Sitcoms Blog

Not Going Out British sitcom

by ,
Comedy Series

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.

Comedian Lee Mack plays pretty much himself in a comedy series that is based in London and tells the stories from life of a man without any ambition or any point in life - he lives from day to day in a flat together with attractive woman (first American, later British one).

Sounds not much different from other British productions, right? Actually wrong, because Not Going Out is in many ways similiar to American production with humour based mostly on situations and not characters. The plots are simple, dialogues filled with simple and far too many one-liners that often just don’t work. Of course there are some good points, some good episodes, but overall it is very basic level of comedy - putting together some old jokes, some new jokes and create whole dialogues on them is a bit too much.

Also, unfortunately for many foreigners, Lee Mack has strong northern accent (not to mention the poor diction), and often it is really hard to understand him. It’s situation similiar to Victoria Wood’s sitcom Dinnerladies, where strong northern accent (combined with lack of subtitles) make the series almost useless for people not used to that accent.


  • Lee Macks son, Arlo McKillop, guest starred in the 2013 Christmas special Not Going Out: The House.

british sitcoms London flatmates northern accent

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.

Latest entries

All Gas and Gaiters 1967-1971 British classic sitcom
Dear John British sitcom
Chelmsford 123 British sitcom
Becker 1998-2003 sitcom
Open All Hours 1976 British sitcom


american sitcomsaustralian sitcomsbritish sitcomscanadian sitcomsclassic british sitcomspolish comedy seriessketch showsworst sitcoms

Post-apocalyptic survival for dummies

free online detective game

The Lone Detective
free online detective game

comedy series seriale komediowepeliculas de guerra ww2 movies sitcoms