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Series: Please Like Me
Please Like Me is an Australian television comedy series airing on The ABC starring comedian Josh Thomas. The series revolves around Josh, a 20-year-old university student whose life goes to hell in one day — his girlfriend dumps him, he realizes he's gay, and his divorced mum attempts to commit suicide. Because his father already has a new girlfriend, Josh begrudgingly moves back in with her to take care of her, while trying to deal with the fact that not only is he gay, but he has an admirer in the form of his old housemate's work colleague.

The six-part series began airing in Australia on ABC2 on the 28th of February 2013.

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Tropes used in this series include:

  • Amicable Exes: Josh and Claire break up at the beginning of the first episode and remain friends, much to Josh's surprise. Josh and Geoffrey become this by the end of series 1.
  • Asian Hooker Stereotype: Josh's dad gets angry when Rod implies that Mae (who is Thai) is just with him for his money. In fact, she speaks six languages and is quite successful in her own right.
  • Australian Brevity: The first series has 6 episodes, the second all of 10.
  • The Baby Trap: Niamh announces she's pregnant shortly after having a fight with Tom. This causes him to become invested in their relationship and their future child... until it turns out she isn't pregnant, having just gotten her period late and made a wild assumption. Claire calls her out on manipulating Tom, and he finally breaks up with her for good.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Niamh.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Mum attempts suicide again, Geoffrey and Josh have broken up and Aunt Peg is dead, but Josh is there for Mum, Josh and Geoffrey are happy to just be friends and Mum and Mae are friends.
  • Book Ends: Mum's suicide attempts in the first and last episodes of the first series.
  • Brick Joke: Josh's Auntie Peg asks out of the blue in "French Toast" how big his testicles are, due to having read a study about people born with an extra chromosome having underdeveloped testicles, and that would explain his less-than-masculine characteristics. This is brought up again at the very end of the episode whilst Josh is making out with Geoffrey, when he asks him if he thinks his testicles are too small.
  • Bumbling Dad: Dad.
  • Camp Gay: Josh is a borderline case, in that his only camp characteristic is that he's pretty effeminate.
  • Common Hollywood Sex Traits: Josh is clueless about gay relationships, and equates "gay sex" with "anal sex" before Geoffrey informs him that there are other options.
  • Couch Gag: The title sequence always features Josh (or, in the first series finale, his mum) preparing food, generally whatever is named in the episode title.
  • The Danza: Josh and Tom. Also, Shaniqua the Rabbit and John the Dog.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud??: Claire's quiet "but you're so pretty", to Geoffrey.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mum, at the very start of the series, although she survives. Also at the end, but survives again.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Josh openly wonders why a guy as handsome as Geoffrey would be interested in him.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All the episodes are named after food: "Rhubarb and Custard", "French Toast", "Portuguese Custard Tarts", "All You Can Eat", "Spanish Eggs", and "Horrible Sandwiches".
  • Midlife Crisis Car: Josh's dad buys one, despite Mae and Josh mocking him for it.
  • Oh Crap: When Josh plugs in his dead phone and starts brushing his teeth in Episode 1 and he receives many messages from Dad about Mum's attempted suicide. The first you hear is "She's been moved to a ward" which degrades to "Fuck, Josh, Fuck, Mum, Call me".
  • Only Friend: Geoffrey admits that Josh is his best (and only) friend. Josh finds this supremely odd.
  • Precision F-Strike: After Claire breaks up with Josh in the first episode.
    Josh: This $19 sundae is suddenly pretty fucking humiliating.
  • Recycled in Sitcom: Many jokes in the show are also used in Josh Thomas' stand-up shows.
  • Shout-Out: In "Spanish Eggs", Josh references Degrassi Junior High.
  • Shower Of Love: Tom and Claire.
  • Sit Comic
  • Source Music: In "French Toast", Geoffrey selects Prokofiev's "Dance of the Knights" as the background music for his and Josh's first lovemaking session. Naturally, this unnerves the already-terrified Josh.
  • Starts with a Suicide: Of the attempted variety.
  • Straight Gay: Geoffrey, who is a rabid Collingwood supporter.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While not necessarily "ugly," Josh definitely doesn't meet the level of conventional attractiveness enjoyed by both Claire and Geoffrey — in his own words, he looks "like a fifty-year-old baby".
    • Alan and Mae, similarly. Rose, Josh, Mae and her mother have all invoked this - and that's just in the first series.
  • What Does He See In Him: Even Josh's mother can't understand why someone like Geoffrey would be attracted to Josh.

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