Gavin and Stacey is a comedic British Series (2007-2009) about Gavin, a man from Essex, and Stacey, a woman from Barry, Wales. The programme follows their developing relationship and eventual marriage. Most of the humour is character driven, with the central couple playing the Straight Man to their eccentric families and friends.Seriously popular too- it moved from BBC 3 and an audience of 500,000 to BBC 1 where the final two episodes had an audience in excess of 10,000,000.The show's creators, James Corden and Ruth Jones, star as the Beta Couple, Smithy and Nessa. Supporting characters include Gavin's parents, Mick and Pamela; Stacey's mum, Gwen, and her uncle Bryn. This show provides examples of:
Expansion Pack Past: Nessa. Her father and husband-of-sorts Dave both appear to have escaped from Shameless and it's far from clear at times, to what extent the other characters really know anything about her.
Fan Disservice: Smithy, frequently. The gag involving Nessa's missing thong is probably the worst.
Pete and Dawn's never-quite-successful threesome, involving a young black man recruited from the internet at one point and ending as part of the general Reveal in the pub toilets, probably falls under this heading as well.
Law of Inverse Fertility: Played both ways. When Stacey fails to get pregnant, Gavin is told that due to his low sperm count, it's going to be very hard for him and Stacey to conceive naturally. Of course Stacey ends up pregnant when they're not even trying.
Obstructive Bureaucrat: The writers clearly hate these because they show up a lot, including Gavin's overzealous line manager who (inadvertently) nearly splits the title couple up, an overzealous platform guard at Paddington Station who ends up siccing armed police on Gavin when he goes onto the platform to propose to Stacey, and an overzealous tollbooth attendant at the Severn Bridge who Gavin and Smithy get a Crowning Moment of Awesome by lifting the ticket barrier and driving past when they get fed up of arguing about 10p.
One Steve Limit: Subverted. Both Smithy and his little sister Rudi are known as Smithy, which can get confusing.
Played with in the naming of Nessa and Smithy's baby: she wants to name him after her father, Smithy wants to name him after himself (and by extension his own father and grandfather and so on - it's a family name). The situation is diffused when it turns out they're both called Neil.
Unfortunate Names: Three families share a surname with an infamous serial killer, a fact which gets the inevitable lampshade hung on it in the series 1 finale.
What the Hell, Hero?: Stacey not only neglects to mention her previous engagements to Gavin, but two seasons later is revealed to have gone off the pill in hopes of getting pregnant so that it will force Gavin to move to Barry with her.