-->''"Clubland will never die."''

PhoenixNights is a BritCom starring PeterKay. It revolves around the Phoenix Club, a run-down, scabby social club in [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Bolton]]. The owner is Brian Potter, a wheelchair-bound egomaniac currently on his third club (his first two closed down due to flooding and burning, respectively) but who is convinced that "Clubland will never die". Together with his hapless band of staff and regulars- most notably his long-suffering second-in-command Jerry St.Clair- Brian attempts to make the Phoenix Club the number one club in Bolton, despite rival club owner Den Perry, an extremely bad run of luck and their own ineptitude.

It later got a SpinOff, ''Max & Paddy's Road To Nowhere''.
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!!This series contains examples of:

* ActingForTwo: Peter Kay as both Brian Potter and Max. He actually played several roles but they were the two main ones.
* BarBrawl: In the 'Wild West night' episode, complete with all the traditional trappings.
* BavarianFireDrill: Two men wander in off the street and steal the club's TV in broad daylight, and nobody stops them because they're wearing overalls and it's assumed that they're here to repair it.
* ButtMonkey: Jerry. It's not so bad at first, but in series 2 he takes the fall for pretty much all of Brian's antics.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Marion the barmaid disappears between series 1 and 2 without explanation to be replaced by Joyce.
* ComicallySmallBribe: Paddy is willing to [[spoiler:kill someone]] for his cut of a thousand pounds.
** "A thousand pounds? I'll [[spoiler:blow his 'ead off]]!"
* CrappyCarnival: The 'family fun day' in episode 8, complete with a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR2-xA8TXxQ questionably shaped bouncy castle]], a children's 'play area' (actually a Portaloo full of scaffolding and footballs scavenged from the roof) and face paint which is apparently permanent.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Max and Paddy, at least in the season one finale.
* [[spoiler:EngineeredPublicConfession: How Den Perry gets his come-uppance at the end of the second season]].
* DisabledSnarker: Brian.
* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery: BRIAN.
* Flanderization: In the main show, Max is a tough bouncer who occasionally shows a softer side. In the spin off, the softer side is all that's left.
* Foreshadowing: Done quite well with [[spoiler:the fire inspector's visit]], which foreshadows [[spoiler:the club being burned down at the end of series 1]]. It also explains why [[spoiler:there were no smoke alarms when the club was set on fire]].
* GiverOfLameNames: ''Everyone''.
* HilariousOuttakes: 'Next!'
* HonestJohnsDealership: Eric's 'Games sans Frontiers', responsible for Sammy the Snake, a ''Film/DasBoot'' fruit machine (responsible for a [[CrossesTheLineTwice hilarious scene]] in which someone wins [[GratuitousGerman "Achtung! Das Jackpot!"]] complete with a synthesised chorus of ''Deutschland uber Alles''... during the wake of the Captain, a WorldWarII veteran) and a 6-foot Ker-plunk set among others.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Not at all the case with Brian, whose struggles to get around and get things done aren't glossed over but who's rude, abrasive and only ever mentions his disability to get his way or derail an argument.
** Parodied with the one-legged ElvisImpersonator whose prosthesis [[SwissArmyAppendage includes a mini drum kit]].
** "Very brave, son!"
* {{Jerkass}}: Brian himself, but compared with the bullying, swaggering, loutish Den Perry he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: For a twelve - episode BritCom, anyway. There's Brian, Jerry, Max, Paddy, Ray Von, Holy Mary, Kenny, Young Kenny, Les, Alan, Ant & Dec, Marion, Joyce and Spencer (and those are just the club staff).
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles: Peter Kay
* {{Malaproper}}: Brian Potter frequently, e.g. 'St. Paul on the road to Domestos'
* ManipulativeBastard: Brian, especially when [[spoiler:he gets around his newly - imposed ban on running the club by manipulating Jerry into doing it]].
* ObstructiveBureaucrat / KnightTemplar Keith Lard.
* OhCrap: Den Perry in the last episode of season two [[spoiler: when he realizes he's been manipulated into an EngineeredPublicConfession by Brian]]. He tries giving the audience his typical smug smirk, but it's looking very watery at that point.
* OnceAnEpisode: In the first series, something gets stolen from the club in every episode.
** Also, at the end of every episode there's an audition by an appalingly bad or inappropriate act, which is dismissed with a loud 'Next!'.
* OopNorth: Bolton, where the show is set.
* ThePlan: The pub quiz [[spoiler:which backfires when the prize of a year's supply of Japanese "Kamikaze" lager turns out to be ''non-alcoholic'']].
* PunnyName: A lot of the acts, and Ray Von (R-r-r-rave on!)
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: [[spoiler:the start of the second series, after the Phoenix Club is burned down]].
* RagingStiffie: Taken UpToEleven with Sammy Snake.
* RareGuns: Max's Broomhandle Mauser, which he uses to [[spoiler:try and carry out a hit in the second series. Alas, he can't quite bring himself to do it]].
* RunningGag: Bob Carolgees, continued from That Peter Kay Thing
* SeinfeldianConversation Max and Paddy fill most of their nights with inane but hilarious ramblings about 'classic' films.
* SeriousBusiness: Talent Trek, and the quiz night.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Den Perry, as the owner of rival club ''Banana Grove''. [[spoiler:Though he becomes much more than this when he burns down the Phoenix Club at the end of the first series]].
* SpinOff: This is a spin-off of ''That Peter Kay Thing'', and got its own spin-off/sequel later on.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Attractions are often poorly matched to their audience, such as Ray Von's blasting hardcore dance music at a roomful of pensioners.
* ZergRush: Max and Paddy vs. all-dwarfism FootballHooligans stag party.
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