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YMMV / Little Britain

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  • Acceptable Targets: Homosexuals, overweight people, invalids, old people, trans people... Really, the series' attempts to offend everyone was why critics eventually turned on it.
  • Condemned by History: The series was a hit at the Turn of the Millennium for its of-the-moment satire of British life, colourful catchphrase-driven characters, and lowbrow, shock-driven humour. It was popular enough that a live tour combining reenacted sketches and new pieces was a success as well. However, keeping up its momentum was tough. By Series 3, the established characters and running gags had worn themselves into the ground, the new characters seemed to have no purpose except shock value, and the show and its actors were now so overexposed and overmarketed that audiences were sick of them. Combine that with a critical backlash against the traditional Brit Com format with the success of The Office (UK) and Ricky Gervais, and its days were numbered. The total flop of the retooled Series 4 (Little Britain USA, co-produced with HBO) was the last nail in the coffin. In addition, it didn't age well; its constant pokes at minority groups were controversial enough even at the time, and are now seen as outright cringeworthy. If you ask any teenager who didn't watch it when they were younger, chances are they don't know about it, and if you ask someone who did grow up with it, chances are they regret it. While its leads/creators David Walliams and Matt Lucas have gone on to other successes (the former as a children's author, the latter as an actor in a variety of productions), Little Britain is just a relic of its time. Notably Lucas eventually outright apologised for the content and admitted it was rather insensitive. All of this culminated in the BBC taking repeats and streaming copies of the show out of circulation in 2020, completing its spectacular fall from grace.
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  • Critical Dissonance: The show is often served as a punching bag for critics for its lowbrow humour, but it didn't stop it from being popular with viewers. The fact that the show won a total of 28 awards throughout its run, and how it spawned a lot of merchandise doesn't help either.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A lot of the jokes poking fun at the aforementioned groups can become this depending on what your sense of humour is like.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Both intentional and Played for Laughs on the creators' part. Just about every character is either repugnant or weak. The Prime Minister seemed to be the exception, until it was revealed that he cheated on his wife, illegally sold weapons to Iran (and tried to have the evidence destroyed), and was eventually flanderised into sleeping with everyone except Sebastian. With nobody to cheer for, audiences understandably got tired of watching horrible people get what they want while honest people suffer.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Bernard Chumley trying to seduce an aspiring actor. In the 2010s (particularly 2017), numerous men in the film industry have been outed as coercing young actors into sex in exchange for getting their careers off the ground.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This show is quite popular in Germany.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Sebastian, the prime minister's right-hand man. Come on, guys!
    • Bernard Chumley puts the moves on an actor.
    • Norman Fry "accidentally slipped and fell inside another young man".
    • Des Kaye in Little Britain Live, albeit with pederastic undertones.
    • Everyone around Daffyd Thomas, though he'll deny it.
  • Les Yay:
    • Anne has a fixation on one of the therapists and has an ambiguous gender.
    • In Little Britain Abroad, Maggie tries to seduce Judith, only to throw up when it's pointed out that this makes her a lesbian.
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  • Memetic Mutation: Virtually every single catchphrase in the show was this for a while between 2003 to 2008. Nowadays, considering the show's massive loss in popularity, they (with the possible exception of "Computer says no") all fall under Discredited Meme.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Kenny Craig crossed it when he was revealed to have hypnotised a woman into sleeping with him.
  • Offending the Creator's Own: The series was widely criticized for, among other things, its large number of gay and fat jokes, even though actor and co-creator Matt Lucas is both gay and heavyset.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Boris the Russian babysitter, from episode eight of the first season.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Little Britain: The Video Game. A game so bad that it gained a score of 16% on GameRankings, making it the second lowest-rated game on the site, only to be beaten by Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing. With its uninspired gameplay, glitches and sluggish controls, it's no surprise that it's often considered to among be worst games ever made. It was also published by Blast! Entertainment, a company notorious for producing extremely poor quality licensed video games.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Andy's new caretaker Mrs Mead is Imelda Staunton.
  • The Scrappy: Nearly any character introduced after Series 1 has had a pretty frigid reception compared to the characters introduced from the aforementioned series, and they notably have an increasing dependence on shock-humour. Carol Beers was the major exception, with "computer says no" and variants thereof achieving Memetic Mutation status for a while, and Sir Norman Fry was considered somewhat amusing by the standards of series 3, albeit the "sleazy Tory" stereotype that he embodied was getting old even in 2005.
  • Seasonal Rot: By the time it got to Series 2, the show got a lot of flak for introducing unlikable characters and for its cheap gags just for the sake of shocking the audience. Series 3 is often considered to be just as bad as, if not worse than Series 2, while Little Britain USA is seen as just flat-out terrible.
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: In Austria, Little Britain is shown with subtitles. In Germany, it's dubbed by comedians Oliver Welke and Oliver Kalkofe, who used to have a similar radio show.
  • The Woobie:
    • Lou. He's little more than a slave to Andy and has at one point had to risk his life for the ungrateful lout. Here's his to-do list. Check out the last line.
    • The fatfighters take a lot of abuse. They stand up to Majorie and leave in the series 2 finale, but are back in series 3 because they can't lose weight on their own.


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