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Front L-R: Freddie, Stuart, and Penelope.
Back L-R: Violet, Ash, and Mason. Vicious
originally Vicious Old Queens
) is a 2013
that originally aired on
Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Derek Jacobi
, the series follows a wealthy-albeit-bitter gay couple and their friends.
The starring couple consists of
(McKellen), who is
a failing yet egotistical actor
(Jacobi), who is still struggling
to come out to his mother
. The cast also includes their old friends
, and their young neighbour
Whilst the show is essentially about
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,
the show currently has a strong fan following.
The first series is set for only six episodes, though it is confirmed to return for a
This series provides examples of: Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Though somewhat rare considering how bitter they are, Freddie and Stuart occasionally invoke this to the extent they even act affectionate with each other on occasion. Also invoked during the first series finalÚ: Freddie: You do know we love you all very much, right? [Everyone smiles] Freddie: ...RIGHT?! [They agree in fear] Better Than It Sounds: An old, gay couple spends 25 minutes being incredibly bitter to everyone. The Big Damn Kiss: 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. But Not Too Gay: Surprisingly Averted; despite having the excuse that Freddie and Stuart borderline hate one another, the writers still have them occasionally displaying affection (and even sharing the occasional kiss). Black Comedy Rape: Several rape jokes in the first episode. Critics were less than impressed. Violet
: You let a stranger use your loo?
What if he comes out and rapes me?! Freddie
) Lets cross that bridge when we come to it.
Blatant Lies: Frequently Played for Laughs. 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! Bowdlerise: Due to the somewhat risky title of Vicious Old Queens, the show title was later changed to the shorter and milder Vicious. The Cameo: Dame Judi Dench as herself. See The Stinger. Camp Gay/ Straight Gay: Stuart and Freddie respectively. Casting Gag: Sir Ian McKellen, one of the greatest theater and film actors today, playing a faded actor whose career peak was a minor character on . Both Jacobi and McKellen have had single-episode guest parts on Doctor Who . Doctor Who Deadpan Snarker: Everyone but Ash. Dirty Old Man: Freddie and Stuart only first invite Ash in because he's handsome and young. Eating the Eye Candy: 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. The Faceless: Balthazar the dog is constantly sleeping in his basket under a blanket, but he's purportedly balding and teetering on the brink of death. Flying Under the Gaydar: 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. The Ghost: Stuart's mother. Until the finalÚ, when she attends their party. Hey, It's That Guy!: Hypocritical Heartwarming: 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. Hypocritical Humor: Episode 5 concludes with Ash and his new girlfriend arguing and tearing into one another, to which Freddie and Stuart comment: Stuart: Do you hear how they talk to each other?! Freddie: 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. Insistent Terminology: 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. Intergenerational Friendship: Ash is Freddie and Stuart's much younger neighbor who befriends them after he moves into the flat above them. Large Ham: Expected when the two leads are Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi. May-December Romance: 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. Mistaken for Gay: 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 Armoured Closet Gay. Ash
: I wanted you to be the first to know. I think I might be—
: I KNEW IT!
: ...in love with my girlfriend!
Monochrome Casting Mrs. Robinson: Violet to Ash. Na´ve Newcomer: Ash, relatively speaking, in comparison to Freddie, Violet, and Stuart. Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted. Noodle Implements: The only explanation to Clive's death is that he suffered horribly and lost a foot. Only Sane Man: Ash. OOC Is Serious Business: In episode 3, Freddie has his minor role on overshadowed by Ash getting a starring role in a small movie; as a result, he starts being nice to everyone, much to their horror. Downton Abbey Phrase Catcher: Stuart, re Violet every time she and Ash are in a scene together:
You remember our friend, Violet?
Real Song Theme Tune: The Communards - Never Can Say Goodbye Running Gag: Every episode has one or two instances of Stuart taking a dreadful phonecall, and a Walk In Chime In or two from Freddie. Freddie and Stuart being insistent that Ash is gay. 'You remember our friend Violet?' (to Ash.) Lampshaded in episode 6. Selective Obliviousness: 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. Shout-Out: Many to , especially since Derek Jacobi played the Master and Ian McKellen was the voice of the Great Intelligence. Doctor Who Sickeningly Sweethearts: 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? The Stinger: The first season finalÚ 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. Suspiciously Specific Denial: 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! Take That, Audience!: 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. Transparent Closet: Despite 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! When I Was Your Age: Occasionally Invoked towards Ash by others due to the large age gap: Violet
: Has anybody said you remind them of
? [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. Vitriolic Husbands: With the occasional Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other. White Dwarf Star: Freddie's acting career never really took off and his only claim to fame was playing a minor character on . He still sees himself as an award-winning actor with a trophy case. Doctor Who