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 …

W1A Season 3

Mockumentary-style show about life working at the BBC, very much in the vein of Twenty Twelve, or by necessity of extension, The Games. Whilst it really hits home if you know anyone who does work at the Beeb, the hyperextension of modern workplace bullshit is a symphony of delicious to …