that aside its a thoroughly enjoyable show. [Read more…]

Married With Children (1987 – 1997 USA)

mwc-1The World According to Al Bundy:” You think I’m a loser? Because I have a stinking job that I hate, a family that doesn’t respect me, and a whole city that curses the day I was born? Well, that may mean loser to you, but let me tell you something. Every day when I wake up in the morning, I know it’s not going to get any better until I go back to sleep. So I get up. I have my watered-down Tang and my still-frozen Pop Tart. I get in my car with no gas, no upholstery, and six more payments. I fight honking traffic just for the privilege of putting cheap shoes onto the cloven hooves of people like you. I’ll never play football like I wanted to. I’ll never know the touch of a beautiful woman. And I’ll never know the joy of driving through the city without a bag over my head! But I’m not a loser. Because, despite it all, me and every other guy who’ll never be what they wanted to be, is out there, being what we don’t want to be, forty hours a week, for life. And the fact that I haven’t put a gun in my mouth — you pudding of a woman — that’s what makes me a winner baby!” Perhaps the greatest speech in TV history. [Read more…]

Family Guy (USA 1999 – till the end of the world )

family-guy-690% of the jokes in “Family Guy” fall into one of 3 categories: 1) Jokes making fun of pop culture (especially old TV shows and celebrities) 2) Gags that run so long that they become absurd 3) Flashbacks, most of the time introduced with “This is more ___ than that time I ___” There are plenty of people who don’t buy it, but I like it despite having to take breaks when I don’t watch it for six months at a time. It does pander to the crowd of let’s hurl a hundred cruel jokes at the dartboard. They have to hit something! They do but it is usually at the expense of character and cohesiveness that other shows have and Family Guy sorely lacks. [Read more…]

Incident At Victoria Falls (1992 Europe/International)

incidentIf you didn’t know better, you’d take this for one of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot stories. Just add twenty years and make the hero short and squat instead of so tall and narrow that he seems to be on stilts. Imagine Holmes and Watson in pith helmets and white suits, tramping through the jungle in an exotic location. But really, this TV movie is not to be taken seriously. Its a light-hearted romp with an enjoyable train journey as the highlight. [Read more…]

Archer (USA 2009 – 2016)

Archer-e1395687273292It’s like James Bond became an abusive alcoholic and everyone he works with are insane. It looks pretty and is well animated. It’s full of funny jokes and best of all it has a story line that runs through out the whole series. I love Archer because it doesn’t have a new story every episode and forgetting what happened last time. You get to know the characters and see them develop as the episode goes on. The show doesn’t shy away from change. [Read more…]

Black Sails (USA) 2014/15/16

black-sails-season-2I’ve watched the first two seasons and have seen no drop off in terms of episode quality; if anything the script, character development, and pacing have gotten stronger with each show. There are thrills, spills and wenching (even a brothel) on display. This series has captured my eye and drawn me into its world. It must be commended for not trying to do too much in terms of the budget. The sets, costumes, and especially the ships transform the screen into a window of 18th century Caribbean life, and the realism is a big plus for the show. [Read more…]

A Warning To The Curious (1972 Britain)

A Warning to the Curious (1972) - 1Similar in essence to Whistle and I’ll Come to You in having a disturbed ancient artifact trigger a supernatural visitation. Genuinely unsettling in places, with director Lawrence Gordon Clarke’s ghost having a more physical presence than M R James’, including a fantastic torchlight scene which lingers long in the memory. In just 50 minutes of viewing you will experience real 10 out of 10 fear. Just what the heck is lurking in those trees behind us? [Read more…]

Robin Of Sherwood (1984 – 1986 Britain)

sheriff-and-baronThis unique television series has many excellent elements and ingredients to its credit. Indeed, more than 30 years after it was originally transmitted, it is still watched, and watched again, and has a huge global fan-following. This fact must indicate that the makers of this series undeniably got something right. [Read more…]

In Praise Of King Of The Hill (1997 – 2010 USA)

abcMy favourite TV show from America. Ever. Why? Its gentle morality. Only an asinine person could resist the cast of characters here. I like American Dad & Family Guy but KOTH is the reigning Heavyweight champion of cartoon comedy. Mike Judge’s classic creation speaks with a soft voice – but carries a big stick of sweet humour and common sense. [Read more…]

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