It's a sitcom. It's set entirely in a northern pub (in Manchester, I think). It revolves around the customers and staff who exist in a twilight world that many people know little of. And it's superb!
Mixing working class humour and moments of genuine pathos, the most obvious comedy to compare Early Doors with is 'The Royle Family' which is unsurprising as they share one of the same writers (Craig Cash).
A great cast and great writing make Early Doors an absolute gem of a comedy that I'm certain most people would fall in love with (if the Beeb showed it on BBC1 in a proper and regular timeslot). Buy this and you'll soon be shouting catchphrases such as 'No thanks. I'll stay on me own' without any embarassment whatsoever.
Buy both series and you'll be weeping (with laughter) at the untimely demise of Joan's mother's tortoise (JOAN: 'Don't be like that, Tommy. He was like one of the family' TOMMY: 'I can see the resemblance'). You'll be on the edge of your seat as the drama of Jean's missing bag of Maltesers unfolds. You'll feel Joe's pain as he reveals his marriage is in trouble after inadvertently going for a slash in his wife's wardrobe. You'll share the distress when it is revealed that the saucy double act 'Twin Cheeks' aren't really sisters after all. And your eyes will glaze over as Eddie reveals yet more details about the temporary traffic lights.
If you like your jokes to be clearly signposted for you (My Family, Two Pints Of Lager, etc.) as well as corny and unfunny (My Family, Two Pints Of Lager, etc.) then you may not 'get' Early Doors. For those of you with a proper sense of humour, however, I strongly recommend you buy both series of this tremendous comedy.
To the regiment! I wish I was there!