Is It Legal? (1995–1998)

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A British comedy series following the misadventures of a small law firm. The staff includes such characters as the young and eager bumbler Colin, the old and timid bumbler Bob and the stern... See full summary »

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 Bob / ... (21 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Stella Phelps (21 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Colin Lotus (21 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Alison (21 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Darren (21 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Dick Spackman (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
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 Sarah / ... (11 episodes, 1995-1998)
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A British comedy series following the misadventures of a small law firm. The staff includes such characters as the young and eager bumbler Colin, the old and timid bumbler Bob and the stern and unsympathetic office commander Stella. Leading this gang is the completely incompetent Dick Spackman, who breezes through life unaware that his employees can barely handle their own affairs, let alone their clients'. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Another pleasant but original English comedy series
7 September 1999 | by (Victoria, Australia) – See all my reviews

English sitcoms always seem so much fresher than American ones, and this is a perfect example of why.

There is very little slapstick or visual comedy in the series, but what they do have works. The real strength of 'Is it Legal?' is in the characterisations, and this is typical of English sitcoms.

Most American sitcoms that try to create comedic characters tend to go overboard. The word 'subtlety' appears to have gone missing from the US dictionaries. Let's look at some examples here.

Bob is such an understated and self-effacing character, but without making it depressing. He is naive, shy and lacks self-confidence - very much the bumbling English nobody that Hugh Grant used to specialise in. Only here, Bob is believable, worthy of our sympathy, and funny.

My favourite character though is Alison. The essentially talentless but scheming and bitchy secretary that many of us have probably seen in a thousand workplaces. Yet at the same time we know exactly what her weaknesses and vulnerabilities are, and they are used to perfection in many scripts. By the way, if anyone has any more details on Kate Isitt, the beautiful actress who plays Alison, then I would love to hear from them.

This is not English comedy in the style of Monty Python (which I dearly love). It is subtle, quiet, unassuming, but nevertheless extremely amusing. Not belly laughs or gross-outs but a pleasant, undemanding and wholly entertaining comedy.


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