[[caption-width-right:350:Front L-R: Freddie, Stuart, and Penelope.[softreturn]Back L-R: Violet, Ash, and Mason.]]

->'''Ash''': I want to have the kind of love they do one day.\\
'''Freddie''': [enters] ''[[WalkInChimeIn Where is that miserable piece of shit?!]]''\\
'''Stuart''': Right here, ''[[SnarkToSnarkCombat you walking corpse.]]''

''Vicious'' ([[{{Bowdlerise}} originally]] ''[[NWordPrivileges Vicious Old Queens]]'') is a 2013 BritCom[=/=]DomCom that originally aired on {{ITV}}. Starring ShakespearianActors[=/=]nerd icons [[Creator/IanMcKellen Sir Ian McKellen]] and [[Creator/DerekJacobi Sir Derek Jacobi]], the series follows a wealthy-albeit-bitter gay couple and their friends.

The starring couple consists of [[StraightGay Freddie]] ([=McKellen=]), who is [[CastingGag a failing yet egotistical actor]], and [[CampGay Stuart]] (Jacobi), who is still struggling [[TransparentCloset to come out to his mother]]. The cast also includes their old friends [[DirtyOldWoman Violet]], [[CloudCuckooLander Penelope]], and [[GrumpyOldMan Mason]], and their young neighbour [[TheWoobie Ash]].

Whilst the show is essentially about [[CaptainObvious vicious old homosexuals]] sniping and insulting one another, the presence of [=McKellen=] and Jacobi affirms that it's better
than it sounds. Also, despite the pilot receiving a mixed critical response, [[CriticalDissonance the show currently has a strong fan following.]] The first series had [[BritishBrevity only six episodes]], followed by a ChristmasSpecial. Series two is currently airing after a long wait, due to of the cast's [[AllStarCast obligations]] in [[GameOfThrones other]] [[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast high-profile]] [[TheHobbit productions]]. Airs in the U.S. on Creator/{{PBS}} as of 2014.


!!This series provides examples of:
* AshesToCrashes: In "Ballroom", Freddie gives Ash his mother's wedding ring, the container for which doubles as the urn for her ashes, much to Ash's surprise.
-->'''Ash''': What's all that?\\
'''Freddie''': My mother.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Though somewhat rare considering how bitter they are, Freddie and Stuart occasionally [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this to the extent they even act affectionate with each other on occasion.
** Also {{invoked}} during the first series finalé:
-->'''Freddie''': You do know we love you all very much, right?\\
[Everyone smiles]\\
'''Freddie''': '''''...RIGHT?!'''''\\
[They agree in fear]
* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:Episode 6 has a heartwarming scene where Ash is extremely nice to Violet, ''only for Violet to press him against the wall and make out with him.'']]
* BlackComedy: [[spoiler:Stuart's mother carking it just before her son's wed and Ash and friends trying to hide it until after the ceremony.]]
* BlackComedyRape: Several rape jokes in the first episode. Critics were less than impressed.
-->'''[[HollywoodHomely Violet]]''': You let a stranger use your loo? ''What if he comes out and rapes me?!''\\
'''Freddie''': ({{beat}}) Lets cross that bridge when we come to it.
* BlatantLies: Frequently PlayedForLaughs.
-->'''Freddie''': I'm quite certain I'm old enough to be your father.\\
'''Stuart''': [muttering] ''Yes, I'm quite certain too.''\\
'''Ash''': My father's forty-six.\\
'''Freddie''': Ah! And so am I!
* BookEnds: In the first episode, when Ash accidentally opens the curtains to the massive window in their living room, Freddie and Stuart both run back into the kitchen away from the bright light. In the last episode, after some (slight) defrosting and Stuart [[spoiler:finally revealing to his mother he's gay,]] they're in such a good mood at their anniversary they decide to open the curtains again.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Due to the somewhat risky title of ''Vicious Old Queens'', the show title was later changed to the shorter and milder ''Vicious''.
* BrainlessBeauty: Ash has moments of this, such as not knowing how Freddie and Stuart can tell that he just came back in from the rain (as he's soaking wet).
** Also Chloe.
* ButNotTooGay: Surprisingly {{Averted|Trope}}; despite having the excuse that Freddie and Stuart [[AwfulWeddedLife borderline hate one another]], the writers still have them [[DefrostingIceQueen occasionally displaying affection]] (and even sharing the occasional kiss).
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:Dame Judi Dench as herself.]] See TheStinger.
* CampGay[=/=]StraightGay: Stuart and Freddie respectively.
* CastingGag: Sir Ian [=McKellen=], one of the greatest theater and film actors today, playing a faded actor whose career peak was a minor character on ''Series/DoctorWho''. Both Jacobi and [=McKellen=] have had single-episode guest parts on ''Series/DoctorWho''. %%It did become a truly iconic career peak... ''for Jacobi.''
* CloudCuckoolander: Penelope isn't all quite there and is often forgetful due to her dementia.
* CorruptTheCutie: Freddie and Stuart considered this their end goal in regards to Ash. When he finally snaps and snarks about the RunningGag regarding him and Violet, Freddie's response was to give him a hug and say "About time, welcome to the family!" Mason lampshades it, saying it's sad they're going to turn the sweet Ash into a gargoyle like them.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: The normally dotty Penelope will have the occasional moment of clarity, often at the most inopportune time for somebody else. Lampshaded when people wonder why her memory is so vivid all of a sudden.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[WorldOfSnark Everyone but Ash.]] And even him, by the finale.
** SnarkToSnarkCombat: Between Freddie and Stuart.
* DirtyOldMan: Freddie and Stuart only first invite Ash in because he's handsome and young.
** DirtyOldWoman: Violet takes this UpToEleven, and is downright sleazy towards Ash.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: When Ash comes into the nightclub soaking wet, a girl at the nightclub as well as the camera, Freddie, and Stuart spend a few moments staring at him.
* TheFaceless: Balthazar the dog is constantly sleeping in his basket under a blanket, but he's purportedly balding and teetering on the brink of death.
* FamousLastWords: In "Wedding":
-->'''[[spoiler:Mrs. Bixby]]''': Can I have a hug first?
* FlyingUnderTheGaydar: Stuart's mother still has no idea that her son and Freddie are partners. Stuart has been telling her that Freddie is his "flatmate" for the last 48 years.
* TheGhost: Stuart's mother. [[spoiler:Until the finalé, when she attends their party.]]
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Freddie ends up giving a speech to Stuart's mother that makes it very clear that, since he loves Stuart so much, only ''he'' is allowed to verbally abuse him.
* HypocriticalHumor: Episode 5 concludes with [[spoiler:Ash and his new girlfriend arguing and tearing into one another]], to which Freddie and Stuart comment:
-->'''Stuart''': [[spoiler:Do you hear how they talk to each other?!]]\\
'''Freddie''': ''[[spoiler:Kill me if that's ever us.]]''
** Also, from the same episode:
-->'''Chloe''': I just don't see how two people in love can ever say cruel things to each other.\\
'''Freddie''': I was saying the same thing the other day to the piece of shit down there.
* InsistentTerminology: In episode five, when discussing Violet:
-->'''Freddie''': You're lucky you're straight Ash, otherwise you get one of these women who latch on to you for decades and never let go.\\
'''Ash''': But you love her?\\
'''Freddie''': Yes. We '''like''' her.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Ash is Freddie and Stuart's much younger neighbor who befriends them after he moves into the flat above them.
* LargeHam: Expected when the two leads are Sir Ian [=McKellen=] and Sir Derek Jacobi.
** WorldOfHam: Except for Ash, though he can have his moments. Freddie takes it UpToEleven by being something of a Ham-within-a-Ham. While everybody on the show is hammy, Freddie's theatrical mannerisms means he's over-dramatic even by everybody else's standards.
* ManlyTears: Stuart in the last episode of series 2 when [[spoiler: he goes to phone his mother, only to remember that she died earlier in the episode. His open sobs are devastatingly sad to watch, made even sadder by Freddie hugging, kissing and reassuring Stuart]].
* MayDecemberRomance: Violet attempts to invoke this on Ash, but the much younger man is clearly not interested in her.
-->[Freddie and Stuart discuss Ash]\\
'''Violet''': The one who was flirting with me shamelessly?\\
'''Freddie''': No, this is a person who exists.
** or:
-->'''Violet:''' You're sitting very far from me, Ash.
-->'''Ash:''' (wide-eyed with apprehension) I know.
* MistakenForGay: Freddie and Stuart spend the pilot discussing if Ash is gay, straight or even bisexual. He ''says'' he's straight, but that doesn't stop them assuming he's ArmouredClosetGay.
** And again in episode 5:
-->'''Ash''': I wanted you to be the first to know. I think I might be--\\
'''Freddie''': I KNEW IT!\\
'''Ash''': ...in love with my girlfriend!\\
'''Freddie''': ({{beat}}) Oh.
** Eventually they get the message, sort of:
-->'''Stuart''': ''[after Chloe crashes their dinner party]'' Poor Ash.
-->'''Freddie''': Well he wanted to be straight, that what he gets!
* MonochromeCasting
* MrsRobinson: Violet to Ash.
* NaiveNewcomer: Ash, relatively speaking, in comparison to Freddie, Violet, and Stuart.
* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted. The gay couple is over 70 and there was only one young, handsome gay man in the first series, briefly.
* NoodleImplements: The only explanation to Clive's death is that he suffered horribly and lost a foot.
* NWordPrivileges: This show probably would have been considered massively offensive were Ian Mckellan and Derek Jacobi not well known for being openly gay
* OfCorpseHesAlive: Done in "Wedding" to cover up the death of [[spoiler:Stuart's mother]].
* OnceAnEpisode: Every episode opens with Stuart talking to his mother on the phone, except for episode 6, where Ash answers instead.
* OnlySaneMan: Ash. Mason thinks he is this, but he's nearly as bad as Freddie and Stuart.
** Averted sometimes, e.g Series 2, Episode 2: Stuart and Freddy start spending more time with another young man, and Ash goes full psycho.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In episode 3, Freddie has his minor role on ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' overshadowed by Ash getting a starring role in a small movie; as a result, he starts being nice to everyone, much to their horror.
* ParentalSubstitute: Ash outright states that he considers Stuart and Freddie to be his parental figures rather than his birth parents (who are in prison).
* PhraseCatcher: Stuart, re Violet every time she and Ash are in a scene together:
-->You remember our friend, Violet?
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler: Dame Judi Dench]] lands one on Freddie in the first series finale.
** Freddie lands one on Stuart (causing the studio audience to burst into applause) as both are fawning over their handsome personal trainer.
** A brilliant one in Series 2 Episode 1: The whole gang spends the episode conducting an elaborate façade to fool Violet's sister, and when Ash's girlfriend finds out she loves it, rather than being freaked out. For a moment it seems no one is going to {{Lampshade}} the crazy, and then Mason steps up:
--> '''Mason''': You people are all fucking insane.
* RealSongThemeTune: The Communards - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNCVvJfHrbg Never Can Say Goodbye]]
* RunningGag:
** Every episode has one or two instances of Stuart taking a dreadful phonecall, and a WalkInChimeIn or two from Freddie.
** Freddie and Stuart being insistent [[TransparentCloset that Ash is gay.]]
** 'You remember our friend Violet?' (to Ash.) Lampshaded in episode 6.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Stuart's mother is still totally unaware that Stuart is gay, despite the fact that Stuart is in his early seventies:
-->'''Stuart''': Well, I hoped she'd have figured out our situation by now. I have been dropping little clues.\\
'''Freddie''': Yes. Like living with a man for 48 years.
* ShoutOut: Many to ''Series/DoctorWho'', especially since Derek Jacobi played the Master and Ian [=McKellen=] was the voice of the Great Intelligence.
** Also to several other British series, such as ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' and ''Series/CallTheMidwife''.
** Also, due to the theatre background of [[ActorAllusion the actors and characters]], plays such as ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'' occasionally receive mention.[[invoked]]
* SickeninglySweethearts: Ash and his new girlfriend, Chloe:
-->'''Ash''': She never drinks, isn't that right Chloe?\\
'''Chloe''': It's true. And nothing could give me more of a high that being with Ash...\\
'''Freddie''': ''Have you tried cocaine?''
* SmallNameBigEgo: Freddie career consisted of "bit parts in Rep and one episode of ''Doctor Who''", according to Stuart. That doesn't stop him from acting as though he had, well, Sir Ian [=McKellen=]'s career.
* SoundEffectBleep: The PBS broadcast version does this every so often, bleeping out the stronger examples of PrecisionFStrike among other things.
* StepfordSmiler: It's been hinted at that underneath Ash's cheerfulness there is a '''lot''' of emotional issues. He's mentioned offhand how he frequently wakes up screaming, and became so hysterical and self-loathing after messing up Christmas dinner that Violet had to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slap him]] to calm him down. Considering how he says ''both'' of his parents were in prison (his father did 10 years for armed robbery after robbing a Domino's Pizza, and his mother went after running over her boyfriend.)
** Not to mention how easy it was to convince him that he was "a monster" just after getting cast in a film, and how he stops while describing his last Christmas with his family and how drunk his mother was to say with great anguish "Why wasn't I enough for you, Mum?" before immediately regaining his composure.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:The first season finalé ends with the reveal that Judi Dench wanted to attend the party, but since Freddie didn't leave a contact number or address, she got sick of waiting for a reply and decided she doesn't have time for his bullshit.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In episode 5:
-->'''Stuart''': Freddie's scared he's never going to work again. There, how does that feel?\\
'''Freddie''': I never said such a thing, ''and you swore you'd never mention it!''
* TakeThatAudience: Towards [=McKellen=]'s nerd following:
-->'''Violet''': Will there be a lot of single men?\\
'''Freddie''': It's a science fiction fan club event; they'll be single but they'll be disgusting.
* TimeshiftedActor: In a flashback in episode 5 of series two, younger versions of Stuart and Freddie are played by [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/cbd83cc59d75cdedd497659323ef8f6c/tumblr_nqelazyx2g1rekaslo1_1280.jpg Samuel Barnett and Luke Treadaway]].
* TransparentCloset: Despite [[CampGay his mannerisms]] and being in his 70s, Stuart has yet to come out to his mother.
-->'''Freddie''': So, who were you squawking on the phone to just now?\\
'''Stuart''': My mother, if you must know. She was very distraught.\\
'''Freddie''': Why, did you finally tell her about us?\\
'''Stuart''': I'm waiting for the right time.\\
'''Freddie''': It's been forty-eight years!\\
'''Stuart''': And there has not been a right time!
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: In grand British comedy tradition, Freddie and Stuart are both self-absorbed, sarcastic, waspish grumps.
* WardrobeMalfunction: Happens to Ash in "Ballroom".
-->'''Ash''': Something feels wrong back there!
* WhenIWasYourAge: Occasionally {{Invoked|Trope}} towards Ash by others due to the large age gap:
-->'''Violet''': Has anybody said you remind them of ZacEfron? [whispering to Stuart] ''That's a person right? Or is it a place?'' [to Ash again] Well I'm certain I know you. Have you ever been to Zac Efron? [whispering to Stuart] ''I'm covered either way now.''
* [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic Husbands]]: With the occasional AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther.
* [[WhiteDwarfStarlet White Dwarf Star]]: Freddie's acting career never really took off and his only claim to fame was playing a minor character on ''Series/DoctorWho''. He still sees himself as an award-winning actor with a trophy case.