Pun-heavy British sitcom staring Lee Mack and Tim Vine as best friends Lee and Tim. Lee lives with landlord Kate, Tim's ex-girlfriend; Kate moves back to America in the second series and is replaced by Tim's sister Lucy. Other supporting characters include Lee's cleaner Barbara, played by Miranda Hart (in series 2 and 3), Tim's girlfriend Daisy, played by Katy Wix (from series 2 onwards), and Lucy's boyfriend Guy (in series 2 only). Tim Vine left after series 5, leaving the main cast for series 6 as just Lee, Lucy and Daisy. Both Katy Wix and Miranda Hart were springboarded from exposure in this show to series of their own.
A slightly different take to usual, as Betty is elderly, frail and clearly has dementia.
Averted with Miranda Hart's first appearance as an acupuncturist, which sees Lee attacking her as a background joke.
Actor Allusion: A subtle one. In "Art", Lee drops the line "everyone's a comedian" just after fellow comedian Justin Edwards leaves. Considering how many people in single-episode appearances or even walk-on parts were comedians, it's not far from the truth.
In a series 2 episode, Lee pretends to be a doctor to get access to Guy's daughter. This is likely a reference to the time Lee Mack bluffed his way into an appointment-booking job at a hospital.
In a series 3 episode, Lucy makes a reference to the comedians Cannon and Ball, one of which plays the father of Lee's character.
Enormous Engagement Ring: Lucy is taken aback by the massive and expensive diamonds her slightly dodgy nightclub-owning boyfriend has given her as a sort of engagement gift. Her cynical and jealous flatmate Lee suggests this is all a scam to get otherwise chargeable jewellry through Customs for free as Lucy and her man are off on a dream holiday.
Exact Words: Lee's way of remaining honest while engaging in duplicitous schemes
Genius Ditz: Daisy - who once in a while does something brilliant, like rescuing Tim and Lee from a psychopathic drug dealer. Or putting all Lee's money on a horse on a whim - and winning at enormous odds, thus rescuing him from an evil clown to whom he owes a lot of cash. It makes sense in context.
Girl on Girl Is Hot: Lee and Tim frequently invokes this when a Lesbian couple moves downstairs.
Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: Lee accuses Lucy of being dishonest when she hesitates over questions about her relationship with Amy. When she throws it back at him questioning him about his relationship with Tim and he hesitates he brushes it off by saying he was sickened by the suggestion.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Lee invokes this to guilt-trip Lucy into letting him stay for Christmas, including suggesting his stepfather subjected his sister to Trial by water when she started her periods during which she drowned.
Jerkass Has a Point: Lucy frequently gives Lee grief about how he acts towards and treats his father, and she's probably right to. But in Lee's defense, his dad has treated him with even less consideration and care for most of his whole life.
The Klutz: Barbara, who manages to break something every time she cleans.
Like Father, Like Son: Lee and his dad are very similar in how they act, as much as Lee would like to think otherwise.
My Parents Are Dead: As Lee backpedals from confronting a noisy psychotic neighbor he rhetorically asks 'Who am I to tell you to keep the noise down? I'm not your mum' the neighbor snaps 'My mother's dead!' Lee's response? '[[Film/Psycho|You don't run a hotel with her do you?]]'
Promotion to Opening Titles: Daisy in series 4, replacing Barbara's spot in the sequence. (Following Tim Vine's departure after series 5, in series 6 the opening titles were refilmed to put her front and centre.)
Rule of Funny: In series 6, Tim's absence is Hand Waved within 10 seconds of the first episode as working in Germany, and it is never explained why his girlfriend continues to show up randomly at his sister's flat.