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Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9 is a comedy-horror TV show written and starring Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. With 6 episodes per season, it is currently on season 3. Season 1 is available on Amazon streaming. If you like scary movies, this is a good TV show for you. Every episode is self contained with separate stories…

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Getting On

What is it? Getting On (2009-2012) is a comedy hospital TV show written by and starring Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine, and Joanna Scanlan. It ran for three seasons, totaling fourteen episodes. Where can I see it? It was until recently available on Hulu but isn’t anymore. There is a region 2/PAL DVD if you have a…

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Extras

What is it? Extras (2005-2007) is a sitcom created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, starring Gervais, Merchant, and Ashley Jensen. Like all Gervais’ shows, he quits while he’s ahead, just two seasons and a Christmas special, totaling thirteen episodes. Where can I see it? It comes in a nice boxed set on DVD (region 1/NTSC).…

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Hyperdrive

What is it? Hyperdrive is the 2006-2007 sci-fi comedy television series by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley. It ran two seasons at six episodes each. Each episode is half an hour. Where can I see it? All episodes are available on Vudu, iTunes, and Amazon Instant. There is also a 2-season DVD box set (region 2/PAL) that includes commentaries, video…

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My Life in Film

What is it? My Life in Film (2004) is a sitcom that ran one season, totaling six episodes. It stars Kris Marshall, Andrew Scott, and Alice Lowe. Where can I see it? Illegally on YouTube. Tell me more. Art (Marshall) is an aspiring film scriptwriter who has trouble coping with reality–that reality being that he’s not…

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Twenty Twelve

Twenty Twelve (2011-2012) is a comedy mocku-doc about getting ready for the Olympics in London. It stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Amelia Bullmore, Karl Theobald, Vincent Franklin, Olivia Colman, with David Tennant doing the documentary voice over. There are two seasons of 13 episodes in total. There is a followup series called W1A. All 13 episodes…

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Plebs

Plebs (2013-2014) is Sam Leifer’s sitcom about three young men in ancient Rome. It stars Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry, and Ryan Sampson. It’s available on Hulu, DVD region 2/PAL, and Blu-Ray (non-US). In ancient Rome, the commoners were called the Plebeians. They were the working class, compared to the elite patricians. Although the time of Rome that…

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Nighty Night

Nighty Night (2004-2005) is Julia Davis’ sitcom starring Julia Davis, Rebecca Front, and Angus Deayton. There are two seasons of six episodes each.   It’s available on Hulu Plus. If you like psychopaths and con artists (hey, who doesn’t?), this is the show for you. At first, it seems unlikely that a psychopath could get…

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Scrotal Recall, season 1

Scrotal Recall (2014) is an unfortunately though hilariously accurately named sitcom starring singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas, and Daniel Ings. Season 1 is 6 episodes at 24 minutes each. It is currently available on Netflix streaming. Dylan (Flynn) is a sappy romantic, so much so that he even cries at his roommate’s retelling of Point Break. When he…

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Miranda, a review

Miranda is a sitcom written by and starring Miranda Hart. It lasted three seasons, plus a 2014 Christmas special. Miranda is on Hulu and region 2/PAL DVD. To call the character Miranda (Miranda Hart) hapless is a cliched understatement. She is not only clumsy and inappropriate, but she walks that treacherous line between awkward and too…

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Not Going Out, season 7

When you’re in the 7th season with the same old formula, you really need to push the “will they, won’t they” up a notch. After a place-holder episode 1 and an episode 2 that rehashes the baby-sitting escapades of season 2 (with added stupidity that makes you question why Lucy would ever want to have a…

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15 Storeys High, season 1

What is it? 15 Storeys High (2002-2004) is comedian Sean Lock’s sitcom. It ran for two seasons, totaling 12 episodes. It stars Sean Lock and Benedict Wong. It’s based on Sean Lock’s radio show. Where can I see it? It’s currently on YouTube for free. If you want special features, like commentary, there is a…

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Gavin & Stacey, season 1

Gavin & Stacey (2007-2010) is a rom-com sitcom starring Joanna Page and Mathew Horne, created by Ruth Jones and James Corden. There have been three seasons, totaling 20 episodes. Season 1 is on Netflix. All 3 seasons are on Google Play for $2/episode and on iTunes in both SD ($2/ep) and HD ($3/ep). The DVDs are available…

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Peep Show, a review

Peep Show (2003-2014) is a 9-season sitcom (8 have aired, the 9th is promised to be the last) starring comedian duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb.  Peep Show is available on Netflix, all 48 episodes for free on Hulu, and on for 8-13 pounds on iTunes. Eight seasons are available on DVD in region 2/PAL. Season…

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Friday Night Dinner, a review

Friday Night Dinner (2011-present) is a sitcom written by Robert Popper that centers around one family’s Friday night dinners. (What can I say? It does what it says on the tin.) There have been two seasons (totaling 13 episodes), and a third is in production. It stars Paul Ritter, Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal,…

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5 People You Almost Didn’t Recognize in Spaced

Everybody knows that a lot of talent came out of the 1999-2001 sitcom Spaced. Stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson (now Hynes) continue today with their successful acting careers. Director Edgar Wright has directed not only the Cornetto films, but also Scott Pilgrim and next Antman, not to mention a handful of films that he produced. We…

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Black Books, a review

Black Books (2000) is a three-season sitcom created by Dylan Moran and starring Moran, Bill Bailey, and Tamsin Greig. Moran plays a crotchety bookstore owner who loves books but hates customers. Black Books is available on Netflix. It’s on Amazon Instant for $10.99 per season. iTunes has it for the same price. There’s also a…

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Spaced, a review

Spaced (1999) is an homage-heavy sitcom about what it was like to be a twenty-something at the time of the pop-infused millennium. It’s written by and stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson (now Hynes) and directed by Edgar Wright. There are 2 seasons, 7 episodes each. It’s on Netflix. The DVDs come in both region 1/NTSC and…