While Dad’s Army was in a full swing David Croft has joined Jeremy Lloyd in another project that started his long streak of successful sitcoms in his career - Are You Being Served? Just like in Dad’s Army it was based on real experience of the author, just like in Dad’s Army the idea was rather simple, and just like in Dad’s Army it proved that the simple ideas have the best potential.
Up Pompeii was a sitcom that placed Frankie Howerd in the spotlight - with scripts by Talbot Rothwell, unique formula (breaking the fourth wall) and dialogues full of innuendoes it was a perfect setting for Howerd, whose stand up routines as well as film appearances were very close the character he was playing in Up Pompeii. Later Whoops Baghdad was almost exact copy of Up Pompeii, but set in the Middle East, but in early 1980s Howerd was given another series, Then Churchill Said to Me, as it turned out the last in his career.
When Are You Being Served? was about to finish in 1985 the creators, Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, were already thinking about a spin-off. The concept of department store have already dried out (which is hardly surprising after 10 seasons), so they would need a new location, constant cast changes in previous seasons did not helped in keeping it all together, but on the other hand they gathered a group of colourful characters, very good actors, that could be a powerhouse for another sitcom.
Simon Nye created quite few sitcoms throughout his career, from great Men Behaving Badly, through unusual Is It Legal? to a lost chance with Hardware. The one thing they all had in common was that... they were completely different. How Do You Want Me? produced in 1998 and 1999 is hardly similar to any other of his sitcoms, but unfortunately in this case it wasnâ€™t a good thing.
Since 1980s the comedy series started to look for new themes, one of which was of course the new generation of... unique young people known as the nerds. The revolution started with computers led to such shows as Dweebs, IT Crowd or lately Silicon Valley and Big Bang Theory. Lab Rats, similiar in concept and atmosphere was showing a different world - the world of scientists working on ground-breaking experiments... Well, working anyway.
Two young men - boring Mark and aspiring musician Jeremy - share a flat in London. They have not much in common... apart from the unusual talent for putting themselves in embarrassing situation. And when I say embarrassing I don’t mean our every day embarrassing - when they screw up it is always a big time!
There were several comedy series that concentrated on government officials that make blunder of anything they touch - from Man from the Ministry to Twenty Twelve and from Yes Minister to Spin City. After Twenty Twelve and its spin-off entitled W1A any further approach to such theme would seem pointless and repetitive, right? Wrong! Wonderland created something far better that could have been expected.
Lateline creator Al Franken was in a past a comedian, writer for Saturday Night Live, he was an actor, but then he became an active politician and right now is US Senator. Lateline was his first stab at creating a sitcom, because in the past he was usually writer or co-author of the scripts. Unfortunately Lateline was a disaster...
Stanislaw Bareja was one of the most famous Polish comedy writers, author of several now cult comedies that made fun of the communist system and displayed all the insane visions of society behind it. Of course for foreigners it could be hard to grasp the basic idea how it is to live in communist country, but Bareja was able to find the funny side of not so funny reality he was forced to live in.
Comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb gained most notoriety by taking part in Peep Show, an unusual sitcom about two misfits, who try to cope with the world, but their careers have started few years earlier, when they were writers for different shows, including Armstrong and Miller, Bruiser and Big Train. The Mitchell and Webb Situation was suppose to be their big break - first solo project. Unfortunately it failed miserably.
Comedy Series Blog - we search all the interesting (and sometimes not that interesting) comedy series from around the world. Some of them might be slightly better than the others, but in comedy there are no strict rules - sometimes less funny series, but made with skillful touch could be a hit. On the other hand there are series that try too hard to be funny and lose on the plots and characters building.
Wasteland - the final frontier... for logic
Story of the Zone