YMMV: Vicious

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: McKellen and Jacobi each had a crush on the other while they were classmates at Cambridge, though neither of them admitted it at the time. Now they're playing a married couple.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics had a mixed to negative reaction to the pilot and the Black Comedy Rape jokes directed at Violet did not go over well with anyone, but following episodes have been received better and most of the viewers enjoyed the show.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: In one episode, Freddie is despondent because he hasn't heard from his agent lately, and doesn't understand it because "four older actors died last month; the phone should be ringing off the hook!" Stuart tries to comfort him, but this offends Freddie who tells Stuart brusquely not to mention it to the others with his "bizarrely tiny mouth." Stuart, now offended as well, tells him pointedly "I'm sure things will pick up. Perhaps more actors will die soon." He doesn't need to, but follows it up with "Such as yourself!"
  • Wham Line: While playing Truth or Dare, Violet asks Stuart if he's ever slept with a woman. Freddie reacts with great hilarity, figuring the swishy Stuart would never had tried such a thing. Turns out Stuart has, and then:
    Freddie: I don't believe you!
    Stuart: It's true.
    Freddie: You're lying!
    Penelope: No, he isn't. (cue jaws dropping around the room)