Phoenix Nights

Channel 4 (ended 2002)


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Award-winning comedy. Peter Kay plays Legendary social club owner Brian Potter and his hapless band of staff and regulars are determined to make the Phoenix Club a success no matter what.
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  • Phoenix Nights is about a bar/pub in England and the employees who work there. Brian is a disabled guy who runs the place, (Peter Kay) He tries to do alot of crazy things to get people to come to his club, instead of his nemesis another club owner.moreless

    This is another one of my favorite shows! Too bad it didn't make it past 2 seasons. I personally thought that it could have gone further. But that is what makes shows like this a cult classic. Brian and his semi- dim witted staff do whatever they can to get more people into their club. They have a house band who are weird on their own levels. Even the door guys are a riot, because of their lame brained antics! The only thing they don't get done is their job. They even have a talent show at there club called Star Seeker, in this certain episode they loose their original band and have to hire another band. But the band they hire ends up being racist, They find that out when they sing a song called Send the buggers back. Watching this show is like jumping on the Funny Train. You will laugh at almost everything. I recommend this show to anyone.. It is British humor, which some people find to be dry. But not me! Give me Monty Python or give me death!moreless
  • a funny show

    peter kay stars in this show about life in a social club in the north of england. peter kays comedy genuis shines through in this quirky comedy, where he stars as club owner brain potter. a great cast of characters and funny story lines make this comedy a must see. a absolute must for all peter kay fans.
  • A gag-based show with little non-humour-oriented character development.

    When this was given to me as a Christmas gift, I had no idea what it was, but I watched them through like a blank canvas without bias from people talking about it or previous knowledge of the actors. I only knew Neil Fitzmaurice from The Office. I must say I was delightfully surprised by how funny it was, however, I found it a little hard going.

    To begin with, the characters seem to have very little depth. They are all about gags and funny dialogue, often taking the piss out of each other, but lacking this dimension of seriousness makes it, in my opinion, on par with many shows from the past, not a trend-setter, and not something new. The main character, Brian Potter, seems to be a typical businessman, ready to sell out his friends and family if only to get an edge and run a successful club. Unlike other un-PC leading roles like Partridge or Brent, who were victims of their own follies and often paid the price for them, Potter seems to be the victim of other people's mistakes, making his character a less sympathetic and two-dimensional.

    However it isn't about character building, it's about the gags and dialogue, which are unrelenting. Every episode packs in so much that it's a bit like a roller coaster, and it keeps you entertained, but at the same time makes you feel like you have watched 3 episodes even though you've only watched one. This sheer volume of gags and laugh-seeking dialogue will certainly generate a happy entertaining beat for anyone. If the comedy night doesn't make you laugh, perhaps you'll be laughing at the robot wars going on in the next room.

    Taken for what it is and what it's trying to do, I think it's very successful and highly entertaining. I don't think the material is too offensive, or the characters are too extreme. Although it doesn't dabble in drama, and the characters are not seen as anything but to be laughed at, there is still a strong sense of realism that reverberates through each episode.

    P.S.: one person posted a review saying this is better than The Office and why is The Office winning so much praise, awards, and a following. I think the answers are simple. #1, the aforementioned lack of drama. There are many soft and caring moments in The Office that really humanizes the characters. #2, Phoenix Nights is really like a magnifying glass over the city of Bolton. The setting and characters have little widespread applicability, whereas I think many people all over the world can in part identify with the characters and setting of The Office, I mean let's face it, how many people have worked in offices as opposed to night clubs?moreless
  • I love this program i watch it whenever it\'s on.

    Peter Kay is the funniest guy around, he has me in stitches all the time. This program is so totally unmissable. I\'m a big fan of the northern accent so you can probably guess why i like it. Without a doubt you have to watch this program i mean OK the humour can be rude but what program isn\'t that\'s on nowadays. Overall i give this program a 10 out of 10 and you must be mad to not watch it !!!!moreless
  • Should be as big as the Office.

    In a time when Ricky Gervais' The Office has swept all before it both here and across the pond, weighing him down with awards galore, another masterpiece was allowed to go under the radar.

    For that is what Phoenox Nights is, a work of pure, on the nose too true it's scary genius.

    Peter Kay bases his comedy acts around everything that he has seen in his life from family dinners to ordering chinese takeaway and these resonate in the writing of Phoenix Nights. Characters you will have seen in your life before are scattered around the Phoenix Club, their extreme craziness all brought together by the most madcap of them all - Brian Potter, created to be in a wheelchair because, as Peter Kay explains "you don't see many people in wheel chairs on TV".

    The Office may have gotten the international recognition, but Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights has just as much class.moreless

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