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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton
Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Bertram Wooster, a well-intentioned, wealthy layabout, has a habit of getting himself into trouble and it's up to his brilliant valet, Jeeves, to get him out.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny
Fortysomething (TV Series 2003)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Paul Slippery (Hugh Laurie), a forty-something doctor, lives with his wife Estelle and three sex-obsessed sons Rory, Daniel and Edwin in the west London suburb of Putney. On top of coping ... See full summary »

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Anna Chancellor, Sheila Hancock
All or Nothing at All (TV Mini-Series 1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In this compelling story of a daring conman, Leo Hopkins (Hugh Laurie) prospers from the greed of others - but his undeniable charm and willingness to take risks plunge him into a mess of ... See full summary »

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Pippa Guard, Caroline Quentin
Tracey Takes On... (1996–1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tracey Ullman takes on a different topic in each episode, giving different characters opinions on such things as vanity, royalty and law.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Alastair Duncan, Julie Kavner
The Tall Guy (1989)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty nurse he meets when he is receiving injections for hay fever. When Anderson fires ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Smith
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
The Crystal Cube (TV Movie 1983)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: John Kilby
Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson
Happy Families (TV Series 1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Guy Fuddle (Ade Edmondson) lives with his grandmother (Jennifer Saunders). He has four sisters(Saunders) who were sent away from home as small children. Grandmother is now ill and she wants... See full summary »

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French
Thompson (TV Series 1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Stars: Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton
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Dated and embarrassingly un-funny, especially given the cast
15 November 2009 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie gave us the flawless characterizations of "Jeeves & Wooster", and the often hilariously clever silliness of "A 'Bit' of Fry and Laurie". Throw in the talented Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane, and what could possibly go wrong? Just one thing: the writing.

This is sketch comedy at its absolute worst -- self-indulgent, unfocused, under-developed and instantly dated. "A 'Bit' of Fry & Laurie" (not to mention "Monty Python's Flying Circus") worked because they relied heavily on absurdist humor, apportioned out in very brief sketches. "Alfresco" sketches wander on and on, with no punch line in sight, just one obnoxious character, potty joke and petering-out plot after another, all propped up with a pathetic laugh track.

They savage "new-agers" (ooh!), the class system (how brave!), and those wacky pop musicians (oh, Alfresco -- you shouldn't have!). They wear madcap wigs and wacky make-up! They affect goofy accents! Every aspect of the show is turned up to eleven, without it raising the humor one tick. Honestly -- I really wanted to like this series, but found it impossible.


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