Friday Night Dinner (2011-) is a Channel 4 television series. Once a week, the Goodman family - snappy mother Jackie, half-deaf hoarding father Martin, and twenty-something sons Adam and Jonny - meet up for a Sabbath meal. The brothers' constant war of attrition, Martin's attempts to hold onto his precious back issues of ''New Scientist'', Jackie's neuroses and the regular intrusion of the StalkerWithACrush neighbour Jim combine into elaborate {{Fawlty Towers Plot}}s which always collapse at the climax of the episode.

Not to be confused with the [[DuelingShows similar "dysfunctional Jewish family meets for a meal" sitcom]] ''GrandmasHouse''.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* TheAllegedCar: Jonny, a real estate agent, gains access to a company car... shaped like a miniature house.
* AllJewsAreCheapskates: Martin eats out of the bin, spoons unused ketchup back into the bottle and saves back copies of ''New Scientist'' on the grounds that they'll be worth something someday as "collectables".
* AnimalsHateHim: Wilson seems to despise Jim, his owner, completely ignoring his commands and growling ominously whenever he touches him.
* AuthorCatchphrase: Simon Bird brings the same deadpan "Brilliant" used by several characters in ''TheInbetweeners'' to this show, where both Adam and Jonny use it.
* BestialityIsDepraved: Subtly hinted at with Jim. When Jackie gently points out that it's unlikely someone would have raped Wilson, since he's a dog, Jim simply shouts "yes, exactly" and goes very quiet. There's also the "little game" Jim was playing with Wilson.
* ChekhovsArmoury: As [[http://onion.com/nrRTOi the AV Club review of the show]] says:
-->''If something is introduced early in an episode of ''Friday Night Dinner'', it will become important at a later point in the episode: For example, if a phone is stuck on speaker, you know that someone is going to have a private conversation that becomes a public one. I call it Chekhovian because every episode really does have about a half-dozen equivalents of Chehkovian guns, items set up to play a role in the climax of the episode.''
* ChristmasEpisode: After the second series. Adam [[LampshadeHanging points out]] how strange it is that a Jewish family have Christmas dinner every year.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Jim has a habit of throwing non-seqiturs into conversation, decides to pop round to their house to tell them that their doorbell is broken (he knows [[ComicallyMissingThePoint because there's a sign on it]]), and when his dog runs away, he panics "What if someone's raped him?"
* CringeComedy: A lot of it, particularly any scene involving [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Jim]].
* DoomedNewClothes: Jackie's friend's dress.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: Jackie's mother, while trying on her bikini, finds the front door open. She walks over to check why... and is promptly thrown through it when Martin unknowingly knocks the door shut.
* DropInCharacter: Jim.
* EscalatingWar: Between Jonny and Adam. Most of the time, it's adding salt to each other's drinks in increasingly elaborate ways. Generally leads to people getting caught up in the crossfire.
-->'''Grieving guest:''' ''My dad's just died, why are you putting salt in everything?!''
* {{Expy}}: Two examples. Jim is precisely the same twitchy, asocial pervert that Mark Heap played in ''GreenWing'', Dr Alan Statham, though minus the ego that came with being a consulting radiologist. Adam meanwhile is Will from ''TheInbetweeners'' five years later.
* FawltyTowersPlot: Every single episode.
* GirlfriendInCanada: Jonny's supposed girlfriend does exist... but she's going out with someone else.
* IdiotHoudini: Jim's...eccentric tendencies allow him a fair amount of leeway with the Goodman family.
* InSeriesNickname: Jonny and Adam call each other "Pissface" and "Pusface" respectively. Their dad's ex-girlfriend is known universally as "Bitchface".
* InsistentTerminology: Martin keeps nagging Adam about the lack of "females" in Adam's life.
* LiterallyLovingThyNeighbor: Jim has a poorly disguised crush on Jackie, and turns up constantly at their door with the weakest excuse.
* MeddlingParents
* MoebiusNeighbourhood: Jim is the only neighbour we meet.
* NoodleIncident: How Jim's dog ate his keys.
-->''We were playing a little game. ({{Beat}}) It went wrong.''
* OminouslyOpenDoor: The very first scene parodies this. The two boys arrive at their parents to find the door hanging open. Nervously, they approach it... and find their next door neighbour stepping out of the downstairs loo.
* ThePreciousPreciousCar: Bitchface's Mercedes.
* PricelessMingVase: Any object that is established to be of significance to someone will likely be damaged or destroyed by the end of the episode. See: the dress, the Mercedes, "Buggy," the apple crumble...
* RealSongThemeTune: "Animal" (Punks Jump Up Remix) by Miike Snow
* RunningGag: In-universe, Martin always jokingly compliments Jackie's cooking by calling it "a lovely bit of squirrel" (which no one else seems to find all that funny).
* SitcomArchNemesis: A very passive-aggressive variation between Jackie and "Bitchface".
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: An American pilot was shot in 2011, featuring [[{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] and [[TheWestWing Allison Janney]], but it wasn't picked up.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Martin has a fondness for ketchup
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Martin is a FanDisservice variation on the trope.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Largely averted, but to troll Jim, Jonny claims that "pusface" is a traditional Jewish nickname and that the eldest son should receive a basket of green fruit (but not pears) called a "schmoygle". Jim dutifully turns up at the end of the episode singing "Happy birthday ''pusface''" clutching his schmoygle.