I am only catching this up as it is summer and there is almost nothing on TV now.
I am not really a big fan of Friends. I watch it sometimes but again Matt was never my favorite character even on fans. However I really liked this show. Season 1 have some less interesting episodes in the middle. I loved the pllot and the end so I was wondering why. I think the show only works when there is tension between Matt and Sean and Beverley It might be fun to watch 1 episode of Matt and Sean being buddies and hanging out but it will not work beyond that. I am on season 2 episode 2 now and I loved it more and more, at the end of season 2 episode 2 it seems Matt might be winning back Sean "love" so I am not sure it will continue to be funny. I will watch the whole season 2 and post another review. Likelihood is I will watch season 3 when it begins Jan 2014. The show might work better though if it was the summer and there is less competition and the laid back style of the show might suit summer better.
I must say Matt is probably one of the few actors who can do something so despicable as screw someone's wife and yet make himself so likable that you want to forgive him ! Wonder he is like that in real life.
Love it. The British couple and their story is really good. Season 1 was good and Matt is so awesome in this show. I cant believe Im waiting for the next episode ever since I watched the first season! I cant wait... Matt Leblanc has really done it well this time... AWESOME!
I should have gotten to this one sooner but it's better late than never, right? I absolutely love everything about this little show and I just started watching yesterday and finished the 1st season finale a few minutes ago. The leading duo is entertaining, Beverly is my favorite one on the show. Even Matt LeBlanc is great (he annoyed me a lot on his spin-off show 'Joey'). Showtime is having some really great shows on their schedule so it's slowly becoming my number one network. And let me just say this - about 99% of this show is TRUE. Scary, right?
Friends is one of my favorite sitcoms, and since I watched him on that show, I knew Matt LeBlanc was a great actor. In this new show, Matt LeBlanc is still really funny, plus the show is really entertaining and the plot is really smart.
OK, when I first started watching the show I really enjoyed the two main characters (I'm talking about the British couple!!) but through the season Matt really grew on me - he was so dreadful in Joey and my least favourite character in Friends but he's rather good at playing a dumb American :D
This show isn't the greatest show ever being on television and there are several shows on air which are better or even were better and still got canceled but it good fun to watch and if you'd like to spend a nice afternoon simply watch it.
I love this show. In my opinion Matt LeBlanc run the show but other actors are good too. Matt is awesome. More screen time for Matt will make and keep this show in top for sure. Series has been renewed by Showtime and BBC for the second season of nine episode. There is still so much to come. Can't judge more about... But not funnier than F.R.I.E.N.D.S.. Can improve :D
The way that season 1 ended was perfect. Now that the characters are set I'm eager to see where they take them. I'm not actually sure where Sean and Beverly will fall in terms of their allegiances with the actors - they have different reasons to hate everyone that works for them.
It built up slow in the beginning, but by the end I was really loving this. The scene where Matt confesses to Sean about Beverly is great, it makes me laugh every time.
There's still some "Joey" in there - for real and for poking fun at - but Matt is a lot more complex. I like that there's a bit of an edge to him and it's not all goofy kindness or plain superficial evil. I'm watching the last episode and I don't know how it's gonna end, but I'm curious about the next season ;)
The 1st 5 episodes were mildly entertaining. Matt Leblanc acting like himself is such a novel idea. Its funny that you can getting an award for acting like yourself. His character was a flawed but likable character until they destroyed it when he sleeps with his best friends wife. At that moment I was done with this show. Why do they ruin likable characters with this nonsense. Beverly is no better. Lets see, 3 main characters, 2 of them are complete scumbags. Fail!
Okay, so there's no real curse upon the Friends alumni, but one might argue not all was good after that show ended. Well, I admit I needed some time to warm up to 'Joey', but in the end I liked it. With that being said you cannot compare it to 'Episodes', and that is defnitely a good thing, because it has way more depth and also humor then 'Joey'.
I'm neither American nor British, but I have always had a big soft spot for British humor, and that is what carries this show along. But of course there's also American humor, and in my opinion they really work perfectly together here. And I gotta admit, I like the occasional vulgarity too, brings a whole lot more realism to the table.
As for the leads, it's great fun to see Matt LeBlanc play himself along with being dirty and using the F-word every once in a while. As for Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan, they're absolutely hilarious. And people who think she hasn't got any comedic timing, well, you should get your eyes ar even your brain checked, because she's just perfect. I also come to like Kathleen Rose Perkins a lot, so for me the cast is just great.
With all that being said I admit I cannot quite see where the show is going if there should be another and maybe a third season, but that's also the fun in it, not knowing what happens.
I do hope though that Showtime will hang on to 'Episodes' and give it a chance.
Oh man! This is the first classy well acted comedy in ages!Ive seen both the first and second episode, and i just love it. Yes, it dosent have that enoying machine laughter thingy that goes on after avery stupid remark. It is much more subtle, soft and well thought. Its both so wonderfully funny and disturbing at the same time, it makes you want to laugh but at the same time it makes you hesitate, you dont know if it is appropriate or not. Like the whole scene from where Matt decides he wants the part and he goes all smooth and cunning on them. He plays that so well, and her reaction when he ask if she can act, i had to see that over and over again. The big thing with this comedy is that it is not forcing it self on you, with joke after joke after joke, like most comedies does, almost desperate for approval. It feels so natural and cool. The actors are not archetypes, they feel unusual and exiting. Well i hope you will be able to see it, and i hope the american public will able to appreciate it, but i doubt it.
When I first heard about Episodes, it sounded great. A mixture of dry British wit as well as more obnoxious American humour, and starring respected actors such as Matt LeBlanc and Tamsin Greig as well as being created by the same people who created Friends which was, in my opinion, the best comedy ever to have been made. All the ingredients were there but somehow it comes out feeling a bit bland.
The series started off extremely well. The first three episodes showed Sean and Beverley's hugely successful British sitcom being completely destroyed by American executives. This was wildly funny and had a real feel of Extras about it, which is another comedy that I love. There is something so entertaining and transfixing yet at the same time, cringeworthy and horrible about watching people dreams being smashed and coupled with dry humour with a good dollop and American obnoxiousness to laugh out, it was a winning formula.
However, as the series went on, it became less about the show and more about the characters. A whole episode was focused on Matt LeBlanc's marriage. Does the audience really care about how his marriage fell apart? Not really. A lot of focus was also put on Sean and Morning which was good at first, but the longer it went on, the less I cared. It was extremely drawn-out for something that never happened. The audience would now find themselves only watching about 5 or 6 minutes about the show being destroyed each episode, which is a real shame as it was the best thing in the series.
Also, the humour became worse. Sean and Beverley had less to be sarcastic and witty about and the American humour took centre stage. This can be coped with in small dollops but when this kind of humour is being thrown in your face, watching becomes awkward and uncomfortable.
All in all, I think Episodes biggest downfall was the two different cultures it has been aimed at. British people are never going to find American humour that funny and vice versa so a mix didn't really satusfy either audience making the whole series feel a bit lost.
Gr8 show i really liked it however the show needs more comedy scenes ,, also they did not use all matt le blanc talents ,, . another thing, I didnt like the British male writer guy ,, wasn't that funny ... but i think they can work better at his char ..i bileave the show worth watching really ,, and gr8 story ,, and was so happy to see matt leblanc again at the screen he really is a gr8 comedian actor , Hope u all get to watch it and very exited about session 2 xo xo Matoly .
i started watching it only because of Matt Le Blanc and David Crane. i assume most viewers did the same, after all, Friends was just... AWESOME.
Joey was kinda funny too. I actually had some chuckles watching it. Since it was cancelled, I can only assume Episodes will be cancelled as well, since it is "abysmal".
When I first watched the trailer for the show, I didn't laugh at all. But i thought i'd give it a shot, since it's Matt Le Blanc who is returning to the show.
The first episode was completely disappointing. I wasn't sure if what I thought it was a joke was actually a joke, and Matt Le Blanc showed up for less than 30 seconds. on the Head Master's audition, I saw the cast members laughing as part of their roles, but i really didn't understand what was so funny about it. I thought i'd give it a second chance, but in the 2nd episode, even with Matt Le Blanc there, i didn't get the feeling it was a comedy. I still didn't know when to laugh. This show seems more like a very bad drama. The UK and the US all together have about 360 million people, and Episodes could only get 2.6 million on the first episode. The amount of viewers in the later episodes only decreased. There's a great chance this show could be cancelled.
This show has a great premise. Take a great UK show convert it to a US one and watch a Network destroy it. It happens (Just look at the US version of Skins!)and this really should work on the condition that you get a strong cast and good writers. But strangely this show has both and is simply REALLY average. The first episode was to put it bluntly horrible, the second was an improvement but still not all that funny. In fairness this show is getting better, the problem is as I am writing this we are on Episode Five which had some genuinely funny momments, if largely unmemorable, but we only have two eps left. Should we really have to watch over half a season to feel like we are getting any real pay-off.
If there is a real positive to come out of this show it is that most people have been wrong all these years in thinking Matt LeBlanc is a poor actor, he isn't. He plays the Hollywood bad boy very well and provides a lot of the sparse laughs in the show. The Two british leads are also really quite good but their dialogue really does sound like a bunch of yanks trying to write two classy british characters. All in all if you are thinking of tuning into this show my advice would be to give it a miss. There is some good stuff here but it is wedged between so much mediocirty and tedium you do have to ask whether it is worth it. I will watch til seasons end but I need to see so much more to even warrant a 2nd season let alone whether I will tune in or not.
Two very funny, successful writers of an English tv show asked to move to LA and set up the same show there. the writers and cultural differences bring about most of the laughs. The actor cast in their show is Matt Le Blanc.
I love Steve Mangan and Tamsin Greig from Green Wing - a Brilliant British Comedy, and also most recently the premiere of Dirk Gently for Steve and Tamara Drewe for Tamsin.
Episodes- teams Steve and Tamsin back together again - they are so so funny, but i'm not sure that American people will get the humour? its very Subtle and completely British, even with Matt putting in his American Humour.
I truly love this show, i think its fresh, witty, funny and also heartfelt and i really hope they get another season out of it.
Give it a Go - .... Go on.
Episodes is a show about how two writers (a husband and wife team) see their British sitcom gets picked up for an American adaption until it is being radically (and humorously) changed before their eyes. With Matt Le Blanc in it to doesn't help either
So I am up to 'Episode Three' now and I have to say 'Episodes' is ticking the right boxes on my account. Why? Because its a show that isn't groundbreaking as such however it has a simplicity about it that allows the casual viewer to follow it and enjoy a very good half an hour of fun with some of the best comedy actors we know from both sides of the Atlantic. Matt Le Blanc has definitely got his stride back in comedy as have Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan. Cleverly written, well placed acting = a commercial success. Well done Episodes! More for me please :).
The first show was pretty disappointing. The acting felt awkward and the jokes were obvious and forced. Other than the overall idea (which I have to admit is very creative and funny in itself) the show lacks any wit.
I had really been looking forward to the premiere of this show. When I heard about the premise I found it imaginative and very "Meta" which is one of the qualities that keeps me hooked on to my favourite show, Community. But the main thing that Community has that Episodes doesn't, is funny writing. It may be overly obvious to say but I will say it anyways: Comedy shows must be funny. Episodes doesn't quite have the creative wit that has me laughing out loud and waiting to recite the best lines to my friends the next day or post as my facebook status. Although the premise is relevant considering all the horrible American T.V remakes that seem to be popping into existence, none of the individual jokes really landed. There were a couple that had me chuckling quietly to myself but, to be honest, I can't remember a single thing about them. The best part about the episode had to be guest actor Richard Griffiths giving his audition which was so awkward and uncomfortable, a trademark joke seen in most British comedies which was nice to see. Although,I did not really enjoy the first episode, I will have to at least watch one more because Matt LeBlanc did not appear in this episode. I believe if this show is to continue, LeBlanc needs to be a prominent character in the series and he really needs to bring his best comedy chops.
I've watched the first two episodes and my god this show is bad or getting off to a slow start. This show is cut up like a movie that has been made into episodes. They're trying too hard and giving the characters very little to work with.
I enjoy Matt Leblanc but the female lead is terrible and I have no idea how she was cast in the first place. The other male lead has potential as long as they come up with some more things for him to say.
The plot is a great idea except for how they're executing it. Things are just mashing together poorly. I thought the behind the scenes of the show would be as cool as how they've done entourage and make you really feel like your part of this show with a comedy twist. Me and my girlfriend enjoy shows from the Big Bang Theory's sense of humour to enjoying Bored To Death for what it is. But this show, so far, is failing.
Try to checking out The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret with David Cross and Will Arnett.
they've introduced Matt LeBlanc .. mk. the lines are so weak, even matt can't bring up the show.
all the characters are awkward. it must be a very cheap show. if i were to guess how much money they invested into this show, i'd say 10% of what a really good show would invest. so, there you have it ... i'm adding it to my 'not worth watching shows' list
probably most of you would wonder how is it compared to friends. well, it can't be compared to friends. it would be like comparing earth to the sun. the only thing this shows have in common is a story. everything else is different. like the jokes, like the acting quality, like the story, like the directing of the show. very poor for all of them
if i were to give a mark for friends it would be A++++
if i were to give a mark to episodes it would be 0.00001
yeah ... that's how bad it is. a funny show that is not funny ... how wired is that.
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