In what will probably comes as a shock to your average teenager but once upon a time we had to wait a week at a time to see our favourite shows. Content binges only existed once a show had finished and you’d waited months for the box set release. In the mid 90s Friday night on Channel 4 was the comedy king and the jewel in its crown was a show we’d all come to see as an extended member of the family, that show was of course smash hit US comedy Friends.
We had a fair old debate about whether or not to jump on this bandwagon. After all, while Black Mirror has its darkly comic moments, it’s a world away from the sort of thing we’d usually talk about.
Then we remembered. This is our blog. We make the rules and we can do whatever we want. In this case, what we want is to see where the newest batch of episodes sits alongside the older ones by making a list of our overall favourites. Continue reading “Black Mirror: Our Top 7 All-Time List”
This one has had us excited for a while, a return to the small screen of one of our favourite shows growing up. It has been 15 years since we last paid a visit to Royston Vasey and it is back and even more disturbing than ever! Some things might have changed, such as the local shop no longer being there and it now has a food bank but the array of odd local residents is still as weird and wonderful as ever!
We love a conversation-starter here at Cup of Beans Towers. That’s why we thought it’d be fun to rank the best British sitcoms of the Noughties and open the debate up to you. Turns out it was quite the decade.
Before we start, some housekeeping. Firstly, we’re only dealing with sitcoms that launched from 2000 to 2009. So you won’t see obviously brilliant shows like Spaced (September 1999) and Him & Her (September 2010).
Secondly, when you inevitably disagree with us, just do it nicely, okay? Good. Let’s crack on.
I’ve always felt that any topic, no matter how extreme, should be fair game in comedy as long as the subject matter is handled in the right way. It was this which drew me towards the recent Viceland TV series Hate Thy Neighbour. The show is spread over 5 episodes in which stand-up Jamali Maddix meets a different group of extremists, ranging from the Black Israelites to the National Socialist Movement in America.
It’s almost Christmas! Here at Cup of Beans Towers we love a Festive special so we thought we’d give you our top 11 Comedy Christmas Specials (in no particular order!). Enjoy…
October 25th, 2015. Respected, award-winning comedian Andrew Lawrence publishes a Facebook post. One of his main arguments seems to be that Mock the Week is shit. If only he’d stopped there, he’d have an uncontroversial opinion bordering on fact. But he doesn’t. Continue reading “The Outcast Comic: Is it fair to leave Andrew Lawrence out in the cold?”
William always wanted to be on a jury. Now, thanks to his central role in James Acaster’s BBC pilot We The Jury, he’s finally been given that honour. Continue reading “We The Jury: You can make up your own pun about reaching a verdict”
Comedies involving unruly kids have never done it for me. It’s not really fair, as there are plenty of other situations I have no personal experience of, but can laugh heartily at in TV land. However, there’s something about parents talking about parenting that just seems to sap all the joy out of life. Continue reading “Motherland: Meeting these parents is time well spent”