An uneven, yet promising first for Lapinlahden linnut
Lapinlahden linnut is perhaps the most significant modern Finnish comedy troupe. While the last years of their existence have been rather low-key, things were different in 1988. That year marked the first of their many TV series, "Seitsemän kuolemansyntiä" (The Seven Deadly Sins). Each of the seven episodes contains several short sketches as well as a longer story, which examines one of the deadly sins: what the sin is and how it manifests itself.
While some of the sketches haven't dated too well, and the sin stories are too long for my tastes, there are many jokes that just crack me up how many times I watch the series. A good example is an advertisement for the theme park "Tutti-Frutti-Maa" (Tutti Frutti Land) where you can do outrageous things like throw darts, pet a dog or even roll downhill in a barrel!
Still, this series is only a promise for better things to come, namely the follow-up series "Maailman kahdeksan ihmettä" (Eight Wonders of the World, 1990), arguably the funniest Finnish entertainment series ever.
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