A mid-90's Britcom about a trio of flatmates in their mid-twenties.
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:
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Mandy has to explain to Stoat that having a gun means he can do anything he wants to her.
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Played for Laughs. Mandy jokingly asks if the flatmates should keep each other informed of their bowel movements. Matt then walks by, saying "Just going for a dump, I'll be right back."
- Commitment Issues: After only several dates, Mandy begins to feel choked by her boyfriend.
- "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.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Series 2 employed an X and Y titling scheme e.g "Roundheads and Cavaliers", "Heavy Bondage and Custard Creams", etc
- Russian Roulette: After Stoat leaves his gun behind, the boys idly suggest playing Russian Roulette. When they find they cannot open the gun, they test if it is real by shooting the television: it turns out to be real. Bang!
- The Shut-In: Matthew is so agoraphobic, even passing out the front door is enough to induce a panic attack.
- Spot of Tea: Ordered at least Once an Episode.
- 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.
- Two Guys and a Girl: We have the boys Matthew and Martin, and the girl Mandy.
- Women Are Wiser: Subverted. Mandy probably is somewhat more intelligent than the blokes but has a whole host of personality flaws and problems.