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This is a list of Sit-Coms (situation comedies) NOT comedy shows and sketch shows... which is why there are a few obvious titles missing.
(The Two Ronnies/Morecambe & Wise/Monty Python/The Dick Emery Show, Dave Allen, etc, are not Sit-Coms.)
The Nightmare Man (1981)
Not the best of British atmospheric spooky drama.
Nobody does spooky, mysterious 'out in the boonies' drama as well as the British... and the late 70s to mid eighties was a great time for them, too, Armchair Thriller, Chiller, Tales Of The Unexpected, The Agatha Christie Hour and many more besides!
Unfortunately this one isn't one of them. The 'style over substance' approach, which can often work well in these types of programs, falls flat here.
Most irritating is the screen play, which is constantly forcing silly ideas into our heads... "What if the mysterious thing killing the sheep is a monster from outer space?" There are ludicrous attempts to shower the viewer with suggestions of what's going on through the screenplay which makes the entire relationships between the characters a little forced.
When the military enter the scene, they seem to embrace the locals and tell them everything that's going on. Soldiers running over a heath comes off as silly and time-wasting.
James Warwick does a wonderful job of staring off into the middle distance and getting annoyed over nothing... Celia Imrie has the best eye makeup artist in entertainment and provides an insane amount of 'Doctor Who assistant' style exposition along the way..
There are a few vague similarities to other TV programs of that time, especially from children's TV like 'Timeslip', 'Ace Of Wands' or 'Children Of The Stones', etc. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this was originally intended for kids and spruced up a bit for adults in a production meeting.
It has a small amount of nostalgic value but ultimately this is silly and forgettable.
The First (2018)
Achingly dull soap mislabeled as 'sci-fi'.
Achingly dull soap, mislabeled as 'Sci-Fi'.
Science fiction fans won't be drawn to this nonsense, but if you like stuff like 'General Hospital' and 'Coronation Street' then you may be.
The premise, as I understand it, is that dysfunctional and stupid people are involved with some ludicrous effort to got to Mars. They embrace the adventure much as you would expect a nine year old child would and react in the same way when obstacles are set before them.
A better approach to this series would have been to edit it down to about half an hour and upload it to YouTube... or better still, just collect every second of footage filmed and blast it all in to space.
It's melodramatic mush. Avoid!
Mr Inbetween (2018)
An excellent breath of fresh air. Thanks, Australia!
What a thoroughly entertaining series this is. The story, the characters and the cast are all fantastic.
I binge-watched this series, which is easy to do. The episodes are only 28 minutes long and there are only six of them.
Casting kids in roles for TV is always a challenge as the lines, the actors and the settings almost always seem forced and unnatural... but Chika Yasumura (as Brittany) is simply awesome in her role. She's cute as a button and a 'natural' on screen.
This is simply gripping and exciting telly.
Dark Heart (2016)
Editing by Instagram?
Congratulations to the ITV drama department for producing the first British cop drama filmed almost entirely through a bottle of brown ale!
We can add this to the already successful styles of British TV dramas that audiences are falling in love with... like shaky cam, and of course, pointless but awesome flashbacks.
If only someone would make a drama with the cameras upside down and filmed from behind a brick wall through a swimming pool, then we'd be sure to regain our spot as the world's best telly makers!
I'd comment on the story but, like the rest of the country, I haven't got a clue what's going on and I don't have enough life left in me to give a damn!
More absolute garbage from the minds of idiots. Avoid!
I Before Thee (2018)
Another arrogant Christian film!
There were five reviews posted prior to mine... all by the same 'critic', all with the same fake 'rating' and all with the same fake drooling love. I down-voted them all!
This latest entry into the already saturated Christian nonsense niche is just terrible.
Out of work fireman becomes a drunk while people around him get sick and die. Eventually (and only as the very last resort) He looks to a higher power to solve all his woes.
If this is your idea of entertainment, then go for it. Normal people will find this a morbidly repellent film with the redeeming qualities of the devil's own backside!
The Reluctant Landlord (2018)
Sensible man of the people!
'The Reluctant Landlord' follows the life of likable every-man Romesh Ranganathan as he navigates through his own family, his work and his (in)tolerance for other people.
I'll update this if things change, but this review is based on the first episode only.
Romesh appears to be in a comfortable, self-inflicted rut. He has a witty wife who's bonkers and addicted to social media and bizarre health fads. He has a son and a daughter who have all the issues you expect school kids to have.
He also has a pub, which he doesn't seem to want! But the pub provides the setting for all sorts of other characters which normally Romesh wouldn't encounter, so it serves a purpose as well as a pint!
His self named character comes off as a less manic and more level-headed Lenny Henry which is very agreeable.
Although the characters and the situations are a little bit silly and a tad far-fetched, Romesh himself is actually grounded in reality and has all the best lines. His world weary resignation and common sense yet unpopular solutions to life's problems do make for good telly.
Case in point: Ignore the bullying which is harmless, mild name-calling... or make a fuss about it and watch the problem get a whole lot worse! Of course, the world wants to blow up everything into a major life-changing event and the practical, common-sense approach is cast aside in favour of good drama!
Another plus is that there's no laugh track. I'm in for the time being and I can see me liking this more and more as I get used to the characters.
Waters of the Moon (1983)
The most aggressive passive aggression ever filmed.
A unique and infuriating trip to the masochistic social 'niceties' of the 1950s.
All the players play out their theatrical roles well, but Penelope Keith is extraordinary.
A noisy, over-educated harridan who forces her will to get her way disrupts the lives of residents at a Devonshir guest house. Her impact on the stuffy souls around her are a huge source of insight into the human condition of a post war England.
It was written as a play and has been deliberately filmed as if in a theatrical setting. Still great to watch even after almost four decades.
Is this what British comedy has come to?
Middle aged frump with grotesque middle aged boyfriend has had enough. After ten years she's finally breaking up with him... and I don't blame her.
However, her reaction to her miserable life is to go to a night club, take drugs from a stranger and turn into a lesbian.
This latest attempt at Sky to break into comedy brings together possibly the most repellent, ridiculous and unfunny characters ever seen before on UK screens. Sky... stick to the footy. You're rubbish at literally EVERYTHING else.
This abomination makes the reboot of 'Are You Being Served' look like great telly!
The glossy photography can't cover up for the simple reality that this infantile collection of 'quirky' people have absolutely nothing to say - funny or otherwise.
On the upside... if you've written anything, and I mean ANYTHING, and had it turned down by proper networks, send it to Sky TV... These clowns will make your previously appalling scripts into an instantly forgettable comedy show that you can brag about with all the friends that you don't mind losing.
This is BLOODY AWFUL!
Not bad, but it's not good, either!
Flat characters and unimaginative, choppy direction attempt to tell the story of the friendship of two convicts.
There's a lot of emphasis on a few brutal scenes yet there's scant coverage of the relationships of the characters. But for the most part it's just a visual jumble. The narrative jumps about and spends too long on lingering scenes and nowhere near enough time on characters and the linear story-line.
The effects of years of brutality have almost no physical effect on the prisoners who look like they just hopped out of make-up after a good lunch!
The 1973 version is timeless and a work of cinematic genius. This version will be forgotten in a few weeks.
Frankie Drake Mysteries (2017)
Another poorly done rip-off!
Clearly this is a rip off of the thoroughly enjoyable Amy Fisher series from Australia... and as usual, it's been thoroughly ruined for a North American/Canadian audience.
Save yourself the bother of this infantile stupidity and check out the original.
There She Goes (2018)
Extraordinary performances of extraordinary endurance.
The enormous strain that having a mentally disabled child is on full display. The courage, patience and the stamina of the family is well performed, written and screened.
But despite all that, this is a challenging program to watch. There's a feeling that you are living alongside the desperate frustrations that each family member have to go through and the unthinkable sacrifices that they have to make and the way that the father, mother and brother have to come to terms with the fact that they can't do what most 'normal' families can do.
There's also a lot of "What would I do in that situation?" Would any of us react the same way to given situations and disasters? Would we have the mental (and physical) fortitude to endure the relentless punishment of having a child that's "...wrong, but not wrong enough to die"?
Reviews from people who live life like this are probably more appropriate to take notice of than mine and I'd be interested in reading them. In the mean time I'll probably tune in for more because of the performances and the writing, despite it being very depressing to absorb.
Cop Rock (1990)
So bad it almost sunk a network!
This is what happens when TV executives (who have no ideas at all) listen to actors and theater types (who have stupid ideas!)
A reviewer actually said this: "Take it from someone who KNOWS what good is! "Cop Rock" was a VERY good show! It was just ahead of its time."
It has also been fondly recalled as being 'brave', 'innovative' and 'ahead of it's time', etc... but it was none of these things. It was, in fact, a bloody awful concept which anyone NOT working in TV would have seen from several precincts away!
Nevertheless, the clowns at ABC threw tens of millions at this dud and they seriously all thought it was gonna be a hit. It wasn't and it was yanked pretty quickly and the network was a laughing stock for the next five years.
Even now 'Cop Rock' is a by-word for an ambitious and absolute stinker!
Having said all that, there were some good songs wasted on this. Randy Edelman did the music and should have pulled all the tunes, rewritten the lyrics and sold a million or so albums with them!
If Mystery Science Theater did TV shows, THIS is where they would start!
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
Best comedy spy romp since Austin Powers!
If you liked the 'Austin Powers' movies, or the 'Dead Pool' movies, then this is going to give your funny bone a darn good tickle. A first rate adventure with all the elements of a spy spoof... outlandish car chases, preposterous bad guys (and girls) and a ridiculous story that doesn't have a hope in hell of standing up to any level of scrutiny!
PLEASE make this a franchise and keep the same actors and writers!
If Sam Heughan isn't the new 'James Bond', the Bond franchise is sunk! He's awesome as the 'Roger Moore' style good guy. The two leading ladies have excellent chemistry and all the star turns are played to perfection.
This is the best fun I have had at the movies for donkey's years. I simply can't believe some of the negative reviews here, too. It's like some people are on a different comedy wavelength to normal fun loving people.
Anyway, this 60 year old British guy thought it was bloody hilarious.Take that for what it's worth!
The new Doctor is Bubble from Absolutely Fabulous...
I don't care if the Doctor is a woman. I really don't. But this is clearly 'Tick Box Television'. So much so that it distracts from everything else.
A lad sees something scary on the meadow... instead of running away, he goes right up to it and sticks his hand on it! He can walk up and down a hilly field and run up and down a train but strangely he can't ride a bicycle without falling off and crying about it.
The 'team' all meet as strangers and suddenly they're pulling together like lifelong chums! Yay!
The cop and the idiot somehow end up on the train when all the doors are locked! That's science fiction, folks!
It's the Gorman version of night and day in this episode. One minute they're in the field and it's a bright sunny afternoon and the next it's the middle of the night!
There's not enough ink in the world to write about how insulting and loathsome this garbage is.
The new Doctor is Bubble from Absolutely Fabulous... but it's not cute any more. You can tell that bthe BBC really have extreme hatred for this programme... but they refuse to hand it over to someone who would make it watchable.
Finally... if there are no Daleks, it's NOT Doctor Who. I'm bloody angry that this wonderful idea for a programme has been slowly tortured to death over the past thirty years. An utter disgrace.
The Warriors (1979)
An absolute classic of a movie... and the updated version makes it a whole lot BETTER, too.
Lots of famous faces, memorable scenes and lines... great music and a silly story. The only fans who do NOT like the updated version are the one's still buying vinyl records "for the sound, dude!"
Yes, it's a bit silly, but think of it as a cartoon come to life. Too many good bits to name but other reviewers have already done that anyway...
Can you dig it? Oh, yes!
Yikes! Bring back Cop Rock!
The media stampede to create inoffensive content featuring minorities is hilarious... this is not. Not even close! Still, it should inspire people who think they can write, but can't. If this garbage can get made, anything can!
Not as advertised.
It should have been called "An Opinionated Review Of Science Fiction Wot's Been On The Telly And In Movie Theaters Recently!"
Wasted opportunity to present a real and historic account of science fiction. Instead it glosses over the real history of the genre and focuses on popular TV shows and mainstream movies and how they might be versions of things written before and not so original after all!
Somehow, Mark Gattis thinks that has-been actors raving about past glories is the history of science fiction. There's little to no substance here as we are wheeled from clip to clip and opinion to opinion. There's no devotion to comics or books, which is where all the best sci-fi comes from. There's no 'history' and no respect to any of the ideas that gave birth to science fiction on the big and small screens.
It's a simplistic and almost unwatchable trashing of anything older than color TV and some remarkable simpering idolization of all the blockbusters which turned science fiction into mushy trash.
If you like watching famous people offer their pretentious opinions and can stomach clips from programs that are also view-able on YouTube without the annoying clutter, then you can probably sit through this rubbish.
If you are a serious student of science fiction and a genuine fan of the genre then you'll just find this incredibly annoying.
J K Simmons' awesome crowning achievement.
Howard Silk is a low-level government admin clerk. His work is dull and so is he. He's passed over for promotion, but he's too weak to stay angry for long. His life changes when his 'counterpart' from another dimension enlists his help on a dangerous spy mission.
In the recent past, the earth has duplicated itself and quickly they went their separate ways politically, socially and naturally. There's a strictly controlled border that connects both worlds but its existence is a closely guarded secret to almost everyone.
Filming it in Berlin, Germany was a stroke of genius as the atmosphere very much presents itself as a metaphor for East and West Germany way back when there was a wall separating the two states.
A first rate television sci-fi series, but what makes it worth watching more than once is the remarkable career crowning performance of J.K. Simmons (Law & Order). Even if you don't recognize the name, you'll certainly have heard his voice and seen his face before. The other players are awesome too. Harry Lloyd is especially captivating as 'Peter Quayle'.
The story is complicated and you'll need to pay attention. This is one of those dramas where you won't have time to play games on your phone at the same time! As with every eight or ten part series, there's always one episode you can skip and not miss anything. In this series it's episode four.
In one scene in episode eight, Simmons gives a virtuoso masterclass in acting as he argues with himself. It's an unforgettable moment in television, at least it was for me. I had to rewind that scene and watch it again.
It's a 'drama' so there's lots of drama in each long 58 minute episode. Fortunately it's not sappy or unrealistic. Even though it's an American production there's not much crying and complaining. Unlike Westworld, this is not relentlessly dull, slow and boring. 'Counterpart' is gripping drama from the opening moments of each episode till the end when the credits roll allowing you to breath a bit more easily.
This is easily the best sci-fi series TV has produced in the last twenty years or so. But as remarkable as every aspect of this show is, Simmons owns it, lock stock and barrel.
Defending the Guilty (2018)
We are lost as a nation!
The decline of our great British nation over the last forty years can be measured by comparing an episode of 'Rumpole Of The Bailey' with this infantile abomination!
If there are parents out there who have kids who seem to be drifting onto the wrong side of the law, a single episode of this puerile drek should quickly set them on the path to righteousness. The very notion of having defense council as inept and as child-like as this gathering of clowns will put anyone off a life of crime.
From what I can ascertain, this alleged comedy is about some teenagers and grownups acting like teenagers playing 'dress-up' in robes and wigs, parading around courthouses pretending to be a part of the British judicial system.
I have given up looking for any kind of logical thought process as to how the BBC commissions it's 'entertainment' programming. It seems they'll chuck money at pretty much anything that has a sprinkling of minorities in it!
This foul and alarmingly disgraceful level of output should be of great concern to anyone who pays for a TV licence. It's like the BBC are happy to take the public money and then urinate on every single honest citizen who decides to pay for this rip-off service.
'Defending The Guilty' is an absolute and entirely offensive abomination to the senses.
Bad Move (2017)
Advertisers will like it... TV viewers won't!
The networks have abandoned comedy in favour of this family-friendly mush that advertisers will like a lot more than people who watch TV.
It's NOT comedy. There are no funny moments, no funny lines, no funny situations and no funny people. It's computer-generated bland un-TV that has been scientifically created to fill up space on a TV schedule rather than to entertain and delight humans.
America has been doing this successfully for decades, churning out forgettable rubbish for the advertisers and sponsors and now the British are doing the same.
The commercial networks are terrified of offending even one single person and in that regard, this is a winner. In every other aspect it's total garbage.
Yawn... same story, same actors, same boredom!
Yet another slickly produced drama with all the same faces that appear in every other slickly produced drama made for British television.
This time it's John Simm who is stomping around shouting at people, demanding answers and breaking things when he doesn't get his own way. If professors act like this in real life, a university education may just not be worth it!
Some really nice Hong Kong scenery, is splashed across the screen but it's not enough to lift this alleged 'thriller' above any other of the numerous boring 'thrillers' that British TV keeps churning out.
Either the UK has only got about 30 working actors doing the whole of TV or there are more actors but their agents have wisely told them to steer clear of this cookie-cutter codswallop! I hope it's the latter!
Usually I get tricked into watching a TV serial because the first episode is really good. Bodyguard is a good example. But this one starts off slow and keeps up that pace for the entire hour.
(Also, has anyone else thought it odd how the scenes keep flitting between Kowloon side of the river and Hong Kong city)
Testament of Youth (2014)
Dull and hectoring rubbish preaching a line that we already know.
Nicely photographed film but unsatisfying drama, clinically depicting the effect 'the great war' has on an annoying young student. Tragedy after tragedy plays out and this almost saintly martyr leaps from one anguished scene to another crying, sulking or shouting at people.
Alicia Vikander, while lovely to look at, elicits no sympathy from the audience. The character she plays bears no resemblance at all to the complicated and intelligent woman from the book.
The movie is delivered in such a contrived and melodramatic way that it feels like the director is sitting next to you with a box of tissues! There is no discernible chemistry of love or hate between any of the players and you get the feeling they showed up a few minutes before each scene was shot, handed their lines and then marched into action with a view of making it to the catering coach before the good sandwiches had been taken.
It was just dull, boring and predictable.
Evil Under the Sun (1982)
It's OK for a TV movie, but poor for a theatrical release.
Despite the luminaries taking part this is a rather poor adaptation of Agatha Christie's story. It starts off very slowly and then gets boring!
The director thought it would be a good idea to let the actors loose to camp it up and turn in cartoon-like performances, which makes this difficult to watch, unless you're an actor who likes watching actor's make fools of themselves.
The attempts at humour misfire and the only redeeming feature of this silliness is the scenery.
It could easily be mistaken for an episode of Colombo.
Ideal Home (2018)
Couple bickers relentlessly for two hours.
The entire focus is on a middle aged gay couple who constantly snipe at each other. There are other things going on, like a strange and annoying child shows up at their massive house, but there's no time to focus on any kind of a story arc because the ongoing and ridiculous arguing of the two leads drowns out everything else.
Steve Coogan looks uncomfortable hamming it up as the 'mincing homo' and Paul Rudd seems to be annoyed just by being there. There's no chemistry, no attraction and no reason to pull for these two as they just read off their lines and bore the audience to death.
The reviews here seem to suggest that this is how real middle aged gay couples behave and if it is, then that's fine... but there's no need to spread their suffering to a fee paying audience.
Furthermore, f this really is the case then gay people have many more problems living amongst themselves than with the oppressive societal beat-down of world at large. I suspect, however, that it is NOT how gay people act and nor indeed how anyone acts.
The petty back biting and their whole miserable relationship gets old very, very early on and by the time something really important does present itself, you just want everyone on screen to drop dead so you can leave.
The Crouches (2003)
An affront to the senses.
If you took the worst American situation comedy of the early 1970s, stripped away every line that could possibly have been recognized as amusing and then cranked up the canned laughter so it played loudly, without a break, through the entire torturous episode, it would still be five hundred BILLION times funnier than this puerile offensive drek. This is ABSOLUTE GARBAGE!