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Detectorists

Detectorists (2014-2015) is a TV show directed by, written by, and starring Mackenzie Crook, who you’ll recognize from The Office and Pirates of the Caribbean. It has so far run two seasons, totaling 13 episodes. Season 1 is currently on Hulu and Netflix. Both seasons are on DVD (region 1 and region 2), Acorn.TV, and Amazon Instant. Andy and Lance…

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The Cottage

The Cottage has all of the ingredients that make up a classic horror film without any mucking around with unique plot devices or character depth. A thug who believes he’s the only competent person in the story. His scaredy cat brother, unwillingly thrust into criminal life. A martial artist stripper. Asian spies. A farmer with a…

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W1A

W1A is the sequel to the hit series Twenty Twelve. It has run two seasons, totaling 8 episodes. It is currently available on Netflix and DVD region 2/PAL. If you thought the London Olympics was a shambles in Twenty Twelve, just wait until Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) gets to the BBC. After a much-needed and wildly unsuccessful vacation…

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Rev., a review

Rev. (2010-2014) is a TV comedy by James Wood and Tom Hollander, where Hollander plays a reverend of “an inner city church with inner city problems.” Also starring is Olivia Colman, Miles Jupp, Steve Evets, Simon McBurney, and Ellen Thomas. There are three seasons with six episodes per season. Each episode is half an hour long.…

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The Thick of It, review

The Thick of It is a comical satire shot documentary style (without narrator or asides) about the British government. There are four seasons (plus specials), running 2005 through 2012, clocking in at 24 episodes. It stars Peter Capaldi, Chris Addison, James Smith, Joanna Scanlan, Rebecca Front, and Chris Langham. It is available on DVD in…

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A Young Doctor’s Notebook, review

A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories (2012-2013) is a dark comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, based on autobiographical writings of Mikhail Bulgakov. There have been two seasons of four episodes each. It is available on Netflix, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes. It is also available on DVD in region 1/NTSC and region 2/PAL.…

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Derek Finale

We know that the day Ricky Gervais ever makes more than three seasons of something is the day he sells out. His TV series Derek is over after two seasons and one finale special, and it’s a good time for this. Derek was great, but you can only take it so far and maintain authenticity. Season 1 was brilliant.…

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Plus One, a review

Plus One (2009) is a 5-episode comedy TV series starring Daniel Mays. All the episodes are on YouTube. If you have a geo-blocker, you can watch it on channel4.com. It’s also on DVD (region 2/PAL) for 4 GBP. Plus One (2009) is like one of those MTV movies. You know the ones, they want to get high…

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Episodes, season 2

Episodes season 2 continues on the same path as season 1. Sean and Bev are no longer a couple (though still married) but write their TV show Pucks together anyway, despite the fact that Sean discovered Bev had slept with their star, Matt LeBlanc (who is playing himself). LeBlanc’s still on his self sabotage lifestyle as…

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Teaser: The Wrong Mans

The Wrong Mans is a brand new comedy drama written by and starring Matthew Baynton and James Corden. The Wrong Mans begins as a blue-and-green tinted, drab drama about the perpetually serious Sam (Baynton) who, on top of everything else in his life going wrong, witnesses a near-fatal car crash and answers the ringing mobile phone in…

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Episodes, season 1

Episodes is a Showtime original television series about the TV industry in L.A. starring Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig, and Matt LeBlanc. Showtime is an American network, so it shouldn’t be too tricky. The DVD set is region one NTSC. One episode is available from Show.com for free. Season 2 is on Google Play for $17.49. You…

Derek

I admit, when I saw the promo pics for Derek, specifically Karl Pilkington in that god-awful hairpiece, I thought, “Oh God, what ridiculous (ricky-diculous?) project has Ricky Gervais got going now?” I didn’t think much of it, but then it started getting rave reviews. I’m happy to say my first impression was completely wrong. And…