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2 [4.76%]
11 [26.19%]
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LinusW Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2013 at 10:18
Love so many of these, but Peep Show and Black Books are the favourites. Spaced, The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Saxondale...not too keen on The Office oddly enough (I like Extras, so perhaps I should just give The Office more time)  and never liked The IT Crowd.

Good thing it's limited to sitcoms. With British sketch shows included my hovercraft would overflow with eels.
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I don't know any of theseEmbarrassed
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HolyMoly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2013 at 10:24
Someone recommended I watch Black Books, but until now I'd forgotten the name.  Thanks to this poll for reminding me..
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LinusW Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2013 at 10:24
Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

I don't know any of theseEmbarrassed


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2013 at 10:39
I just don't watch sitcoms. I used to back when Step by Step and Full House was on, but I was a small kid and had no clue of taste and refinement - something that was extremely lacking in both of these shows.
Come to think of it, I may have caught a few episodes of The Peep Show (I was waiting for the comedy shows that were due afterwards). I guess it was ok, but then again I don't remember anything from it - except for the humour that veered towards the current thirst for 'embarrassing moments'. Ever since 'Meet the Parents' came out, this has been a staple diet of television. Now though it has been transferred onto the reality programs....  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2014 at 19:02
Been getting into Spaced lately.  Extras was my favourite.  Loved Saxondale, so I've been meaning to watch
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jude111 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2014 at 19:23
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

Been getting into Spaced lately.  Extras was my favourite.  Loved Saxondale, so I've been meaning to watch

Funny you should mention Saxondale, I just finished the last episode last night on Netflix. Man that is one highly under-rated sitcom! That last season was brilliant, and I had to keep rewinding many scenes over and over again, they had me in stitches. Knock-down hilarious stuff.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Luna Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2014 at 19:48
Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

I don't know any of these Big smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2014 at 21:08
Originally posted by jude111 jude111 wrote:

Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

Been getting into Spaced lately.  Extras was my favourite.  Loved Saxondale, so I've been meaning to watch

Funny you should mention Saxondale, I just finished the last episode last night on Netflix. Man that is one highly under-rated sitcom! That last season was brilliant, and I had to keep rewinding many scenes over and over again, they had me in stitches. Knock-down hilarious stuff.


It's a terrific show., and that was such a good esiode.  What hooked me immediately when I saw it on TV the first time was hearing Focus.  Cause of it's music angle, it's one of those shows that i would think would be highly popular at a site like this.

I'm going to try to look into all the shows on this list.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jude111 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2014 at 21:46
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

Originally posted by jude111 jude111 wrote:

Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

Been getting into Spaced lately.  Extras was my favourite.  Loved Saxondale, so I've been meaning to watch

Funny you should mention Saxondale, I just finished the last episode last night on Netflix. Man that is one highly under-rated sitcom! That last season was brilliant, and I had to keep rewinding many scenes over and over again, they had me in stitches. Knock-down hilarious stuff.


It's a terrific show., and that was such a good esiode.  What hooked me immediately when I saw it on TV the first time was hearing Focus.  Cause of it's music angle, it's one of those shows that i would think would be highly popular at a site like this.

I'm going to try to look into all the shows on this list.

Definitely; he's always mentioning Genesis, Floyd, etc. Yes, Focus's music features in some of the shows, as does Jethro Tull.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Billy Pilgrim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 04 2014 at 04:03
One more vote for Peep Show, that show is just too good
But I like the IT Crowd allot too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2016 at 17:52
Just voted... for the Thick of It. Guess I watched it soon after the poll came out. The IT Crowd is great too. Been loving another satirical show, too early for this poll, with Rik Mayall, The New Statesman (be so much better without laugh tracks, though).

Often thought I'd like to move to England, even if just to have better programs on the telly.

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Vicious
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2016 at 10:48
At first glance, having just woke up at the time, I thought you were referring to Rik Mayall's conservative MP character from The New Statesman, Alan B'Stard, as vicious, but then saw the italics and realized it must be a show. Actually, I had a read not-so praising review of Vicious before. Will try the show.

Getting rather off-topic (and had planned to share this in the Short Films thread, but discussion didn't take off as much as I had hoped, so will share here instead as Ian McKellan who is in Vicious does voice-work for it): Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, Saxondale etc.) and Ian McKellan lent heir voices to my favourite stop motion film. It's a dark comedy, I find dark comedy generally the best comedy. Warning, some will find it shocking and offensive (wonder if Dean has seen it). Those who are religious might wish to avoid: https://vimeo.com/25516414
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2016 at 11:42
Vicious is an acquired taste (as "bad taste" sitcoms often are). At first glance it seems to be nothing but overplaying worn-out gay stereotyping however with two notable gay thespians in the lead roles there is more to it than that. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2016 at 12:42
With two of the the most acclaimed thespians in it, and other noteworthy actors, I would expect the show would have worth.

Off-topic, I know, but Dean, please do have a look at the vimeo link I posted of "For the Love of God" if you haven't seen it already. I think you might appreciate it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2016 at 15:05
Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

Vicious is an acquired taste (as "bad taste" sitcoms often are). At first glance it seems to be nothing but overplaying worn-out gay stereotyping however with two notable gay thespians in the lead roles there is more to it than that. 

Definitely, and those wacky neighbors of theirs ain't bad either .


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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

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Me too. Embarrassed BTW, does anyone remember "'Allo 'Allo!"? Now, that one was great! Thumbs UpLOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2016 at 17:13
Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

Vicious is an acquired taste (as "bad taste" sitcoms often are). At first glance it seems to be nothing but overplaying worn-out gay stereotyping however with two notable gay thespians in the lead roles there is more to it than that. 
 
I don't mind Vicious, really. But McKellan and Jacobi are such splendid actors, it just seems a waste.
 
I've always had a soft spot for Are You Being Served and Keeping Up Appearances. I don't have the slightest idea why, but they amuse me.
 
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I loved 'Allo 'Allo!
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