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A mid-90's Britcom about a trio of flatmates in their mid-twenties.

Agoraphobic and Ambiguously Bi Jerkass Matthew rents out his home to home to his naive, virginal school friend Martin and gorgeous, but frustrated blonde Mandy.

Though not especially outstanding and now largely forgotten, the show might be regarded as something of a bridge between the earlier and more famous Men Behaving Badly and the later Coupling in integrating an equally (if somewhat differently expressed) dysfunctional female point of view into the show. Mandy was not a wise outsider remaining above the action, but a protagonist in her own right, fully as flawed as the men.

No relation to a 2013 European Disney sitcom. Or the 2015 Canadian teen sitcom.


This program features examples of:

  • "Friends" Rent Control: Only Martin has a steady source of income. Matthew is unemployed (indeed incapable of leaving the flat to get a job) and Mandy is stuck in a series of poorly paying temp positions. Justified in that Matthew's parents left him some money and the house in their will.
  • Ho Yay
  • The Other Darrin: Matthew was originally played by Ben Chaplin, who left after the first season and was replaced by Neil Stuke.
    • Which is gloriously lampshaded in a post-credits sting after the first episode of the second season.
    • And which was potentially confusing, since from promo stills one might have guessed that Oliver Haden, who played Marco, was Chaplin's replacement. Haden's resemblance to Chaplin is much stronger than Stuke's.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Mandy, whose ambition considerably outsrips her talent.
    • Hours after becoming the lead singer of a local band, Matthew assumes that he has creative control.
  • Swear Jar: After Martin had split up with Clare, they had a "Clare Box": in which Martin would have to put 50p every time he mentioned Clare, to be split among the others. Mandy uses the proceeds all in 50p pieces to pay her rent.
    Mandy: I've counted the money in the Clare Box: me and Matt have made over a grand each.
    Martin: Really? So that means (quickly uses calculator) that since we split up, I've mentioned her fifteen times a day.
    Mandy: Really? It felt like a lot more.
  • Women Are Wiser: Subverted. Mandy probably is somewhat more intelligent than the blokes but has a whole host of personality flaws and problems.


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