Web Video / Four Blokes Without Telly
Ever wondered what a foursome of film students with the trend to fall into bizarre situations would do if they accidentaly tossed their TV out of the window? No? Then watch this series to know that thing you hadn't thought about.'''Un Año Sin Televisión'''
("A Year Without Television", also called "UASTV", also called "Four Blokes Without Telly") is an Argentinian Web Original
Youtube series, in which their four main characters have to survive the extreme situation of living without the comfort of TV
The first episode
saw the light in 5/13/2011. The series finale, a "Chrismas Special Episode
," was uploaded Chrismas 2011. The series have a fair known fanbase, and they became small Internet celebrities in their hometown, being theirs the first web series from La Plata (and really the first Argentinian taken seriously, both from the fans and the production side of the series). The series is produced by Tangram Productions
They have a web page
and a Facebook page
.Note from the troper
: This trope originaly was going to have the same title as the series, but given that Internes does not accept the "Ñ" character in hyperlinks, the title would have been "Un Ano Sin Televisión," which is the Spanish translation for "An Anus Without Television."
- Acting for Two/Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Matías and the photographer Willy
- Ambiguously Bi: Pedro, who attracts nearly everyone without even trying, doesn't shy away from the attention.
- Arson Murder And Jay Walking
: Travel to the past to prevent your parents from f***ing on December 24, so that you won't be born on Friday the 13 and your mother won't die and you won't ruin everyone's lives
: And the TV won't be broken
: Are we doing this? Are we going to fix your life? Matías
: And stop the TV from breaking!
- The Boxing Episode: Episode 2.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
- When Matías talks to the audience in Episode 1, and when Pedro walks in for the first time.
- Also in Episode 7 Matías is singing in the split screen, with Cristian on the other side and Cristian pushes Matías' side away.
- An ad pops up at the bottom of episode 8. (And Hernán reacts to it.)
- Also, Cristian tries to pick up a girl because "it's the series finale."
- Brick Joke:
Cristian: Don't you have a test today?
- Callback: In episode 4, Hernán casually mentions that, to occupy their time, they should set up a cumbia band. 2 episodes later, they start up a cumbia band, but Hernán doesn't understand cumbia because he's never fallen in love. The next episode, they're broke because they spent all their money making their music video, which got popular, so they ended up victims of the fast life of drugs, women, and alcohol.
- Cargo Ship: In-Universe. The song "Un Año Sin Televisión" by La Banda de Cristian begins like a typical love song—until you realize that they're singing about the TV.
Te amo, te amo, siempre te amaré.
Te amo, te amo, no puedo vivir sin vos.
Me paso todo el día en el sillón,
No sé que hacer un año sin televisión.
I love you, I love you, I will always love you.
I love you, I love you, I can't live without you.
I spend all my time on the couch,
I can't live a year without television.
- Catapult Nightmare: Matías
Pedro: Ooooobvio! (Obviously.)
Cristian: No puedo/puedes/puede fallar. (I/You/It can't fail.)
Matías: Siempre, tengo razón. (I'm always right.)
- Christmas Special: The eighth (and last) episode. (Which is actually set in summer.)
- Comically Missing the Point: Hernán tries to break some bad news to Pedro.
Hernán: You remember when your parents got divorced?
Pedro: Yes! Two bedrooms and twice the toys.
Hernán: No, bad example. Now we don't have even one room for the four of us. And don't mention toys.
Pedro: We're getting a divorce?
- Cultural Translation: In order to prove that there's no such thing as bad luck, Matías starts to chant, "Menem Menem." English dub translates this as Nixon. While both of them are well-known politicians, "Nixon" is not known to be as much of a bad luck chant as "Menem."
- Cutaway Gag: Diaper scene must be the very best example.
- Death by Childbirth: Hernán's mother
- Face of the Band: In-Universe. La Banda de Cristian (Cristian's Band)
- Four Is Death: Double Subversion. These guys have survived lot of episodes being four and nobody getting killed. Until Episode 7.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: But not solid. Characters may tend to change their behavior depending on the situation or episode. Generally, as follows:
- Sanguine: Cristian
- Choleric: Matías
- Melancholic: Hernán
- Leukine: Pedro
- Gag Series
- Homoerotic Subtext: Pedro/Cristian
- I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: Franco's colorful lollipops
- I've Heard of That — What Is It?
Cristian: No, Pedro, the other solution.
Pedro: Ah, the other solution. (Pause) What other solution?
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is a "misterio" (mystery).
- Impossible Genius: Hernán did perfumed his butt with his invention after going to the toilet.
- Also, he cloned Matías after being shot and killed in the previous episode.
- In-Series Nickname: Mauri-Mauricio
- Ironic Episode Title: Episode 8 is called "El Misterio de la Inmaculada Concepción" (The Mystery of the Immaculate Conception). It's a Christmas Episode in that it was uploaded around Christmas, and had the boys going back in time to Christmas Eve years ago to investigate another "conception." However, the episode is actually set in the summer.
- Lampshade Hanging:
- Episode 1, when Matías talks about learning about stuff the previous season, he remembers it doesn't exist.
- Also Matías calls Cristian liar in Episode 3, saying that what Cristian just said ET's plot.
- Episode 4 begins with Cristian standing up to tell his (and Matías's) drug addition story at Narcóticos Anónimos. He says he can't remember how long ago it was, but ... (flashbacks to the story) Around the 8:00 minute mark, we're back with Cristian as he finishes with "those were the most dangerous and deadly 8 minutes of our lives."
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others
Cristian: The best directors started out making music videos: Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Orson Welles, Fantino.
- Laugh Track
- Leitmotif: Pedro's background cheer
- Lovable Nerd: Matías
- Musical Episode: Episode 7.
- My Own Grampa: In the final episode, we find out that Cristian is Hernán's father, when the boys try to go back in time to prevent Hernán from being born on Friday the 13th.
- Negative Continuity: UASTV has said that in Episode 7 a character was going to die, but probably they were going to put it in the next episode like nothing happened. That character happened to be Matías.
- Nobody Poops: Subverted.
- Parody Name/Self-Parody: "Four Blokes Without Telly"
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
Hernán: It's the best Christmas of my life.
Matías: It's summer. It shouldn't be snowing.
Hernán: (clenched teeth) Best. Christmas. Of my life!
- Raw Eggs Make You Stronger: Cristian attempts to down raw eggs in his Training Montage, but ends up throwing up.
- Sentient Vehicle: Episode 3.
- Sexy Secretary: Episode 2.
- The Scream: Matías, when he wakes up as a sailor.
- Sitcom: Completely based on.
- Shout-Out: Extra fun is looking for them. That's why the list is under spoiler tag, so you don't get tempted on the way down to the next tropes. Some of them are:
- Episode 1: Friday the 13th, Titanic (1997)
- Episode 2: Rocky
- Episode 3: ET The Extraterrestrial, Wayne's World, Sonic the Hedgehog
- Episode 4: Scarface (1983), Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction
- Episode 5: Rear Window, Jeopardy!
- Episode 6: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, That '70s Show
- Episode 7: JFK, The Bourne Series, The Informant, All the President's Men, Scooby-Doo, Dora the Explorer
- Episode 8: Back to the Future, Miracle on 34th Street
- And all those movie posters on the wall of their apartment, with the obvious intention of distract you from the bad acting.
- Sudden Downer Ending: Implied, but Kill 'em All.
- Suddenly Always Knew That: Franco, who plays the guitar when the boys need one for their band. Justified as Cristian had previously mentioned that Franco has "superpowers."
- 13 Is Unlucky: First episode's first joke.
- Training Montage: As an obvious Rocky Shout-Out when Cristian tries to lose some weight.
- Translated Cover Version: Why see a litel siluetu of a man, scaramush, sacamush, will yu du the fandangu.
- Villain Song: Delivered by Franco
- Viral Marketing: Short videos about the characters were posted online before the show began.