After the naffest theme tune in TV history you get a sitcom that is every bit as naff - but in a fantastically self-aware way. In the first episode Sean shows how his flat is overlooked by a studio audience, and that his local shop and pub are both studio sets only a few paces away from his flat.
The series mocks itself and the sitcom genre. In one episode there's a running joke about the script containing typos (Sean's mate walks into the room with a lamp, only to be told that the script was wrong and it should have been a limp). And throughout all seven episodes there are running gags which not hilarious to start with, become part of an in-joke that cements you into the series.
It's difficult to pin-point exactly why this is so good. It isn't always that funny, but it is perfectly represents `90s media - at a time when everything was desperate to be cutting edge, arty, and make an impression - this show does it by blowing it all apart and looking like the opposite. Although the show constantly acknowledges that it is a TV show, the character of Sean always seems real, in one episode the script writers analyse how men can empathise with him but are ultimately glad they aren't him.
In a nutshell: A blast of `90s nostalgia which hasn't dated badly. This isn't a laugh a minute, but it is definitely enjoyable. It's not often that we get to see a TV series dissect the emotional side of a thirty-something man, but here we get it all - and in a quirky but intimate set. There are no special features on this disk, not even a commentary
I think we all have our own show running in our heads, a place where we can try and get a perspective by talking to ourselves and our own `studio audience', and with this DVD we can become part of Sean's audience.