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Series: Miranda

The main cast.
Miranda (2009-2015) is a Brit Com on BBC Two written by and starring Miranda Hart as Miranda. It also stars Sarah Hadland as her best friend and work mate, Stevie; Patricia Hodge as her mother, Penny; Tom Ellis as her love interest, Gary, James Holmes as some other guy who keeps popping up, Clive, Sally Phillips as her Old Friend, Tilly, and, most recently, Bo Poraj as Miranda's boyfriend, Mike. It's primarily a Work Com that takes place in Miranda's Joke Shopnote  but visits other places in the town. It follows the story of Miranda, who messes up everything in her life. It all starts off fine but each episode eventually turns into a Fawlty Towers Plot.

If you want to know about your right to remain silent, you want Miranda Rights instead.

This show provides examples of:

  • Ascended Extra: In Series 3 there's a man who repeatedly shows up at Miranda's shop at the worst of times, getting dragged into ridiculous situations by Miranda. He ends up playing an important part in the finale, as it's his wedding that Gary is best man at.
  • Aside Glance: A trademark of the show.
  • Back for the Finale: Pretty much everyone. Even Clive.
  • Blatant Lies: All the time.
  • Bottle Episode: Series 2 Episode 5 takes place entirely in one room.
  • Breakout Character: Tilly.
  • Brick Joke: There's at least one brick joke per episode which comes back somehow at the end, no matter how contrived.
  • British Brevity: Three series, each containing 6 episodes, followed by a two-part finale.
  • Call Back: Many jokes from earlier episodes are mentioned again in later episodes, or even the next season. For example, Miranda's friend Gordon ... who is made from an orange. Come the third series, she has moved on from making fruit friends to adding vegeta-pals.
  • The Cameo: The final episode features cameos from Gary Barlow and the real Heather Small.
  • Cardboard Pal: Miranda has one of Gary made from a mop.
  • Catch Phrase: Several, including Tilly's "Bear with, bear with" whenever she's reading a text, Penny's "Such fun!", and her habit of using the phrase "what I call" inappropriately. (Such as, "She's having it on a, what I call, weekday.")
    • There's also Stevie's super-positive conversations with her Heather Small cutout - 'Whurt hev ya dun toodeeehh to mek yer feeeeel prooaarroroad?!'
    • Miranda's "Rude!" and "Good word, isn't it?" also get repeated often.
    • Less noticeable is Gary's awkward "Hi." when he walks in, inevitably, at the worst possible moment.
      • But these are all lampshaded beyond all proportion.
  • Cliff Hanger: Season 3 ends with both Gary and Mike proposing to Miranda simultaneously.
  • Clothing Damage: Miranda seems to end up in her underwear at some point in several episodes.
  • Companion Cube: Miranda's "fruit friends".
  • Contrived Coincidence: The worst possible person always seem to walk in at the worst possible moment.
  • Convenient Slow Dance: Zig-zagged. Miranda has a plan in case this happens and makes things awkward. But when it does happen, Stevie averts it...much to Miranda's dismay.
  • Dance Party Ending: Most episodes end with them, and the series finale ends with everyone dancing to Take That's "Greatest Day".
  • Downer Ending: The 2014 Christmas special ends with Gary deciding he can't commit to his relationship with Miranda and walking out on her.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Gary
  • Even the Guys Want Him: In a recent episode, everyone was enthusing over how attractive Dr. Gail is - including Gary.
  • Failed Dramatic Exit: Happens to Miranda a lot, especially with the coat rack in the restaurant.
  • Fallback Marriage Pact: Miranda and Gary make one in the first series. Like Chris & Allison, they wound up not needing it.
  • Fanservice: Gary. Especially when he goes shirtless or dresses in his "Alpha Male" outfit.
  • Fawlty Towers Plot: Every episode has this in some form.
  • Fiery Redhead: Miranda herself may qualify.
  • First Gray Hair: Miranda frantically colors hers in with a marker.
  • Fully Automatic Clip Show: The two-part finale features several, including supercuts of all the times Miranda knocked Stevie off her stool, and of times when Miranda and Penny actually got along.
  • The Fun in Funeral: Miranda has to give a eulogy without knowing which relative it is that's died.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Gary, several times - to both the enjoyment of Miranda and the audience.
  • Hot Potato: When Miranda hosts a dinner party, she winds up flinging the main course out the window.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Obviously no longer, but still surrounded by schoolfriends who call her 'Queen Kong'.
  • Inherently Funny Words: A Running Gag is for Miranda to point them out whenever they are said and then repeat them several times.
  • It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Listen to Penny saying "Lady Gaga". Or "Lady Guh-GAAH", as she puts it.
  • Just Friends: Gary and Miranda. Off and on. Sometimes.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Played for Laughs on several occasions.
    Delivery Man: Here you go, sir.
    (cue audience laughter and an annoyed Aside Glance from Miranda)
    • In one episode, Miranda's attempt to buy a nice dress results in an inadvertent visit to a cross-dresser shop where the owner plays along with the fiction that she's a woman. Later, dolled up, she's oblivious to the fact that a guy hitting on her thinks she's cross-dressing, until her (and his) bubble is finally burst by Stevie's astonished:
    Miranda! Why are you dressed as a transvestite?!!
  • Mr. Fanservice: Gary ends up with his shirt (or more) off on several occasions.
  • No Fourth Wall: Miranda frequently turns toward the camera to make jokes to the viewers and to actually talk to them as if it were a conversation, except this is only done in short bursts, usually to raise a quizzical eyebrow or to completely contradict what she's just said.
  • No Name Given: The man who turns up at the shop repeatedly during Series 3 (credited as "the customer"). A Running Gag is that nobody knows who he is.
    Psychiatrist: I'm sorry, who is this?
    Everyone Else: We don't know.
  • Non Sequitur: "When I'm naked in bed and roll over my breasts clap."
    • "When my thighs are sweaty and I stand up it sounds like a fart."
  • Obsessed with Food: Miranda
  • Put on a Bus: Clive disappeared in the third series without explanation.
    • The Bus Came Back: Reappears at the end of the series as the groom of that one guy who keeps showing up randomly.
  • Road Trip Across The Street: Instead of going to Thailand, Miranda checks in to the hotel around the corner.
  • Running Gag: Someone, or even Miranda herself, unknowingly quotes a line from a song and Miranda then proceeds to sing the song the line is from.
  • Self-Deprecation: The show is written by Miranda herself, and contains a lot of jokes about her general appearance, so it counts.
  • Ship Tease: Miranda and Gary.
  • Shipper on Deck: Stevie and Clive plot to get Miranda and Gary together.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Gary's friends Chris and Allison.
    • Subverted; the penultimate episode reveals them to be very unsatisfied and resentful of each other.
  • Stepford Smiler: As mentioned previously, Chris and Allison; it is also revealed in the last episode that Penny has been stuck in a loveless marriage for years, and her Head-Tiltingly Kinky adventures with Miranda's father were in fact efforts at trying to regain his interest.
  • Sound to Screen Adaptation: The show originally started as a radio show called Miranda Hart's Joke Shop.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Zig-zagged. In the final episode, Miranda and Stevie hear that Gary is at a wedding, believe he's marrying Jacinta and rush to the venue to stop the ceremony. Miranda gets there just in time... only to discover that Gary is merely the best man. He does, however, agree to marry her right then and there, as per the usual trope.
  • Stealth Pun: When Gary Barlow makes a cameo appearance (S 3 E 5), Penny turns to Raymont Blanc and says...well...
  • Sticky Situation: Miranda gets stuck to the bathtub while waxing.
  • Stop Drowning and Stand Up: Miranda freaks out in a kayak that's not even in the water.
  • Strange Syntax Speaker: Too many to count. Tilly and Stinky stand out as the worst offenders, though.
  • Strawman Political: Penny in S3 E2: "What a Surprise". Played for laughs.
  • Studio Audience
    • You can easily tell this especially when Gary comes in the psychiatrist office where Miranda and her mum are in and confesses his love for Miranda, kisses her, and goes down on one knee to propose. Half of the audience members are screaming like twelve-year-old girls. Then, you can hear them "aww'ing" at sheer disappointment when we find out it was just Miranda daydreaming.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "This is not a hoover pretending to be a man!"
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Penny calls remote controls 'doobries' and screams when her mobile rings.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Whenever Miranda and Charlie are onscreen together.
  • Too Much Information: Miranda is traumatized by Penny's over-sharing.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Charlie bloody loves crisps!
  • Unseen Character: Penny's tennis partner and Arch-Enemy Belinda.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Miranda and Stevie are this. On more than one occasion they have had a massive argument and seemingly broken off their friendship only to go back to being best friends by the end of the episode.
  • Weddings for Everyone: The series ends with Miranda marrying Gary, Clive's wedding to The Customer, and Tilly engaged to Charlie.
  • Whatever Happened To The Mouse: The third series introduces Jacinta, a worker at the café and a rival for Gary's affections. In the final episode, as Miranda frantically tries to track down Gary, she hears he's at a wedding and that Jacinta isn't at the café and puts two and two together. She and Stevie quickly rush to the wedding venue, only to find Gary is merely the best man. Jacinta isn't even present, and her whereabouts are never actually explained.