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5 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
Awesome Idea, Awkward Execution, 20 September 2013
6/10

I decided to watch "Quick Draw" after seeing the trailer on Hulu. The concept is hilarious: a frontier town has a new sheriff, but his only law-enforcement experience comes from his Harvard criminology degree. The show name-drops some well-known Wild West legends, and all the typical Western tropes reappear in a new, quirky guise.

Unfortunately, the show fails to live up to its potential. First, while the trailer focuses on smart, "Office"-esque lines, the actual show relies more on goofiness and innuendo. Still funny, but not quite what I was expecting.

Second, in a tightly-scripted comedy, every line has a job. Some lines provide big laughs while others are only mildly amusing, but EVERY line plays a role in advancing the plot and making people laugh. The same goes for well-done improvisation like "This is Spinal Tap." In contrast, "Quick Draw" has a lot of throwaway time when characters either pause or repeat the same joke while thinking of what to say next. The laughs are widely spaced. And, because the dialogue advances the plot so slowly, not all that much happens.

Finally, a lot of the action takes place at a bordello. It was funny in the first episode or two. After that, I realized that the show has NO female characters who aren't whores. It has no male characters who aren't johns. I know the whole bordello thing is done for laughs, but eight episodes' worth of sexist laughs is too much. Similarly, in S1E6,"Nicodemus," the show's only black female characters, in their only scenes, talk about nothing but sex. These women talk much more coarsely and explicitly than the (white) whores ever do. Sexist AND racist: Check.

To sum up, "Quick Draw" isn't a bad way to kill some time on slow afternoons. But I doubt I would watch these episodes a second time.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Soupy Twist, 12 July 2011

Well, season 4 of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" is never quite as hilarious as the previous seasons, but this episode is a solid farewell. The sketches are plenty funny and the guests make a good contribution. Soupy Twist, my friends.

The sketches are: Intro: It's the End!; Guests: Janine Duvitski & Robert Daws; Religious Esperanto (hilarious); Pre-Coital Agreement (also hilarious); Hugh Sings "Dribblin' Fool" (not his best song - why didn't they save "Little Girl" or "Steffi Graf" for his final performance?); Monologue: Stephen's Autobiography; Telephone Symbol; Level Nine; Cocktail: A Modern Britain (Hugh plays the piano as usual, but Robert performs the 'brass' part on trumpet!).

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
The penultimate appearance of m'colleagues, 12 July 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

After the weak first two episodes of season 4, "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" is never quite as hilarious as it was in previous seasons, but it is still fun. Episode 6, unlike the others in this season, doesn't waste any time on guest appearances. The sketches are solid but nothing special.

This episode's sketches are: Cold Open: Chess/Ventriloquism; Intro: Mugging/Guests: Old Trousers & Tin of Paint; Young Tory of the Year; Is Variety Dead?; Dame Victoria Bennett in "Well, I Never Did" (Stephen is delightful in drag, but this monologue doesn't really go anywhere); Hugh's Received a Death Threat; Hugh Sings "Misunderstood"; Honda Buys British Government; Hartington Castle; Cocktail: Silver Prostate.

***

SPOILER BELOW!!

Yes, you guessed correctly: the death threat is from Stephen. Who else?

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
"God Save the Quens!", 12 July 2011

After the weak first two episodes of season 4, "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" is never quite as hilarious as it was in previous seasons, but it is still fun. Stephen & Hugh spend a bit too much time introducing their guests and repeating old routines, but the sketches are plenty funny.

The sketches are: Cold Open: Oprah Winfrey; Intro: Be Comfortable; Guests: Stephen Moore & Phyllida Law; Racecar Driver; Councilman Kenneth Wade ("Family Values and Cleanse Living!"); Mark Bannister; Please Call for British Telecom; Mr. Burmy (so hilarious and cringe-inducing!); Cream Slice; Exterminators; Cocktail: Swinging Ballsack.

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
"The tall one and his slightly less tall, less talented friend.", 12 July 2011

After the weak first two episodes of season 4, "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" is never quite as hilarious as it was in previous seasons, but it is still fun. Stephen & Hugh spend a bit too much time introducing their guests and repeating old routines, but the sketches are plenty funny.

This episode's sketches are: Cold Open: Wandering and Talking; Intro: Top Gear; Guests: Caroline Quentin & Patrick Barlow; Dave Wilson's Football School; Good Morning (the return of Mr. Dalliard!); Discussion: Guest Roles; Rap: Be Nice ("'cause I'm a good-ass motherliker!"); Head Gardeners; Gelliant Gutfright Presents Flowers for Wendy; Cocktail: A Quick One with You, Stephen.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Back on form!, 12 July 2011

Season 4 starts off with two weak episodes, but episode 3 marks a return to the show's original high quality. The guests show more spunk and make more of a contribution, and the sketches are a lot funnier.

This episode's sketches are: Cold Open: Vox Pop/Feuding Old Ladies; Intro: Foreign Languages; Guests: Clive Mantle & Imelda Staunton; She Laughs at My Peanuts (a favorite); East Enders; Hugh Sings "Little Girl" (a simple mustache and a gleam in his eye transform him into a creepy roué); Good Strong, Hot Strong Tea; Why Won't this Frigging Tomato Behave?! (another favorite - it's hilarious to see Stephen get so upset. I'm a bad person); Don't Be Dirty!; Cocktail: South Seas Vulvic Wart.

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Mediocre episode, 12 July 2011
6/10

The first three seasons of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" were highly enjoyable - hilarious, clever, inventive sketches performed to perfection by the gleeful duo Fry and Laurie. The fourth season, however, gets off to a disappointing start. I've heard that the show moved to a different channel for this season, and thus had access to more funding and different standards. That may explain why season 4 starts off on such a different tack from the previous 19 episodes.

Episode 2, like episode 1, features underused guest stars and poorly-planned sketches. Fry and Laurie appear to have trouble adjusting to writing for four actors instead of two. (Luckily, the show gets back into its hilarious groove in episode 4.3.)

The sketches are: Cold Open: Hamper (Hugh); Intro: Hugh's Head Wound (Hugh & Stephen); Child's Therapist (Stephen & Hugh); Guests: Kevin McNally & Fiona Gillis; The Local News at Ten-Thirty-Three and a Bit (Stephen & Hugh); English People Appear to be the Most Ignorant in Europe (all four actors); Hugh Sings "Steffi Graf" (Hugh); The Lover's Helper Cassette (Fiona & Kevin); Fascism (Hugh & Kevin); Lovers' Reunion (Fiona, Stephen, & Hugh); A Sketch in a Hospital (all four actors); Cocktail: A Long, Confident Suck (all four).

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
A disappointing beginning, 12 July 2011

The first three seasons of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" were highly enjoyable - hilarious, clever, inventive sketches performed to perfection by the gleeful duo Fry and Laurie. The fourth season, however, gets off to a disappointing start. I've heard that the show moved to a different channel for this season, and thus had access to more funding and different standards. That may explain why season 4 starts off on such a different tack from the previous 19 episodes. (Luckily, the show gets back into its hilarious swing in episode 4.3.)

In episode 1, many of the sketches fall flat - especially the first one, in which two depressed businessmen agree that life seems grey and hopeless. Their language and ideas are trite enough to be seriously depressing - not trite enough to be funny. The studio audience barely chuckles. Stephen remarks that this show "tries to put a bit of jolliness back into the corners of modern Britain. . . but doesn't." After such a grim sketch, that statement seems sadly prophetic.

Next, the show devotes many precious minutes to introducing the guest stars, John Bird and Jane Booker. Hugh and Stephen's introductions are funny, but their interactions with the guests are pretty dull. The guests add little to the conversation and, during further sketches, barely make an appearance. They could have been replaced easily by the show's original extras, or by Stephen and Hugh playing more roles.

On the bright side,the last sketch is an amusing parody of "It's a Wonderful Life," and its perfect imitation of the original scenery (snow, bridge, classic cars, the works) wouldn't have been possible without Season 4's big budget.

The sketches are: Grey and Hopeless (Stephen & Hugh); Intro: A Choice of Welcomes (Stephen & Hugh); Guests: John Bird & Jane Booker/Guest Movements/Dodger (all four actors); Victims of Bureaucratic Inefficiency (Hugh & Guests); Stephen & Hugh Address the Audience: The Comedy Charter (Stephen & Hugh); Poem (Jane); Smell: The Forgotten Sense? (Stephen & John); Hugh Sings "All We Gotta Do Is" (Hugh); Wristchanger/Comfipee/Comfipoo (Stephen); It's a Soaraway Life (Hugh & Stephen).

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
"Let's hope no one calls this programme a load of sloblock.", 12 July 2011

"A Bit of Fry & Laurie" sets the gold standard for sketch comedy shows! In its third season, the show benefits from a generous budget and the increased experience of its writing/acting duo. Although they feature the same two faces we've been watching for more than 12 episodes now, the sketches are still fresh, clever, and hilarious.

This episode's sketches are: Charlotte Bronte; The Invalid; Monologue: Hugh's Split Personality; Bushwallyta; Mobster vs. Dumb Questions (a fun preview of Hugh's excellent American accent); The Self-Styled Professor of Fragrance; Countdown; Neddy the Reluctant Prime Minister; Cocktail: Beef Goulash (one of my favorite mixing routines - it's hilarious to watch Stephen dancing around and shaking the packet of frozen goulash!).

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
"I think you'll find it's the hyssop that makes all the difference.", 12 July 2011

"A Bit of Fry & Laurie" sets the gold standard for sketch comedy shows! In its third season, the show benefits from a generous budget and the increased experience of its writing/acting duo. Although they feature the same two faces we've been watching for more than 12 episodes now, the sketches are still fresh, clever, and hilarious.

This episode is a solid finale to the third season. I didn't care for the joke shop and kitchen sketches, as they rely on the gross-out factor instead of real humor (a disappointing departure from the show's usual style). However, Hugh and Stephen redeem themselves with the side-splitting "Model Aeroplanes" (counterpointing Stephen's pretentious Orientalist queen to Hugh's ingenuous working-class lad) and a clever send-up of American court TV.

The sketches are: Cold Open: Magazine Leaflets; Model Aeroplanes; Joke Shop; A Quite Delightful Restaurant; Tahitian Kitchen; My Favorite Pants; The Bishop and the Warlord ("Set yourself on fire"); Litigious Americans ("Grievious internal bruisality"); Flying a Light Aeroplane Without Having Had Any Formal Instruction With; Cocktail: Berliner Credit Sequence.


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