Friends from College – Season 2

Further adventures of the Manhattanites who behave like spoiled tossers.  Generally amusing specific situations, but it’s almost depressing that we live in a world where it might be plausibly possible that people could conduct themselves like this and still lead rewarding professional lives.  TV’s a strange thing, isn’t it?

Friends from College

This sitcom about a group of Manhattan-dwelling Harvard grads doesn’t really do anything for the image of the 1% – entertaining as it is, one can’t help feeling that they don’t work particularly hard.  Mainly carried by the charisma/animatedness of Keegan Michael-Key, although good to see Fred Savage back in …

The Fix

Jimmy Carr comperes Katherine Ryan and DL Hughely plus rotating guests – along with woefully underused stats expert Mona Chalabi – in a US-based panel game about solving one of the world’s problems. Mainly a platform for the standups, who consistently outshine Jimmy. Really notable as a vector for getting …

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 2

The hands-down must-see Netflix show of 2018 – whilst plenty fanciful/ludicrous, contained some great characters and plot, and I think portrayed an assertive & confident protagonist (who admittedly kept inexplicably wanting to go back to her husband in spite of everything else about her nature). Great production values, and a …

Set List: Standup Without A Net

Circuit comedians improvise a set on a spontaneously-given list of topics as if it’s their actual material – I have to say, I was massively disappointed by this. Having heard a few comedians in podcasts refer to it as pure adrenaline-fuelled craziness, when I saw it it just sort of …

Sisters

Intriguing Australian comedy/drama about sisters brought together after discovering that the scientist heading up the IVF clinic was “enriching the mix”, and the nature/nurture conflicts arising from learning you have an unknown number of siblings. Neat premise, and some fairly complex characters hanging off it, making for quite a good …

Twenty Twelve – Season 1

The mockumentary precursor to W1A, I didn’t realise I’d previously sledged this as “a poor man’s The Games”, following reports that some Brits had more or less ripped off the peerless work of John Clarke & co in their near-perfect Sydney-based comedy. Nevertheless, the cast do an admirable job and …

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

US-transplanted UK comedian & international sex symbol John Oliver continues to highlight some of the complexities of issues in the USA in a way that provokes a fair bit of gawping & forehead-slapping (“HOW DID IT EVER COME TO THIS?!”) in his consistently hilarious and thought-needling way.  I have no …

Glow – Season 2

The Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling give it their all in another season in spite of Marc Maron’s character’s directorial laziness. That tells you nothing, really. Just watch it. 👍👍

Schitt’s Creek – Season 4

This has been our real gem-find on Netflix, yet so few people in the UK appear to have picked up on it! A brilliant ensemble cast playing their way through ridiculous storylines, as the worst characters in the world… at the risk of describing 2 things as “sublime” in rapid …