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Watch two or three episodes. Then stop.
I don't like this program.

I really don't.

By the end of the first season I thought to myself, this is getting a bit tired, can't the please come up with some new jokes? The core idea seems good, the humour has a glimmer of keen satire behind it. OK Vicky was funny once, that freak in the hotel was amusing a few times, Dafydd was never funny, but they have the potential for real clever humour in there. Can we get some new ideas?

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By the end of season 2 I could take no more. All the clever was gone, washed away in a tide of vomit, cliché, obscenity and vomit. It was like watching a rare and beautiful flower wilt and die.
I don't mind the vomit and obscenity, and found Dafydd funny, but I do agree that they tend to run particular scenes and characters into the ground. Really, such ludicrous characters need to appear maybe 2-3 times before being retired, or at least giving us a bit of a break before they recur.

A few times there were actually funny ones that were the Nth in a long series, but most of the characters outlived their funny rather quickly.
comment #632 Morven 21st Jul 09
I agree with this reviewer wholeheartedly. The best sketches I found, where often the one offs. My two favourites was one the people at a charitable cancer organisation (which was unfortunately deleted from the series), as well as a clever one about Orville the Duck (without Keith Harris).
comment #638 maninahat 22nd Jul 09
Sans the whole obscenity and vomit thing, this all oddly enough describes exactly how I feel about Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.
comment #677 Guest Of Dishonour 28th Jul 09 (edited by: Guest Of Dishonour)
100% agreement, except with Dafydd. I have known the only gay in the village and seeing people send him up (particularly gay people themselves) was sweet. However it got old fast. Like progeria fast.
comment #687 wellinever 29th Jul 09
I made the mistake of watching the whole 1st series in a row. A format based around the same catchphrase joke grows old extremely quickly with repetitive viewing.
comment #699 vampireklepto 30th Jul 09
I have to agree though it's much better than most sketch shows out there.

I don't mind watching it if nothing else is on.
comment #834 sequeena 17th Aug 09
Totally DISAGREE. Little Britain is one of the funniest shows ever, but I also love Keeping Up Appearances, the Mighty Boosh, Darkplace — you see where this is going. Just face it, people, the british are just funnier than americans.
comment #1005 16th Sep 09
I 1:Enjoy Keeping Up Apperance and The Mighty Boosh. 2:Am British. so, um, I can't see where this is going no.
comment #1021 Reg Shoe 19th Sep 09
When there's nothing else on (And this is a very common situation) it's a good programme to watch. But I certainly wouldn't compare it to the likes of Fawlty Towers, or Red Dwarf. Maybe I like it more because I see more satire in it than most people (Honestly, the number of people I know who actually fake disability could fill the Domesday Book), or maybe I'm just of a different disposition to other people. I won't say I disagree with this review, but I will say there are good parts that the reviewer may have missed out on.
comment #1221 2nd Nov 09
My take on Little Britain: it’s like The League Of Gentlemen with all the wit, cleverness and engaging characters removed and replaced with one-note characters spewing forth predictable catch-phrases.
comment #4451 Bananaquit 16th Sep 10
I feel that is a fair description Bananaquit. I also dislike The League Of Gentlemen but at least in that case I can identify why people like it and can see that it is well constructed, just nor my cup of tea whereas Little Britain...
comment #4831 RegShoe 19th Oct 10
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