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.
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!
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...
Have you ever wondered how many sitcoms are produced every year? About a hounded. Not all of them get a full season, some of them donâ€™t get beyond the pilot episode, some of them materialize for only few weeks and disappear in the archives of TV. Have you ever wondered how many characters would it take to fill all those sitcoms? Five.
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!
Sterling Archer has a lot of flaws - he drinks too much, he is a womanizer, he is irresponsible, immature and canâ€™t be trusted. What a pity that fate of whole world could be in his hands. Him and the rest of the ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service) crew - push-over accountant Cyril, short-tempered Lana, oversexed Cheryl, unstable Pam, Mallory with shady deals and doctor Krieger, who is not a real doctor.
Jimmy Perry is most remembered for his work on such hit comedy series as Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, You Rang, M’Lord? and Hi-de-Hi! that he wrote together with David Croft, but not many people remember that Perry did tried to make some sitcoms on his own and Room Service was one of them.
Miranda Hart is one of those comedians that are easily remembered even if they just show up on the screen. Of course her height helps (she is 6 ft 1in = 1.85 m), but even when she played minor parts in different sitcoms she was easily recognized.
There were several sitcoms that dealt with uneasy or awkward situations - that's the basics of the comedy, but there are some themes that actually never worked in comedy. One of them is definitely a divorce, especially when there are children involved. But John Sullivan decided to take a look at that part of life when he wrote Dear John.
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.
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