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Men Behaving Badly: Series One [DVD] [1992]

Martin Clunes , Caroline Quentin    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin, Leslie Ash, Neil Morrissey, Ian Lindsay
  • Format: Full Screen, Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 May 2000
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TL97
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,278 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The pageant of boorishness and slobbery known as Men Behaving Badly launched itself upon an unsuspecting audience in 1992. Over the course of six episodes, Gary (Martin Clunes), the disgruntled manager of a security alarm company, struggles to break up with his long-suffering girlfriend Dorothy (Caroline Quentin) while competing with his aimless flatmate Dermot (Harry Enfield) for the attentions of their fetching new upstairs neighbour Deborah (Leslie Ash). The plots are built on contrivances like a chess match over opera tickets or an attempt at seduction via a synthesized flamenco guitar, but the humor always springs from the petty, careless, and generally inane behavior of Dermot and Gary. Gary persuades Dorothy to accept an open relationship, then becomes consumed with jealousy when she sees another man; Dermot tries to persuade Deborah to relieve their basic needs while her boyfriend is in Singapore. It could be tiresome squalor--and according to reviews, the American remake of the show (featuring Rob Schneider and Ron Eldard) was just that--but Clunes and Enfield invest this pair of clods with enough humanity to make their mishaps both excruciating and funny. Enfield left after this first sextet of episodes; Clunes and Enfield's replacement Neil Morrissey took the show to five more series, but Enfield's charming dimness makes this first series worth a look. --Bret Fetzer

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The pageant of boorishness and slobbery known as Men Behaving Badly launched itself upon an unsuspecting United Kingdom in 1992. Over the course of six episodes, Gary (Martin Clunes), the disgruntled manager of a security alarm company, struggles to break up with his long-suffering girlfriend Dorothy (Caroline Quentin) while competing with his aimless flatmate Dermot (Harry Enfield) for the attentions of their fetching new upstairs neighbor Deborah (Leslie Ash). The plots are built on contrivances like a chess match over opera tickets or an attempt at seduction via a synthesized flamenco guitar, but the humor always springs from the petty, careless, and generally inane behavior of Dermot and Gary. Gary persuades Dorothy to accept an open relationship, then becomes consumed with jealousy when she sees another man; Dermot tries to persuade Deborah to relieve their basic needs while her boyfriend is in Singapore. It could be tiresome squalor--and according to reviews, the American remake of the show (featuring Rob Schneider and Ron Eldard) was just that--but Clunes and Enfield invest this pair of clods with enough humanity to make their mishaps both excruciating and funny. Enfield left after this first sextet of episodes; Clunes and Enfields replacement Neil Morrissey took the show to five more series, but Enfields charming dimness makes this first series worth a look. --Bret Fetzer


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Every saga has a beginning... 29 Dec 2010
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Like most MBB fans, I got into the series somewhere in the middle. In fact, the very first episode I saw was "Babies" from Series 4 on VHS - immediately followed by "Infidelity" and "Pornography". After those three brilliant episodes, I set myself a mission to collect the lot - which at the time involved quite an extensive search for the very elusive Series 1.

The quick-fire humour is very fluent throughout the later series. So it comes as a surprise to watch the very dry and slower pace of the 'pilot' series retrospectively. Gags such as "Do you know what hurts the most?", "Getting your balls caught between two bricks, gotta be" [sic] are almost non-existent in these early episodes, and at times you find yourself almost wishing for an reason to laugh throughout the scenes that pose very little slapstick action by comparison.

There's no denying that MBB was produced at the right time, with the gap in the market for such a comedy to blossom as well as it did. And it continued to grow from strength to strength; after all, since when do we get anything right first time? The introduction of a fairly serious-but-mischievous Tony was a welcome change. Making him more stupid as the series progressed provided the catalyst for some memorable moments, (remember the snake he bought in the pub?) But it's surprising how few people realise that Harry Enfield starred in the first series, and yet it set the foundations for one of the funniest award-winning comedies of the last 20 years.

Series 1 does have some comedy-gold moments... "This lady has a question about cushion care", "Sorry, I don't care about cushions".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The first series of MBB always seems to be neglected - who even remembers that Harry Enfield came before Neil Morrissey? After it took so long for this series to be released on video I was surprised to see it so soon on DVD.
Harry Enfield as Dermot is absolutely superb, it's a huge shame that he chose not to continue in the role.
And this series sets so much of the scene for the subsequent series that it is an absolute essential purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Enfield episodes 4 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
Gary works in an office with hen-pecked George and perpetual spinster Anthea. He lives with girlfriend Dorothy, a nurse who has been trying to get him to the altar - unsuccessfully - for two years. Following a bust-up with his girlfriend Dermot,a friend of Gary,moves in as a lodger but gets behind with the rent. A new tenant Deborah takes the flat upstairs and both men seek to vie for her attention
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5.0 out of 5 stars Men behaving Badly series 1 22 Mar 2013
By Alawes
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fantastic,great series with Harry Enfield and Martin Clunes,Recommended too anyone who loves great comedy;-) 5 stars.fast delivery!!! Excellent, great value .
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3.0 out of 5 stars There Was A Time Before Tony... 17 Jan 2013
By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I'm a big fan of Men Behaving Badly, and watched them first time round, as well as on other TV channels, so I figured why not get this?

For those of you who don't know, Gary (Martin Clunes) had his own flat - which he shared with Dermot (Harry Enfield). He was going out with Dorothy (Caroline Quentin), but it was an on-off thing. Gary works at a security company where he teases his colleagues, especially Athea - though he's quite rough with George.

This series introduces us to Debs (Leslie Ash) who is depressive girl who seems to always find the wrong men, not achieve what she wants, and has to deal with Dermot - who's persistent.

Don't get me wrong, this is a good series, but this first set of episodes really didn't light my fire. I didn't like Dermot as the flatmate, not because I'm a fan of Neil Morrisey (though Tony really did make the show); I just felt he didn't gel well with Debs, and he was portrayed as too dumb. Dorothy got better with time too, and I think Gary was far too arrogant this series too. There are some funny moments though, like the chess episode.

As someone else has pointed out, this isn't the best mastering either, the sound sounds a bit tinny at times and echoed, also the picture isn't the finest remaster either. Still, it beats having ads in the middle of it.

At the price Amazon are advertising this, it is worth picking up if you're an Enfiend fan, otherwise fans should really consider the Men Behaving Badly: The Complete Collection [DVD] as it includes all the Comic Relief specials too, and is a nice tribute to the show which celebrated 20 years.
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