It’s too good.
That’s it. That’s the whole review. It’s just too good.
Okay, but for the sake of being reasonable. Episodes is a British-American sitcom, loosely following the lives of the writers, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, the comedy duo who gave us the best one season show, The Class.
Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly Lincoln (Tamsin Greig), a comedy-writing couple, move from London to Hollywood to remake their successful British series into an American sitcom. Matt LeBlanc is cast as the lead and very quickly turns their lives upside down (over and over again).
Matt LeBlanc plays an exaggerated, asshole version of himself. His acting is convincing, to a point where if it weren’t for the level of ridiculousness, you could almost believe it was unscripted. Do you love him? Do you hate him? You don’t know. But you know you the show needs him.
And the number of Friends related references had my fangirl heart freaking out.
With the perfect combination of British and American comedy, this show has got to be one of the shows I have enjoyed most from start to finish. The dialogue is quick, drenched in sarcasm, with Sean and Beverly being relatable, lovable characters who are trying to figure out how to best deal with the mess that is Hollywood.
The supporting characters and side stories live up to the hype too. Carol (Kathleen Rose Perkins), the unseemly best friend, who has perfected the pained fake smile. Merc, the boss you hate, but find yourself occasionally enjoying him when he is being mean to someone else you don’t like.
And then there’s Myra (Daisy Haggard). She’s enough reason to watch this show. Her character doesn’t make any sense, but somehow, it’s he funniest thing I have ever seen on television.
If ever you wanted a show that actually provides closure when it ends, this is it. Episodes served the perfect ending that had my insides twisting and turning (in a good way) days later. It was so good that it made me question whether anything I watch is worth it, if not written by Crane and Klarik.
A show within a show within a show. Showception at its best.