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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Outstanding comedy

9/10
Author: pythonman-1 from Belgium
19 September 2007

I cannot believe that, according to Martin Freeman himself, no one has seen this brilliant comedy show and that therefore there won't be a second series. At least that's what I've read in an interview. "The Robinsons" is a cleverly written, very funny and well acted look into the life of a slightly frustrated regular guy in his thirties. How he deals with his job, his love life and his relatives. Doesn't sound impressive, does it? But it actually IS. It's so recognizable and sometimes amazingly to the point, that I thought it was about me... Every character in this family is at the same time lovable and ridiculous and it is impossible to choose a favorite one. Maybe it's for the better that there will be no follow up, so they can't mellow it down. As a 6-part comedy it stands out, so much better than the usual sitcoms I have to sit through.

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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Clever British Sitcom with a familiar flavor

7/10
Author: SnoochieBoochies89 from United States
30 December 2006

The Robinsons would be another dysfunctional family to add to the kooky family list, except that there is a new nuance in the characters that somehow turns them from typical and trite to understood and lovable. Ed is the strained core that keeps the rest of the family together, and falls into unfortunate situations trying to fix his familial issues, as well as his own problems, which often revolve around troubled romances. I personally love this show and happen to be a big fan of Martin Freeman. Of his sitcom work, I think this is his best. If you're an American lucky enough to catch it's occasional syndication on BBC America, give it a watch...at the very least, the charming accents should be enough to make the show enjoyable.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

It's better than bad, it's good!

7/10
Author: maz underscore from Australia
27 February 2008

Although a little rough around the edges with things such as editing, The Robinson's is a clever comedy. Although I'm not very fond of the two writers other work "The Worst Week of my Life", I did enjoy this little one series comedy an awful lot. I found the characters of Ed, Vicky and George to be very well developed, which I think is very important for a comedy. This this is not only a credit to the script but also to fantastic comedic acting from Abigail Cruttenden, Martin Freeman and Hugh Bonneville. I would've liked to have seen some more volume in the characters of the Robinson parents despite great acting from Anna Massey and Richard Johnson, they were a tad one dimensional I thought. Wonderful to see some guest starring roles from fantastic comedians such as Olivia Coleman (who is always hilarious!!), Amanda Abbington and Elizabeth Marmur.

There were some great elements in this show. I found a lot of the cut always and flashbacks to be hilarious (eg: Vicky and Peter sitting onthe couch watching "Psycho" had me in stitches!), but then there were some that I thought were extremely pointless and badly done. (eg: the flashback of the parents getting engaged was just awful...should've had different actors playing the apparently much younger Pam and Hector, sometimes a wig just doesn't do it!!)

Although there are some hit and miss elements of The Robinsons, I did enjoy it very much. I would recommend this show for a chuckle especially if you like bees, having your nipples sucked and kettles with lime scale free elements.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Where'd it go!?

Author: clements1991 from United Kingdom
18 April 2006

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Well I watched this show and thought, this is good, this is funny and then it stopped. I was disappointed at this because I liked it. It had some great lines likes, "But she licked your nipples!" Which was shouted at Martin Freeman's character (Ed Robinson) by his dad. I guess that the odd sexual nature of the show was one of the reasons why they cancelled it, well I think they cancelled it, you know how the BBC are. If you don't, well, it's run by prudes. But anyway, some other things I remember from it was Eds sister who shagged her dad it one of the early episodes, she mistook him for her boyfriend, Oh dear. I think anyone who has a fairly open-minded scene of humour and doesn't mind strong language should try and hunt this down and see what you think.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Hilariously funny!

10/10
Author: Equinox23 from Germany
21 August 2011

Imagine a family, that features every possible eccentricity, and you've got the Robinsons. And imagine a series not afraid to go that tiny step further - yet also know where to stop unless it would get too silly - , then also imagine very good acting - I didn't realise that my Cymbeline Richard Johnson was in it, great. There is in fact not much more to have me laughing to tears. The funny thing is that though I often anticipated what will happen, the actual execution made me laugh even harder, like: Oh no, they won't do that now?!" - as a Rhenish person this was somewhat reminiscent of Rhenish carnival speeches. Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni have got a very vivid imagination indeed and are great observers of the human condition.

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