Outnumbered

Via clips on YouTube, I have discovered an extremely funny British sitcom. It’s called Outnumbered, and it’s about a couple and their three kids. That description makes it sound like every other sitcom (especially every other bad sitcom) on the air. What sets this one apart is that it’s funny.

The best member of the cast is the youngest daughter:

The only problem is the show isn’t carried in the U.S., as near as I can tell. Maybe I could find it in southern California, probably in Torrance. I hear it’s raining today. It’s coming down (quite a bit) in torrents.

22 Responses to “Outnumbered”

  1. PaulJ Says:

    You do know, of course, that one of the writers of “Outnumbered” is Andy Hamilton, responsible for (and star of) “Old Harry’s Game” — the BBC radio comedy show set in Hell.

    Also, I understand that “Outnumbered” is partly improvised, which accounts for the kids being so outstandingly natural.

  2. Ron Britton Says:

    PaulJ:

    Actually, I’m unfamiliar with Old Harry’s Game. The U.S. networks killed creative radio back in the 1950s, because they had invested so heavily in television that they didn’t want the competition. As a result, we’ve been almost completely devoid of scripted comedy or drama programs ever since. The inability of the average American to comprehend stories without pictures hasn’t helped.

    Anyway, I’ll look into that show. It sounds like it might be good.

  3. Amy Says:

    thebox.bz!! Plus side, the family is atheist.

  4. Ron Britton Says:

    Amy:

    If I used such web sites, that is exactly the one I would recommend. If I used that web site, my rank would be Extreme User. But nobody here would use such a site, because it makes fair-use-crushing corporations cry.

  5. Jeff Says:

    Oh, that’s priceless! I love how the parents are struggling to find the right things to say in response!

    “What, even idiots?!”

  6. WMDKitty Says:

    Off to a… certain body of water, home to seafaring dealers of products of, ah, ambiguous origin!

  7. NFQ Says:

    LOVE IT. About every five seconds I thought, “Oh, that’s my favorite line, I’ll leave a comment and quote it. Oh wait, that one’s my favorite line…”

  8. YogaforCynics Says:

    Wow…brilliant.
    Can’t see this one making it on American TV, though…

  9. Karma Says:

    “Thank God” for this…it made my whole day!!

  10. OtherRob Says:

    “Even idiots?” had me laughing out loud. :-)

  11. Laurie Says:

    I cannot even choose a favourite line, they were all genius. Will definately be looking for this one. Hopefully they will play it on Canadian television.

  12. Jeff Says:

    I cannot even choose a favourite line, they were all genius.

    If you’re spelling it “favourite”, you’ll probably be getting it soon!

    It won’t come here, of course. The fundies would never stand for a show depicting a young ‘un gettin’ so uppity. Destruction of family values and all.

  13. Parrotlover77 Says:

    You guys act like there is not such a thing as BBC America. And DVDs. This particular show hasn’t been on BBCA yet, but I’m sure it will find its way. All the best of the BBC seems to find its way there. And Star Trek: TNG and X-Files. I don’t really get the last two, but whatever. Dr. Who starts soon and I’m stoked. Matt Smith has been the best surprise. In his interviews, he’s a completely lame emo looking dude with no personality. In Dr. Who I like him better than Tennant — and I liked Tennant.

    Anyway, where was I? Oh yes. This would never be on American television blah blah whine whine and then this.

  14. Parrotlover77 Says:

    inb4 BUT IT WON’T BE THE SAME PROBABLY WATERED DOWN ETC

  15. Jeff Says:

    It won’t be the same; it will be watered down.

    You think any US network wants to field thousands of letters and emails from outraged fundies telling them A) They HAVE to respect their beliefs; B) That little missy wouldn’t be so full o’ sass if her parents did their Jesus-dictated duty and spanked her once in a while?

    God, I fucking hate those people.

  16. Ron Britton Says:

    They always water down stuff for American audiences, because we’re too stupid to appreciate the brilliance of the original.

    Case in point: When Dreamworks agreed to fund and distribute the Wallace and Gromit movie, David Geffen told Aardman they had to get an American to play Wallace. Aardman had to fight to keep Peter Sallis. Can you imagine W&G with his talent? I fear the day he dies. It will be like the day we lost Mel Blanc.

    Anyway, in concession, Aardman had to allow Dreamworks to cast Americans in the other major roles.

    American media ruin every foreign thing they touch. (I admit there are a couple of exceptions to this rule, but they’re damn rare.)

  17. Jeff Says:

    Yes. We screw up everything we do. We can’t even run a Third World dictatorship efficiently.

  18. Jeff Says:

    BTW, I’m watching a four year-old episode of Dr. Who as I type this – “Last of the Time Lords”. Apparently, only the Dr. and the Master are left. I also saw another David Tennant episode recently. Timothy Dalton played the head Time Lord. I assume they all died of embarrassment from his over-acting.

  19. OtherRob Says:

    Dr. Who starts soon and I’m stoked. Matt Smith has been the best surprise.

    I agree with you, PL. I really like him as The Doctor and last season had some really great stuff.

  20. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Most importantly, Moffat used the crack in time McGuffin to wave his hands and magically erase all the present time divergent aspects of the more recent seasons of Who. For example, why people don’t remember the invasion of the Daleks, Cybermen, the Master, etc.

    I was a big fan of that decision. I like Who to be behind the scenes when he’s in present day, so that it feels like I could bump into him accidentally. I wasn’t a big fan of the world-wide crises and Dr. Who being some sort of Batman/Superman hybrid.

  21. Jeff Says:

    OK, now you’ve lost me completely. Truth is, I never really found Dr. Who terribly interesting. To much camp, and even hammier than Star Trek (in its various iterations). I just have it on sometimes as background noise.

    Speaking of the Daleks – They were always kind of a low-rent villain, imo. John Pertwee, the third (I think) Dr., once said, in an interview, “All you have to do is run up a flight of stairs, and they’re screwed!

    Also – fifty years, and they haven’t come up with a less annoying voice? Makes you want to slap the guy who developed it.

  22. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Dude – that was actually a plot point in the first season of the “new Who.” The doctor escapes with the other protaganists up a flight of stairs and laughs at how inadequate they are. Then this happens.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hITg0WQMKeA

    I couldn’t find the actual episode clip (copyright etc probably), but you get the idea.

    The Daleks own.