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just like other suggestions in other stupid 'never beenb bettered' threads that are appearing everywhere.
Of course, you know that already.
Flight of the Conchords
Look Around You (1st season)
Are as good, if not better, but yes Nathan Barley is genius!
Have impeccable taste. Congratulations.
If you think it's his best work. By far the worst proper show he has ever made.
charlie brooker wrote it.
Definetely in agreement wih TheFatBloke (ahh, internet usernames!) though - it's got some interesting ideas and a few very good moments, but it's very, very far from his best work. That most of the lead actors are utterly appaling dosn't help much either...
and knowing anything about Chris Morris has nothing to do with it, its a great show
And if you know about Chris Morris you would understand why it's so hugely disappointing. Anything else he has created has had the perfect mix of satire and complete hilarity (Bar Jam, that was just humour).
Nathan Barley wasn't very funny at all really in comparison to Brass Eye and The Day Today.
think many things stand up to The Day Today or Brass Eye though. I wasnt aware that he co-wrote it, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. It did take a while for it to click, but its definitely one that rewards repeated viewings. Maybe give it another chance.
it's never been bettered. It's just that it's the only thing that's ever really been done that's relevant to a lot of people's lifestyle's who are into music and clubs and going out. I love it, but because it's a world familiar to me, whereas you'd show it to lots of other people who's lives don't revolve around going to gigs and clubs and music/arts scenes and it just won't seem as relevant.
It's always struck me as more of a Charlie Brooker project than a Chris Morris one
but he has made better shows for sure.
As I'm guessing C4 were, hence no second series. I was properly excited about the idea of turning C_nt into a sitcom but I guess it only really worked in 2 sentence soundbites.
Surely Noel Fielding's character in Boosh (not too popular on here I know) satirises that kind of scene a bit? I'm thinking of the one in the last series where he had that celeb-detector thing.
a second series is in production now.
That bit in The Mighty Boosh only really satirised celebrity worship. The cultural references were of NME types, that the audience would recognise, but it could have been done with any celebrity, whereas Nathan Barley went for a whole subculture.
Well I'll still watch it but I'm not holding my breath. The only really funny bits were the stuff lifted from TVGoHome like his phone/MP3 decks. He was too much of a loveable idiot and not enough of a C_nt to really make it work for me.
I didn't find Nathan Barley's character sympathetic at all.
The problem with it, in Channel 4's eyes I think, is that it was too narrow a focus. Anyone who's ever been in The Lock Tavern is going to enjoy it, but for most people it'd seem like a transmission from the planet Zarg.
I don't realy have an opinion on whats better or worse than it.
Jullian Barrett is quality in it.
I thought it amusing, but not much more, really, I mean it had it's moments but rarely was it anywhere approaching brilliant.
Then I spent more time in Shoreditch and Camden, and as a result like it much less, I mean it could conceivably be so much darker. As is it's just poking fun at Vice Magazine (not just the physical magazine, the concept/lifestyle bs surrounding that if you will, which is given to self parody anyway), in comparison to most if not all of what Chris Morris has done, it's simply not vicious enough.
It may not be bettered in terms of television comedies looking at this particular subculture because there's only so much interest TV companies/the general public can have in such a thing, in any broader terms it wasn't the best when it came out AND better things have been created since.
...utterly dreadful. And considering I totally agree with their take on insufferable media types (not a general statement, just specific people), AND I love all of Charlie Brooker's writing (including the "C***" bits from TV Go Home on which this was based), AND I love pretty much everything Chris Morris has ever done... it was set to be the best thing ever for me. And I don't dislike it on the grounds of it not living up to those high expectations, I dislike it on the grounds that it was just toe-curlingly awful.
Still, I fleetingly knew of a person who told me that if I knew just how accurate some of it was, I would have found it much funnier. Eeek.
but very, very few people will catch just how genius. Most people would think, "What the fuck", and then there's "this ain't as good as 'The Day Today'... It think the reason it's never been bettered is that there's not much need for another one!
Nathan Barley was a bit disappointing at first, but it's aged very well, and on repeated viewings I enjoyed it a lot more. Most of the best jokes are in the production design rather than the script, and it successfully creates an atmosphere of total absurdity. I can't think of another sitcom exactly like it, but of course it wasn't for everyone.
is funnier than any show ever except:
I'm Alan Partridge
The Thick of It is funnier than all of them, apart from maybe Father Ted. I had to watch an episode last week to remind me how good Chris Addinson could be after seeing 5 minutes of his latest show which could be the worst comedy ever made.
cunts. Barley was genius, yeah?
just not happy it probably took the piss shit out of you shoreditch wankers.