The Booth at the End (2011– )

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Everyone wants something. There is a mysterious figure who sits in the booth at the end, who you make a deal with to get what you want. You do the task or you don't - that is up to you, but... See full summary »

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 The Man (10 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Melody (10 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Doris (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Cheryl (5 episodes, 2012)
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 Willem (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Allen (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Jack (5 episodes, 2012)
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 Jenny (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Dillon (5 episodes, 2012)
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 Theresa (5 episodes, 2012)
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 James (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Henry (5 episodes, 2012)
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 Bobby (5 episodes, 2012)
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Everyone wants something. There is a mysterious figure who sits in the booth at the end, who you make a deal with to get what you want. You do the task or you don't - that is up to you, but there are no rule changes in this captivating show. Written by TricKy

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Xander Berkeley won the Streamy Award for his performance as "The Man" in this series. See more »

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[repeated line]
Various Clients: [password phrase used when approaching The Man in the booth for the first time] I hear the pastrami sandwich is very good here.
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It's fine
17 June 2013 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

I have a soft spot for ideas that could have slipped comfortably into 'The Twilight Zone' and the intriguing premise of 'The Booth at the End' fits the bill. Season one of the show, which began as a series of short webisodes and was later broadcast in five 20-minute chunks (which is how I saw it), is clumsy at times but compelling enough that I gulped it down in one sitting.

Xander Berkeley is an enigmatic man who occupies the end booth in a diner and is visited by various people, each of whom wants something from him and each of whom is given a task they must complete in order to obtain it: a woman who wants to be prettier has to rob a bank; a man who wants to save his son from cancer has to kill a young girl; a nun who wants to regain her faith has to get pregnant; a girl who wants money for her father has to befriend a shut-in, and so on.

So it's a promising idea made more so because it all takes place at Berkeley's booth, with the characters coming and going and reporting on their progress. It tells rather than shows, but what that does is create a bubble in which tension is maintained by questions and answers, expectations and disappointments, motivations and secrets. The initially isolated stories interconnect as the season goes on, sometimes in surprising ways, more often in ways that are blindingly apparent the moment they're hinted at, and some of the arcs are more believable than others (the bank-robbing girl and the old lady who wants her husband's Alzheimer's cured never entirely ring true). But there is generally a solid sense of character and these people's lives beyond the walls of the diner, and Berkeley is very good, a calm, measured presence at the centre of it all.

The main stumbling block for me was the variable quality of the dialogue: at times it blunders into amateurish territory, with a tendency towards stilted hesitations, supposedly naturalistic speech patterns that sound overworked, and oblique tiptoeing around what should be straightforward sentences. The performances are decent and the scripting certainly isn't bad, but it does hit these problems often enough to be annoying. Lines like "You're the middle man – the man in the middle" and one character struggling to find the words to describe a shopping cart and instead calling it a "wheely thing", to name a couple of examples, struck me as the writer trying too hard.

So I enjoyed it, but haven't given it much thought since; I'll watch season two but I won't go out of my way to track it down; I'd recommend it but I wouldn't rave about it.


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