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!
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.
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.
Jack Rosenthal started his career as writer for British soap opera Coronation Street, but after he wrote spin-off called Pardon the Expression (starring Arthur Lowe) that was rather typical sitcom his next project was something from completely other dimension - The Dustbinmen. The title pretty much explains the topics covered in this sitcom, but the approach to comedy was something completely unconventional.
The first solo project of comedians Robert Webb and David Mitchell, The Mitchell and Webb Situation, which they wrote themselves and played most of the parts, was more or less a failure. It showed their style, it showed their potential, but failed miserably on the content - most of the sketches seemed under-developed or simply unfinished. Fortunately they moved to the radio to work on their next project, which save their careers.
It’s not often that British sitcom takes the American approach to comedy and is created in same manner as in United States. Even "My Family", created by American Fred Barron, was still close to other British productions. But Not Going Out is a completely different matter.
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.
Every great work sooner or later will be the basis for a parody - from Godfather to Citizen Kane and from westerns to sci-fi. The success of Lord of the Rings film adaptation was a momentum that started many different project, some of them good, some of them bad, but at least one of them - ElvenQuest - great!
Vince Powell was author of several sitcoms, most of them gained with time poor, although not always well deserved, reputation. Bottle Boys from the beginning was more or less doomed to fail, although this time it had nothing to do with anything controversial that Vince Powell would do - there were no controversial topics, characters nor scenes, just a story of few milkmen working in depot in London.
Just imagine that you finally got the chance to create your own sitcom, it is mid-1990s, the golden era of sitcoms in US, you get a star from another sitcom booked to be in the cast, you get the perfect spot between two most popular shows in recent years (The Simpsons and The X-Files), you have no sitcoms competition in your spot and all you have to do is come up with the perfect idea for the show. I bet your choice would not be "two complete strangers pretend to be married to solve their puny problems". Well, but thatâ€™s what Michael J. Weithorn did in 1995...
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.
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