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I’ve known people who’ve invited friends round for the evening to ….watch Friends. That’s how pervasive this TV show was and still is, via countless repeats around the globe.
Even a friendless Billy No-mates feels like the life and soul of the show when watching Friends, which aired from 1994 to 2004. Offering the warm familiarity of vicarious living, this and other series like How I Met Your Mother gives us life lessons when we’re still young and trying to get on in life, and reminds us of our youth when we’re getting on a bit. They’re also a good laugh.
The basic premise of The Big Bang Theory is four guys and a girl, living in close proximity. The guys are two physicists, an astrophysicist and an aeronautical engineer. One even gets to be an astronaut.
They have bags of brains, emotional hang ups and a fixation with comic books, super heroes, Star Wars and Star Trek. The girl is a waitress/ aspiring actress – with scary common sense. Throw in some more girls, mix with geeky humour and fantasy/sci-fi references.
The big bang theory, string theory, theoretical /actual romances, this show has it all and most of it is out of this world.
Three guys (Nick, Schmidt and Winston) and a girl (Jess) share an apartment. Conveniently Jess has a fashion model (CeCe) for a best friend, and there’s another guy, Coach who calls round a lot.
Cue romance, careers and comedy, this time all shot with one camera. So, basic fare if you are looking for TV series like How I met Your Mother. The major difference is in the focus of the show which was created by a woman (Elizabeth Meriweather).
It’s all about a single girl-about-town and her flatmates act as back up to her story, albeit funny and engaging in their own right.
Centred around the fictional life of real-life comedian Lee Mack, Not Going Out is a slightly off-beat version of the ‘friends as family’ genre. Lee fancies his landlady Kate, and in the second series he falls for his new landlady, Lucy.
His best mate Tim has a daft girlfriend, Daisy. Classic ‘will they/won’t they?’ storylines play out against the gags, puns and one-liners of Mack. When the BBC threatened to pull the plug in 2009, an online petition brought the show back for a fourth series.
Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Tom (Simon Pegg) pretend to be married in order to move into a flat owned by uptight nymphomaniac Marsha. Tom’s best mate Mike (Nick Frost) is a Territorial Army fanatic and they’re all Star Wars fans.
This doesn’t begin to describe how surreal, funny and just bonkers this cult show is. Shot with a single camera and interspersed with fantasy scenes and dance music Spaced takes the classic ‘friends as family’ theme and twists it all about.
Six ‘Manchester Medlock University’ students, three boys and three girls, get together in a Manchester student let.
Mayhem ensues, mixed with angst, self loathing, comedy and pathos. Fresh Meat gave stand-up comedian Jack Whitehall his acting debut as an upper class twit (‘JP’). Think The Young Ones meets The Inbetweeners
Seinfeld (Castle Rock Entertainment, 1989)
The Young Ones (British Broadcasting Corporation, 1982)
The Golden Girls (Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions, 1985)
The Liver Birds (British Broadcasting Corporation, 1969/1996)
The Likely Lads (Dick Clement,1964)/ Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (Dick Clement, 1973)
Man About The House (Peter Frazer-Jones, 1973)
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