Moz: Dealing? I am so over that.
Dark but clever British sitcom about a drug dealer and his assortment of customers. Based in Salford, it follows the exploits of Moz (played by Johnny Vegas) and a large bunch of strange characters (played by a surprisingly great cast). The series has shifted through many a Story Arc
, involving everything from fidelity and heartbreak in relationships to gang violence, with a good helping of surreal and cleverly blended characters and situations.
- Alliterative Name: Psycho Paul. It works on paper, but when spoken the P in "Psycho" is not pronounced.
- Anyone Can Die: Craig, Stemroach, Alan.
- Battle Cry: "Psycho Paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuuul!!!"
- Camp Gay: Brian is this trope.
- Catch Phrase: Several.
- The Ditz: Jenny, who often spaces out, leaves behind children and confuses their genders, including her own baby. Arguably Marco, but he does seem competent as a builder itself.
- Eye Scream: Psycho Paul's way of welcoming Steve back to the lower ranks of the hierarchy.
- Followed up by Stemroach's death - involving the same eye, in his skull.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The police constable's name is not mentioned for the first three series, and the end credits simply list him as "P.C." In The Past, it's finally revealed that his name is Phil Collins.
- The Faceless: Cartoon Head, whose real face is never seen.
- Face-Heel Turn: Alan, Steve, series 3..
- Heel-Face Turn: Steve, series 4.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode title starts with "The" (except the 2005 special) and typically has only two words.
- Jerkass Fašade: Psycho Paul's tough guy persona falls apart, squeaking into a laughable falsetto, when ordered around by Stemroach, Fist, or (occasionally) the Lo Triad.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Brian's son.
- Meaningful Name: PC (those are his initials; he did indeed become a Police Constable).
- Mood Whiplash: The show can go from silly to dramatic to gory violence in a snap.
- Mushroom Samba: Brian after eating a drug-laden pizza in The Future, Cartoonhead shooting Craig while on acid and then getting rid of the body with Psycho Paul (also on acid), Moz hallucinating Craig's body sitting next to him, asking many of the questions Steve has about Craig's disappearance, and Moz innocently eating biscuits Judith left for him, only to later discover they were full of magic mushrooms.
- Also, arguably, many of the strange visions Jenny has during and after her coma.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Several characters.
- Lampshaded for Cartoon Head, which appears to be the character's real name (although later revealed to be from his original Russian "Golova Sharzh", Russian for "Cartoon Head").
- Parental Incest: Brian and son did this.
- Pun-Based Title
- Replacement Goldfish: Sort of. After the shooting of Craig, his identical twin Steve - played by the same actor - arrives.
- Room101: the red bag. Its contents are never revealed, but it makes Psycho Paul 'cry like a little girl', reduces a Russian gangster to incoherence, and scares even Cartoon Head.
- Belongs to Fist, who is also Jenny's uncle and apparantly she's known whatever it was since she was a child.
- Shrouded in Myth: The Red Mist, a terrible group said to be all manner of things ranging from aliens, to savage murders and so on. Actually a mafia type organisation based around ginger haired people.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Brian is shown in The Past to have once been a straight favourite with the opposite sex who regularly dated beautiful women and was repulsed by homosexuality. Although he mentioned that he was 'dead big on arse'.
- The Vicar: Geoff 'Fist' Fistwick
- The Voiceless: Cartoon Head, who never makes a sound apart from a wheezy chuckle. He can talk on the phone, though, but the audience doesn't get to hear him.
- Lampshaded in (among other places) the 7th series when Moz walks in on Colin and Cartoon Head apparently discussing something interesting, Colin saying "do you want to tell him or shall I?"
- Wham Episode: Cartoon Head killing Craig by mistake and Steve's assault on Stemroach.
- Whole Episode Flashback: The Past.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Spoofed in The Red Bag with Tony's claiming Marco and his brother look the same.