From the bangers-and-mash Dept.
Some recommendations for your viewing pleasure:
I have discovered that the only way to share my Netflix viewing habits with you is to either a) write up a couple of posts with recommendations, or b) set up an RSS feed and send out to the world EVERYTHING I watch. Since I’m not willing to share *quite* that much, I’ll post some of my favorite stuff that I’ve watched this year.
Americans love British comedy. In fact, I’d say that it’s Un-American to not like British Comedy. What’s that? You say you don’t like British humor, or any kind of ‘foreign’ entertainment? How little you know.
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Do you like any of the following?
- The Office
- American Idol
- Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
- The Weakest Link
- Being Human
- America’s Got Talent
- Life on Mars
- Trading Spaces
- Dear John
- Hell’s Kitchen
- 3’s Company
- Undercover Boss
If you said YES to any of those, you LOVE British television. Every single one of the above shows was either a straight American remake or based on an originally British TV show. there are more coming across the Atlantic every year. The above list is only a small sample, by the way…
So, without further adieu (that’s French) here is a short list of my favorite British TV shows on Netflix Instant Play:
1) The IT Crowd.
One of the absolute funniest shows I’ve watched in years. Basic Plot: Two ‘standard nerd’ IT guys have their quiet lives shaken when a woman who knows nearly nothing about computers is put in charge of their department. What’s Awesome: Moss’ Bigger Glasses. “Have you tried turning it off and back on again? Is it plugged in?” RICHMOND! What Sucks: 6 EPISODES PER SERIES (Season/year), thats just f-ed up. You need like 35 per season. Hopefully now that the show has a full writing staff for Series 5 they will lengthen the series… but it’s England, so who knows? Either way that means that right now there are only 20 episodes out there. And that’s just not right.
2) The Office (Original UK Version).
Basic Plot: You already KNOW the plot, get on with it! (Hint: first season is almost identical to the American clone, down to the Jell-O) What’s Awesome: Ricky Gervais’ The Office is one of the most uncomfortable shows I’ve ever seen. Is it funny? YES. Most definitely. However, Ricky’s character, David Brent, is sooooooo much more awkwardly embarrassing than Steve Carelle’s Michael Scott could ever hope to be. What Sucks: There are even fewer episodes of The Office than “the IT Crowd.” Only 14 total including the 2 bonus Christmas Episodes. What the hell is it with British TV not being able to follow a proper “season and hiatus” schedule?
Basic Plot: A Very stern and unamusing professional Chef and his wife own a restaurant on the English country side. What’s Awesome: The character relationships, especially between Blackstock and Everton. Also the tyrannical rants that Chef Blackstock unleashes upon his unsuspecting (actually, they expect it) staff. Very few actors can deliver long lines of dialogue like that without going completely bonkers. What Sucks: Again, short series. Listen up England, make MORE episodes! we will watch them, ok? I promise. k. not gonna mention it again.
4) A Bit of Fry and Laurie.
Basic Plot: Doesn’t really apply. This is a sketch comedy show from the mid-eighties starring…. ready? Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie! Right? Do I need to go on? not really, but I might as well. What’s Awesome: Hugh Laurie as a young comedian doing some pretty spectacular sketch comedy. Even if you are not a fan of House MD, you might have noticed him from such things as Stewart Little (I, II, and III), Sense and Sensibility, 101 Dalmatians, etc… Also, you may Know this Fry guy from a little show called Bones. Yeah, he was the psychologist that got Booth back in shape after he shot the clown. Also, looking at this show, you can kind of see where Kids in the Hall might have gotten their sense of humor. What Sucks: It’s from the Eighties. Yeah, the hair, the clothes. It’s a bit dated and some of the references and things don’t come through properly, but its still damned funny. Not as awesome as Monty Python, but then, what is?
These are my 4 Favorite British TV Comedies that we watched this year. There are many others and I encourage you to check them all out (Including AbFab). But this little list should get you started… And when Man About The House (Three’s Company) comes to Netflix, we’ll all sit down and watch it together, ok?