Rev. (2010-) is a BBC television sitcom. Reverend Adam Smallbone is an Anglican vicar who is newly promoted from a small rural parish to the 'socially disunited' St Saviour in the Marshes in East London. Unable to turn anyone away from his new appointment, Smallbone is faced with a collection of moral challenges as he balances the needs of genuine believers, people on the streets and drug addicts as well as with the demands of social climbers using the church to get their children into the best schools.

Adam has an impossibly difficult job being a good modern city vicar and his wife, Alex, does her best to support him, but sheís got her own career as a solicitor to worry about and she is no one's idea of a conventional vicarís wife. He is also supported by lay reader Nigel who believes he should be running the church. In immediate supervision is Archdeacon Robert putting pressure on Adam to increase the congregation and church income.

Parishioners include Colin, a heavy-drinking, unemployable lost soul who is Adamís most devoted parishioner, and Adoha, well known for her romantic intentions to the clergy.

!!''Rev'' contains examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Adoha, the vicar groupie.
* AccidentalHero: The plot of the series 2 opener.
* AesopAmnesia: Adam needs to learn the lesson he [[RecycledScript keeps being taught]] about not {{envy}}ing people who are [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter better at their jobs than him]] before their inevitable bad luck gets someone ki- [[KilledOffForReal oh, too late]].
* AloneInACrowd: The title sequence.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: A recurring plot; it seems like the good vicar [[MrViceGuy has a problem]] with [[SevenDeadlySins Envy]];
** Roland Wise, Adam's schoolfriend who's making a good name as a celebrity vicar; see BrokenPedestal. [[AscendedExtra Promoted]] to RecurringCharacter in series 2.
** The curate Abby in series 2, who immediately increases attendance, becomes beloved by everyone, and generally outshines Adam in every way. [[ResetButton Luckily for him]], she's KickedUpstairs by the end of the episode.
** Mattie Feld, everyone's favourite CoolTeacher, the [[HotTeacher Hot Headmistress]]'s boyfriend and star of the Catholic interfaith football team. [[spoiler: Gets [[LookBothWays hit by a bus]].]] Unlike the other two, he's very much a JerkAss .
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The fallout from Adam's appearance on ''The One Show'':
-->'''Nigel''': This pile of letters is from people who think you're homophobic, and are a disgrace. This pile of letters is from people who think you're condoning homosexuality, and are a disgrace. [[ItMakesSenseInContext And this letter is from an ABBA fan who thinks you're stupid!]]
* AsHimself: In a series 1 episode where Adam is trying to get onto the media like rival reverend Roland Wise, [[NewscasterCameo John Humphrys, Jonathan Dimbleby]] and ''The One Show'' presenters Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles appear as themselves.
* BadDreams: In one episode Adam has some featuring a CircleOfShame regarding his parenting abilities, the Archdeacon as a DepravedDentist, and plenty of other NightmareFuel besides.
** CatapultNightmare: Each of the dreams ends with one.
* BrokenPedestal: Adam meets his hated "Thought For The Day"-reading, ''HaveIGotNewsForYou''-appearing ex-schoolmate rival, and finds out he's ultimately unhappy at having lost the point of his calling.
* TheCameo: Ralph Fiennes appears in the first episode of series 2 as the Bishop of London.
** In episode six of series 2, [[Series/{{Rome}} James Purefoy]] plays the part of [[spoiler: Archdeacon Robert]]'s boyfriend.
** Episode six of Series Three has LiamNeeson as [[spoiler: God.]]
* CelebrityParadox: Roland is played by Hugh Bonneville, who also plays the Earl of Grantham on ''DowntonAbbey''. Ellie treats herself to a ''Downton Abbey'' marathon in the ChristmasEpisode.
* ChivalrousPervert: Colin
* ChristmasEpisode: In series 2. At one point, Adam breaks down under all the stress and has a mini-FreakOut during midnight mass - the next day, he apologises for his "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall little Christmas episode]]".
* CircleOfShame: Adam has a dream-version featuring pretty much everyone he knows. "You'd be a terrible father!"
* CrisisOfFaith
* DepravedDentist: A dead one is supposed to haunt the old folks home... unless the Archdeacon made the whole thing up.
* DreadlockRasta: Adam has a run-in with one who has mistakenly received vestments intended for him.
* DropInCharacter
* GirlfriendInCanada: Nigel starts babbling about a never-before mentioned "Cherry" [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday apropos of nothing]] soon after he and Adam find out that [[spoiler: Robert]] is gay.
* GoodShepherd: Adam cares for his parishioners and is seen giving comfort to a dying woman.
* {{Homage}}: Adam and Nigel begin humming [[Film/TheExorcist "Tubular Bells"]] while on their way to perform an exorci- ''[[InsistentTerminology blessing]]'' for one of Adam's elderly parishioners. Nigel gets a bit carried away during the... procedure, and launches into the "power of Christ compels you!" liturgy from the film.
* HotForPreacher: Adam is mortified to discover that Adoha is turned on by [[ArousedByTheirVoice listening to him preaching]].
* InsistentTerminology: Adam is not allowed to do exorcisms, you need to be specially qualified. The ritual he performs with a bottle of holy water for a parishioner scared her room is haunted is a ''blessing''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Archdeacon. He's a SmugSnake who seems to value financial considerations over everything else, has an air of a Mafia don, and normally treats Adam with nothing but contempt, yet backs Adam up regarding Colin. Also when he comes to accept that he [[spoiler: will never be a Bishop (a post that he's catastrophically unsuited for anyway) due to his sexuality]]. After spending the entire episode faking humility he elects, for once, to be honest and accepts his role as it is. He also helps Adam get rid of Darren who has been getting on his nerves, as well as [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking granting Adam a goal in the match against his rival.]]
* KickTheDog: After Adam tries to comfort Nigel over [[spoiler: his rejection from being ordained]], Nigel blames Adam for "fucking him over".
* LiesToChildren: Adam's heartwarming bugs-and-dragonflies analogy to explain {{heaven}} to an assembly-full of grieving children.
* MoodWhiplash: In the final episode of series one, [[spoiler: after getting drunk and behaving like a {{Jerkass}} at the Tarts and Vicars party, Adam (having just been collared by the police for being drunk in public) is taken by the police to the flat of an elderly couple. The wife is dying, and needs a priest. Adam comforts her and gives her last rites, and by the end of the episode has dropped his bad attitude.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Adam takes his dog collar off and confronts the builders. Possibly a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* RousingSpeech: Adam gives a frustrated, competitive and downright vicious one at the football match.
* RunningGag: Archdeacon Robert dumping his coffee down the sink and kicking Adam out of his car on random street corners.
* ShoutOut: The night before Adam's goddaughter comes to stay, Alex is sitting in bed reading ''Literature/TheSlap''. She's severely tempted to hurt the EnfanteTerrible by the end of the weekend, while Nigel very nearly gives her a slap in the face.
* SmugSnake: the Archdeacon
* TheStarscream: Nigel is a particularly pathetic example.
* StoryArc: In series 2 Adam and Alex are trying for a baby, and this has come up as both a major and minor plot point in the episodes.
* StraightGay: While he is, in retrospect, a little bit camp, [[spoiler:Robert]]'s being gay is only revealed when Adam and Nigel catch him and his boyfriend bed-shopping.
** Directly revealed, yes, although it's made pretty clear at the beginning of the series in the sauna scene.
* TheVicar
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Matthew Feld gets hit by a bus in the episode he appears.]]
* WhamLine: Series 2 episode 4's main storyline is Adam's rivalry with an atheist teacher at the local school, Mr Feld, naturally PlayedForLaughs. When Feld fails to turn up for an inspection, Adam feels he has done so deliberately to undermine him. Then he finds a child crying in the corridor:
-->'''Child''': Mr. Feld fell off his bike. [[spoiler:A lorry hit him. He's dead.]]
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