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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Very funny, one of the best, but alarmingly realistic

Author: i_love_it from Manchester, England
23 August 2002

So many things about this programme were hilarious. It was very clever, as it highlighted the sad experiences of lonely and unsuccessful people in a darkly comic way. I suppose you really had to be English, and probably a Northener to fully understand why it was so funny and so true. You may also have had to had experience of people who lead similar lives to the characters, for example; gossiping about neighbours and casually talking, to get the jokes. Very touching, and I was greatly disappointed when I found out it was finishing, because it was one of the few programmes which was true and funny at the same time. Who wants perfect families, who are so-called 'typical', on the T.V? I think the people who critisized it were either fearing its truth, or too ignorant to to try and understand and relate to the humour. Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash and Henry Normal are geniuses, and I think everything they have written is funny.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Hmm...

Author: Richard Magrath from Warrington, England
3 April 1999

I admit that when I first saw Mrs Merton and Malcolm I thought it was terrible. But it kind of grows on you, and by the end of the first series I was quite enjoying it. The last episode in particular was very funny. More tea vicar?

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Treemendoes !!!

Author: Tim Pace from West Mids UK
7 June 2005

I love this show to death humour is a strange thing isn't it some people laugh at the strangest things don't they. So there is no point in taking a word of what I say into consideration. I love this show I laughed so hard I cried at times.The first episode with the party and Malcolm singing along to the boom box is right up my street. Its quite dark at times but somehow always manages to stay funny. . Its a a plus point in my opinion that we only had 6 episodes. So many sit coms drag on...and on. and never recapture the freshness of the first episodes . I don't know hey, dead....in front of a two bar fire !! Check it out and make your own mind up

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Strange-funny

7/10
Author: geordiesdad from Canada North
12 October 2015

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I'd definitely agree that it isn't for everyone but for me it is reminiscent of several Canadian shows that are very popular here..one being Trailer Park Boys. I will have to say however, that unlike MOST comedies, this one is in it's own category and you either like it ( and get it ) or it's a mystery to you and you don't find it funny at all. I can therefore understand why it only lasted 1 season....in fact it is sufficiently odd that one wonders how it managed to gather enough support for even 1 season. I, for one, am glad they did and I find it strangely amusing. Admirably suited as the forgetful neighbour is 'Alvin' of Last of the Summer Wine in a somewhat similar role.

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Based On A ( Unfunny ) Running Gag

Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland
2 November 2004

This is a spin off from the MRS MERTON spoof talk show . She had a son called Malcolm who would often creep up in conversations with guests and became a sort of running gag similar to COLUMBO where the eponymous detective would discuss his wife . This led to a spin off show called MRS COLUMBO which flopped . You'd think producers would learn something via other peoples mistakes

The two previous commentators I Love It and Richard have both given positive reviews to this spin off but I won't . I'm not sure if like I Love It it has anything to do with regional humour but I doubt if it does . The premise is slightly similar to the classic BBC comedy SORRY where an over protective mother treats her full grown adult son as a child but everything is done a manner so silly it becomes surreal and not in a good way . Friend of the family Arthur Capstick visits the family home and while Mrs Merton is putting on the kettle Arthur and Malcolm dance . When I say dance I'm not talking about some sort of homo erotic experience I'm talking about something that's included because it seemed to be aimed for the funny bone . It certainly misfired on this viewer

It only ran for one short series and I'm surprised it lasted that long

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