TV Comedy from the 2010s


   

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This section is for TV comedy series from the 2010s. By default they are presented starting with the ones ranking highest on the laugh-o-meter, but you can also sort them by year, title or IMDB rating.


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An Idiot Abroad DVDAn Idiot Abroad
      2010 | U.K. | Laughs: 6.5 | imdb: 8.3
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An Englishman is sent abroad to see the ten wonders of the world.

This is not a "laugh-out-loud" show, but it packs a lot of humor, and I very much enjoyed the first season. In a way, the show could have been called Two Idiots in London, because Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (who act in the show as the London producers) consistently act like jerks, while the supposed "idiot" shows a lot more respect and capacity to adapt than the title might let you suppose. In fact, he is a pretty bright guy abroad, one who approaches every event and landmark with a healthy dose of critical thinking, instead of buying the sales pitch.

It seems to me that the title (and the show) are an excuse, probably the brain-child of Gervais, to look at the world with candid eyes and say things about it that are often true but usually politically incorrect. After all, that is one of the devices of his stand-up comedy acts.

I am somewhat struggling with the second season, which seems to have lost direction, and have not yet finished it.
(Last viewed: May 2011)

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Hiccups DVDHiccups
      2010 | Canada | Laughs: 5.6 | imdb: 4.5
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I came to Hiccups via Corner Gas, a series by the same writer, Brent Butt. The show follows a life coach, his only client (a wacky children's book author), her publisher and her agent. Brent's real-world wife, who had done a good job in a supporting role in Corner Gas, was probably not the best choice for a lead character. The show is unequal, somewhat slow-paced for a US audience, and it features a couple of annoying characters (such as the life coach's wife) but it has good moments if you hang in there. I watched all of the first season.

If you're not ready to sign up, you may want to jump to episode 5 of the first season, Hot Luv, which features a hot pepper eating contest. It is the funniest of all by a long shot.

Here are other episodes I might watch again:
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(Last viewed: February 2012)

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VergüenzaShame (Vergüenza)
      2017 | Spain | Laughs: 3.5 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 7.3
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I became a moderate fan of the actor Javier Gutiérrez while watching the science fiction thriller series Estoy Vivo. He stars again in this comedy series, and although his acting range doesn't seem all that wide after all, he is perfect for this particular role.

The series should please fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm: the main character is someone who somehow seems to be missing the sense for a certain line beyond which most people would feel ashamed. As a result, the rest of us cringe on his behalf, as we did with Larry.

Season 1 is the only one I've seen so far. In my view, the season stops at episode 6. Episode 7 is weak, and everything after that loses the initial oomph.

As an advanced student of Spanish, I thought the level was perfect without subtitles—I was gratified by the fact that I could understand most of it, while still being challenged by some parts.

Highly recommended. (Last viewed: April 2018)

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Flaman posterFlaman
      2013 | Spain | Laughs: 3.4 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 7.5
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Flaman is a regular guy from a lower class background (if you'll allow me lower class instead of working class here) who gets adopted by a group of nerds who discover that he possesses a number of superpowers.

This is a series I've thoroughly enjoyed even though I understand very little of it—in fact, because I understand so little. One of my tutors (who is from Madrid) assures me that an average Spaniard would not understand half of the dialogue. And that's part of the charm: the accent of Flaman and his close ones is an exaggeratedly thick Andalusian, which contrasts sharply with the clear enunciation of his nerd friends.

Apart from that, the plot and execution are delightfully campy. I don't think you can go wrong watching the first episode (they are short and available on YouTube) before deciding where to go from there.

A worthy piece of counterculture. (Last viewed: April 2018)

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Mira lo que has hecho posterMira lo que has hecho
      2018 | Spain | Laughs: 2.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 7.5
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I became aware of the comedian Berto Romero while listening to Nadie Sabe Nada, one of my favorite podcasts, in which he shares the limelight with Andreu Buenafuente.

In this series, he plays himself as he goes through the experience of being a father for the first time. After the first episode, I'm intrigued enough to want to watch some more. (Last viewed: April 2018)

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