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[[caption-width-right:350:Front L-R: Freddie, Stuart, and Penelope.[softreturn]Back L-R: Violet, Ash, and Mason.]]

->'''Ash''': I want to have the kind of love they do one day.\\
'''Freddie''': [enters] ''[[WalkInChimeIn Where is that miserable old shit?!]]''\\
'''Stuart''': Right here, ''[[SnarkToSnarkCombat you walking corpse.]]''

''Vicious'' ([[{{Bowdlerise}} originally]] ''[[NWordPrivileges Vicious Old Queens]]'') is a 2013 BritCom[=/=]DomCom that originally aired on {{ITV}}. Starring ShakespearianActors[=/=]nerd icons [[Creator/IanMcKellen Sir Ian McKellen]] and [[Creator/DerekJacobi Sir Derek Jacobi]], the series follows a wealthy-albeit-bitter gay couple and their friends.

The starring couple consists of [[StraightGay Freddie]] ([=McKellen=]), who is [[CastingGag a failing yet egotistical actor]], and [[CampGay Stuart]] (Jacobi), who is still struggling [[TransparentCloset to come out to his mother]]. The cast also includes their old friends [[DirtyOldWoman Violet]], [[CloudCuckooLander Penelope]], and [[GrumpyOldMan Mason]], and their young neighbour [[TheWoobie Ash]].

Whilst the show is essentially about [[CaptainObvious vicious old homosexuals]] sniping and insulting one another, the presence of [=McKellen=] and Jacobi affirms that it's better than it sounds. Also, despite the pilot receiving a mixed critical response, [[CriticalDissonance the show currently has a strong fan following.]] The first series is set for only six episodes, though it is confirmed to return for a ChristmasSpecial.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Though somewhat rare considering how bitter they are, Freddie and Stuart occasionally [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this to the extent they even act affectionate with each other on occasion.
** Also {{invoked}} during the first series finalé:
-->'''Freddie''': You do know we love you all very much, right?\\
[Everyone smiles]\\
'''Freddie''': '''''...RIGHT?!'''''\\
[They agree in fear]
* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:Episode 6 has a heartwarming scene where Ash is extremely nice to Violet, ''only for Violet to press him against the wall and make out with him.'']]
* ButNotTooGay: Surprisingly {{Averted|Trope}}; despite having the excuse that Freddie and Stuart [[AwfulWeddedLife borderline hate one another]], the writers still have them [[DefrostingIceQueen occasionally displaying affection]] (and even sharing the occasional kiss).
* BlackComedyRape: Several rape jokes in the first episode. Critics were less than impressed.
-->'''[[HollywoodHomely Violet]]''': You let a stranger use your loo? ''What if he comes out and rapes me?!''\\
'''Freddie''': ({{beat}}) Lets cross that bridge when we come to it.
* BlatantLies: Frequently PlayedForLaughs.
-->'''Freddie''': I'm quite certain I'm old enough to be your father.\\
'''Stuart''': [muttering] ''Yes, I'm quite certain too.''\\
'''Ash''': My father's forty-six.\\
'''Freddie''': Ah! And so am I!
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Due to the somewhat risky title of ''Vicious Old Queens'', the show title was later changed to the shorter and milder ''Vicious''.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:Dame Judi Dench as herself.]] See TheStinger.
* CampGay[=/=]StraightGay: Stuart and Freddie respectively.
* CastingGag: Sir Ian [=McKellen=], one of the greatest theater and film actors today, playing a faded actor whose career peak was a minor character on ''Series/DoctorWho''. Both Jacobi and [=McKellen=] have had single-episode guest parts on ''Series/DoctorWho''. %%It did become a truly iconic career peak... ''for Jacobi.''
* DeadpanSnarker: [[WorldOfSnark Everyone but Ash.]]
** SnarkToSnarkCombat: Between Freddie and Stuart.
* DirtyOldMan: Freddie and Stuart only first invite Ash in because he's handsome and young.
** DirtyOldWoman: Violet takes this UpToEleven, and is downright sleazy towards Ash.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: When Ash comes into the nightclub soaking wet, a girl at the nightclub as well as the camera, Freddie, and Stuart spend a few moments staring at him.
* TheFaceless: Balthazar the dog is constantly sleeping in his basket under a blanket, but he's purportedly balding and teetering on the brink of death.
* FlyingUnderTheGaydar: Stuart's mother still has no idea that her son and Freddie are partners. Stuart has been telling her that Freddie is his "flatmate" for the last 48 years.
* TheGhost: Stuart's mother. [[spoiler:Until the finalé, when she attends their party.]]
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Freddie ends up giving a speech to Stuart's mother that makes it very clear that, since he loves Stuart so much, only ''he'' is allowed to verbally abuse him.
* HypocriticalHumor: Episode 5 concludes with [[spoiler:Ash and his new girlfriend arguing and tearing into one another]], to which Freddie and Stuart comment:
-->'''Stuart''': [[spoiler:Do you hear how they talk to each other?!]]\\
'''Freddie''': ''[[spoiler:Kill me if that's ever us.]]''
** Also, from the same episode:
-->'''Chloe''': I just don't see how two people in love can ever say cruel things to each other.\\
'''Freddie''': I was saying the same thing the other day to the piece of shit down there.
* InsistentTerminology: In episode five, when discussing Violet:
-->'''Freddie''': You're lucky you're straight Ash, otherwise you get one of these women who latch on to you for decades and never let go.\\
'''Ash''': But you love her?\\
'''Freddie''': Yes. We '''like''' her.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Ash is Freddie and Stuart's much younger neighbor who befriends them after he moves into the flat above them.
* LargeHam: Expected when the two leads are Sir Ian [=McKellen=] and Sir Derek Jacobi.
** WorldOfHam: Except for Ash.
* MayDecemberRomance: Violet attempts to invoke this on Ash, but the much younger man is clearly not interested in her.
-->[Freddie and Stuart discuss Ash]\\
'''Violet''': The one who was flirting with me shamelessly?\\
'''Freddie''': No, this is a person who exists.
* MistakenForGay: Freddie and Stuart spend the pilot discussing if Ash is gay, straight or even bisexual. He ''says'' he's straight, but that doesn't stop them assuming he's ArmouredClosetGay.
** And again in episode 5:
-->'''Ash''': I wanted you to be the first to know. I think I might be--\\
'''Freddie''': I KNEW IT!\\
'''Ash''': ...in love with my girlfriend!\\
'''Freddie''': ({{beat}}) Oh.
* MonochromeCasting
* MrsRobinson: Violet to Ash.
* NaiveNewcomer: Ash, relatively speaking, in comparison to Freddie, Violet, and Stuart.
* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted.
* NoodleImplements: The only explanation to Clive's death is that he suffered horribly and lost a foot.
* OnlySaneMan: Ash.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In episode 3, Freddie has his minor role on ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' overshadowed by Ash getting a starring role in a small movie; as a result, he starts being nice to everyone, much to their horror.
* PhraseCatcher: Stuart, re Violet every time she and Ash are in a scene together:
-->You remember our friend, Violet?
* RealSongThemeTune: The Communards - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNCVvJfHrbg Never Can Say Goodbye]]
* RunningGag:
** Every episode has one or two instances of Stuart taking a dreadful phonecall, and a WalkInChimeIn or two from Freddie.
** Freddie and Stuart being insistent [[TransparentCloset that Ash is gay.]]
** 'You remember our friend Violet?' (to Ash.) Lampshaded in episode 6.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Stuart's mother is still totally unaware that Stuart is gay, despite the fact that Stuart is in his early seventies:
-->'''Stuart''': Well, I hoped she'd have figured out our situation by now. I have been dropping little clues.\\
'''Freddie''': Yes. Like living with a man for 48 years.
* ShoutOut: Many to ''Series/DoctorWho'', especially since Derek Jacobi played the Master and Ian [=McKellen=] was the voice of the Great Intelligence.
** Also to several other British series, such as ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' and ''Series/CallTheMidwife''.
** Also, due to the theatre background of [[ActorAllusion the actors and characters]], plays such as ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'' occasionally receive mention.[[invoked]]
* SickeninglySweethearts: Ash and his new girlfriend, Chloe:
-->'''Ash''': She never drinks, isn't that right Chloe?\\
'''Chloe''': It's true. And nothing could give me more of a high that being with Ash...\\
'''Freddie''': ''Have you tried cocaine?''
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:The first season finalé ends with the reveal that Judi Dench wanted to attend the party, but since Freddie didn't leave a contact number or address, she got sick of waiting for a reply and decided she doesn't have time for his bullshit.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In episode 5:
-->'''Stuart''': Freddie's scared he's never going to work again. There, how does that feel?\\
'''Freddie''': I never said such a thing, ''and you swore you'd never mention it!''
* TakeThatAudience: Towards [=McKellen=]'s nerd following:
-->'''Violet''': Will there be a lot of single men?\\
'''Freddie''': It's a science fiction fan club event; they'll be single but they'll be disgusting.
* TransparentCloset: Despite [[CampGay his mannerisms]] and being in his 70s, Stuart has yet to come out to his mother.
-->'''Freddie''': So, who were you squawking on the phone to just now?\\
'''Stuart''': My mother, if you must know. She was very distraught.\\
'''Freddie''': Why, did you finally tell her about us?\\
'''Stuart''': I'm waiting for the right time.\\
'''Freddie''': It's been forty-eight years!\\
'''Stuart''': And there has not been a right time!
* WhenIWasYourAge: Occasionally {{Invoked|Trope}} towards Ash by others due to the large age gap:
-->'''Violet''': Has anybody said you remind them of ZacEfron? [whispering to Stuart] ''That's a person right? Or is it a place?'' [to Ash again] Well I'm certain I know you. Have you ever been to Zac Efron? [whispering to Stuart] ''I'm covered either way now.''
* [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic Husbands]]: With the occasional AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther.
* [[WhiteDwarfStarlet White Dwarf Star]]: Freddie's acting career never really took off and his only claim to fame was playing a minor character on ''Series/DoctorWho''. He still sees himself as an award-winning actor with a trophy case.
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