Recently I have been watching a lot of new shows on Netflix, I just finished Sons of Anarchy about a month ago, and I just finished re-watching Black Books and The IT Crowd as well as watching The Inbetweeners for the first time. I know people are always looking for shows to binge on Netflix, so I thought I would give some of my Netflix recommendations!
I am a HUGE fan of British television, and if you have already visited my page then you already now how much I love Doctor Who haha. I also love British comedy, it’s much more subtle than American comedy and a lot more raunchy and dry, which I absolutely love! There are a lot of good choices for British comedies out there, but here are my top choices!
Black Books (2000-2004)
Black Books was a British comedy that was created by Irish comedian Dylan Moran (Bernard Black) and Graham Linehan (the creator of The IT Crowd).
The series focuses on Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), who is the owner of a London book shop called Black Books. Along with his assistant Manny (Bill Bailey) and his long-time friend Fran (Tamsin Greig), Bernard gets into all sorts of hilarious hijinks.
Dylan Moran is absolutely hilarious in this show and has some of the best lines in every episode. His character Bernard Black is best described as a miserable, and cynical man who smokes and drinks and he hates customers in his book shop, referring to them as “bastards.”
Bernard’s assistant Manny (Bill Bailey) is a sweet and caring man, but isn’t the brightest bulb. Manny is an accountant and takes care of the shop’s business and finances, while Bernard just complains about everything, customers included. Bernard abuses Manny both verbally and physically, berating him for being completely useless and never thanks Manny for taking care of the shop’s business and finances.
Fran (Tamsin Greig) is also a cynical person who finds herself often butting heads with Bernard, mostly because of how he unfairly treats Manny. Fran and Manny get along very well and both have to deal with Bernard’s negative attitude.
Black Books is one of the funniest shows I have ever watched. The writing is great, the acting is great and the comedic timing of Dylan Moran is just perfect! If you are looking for a good comedy definitely check out Black Books!
The IT Crowd (2006-2013)
The IT Crowd was a British comedy that was created by Graham Linehan and aired on Channel 4 from 2006-2013. It ran for four series and even though a fifth series was ordered, it was never produced.
The series focuses on Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade), Roy Trenneman (Chris O’Dowd) and Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson), three employees of The IT department in the London offices of the fictional Reyholm Industries. Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson) is hired as the new relationship manager in the IT department, despite not knowing a single thing about computers. The show is known for the iconic line “Hello IT, have you tried turning it off and on again?”
Throughout the series Moss, Roy and Jen work under different bosses, Denholm Reyholm (Chris Morris) and later his son Douglas Reyholm (Matt Berry).
Moss (Ayoade) is a computer genius, but is very socially awkward and doesn’t understand how to interact with people outside of his group of friends in the IT Department.
Roy (O’Dowd) is shy around women in his building and finds himself doing whatever he can to sleep with women. Roy has unsuccessful relationships with women because he cannot show any emotion, even if he has to attend a funeral.
Together Moss and Roy like to play pranks on Jen, taking advantage of her lack of IT knowledge. In fact she knows so little about computers, she doesn’t know what IT stands for haha. Moss and Roy convince Jen that typing Google into Google will destroy the internet haha. Despite the way Moss and Roy prank and try to humiliate Jen, the three of them become close friends.
The IT Crowd is one of the best comedies I have ever watched and has some of the most iconic lines and has a bit of a cult following now. If you are looking for a great comedy with engaging characters and lots of laughs, then definitely give The IT Crowd a look!
The Inbetweeners (2008-2010)
The Inbetweeners was a british comedy that was created by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris.
The series focuses on Will McKenzie (Simon Bird) and his three friends: Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas), Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison), and Jay Cartwright (James Buckley) and their attempts to navigate all of the obstacles of adolescence and overcoming all the trials and tribulations that adolescent teenagers have to encounter.
The show takes place in England in the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive, where Will (Simon Bird) is a new transfer.
The Inbetweeners has a great cast, lots of laughs and pretty engaging and likable characters, and despite Will being an extremely annoying character at times, this show is still worth a watch. Watching this series actually took me back to my High School days and just remembering how awkward I was back then haha.
Will (Simon Bird) is the smartest of the bunch, but doesn’t have much of a filter and finds himself in very awkward situations as a result. He is the most level-headed of the group and considers himself to be the most mature and he acts as the voice of reason for the group.
Simon (Joe Thomas) is Will’s best friend and is a nice guy, but is the most cynical of the group and is short tempered and is shown to get angry and shout when provoked by various people in his life.
Jay (James Buckley) is the most immature of the group and tells the most ridiculous lies about all these girls that he has had sexual encounters with. Jay is very vulgar and is insulting towards the opposite sex and has no idea how to talk to girls.
Neil (Blake Harrison) is dim-witted and is the only one who believes Jay’s tall tales. Neil is the most successful with girls out of the entire group and because of his slow dim-witted nature he tends to be happy and carefree.
The Inbetweeners is another great comedy with interesting and likable characters. The writing is great and the acting is great as well. If you are looking for a funny comedy with great characters than look no further than The Inbetweeners!
Those are My Top Picks for TV Comedy Recommendations on Netflix!
What say you? Have you seen any of these shows? If so, what did you think? Are there any shows you would like to add to my list? Whatever your thoughts let me know!