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.
All Psychology Is Freudian: Parodied/subverted. At Kate's insistence, Lee reluctantly agrees to see a Californian therapist for one session. After answering her questions with his typical hurricane of witty quips and innuendos, she says she'd like to talk about his mother, leading to this exchange:
Lee: Oh, here we go. Therapist: What? Lee: This is all the mum-fancying stuff. Therapist:I never suggested you fancied your mother. Lee: What, you saying she's ugly?
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.
May I Borrow a Cup of Sugar?: In one episode, this appears to be a Meet Cute, but turns out to be the excuse version of sorts when a young woman who thinks she is Lee's daughter appears at his door. Turns out at the end that she isn't Lee's daughter after all. When a guy shows up at the end of the episode asking to borrow some milk Lee tells him there's a Tesco nearby and shuts the door on him.
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 re-filmed to put her front and centre.)
Pull the Plug on the Title: The title sequence shows the words as big multiple-lightbulb signs held up by Lee, Tim and Kate(then Lucy). Lee's word goes out randomly in series 1 and 6, and either Barbara (series 2-3) or Daisy (series 4-5) is shown unplugging it.
Lee: Honestly, who do you know who could break a passport? (the cleaner walks in) Lee: Honestly, who do you know that's a beautiful nymphomaniac rich widow? (nothing happens) Lee: Oh, so it's just the one wish then.
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.
Toilet Humour: Used occasionally but hilariously such as when Lee and Tim are called upon to babysit Guy's grandson.
Totally Radical: Parodied. Lee has found yet another dead-end job, so Kate asks him if he bothered to look at some career leaflets she got for him. He dismissively says that they're all aimed at kids, citing a slogan: "Do you want a career, innit?" Kate reads the leaflet; the slogan in question is actually "Do you want a career in IT?"
Tough Crowd...: Both Tim and Lee. Lee even uses it as a catchphrase of sorts.
Trouble Entendre: A Fawlty Towers Plot rendered the main characters unable to say their true meanings in order not to reveal the fact that they weren't disabled, leading to this sort of talk, which everyone else remains clueless to, even when one of them explicitly says "blackmail".