British Comedy on Netflix

Battlestar Galactica is still in progress, and is just as intense as the miniseries that started it all. But that also means it has been a while since we started something new. Figured it was a good enough time to go back to series of British Comedies on Netflix that is a great source of amusement for the anglophile.

Coupling

Coupling starts off a little slow. The pilot is awkward, tentative like people that have just met each other. But just like the friends that they are destined to be, the characters and series quickly fall into a familiar rhythm. The characters are neurotic, self-centered, silly and mostly harmless. And yes, they think a lot about sex. A lot.

Coupling deals with coupling in all its glorious varieties. The easy kind. The unattainable kind. The unwilling to take a hint kind. And of course the forbidden kind. And if you don't quite know what coupling is, that is a reason for you to not only watch this should, but also get yourself familiar with the Queen's English.

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard is a funny British man. He is intelligent, long-winded, witty, and is build to perform on the stage. His live shows seldom seem scripted, instead they are random walks down the lanes of history, politics, society. Eddie has a number of live one-hour shows on Netflix, including Dress to kill, Definite Article, Glorious, Circle and Unrepeatable.

Eddie typically starts off with a topic, interrupts himself, loses his train of thought and picks up quite another thing without so much as a by-your-leave. All the while, flipping through his imaginary notebook on his palm, making notes like "Lost them there" and "Never do that again".

So yeah. It is funny, and you should watch it.

Yes, Minister

Yes, Minister and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister is an extremely funny political satire. The series revolves around the delicate seesaw balance of power between the democratically elected minister and the politically savvy civil service. Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, is saddled with a potentially dead-end role in the Department for Administrative Affairs. When Jim decides to wield whatever power he has, he is thwarted in his attempts by none other than his Permanent Secretary, who takes immense pleasure in pushing ahead with his own agenda of status quo. And to balance this power struggle is the quietly funny Principal Private Secretary, who uses the under-breath mutter to great comedic value.

The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd is a geekier, nerdier, tamer, english-er version of Office Space. Where Office Space packs and undercurrent of anger and rage, The IT Crowd revels in discomfort and awkwardness.

The show pays homage to the quintessential IT support jokes - "Have you tried turning it off and on again?", and "Are you sure it is plugged in?". And to really get things going, it drops an unsuspecting, technically naive, female boss in with two of the more reticent from the human species. And for good measure throws in some insider jokes, authentic props and virtual characters. All conspiring to keep your computer going and keep you from getting anything done.

There you go. Cue up the Instant Watch queue on Netflix, hit play and begin hours of clipped comedic genius.

December 08, 2010

2 comments:

Shreya said...

Love the collection and the descriptions!


nrk said...

Thanks a lot :)


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