British sitcoms have a long history of presenting characters that on the first glance are not only unlikeable, but also it seems they are completely unsuitable for comedy series. Steptoe and Son was just another example of such sitcom.
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 donâ€™t mean our every day embarrassing - when they screw up it is always a big time!
There were few comedy series that gave the opportunity to take a look what is going on behind the media that we know - television, radio, newspapers. NewsRadio was created by Paul Simms, who previously worked as author for Late Night with David Letterman, which gave him the insight into the media and sitcom The Larry Sanders Show (which was sort of parody of David Letterman).
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.
It was hard to predict that this comedy series is gonna be such hit - 20 years after the end of World War 2 it seemed that British viewers would prefer to leave the war themes behind, the war films were more or less dying part of British cinema. But when Jimmy Perry come up with the idea for Dadâ€™s Army there was another snag - is 20 years after the war enough to make a sitcom about World War 2? People still remembered the blackouts, the air raids, the food rationing...
Sunnyvale Trailer Park is the place where trio of friends have grew up and now, in their 30s they constantly try to find a way to get rich quick. Two ex-convicts, temperamental Ricky and street-smart Julian, plus Bubbles, who looks like village idiot, but in fact is the smartest one of them - this crack team of petty criminals is about to hit big.
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.
Itâ€™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.
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.
There are few themes that are hardly the laughing matter, like someoneâ€™s death, illness, being broke or having the personal crisis. Yet comedy series managed to deal with all those themes without actually crossing the boundries. Death? Getting on (British or American version). Illness? Only When I Laugh or Scrubs. Personal crisis? The Fall and Raise of Reginald Perrin for example. Being broke? Oh, this list would be too long - from Steptoe and Son to Married with Children and many more. The Job Lot is another example of trying to make comedy of something that on first glance seem hard to achieve - unemployment.
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.