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[TV] UK Comedy Cup - Group H

Group H - Choose your favourite

  • Breeders

    Votes: 6 4.3%
  • The Office

    Votes: 86 61.9%
  • Nathan Barley

    Votes: 6 4.3%
  • Peep Show

    Votes: 41 29.5%

  • Total voters
    139
  • Poll closed .


MJsGhost

Remembers
NSC Licker Extraordinaire
Jun 26, 2009
4,372
East
It's a little bit (but only a little bit) like Outnumbered inasmuch as it relies a bit on the conflict between the generations, and the kids' parents are stuck in the middle having to look after the generations below and above. It's not bad at all, albeit a bit patchy.

And as a complete O/T aside - why do you think Sky is 'evil'?
Thanks. I like Martin Freeman in most things, but had never heard of this show before it was mentioned for this WC.

It's not a hill I'd choose to die on, but my distaste for Sky is a hangover from its Murdoch ownership in the main (and IMO, that's a man with a lot to answer for). I also don't like all the stuff that has disappeared from free-to-air TV thanks to it all being Sky-jacked and put behind an expensive paywall. I get the arguments about the transformation due to the money pumped into sports thanks to their relationship with Sky (and others), but I am perhaps old-fashioned in my negative view of the rampant commercialisation and obscene wages. Football just feels less real.

Murdoch will definitely receive one of my proverbial lightning bolts, if I am ever lucky enough to have them bestowed upon me (though old age will get him pretty soon anyway, so he can probably sleep easy if he's reading this :lolol:)
 

A1X

Well-known member
NSC Licker Extraordinaire
Sep 1, 2017
17,235
Deepest, darkest Sussex
Two teams qualify Jeremy? Two? That's insane.
 

Whitechapel

Famous Last Words
Jul 19, 2014
4,040
Not in Whitechapel
It's like watching a 30second clip of the Simpsons from when it was good and realising there's about 5 separate really good gags in a single scene.

Great shout.

that's blown my mind

It’s also the episode where Super Hans menacingly tips over a packet of crunchy nut. An absolute all-timer episode when those 3 jokes feel like they’re from different universes, let alone different shows.
 

clapham_gull

Legacy Fan
Aug 20, 2003
25,086
Difficult with Peep Show there and the fact I've never liked anything Ricky Gervais did since.

However it terms of British comedy, it is in a small select class of classic situation comedy.

It also gracefully left the screen after two series.
 

Mellotron

I've asked for soup
Jul 2, 2008
31,603
Brighton
This group was over when it started.
 


Mellotron

I've asked for soup
Jul 2, 2008
31,603
Brighton
Last call to get your votes in, Group Stage ending shortly.
 

Giraffe

VERY part time moderator
Helpful Moderator
NSC Licker Extraordinaire
Aug 8, 2005
26,374
Going to take a lot to beat the Office. That said I actually prefer the US Office. After reluctantly agreeing to watch it (was worried I'd hate it) it is quite incredible. Taking the whole concept to a brilliant new level. If, like me, you were reluctant, I challenge you to watch the whole of the first series and then you're hooked into 7 (?) brilliant series to watch. Just fab stuff.
 

Mellotron

I've asked for soup
Jul 2, 2008
31,603
Brighton
Going to take a lot to beat the Office. That said I actually prefer the US Office. After reluctantly agreeing to watch it (was worried I'd hate it) it is quite incredible. Taking the whole concept to a brilliant new level. If, like me, you were reluctant, I challenge you to watch the whole of the first series and then you're hooked into 7 (?) brilliant series to watch. Just fab stuff.
I agree and disagree.

The US Office is very, very good - better once it stops trying to be the UK Office and does it's own thing. Steve Carell is absolute perfection as the American equivalent of David Brent - elevating role (as he is a far better actor) with genuine heart and warmth, alongside plenty of pure comedy.

It's also great in that the much larger number of episodes means the other characters become much more fleshed out.

HOWEVER

I personally think it goes downhill BADLY after Carell leaves. None of the other bosses really hit the mark for me, and the quality of dialogue writing really dips towards the end - the most egregious error is they basically make Ed Helms' Andy character into a Michael clone after Carell leaves, down to the point of specific lines that are clearly meant to be Michael Scott lines.

IMO. Of course.
 


Mellotron

I've asked for soup
Jul 2, 2008
31,603
Brighton
Going to take a lot to beat the Office. That said I actually prefer the US Office. After reluctantly agreeing to watch it (was worried I'd hate it) it is quite incredible. Taking the whole concept to a brilliant new level. If, like me, you were reluctant, I challenge you to watch the whole of the first series and then you're hooked into 7 (?) brilliant series to watch. Just fab stuff.
There have been called for a US Comedy Cup, which I might do after this one is wrapped up.

Seinfeld, Frasier, Cheers, Friends, The Simpsons, South Park, Arrested Development, Family Guy, Curb Your Enthusiasm - it could be tasty, ad maybe a little less predictable than the UK competition.

Perhaps a 16 team shorter tourney for that one?
 

Tom Hark Preston Park

Will Post For Cash
Jul 6, 2003
69,688
There have been called for a US Comedy Cup, which I might do after this one is wrapped up.

Seinfeld, Frasier, Cheers, Friends, The Simpsons, South Park, Arrested Development, Family Guy, Curb Your Enthusiasm - it could be tasty, ad maybe a little less predictable than the UK competition.

Perhaps a 16 team shorter tourney for that one?
Need to add Superstore to that list
 

vegster

Sanity Clause
May 5, 2008
27,843
Unable to vote on this, could not stand Office/Peep and have never seen the other two.... Jimmy Perry and David Croft together could fill a whole group with better comedies.
 



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