My Family

BBC (ended 2011)



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My Family

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Meet the Harper family, who, on the face of it, seem quite normal; a married couple with 3 children. However, this family is far from normal. Ben is a Dentist who wishes he'd become a doctor. He frequently tries to understand his wife and kids, often with little success. He just cannot wait until his children have left home, something that unfortunately for Ben, never seems to happen. Played by Robert Lindsay. Susan is a tour guide in a museum, with her second failed passion being cooking. She knows how to get what she wants...even if Ben doesn't want it! Emotional blackmail is one of her strong points. Played by Zoe Wanamaker. Nick is definitely the joker of the family, who's main determination in life is to get a job and keep it for more than a few hours. He's been through several jobs, each one more surreal than the last, but ultimately he gets sacked anyway. He never loses his determination and seems happy with his lack of success, even though his father isn't. Played by Kris Marshall. Janey is your typical teenage girl with a selfish streak as big as her shopping list. Like Susan, she loves to get her own way. She made Ben and Susan Grandparents by a one-night stand at University, which lead to the birth of Kenzo and consequently her being expelled. Played by Daniela Denby-Ashe . Michael is the most intelligent and, he thinks, the most sane member of the family. He thinks of his family mostly as an oppression, permanently scaring him psychologically with their mad behaviour which he also blames for his lack of success with girlfriend relationships. It's unwise for another Harper to attempt to trick Michael, as he will always have the last laugh. Played by Gabriel Thomson. Abi is the daughter of a one of Ben's cousins. She's naive and about as bright as spent light bulb. She can never seem to do anything right but this isn't helped by the fact that most of the time she's completely oblivious she's doing anything wrong.Played by Siobhan Hayes from Series 3 onwards. Roger works in the dentist practice above Ben's and in many ways, without realising it, is Ben's arch nemesis. This is mainly because, like his love interest Abi, he's not very bright although unlike Abi, is quite irritating with it. Regardless of how often Ben makes it blatantly obvious he doesn't like Roger, it doesn't seem to faze him continuing to believe all is perfect with the world. Abi and Roger make the perfect couple if only either one of them would be honest about their feelings. (Played by Keiron Self from Series 4 onwards).


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    • 99% laughter free...

      Lame and predictable 'comedy' of the sort that seems to be endlessly churned out in a painting by numbers exercise by the mainstream british television channels.
    • I give this show a TOP 10. the episodes? I do not get BBC on my cable.Send replys to I give it a perfect 10+

      I bought the first 4 episodes and want to buy the rest now.When watching I forget my troubles and am totally engrossed in their family.Anyone know when or where or how I can purchase the other seasons?

      I love to see the interaction of the family members and the different personalities presented.

      I don't get the BBC on my cable, it is a higher price for it. Worth the money but don't like what else comes along with it.

      When was it last taped?

      I rate this with Are You Being Served and the show taking place in a rural English hospital. I can't remember the name now.moreless

      An intelligent, literate, situation comedy; the type that has been sorely missing from television since the advent of "survival" shows.

      Zoe Wanamaker is everything a leading character should be: funny, bitingly dry but with enough humility so that she never become cardboard. Ms. W is brilliantly matched by the rest of the superb cast.

      The stories can be a bit wild but the cast keeps everything in prospective so that you find yourself laughing even if it is in spite of yourself.

      Now the question that has been bothering me for a long time: When will BBC-America (or PBS or any channel) show the remaining two seasons here in America?moreless
    • The best British sit-com. By far.

      My Family follows the day-to-day foibles of the Harpers, a British family of five. There's Ben, the dentist who seems to loathe his life and family. Susan, his tour-guide wife who prides herself on her open mind and is an awful cook but doesn't let it hinder her culinary style. Janey is the fashion magazine-reading, self-admittedly shallow teenage daughter. In season 4, Janey goes to college and is replaced by the vacuous Abi, Ben's cousin's daughter, for just as much fun. Michael is the youngest son, who seems to be the brightest of the bunch. All of them are funny but the character who really shines, is the oldest son, Nick. Every scene with Nick is comic genius; from his quest to make money through various schemes and an assortment of jobs to his seeming inability to be troubled by anything.

      The writing is good, with a variety of entertaining stories. I'm watching re-runs so there are many I have yet to see but I've found every episode that I have seen amusing. The actors are well-suited to their roles and all do a fantastic job. There are a few running gags as well, including Nick's quest for the perfect job, as mentioned.

      I highly recommend checking it out if you can. The show is episodic enough that one can start watching at any point.moreless
    • My Family

      I think My Family is one of the best TV shows in the history of comedy.The characters, the storylines and the actors and actresses are just so amazingly funny, I can't stop laughing at them. Michael Harper (Gabriel Thomson) is my personal favourite as a character as watching My Family a long long time I have seen him grow from a child to young adult in the most hilarious way possible. I have got to give a thumbs up to the writers and the producers for making such a brilliant show and it should never stop being made. Always a personal favourite in my book.moreless

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