Lazy Company is a French series, created by Alexandre Philip and Samuel Bodin, broadcast on premium movie/series channel OCS Max. So far there are two season of 10 episodes (26 minutes) each.It's set in summer 1944 France, during the Battle of Normandy (except the first episode, which is before D-Day). While Easy Company is fighting their way through Nazi-infested Norman countryside, four losers are banded together after a spectacular bungle and given the derisive nickname of "Lazy Company" (because "stupid clowns" company was tried and rejected).Sergeant Chester, Corporal Niels, and Privates Henry and Slice subsequently proceed to alternate Epic Fails and accidental victories, meet very strange people (including a Nazi Super Soldier, a Glamorous War Time Singer, a... belligerent female member of La Résistance, a former German soldier turned Camp Cook...), and generally try to stay alive.
Lazy Company provides examples of the following tropes:
All Women Are Lustful: General Margaret Sanders pinches and grabs Major Spring's butt every time she can.
All Men Are Perverts: Zig-zagged. Niels gleefully tries to seduce French girls, but his advances are constantly rebuffed, while Henry is a married virgin and has a lot of trouble not giving in to enthusiastic French girls.
Amusing Injuries: Generally, when someone gets hurt, they're down for a little while... Except Chester, who is kneecapped (in both knees) and shot in the shoulder in the opening of Season 2, and is fine ten minutes later in the same episode. Nobody even mentions his wounds. Played for Laughs.
The Cavalry: The Résistance girls swoop in with munitions when the guys run out. Then they run out of munitions as well.
Cerebus Rollercoaster: The series' tone is clearly comedic; then mid-season things get Darker and Edgier when they realize there is a mole in camp, the Company is temporarily disbanded, Slice and Patriot are seriously wounded... And then it's back to alternating tragic / tense and hilarious into season two.
Chekhov's Skill: Charlie's Hitler impersonation, a minor gag in episode 2, is a major plot point in episode 10.
The Comically Serious: General Paxton, and his long-suffering aide, Chuck. You can count the times when they crack a smile on one hand.
Darkest Hour: The end of episode 7, "Counter-attack". Isla tortures and captures Niels, while Chester finds Captain/Patriot and Slice seriously wounded and brings both back to camp.
In the last minutes of "L'aigle noir" (episode 9) things look pretty darn hopeless, too. Chuck reveals himself as the mole, shoot General Paxton and Major Spring, tortures Helmut, and Camp Neptune is his and his men's. Meanwhile, Isla activates the bomb that was planted in her body. Cut to black.
Gilligan Cut: When everyone stops to relieve themselves in "L'aigle noir", Chester orders Henry to help a handcuffed Hitler to pee. Henry vehemently refuses. The next frame shows him holding Hitler's penis, stone-faced.
The Guards Must Be Crazy: Subverted. The medic tries to sneak up to the German guarding the radio to pour a sedative into his cup of coffee. The guard notices, and the medic keeps pouring, while denying he's doing it. Then Helmut knocks the guard out with a ladle.
Just a Stupid Accent: Everybody speaks French. The Germans have German accents (some characters often step in What the Hell Is That Accent? territory, especially Helmut and Isla), and Winston Churchill sounds like a parody of Winston Churchill speaking French. Rule of Funny applies with Charlie, who sometimes uses Poirot Speak, and Hitashi the Japanese pilot, who doesn't have any accent.
The Nicknamer: Chester, who calls Isla "Snow White", Major Spring "Major Calvitienote Baldness, Niels "Cyrano de Bergerac" (after a few jokes on his nose), Das Nemesis "le Noiryennote noir (Black) + aryen (aryan)" because he's an African-American forced into fighting for the Nazis)...
A Man Is Not a Virgin: Double subverted with Henry, who shows every sign of being a virgin, but who turns out to be married... Before revealing that neither he nor his wife ever had sex.
Naked First Impression: Ants crawling into Niels' uniform make him tear his shirt off. Cue "la Jeanne", who holds him at gunpoint and calls him a pervert. Her opinion doesn't change for most of the season, and she keeps calling him "parvart" even during their wedding.
Not so Above It All: Combined with Evil Feels Good when Chuck giddily announces, "Holy crap, this feels good! I mean, I was trained not to feel a single emotion, but this feels totally awesome!" when he shoots General Paxton. Twice. And another couple of times.
Now What?: Niels in "L'aigle noir" points out, "Okay, we captured Hitler. Now what do we do?"
Perp Sweating: Lieutenant Erika of the Military Police, looking for the mole. It works too well on Henry, who is so terrified that what little he says is completely useless.
Red Herring: When Chuck reveals that he's the mole and has sleeper agents inside the camp, the camera cuts to Helmut the German cook. Then one of the three guys he's giving food to thanks him in German, and they open their uniforms to reveal Werhmacht ones underneath and hold everyone at gun point.
Rule of Funny: Most of the series runs on this. Things like a Japanese kamikaze crash-landing in Normandy or Hitler strolling through the nearby woods, picking mushrooms and getting captured should be absolutely impossible.
Running Gag: Poor Chester steps on a mine every two episodes in season 1. At some point both his feet are on land mines.
Smug Snake: Major Spring, who lords his victories over Chester, and Chuck, once he's revealed as the mole.
Springtime for Hitler: During Major Spring's stint as general, he sends Lazy Company on a suicide mission; meanwhile, US planes are set to flatten the enemy air base. Unfortunately, a mysterious mole has sabotaged the planes, meaning that even if Lazy did survive, they would have no air support. They survive anyway, and even bring back the plans of said secret base.
Take Our Word for It: We never see exactly how Chester doesn't get blown up every time he steps on a land mine, but it sounds awesome.
Tyke Bomb: Project Adlerlager was taking 22 infants and brainwash them into becoming assassins who could murder someone with just a pen. Chuck and Isla are part of the 22, and Das Nemesis became the 23rd because he was in love with Hitler's sister Sandrine.