YMMV / Nathan Barley

  • Acceptable Lifestyle Targets: Annoying, shallow and superficial tech-savvy hipsters.
  • Better on DVD: There are various subtle plot threads
  • Ear Worm: "Bad, to have a bad uncle/Bad, to have a bad uncle"...
  • Foe Yay: Between Dan and Nathan, sort of. Nathan worships the ground he walks on and seems to have a crush on him, but Dan completely hates him.
  • Ho Yay: Between Dan and Jones, despite limited screentime on the part of Jones. In all their scenes together, Jones is either trying to help Dan, cheer him up, or support his hatred of Nathan. In their final scene together, seeing Dan is on the verge of a breakdown, Jones plays his version of a lullaby to Dan to help him sleep until he passes out himself, and then keeps the music running to avoid Dan being woken up. Despite having a room of his own, Jones curls up on the couch next to Dan, and when Dan wakes up he calls for him. When he spots Jones on the couch beside him Dan stares at him contemplatively for several moments, which distract Dan so much he can't hear the loud obnoxious lullaby music.
  • Misaimed Fandom: both in-text and metatextual; Dan's article satirising the hipsters he's surrounded by sees them venerate him as their icon in the show. On a meta-level, the show is clearly meant to savagely spoof a certain kind of irritating hipster, but that particular audience ended up becoming the show's biggest fans.
  • Vindicated by History: The series didn't do particularly well when first broadcast in 2005, mainly because its subject matter and therefore humour would have been almost incomprehensible to someone without a working knowledge of the sort of "Shoreditch twat" it was ripping apart (bear in mind that this came out two years before the first iPhone was released, when broadband Internet was still on the uptake rather than the standard it is now and social media, YouTube etc didn't exist). The main issue is this: it was ahead of its time. Come 2017 and the things it is parodying are now part of mainstream culture thanks to social media, banal stupidity is even more prevalent than it was at the time (e.g. the imbecilic "prank" videos Barley subjects Pingu to inclusion in are now standard fodder on YouTube, and things like breakfast cereal cafes get press attention and therefore hatred), and post-financial crash the concept of someone spending ridiculous amounts of money on worthless gadgets makes Barley even more hateful and wasteful than he would have been in 2005.
  • What An Idiot: Toby could be described as a regular idiot (i.e. a little dimwitted but harmless enough) while most of the RAPE crew are genuinely completely bereft of intelligence and appear to be in a state of arrested development.
  • The Woobie: Poor, high-strung Pingu.
  • Take That, Audience!: Morris and Brooker were almost certainly taking a few swipes at the obnoxious hipsters who deify them.