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The IT Crowd should be in there. Someone else can say Extras.
so I sorta agree
Everyone who watched it just started off snobbish and narrow-minded.
Cheers (not British, I know).
This may seem pedantic but really it's VERY important.
would you classify The Office as a sitcom, or a parody of a fly on the wall documentary?
If it is, stick that in...
thick of it
Although Spaced could be 90s.
Only seen a couple of episodes of Outnumbered, both of which were dreadful.
Outnumbered is brilliant.
And here was me thinking it was all gritty realism.
When it's usually the male characters acting like complete pillocks? The women are usually the sane ones.
Contradictory, innit? Unless you're laughing because of some manic disorder.
I thought it was some awesome hard-rollin' philosopher shit
the geeky guy is frequently shown to be a cowardly idiot, so it's not like it's exactly wish fulfilment viewing for us geeks.
Always the best guest on any panel show he's on. I agree with you on Peep Show to an extent though; I think the writers often embrace the absurd in place of wit. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing - I can't really say otherwise having already endorsed The IT Crowd in this thread - but it feels slightly at odds with the 'realistic' style (i.e. no laughter track, no steadicam) of the show. That's not to say I don't like it, I just think it lacks the consistency and singularity of vision required to be considered a true classic.
that's had 6 series of absolute gold as far as I'm concerned.
Extras and The Office
I can see what Bamnan was getting at regarding Peep Show (series 5 was so average) but Series 6 turned it around, what with Marks re-inventin with JLB closing down and the party episode with the puke points. It was like a little Best Of with loads of old characters in the same room
1. The Office (of all time)
2. Peep Show
3. The Inbetweeners
3's my most controversial one, but for the 2 series we had of it, it had no bad episodes at all.
2) Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights
3) Peep Show
and frankly the rest can go fuck itself - the very fact that Arrested Development exists means that British comedy this decade, TTOI aside, deserves to be referenced only as a footnote
Nathan Barley isn't exactly very good
Too many jawdroppingly hilarious moments packed into every 20 seconds of telly?
the rest of us aren't on your deepthinking level - if only the AD writers had come up with something that really sung of the human condition and laid out good and evil once and for all
You have a point though - if you dig shit like The Wirepranos above sitcoms then fair play - they're not sitcoms, though, except in the broadest, most nebulous sense, the sense where Hamlet is Shakespeare's funniest comedy
(but it is! hmmmm)
Look Around You.
Might as well mention it here, since I've already mistakenly mentioned it in the 90s thread.
It's a lot wittier than the cast promo shots make you think it's going to be.
also re: The IT Crowd, it's always been good fun, but somehow the presence of Chris Morris seemed to confuse people in the beginning, people who would accuse it of not being edgy and dark like BrassEye or Jam, without realising that it was not supposed to be, it's a silly farce from the guy behind Father Ted.
I think it was just unfashionable. Everyone was still spaffing over The Royle Family and The Office at the time; a more traditional sitcom was automatically below par.
maybe the comedy zeitgeist swingometer has moved a bit since then and over-the-top silliness can now exist as equal alongside edgy fly-on-the-wall stuff.
and I think people are defining this by when sitcoms began.
maybe Nathan Barley then.
A new three-part historical series looking at the origins of situation comedy, presented by Chris Addison.
1)the thick of it
If it was general comedy shows time trumpet would be in the top 3
Raaaaaaaaaape an aaaaaaaaaaaaape.
no-ones mentioned nighty night, saxondale, suburban shootout or pulling. they're all good.
As long as we can pretend the 2nd series of Nighty Night didn't happen