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5.0 out of 5 stars
Top Class Comedy from America, 22 Jan. 2006
Well, wow. I should start by saying that I love this show and I think it's the best comedy to come out of America in a very long time, if not ever. I first discovered it whilst reading a raging review in a newspaper; 'Why don't the BBC give this program a chance? It's hilarious!' it said, amongst other praises, and I decided to watch it. It had been, quite unforgivably, given an 11.20, Sunday night, BBC 2 slot, but I just could not see why for the life of me.
The show revolves around the hugely likeable Michael Bluth and his naive son George Michael. When the family business gets into trouble for committing 'light treason' Michael has no choice but to keep his family together and make them understand that they would no longer have pockets full of endless money. Not only does he have to quell their spending habits, but in most cases also their bizzare personailties: his mother Lucille is a spendaholic who doesn't know the price of a banana having never entered a supermarket; twin sister Lindsay also likes to spend and is somehow a very materialistic liberal who must rebel at all costs; her husband Tobias who, we are all sure (but never told), is secretly gay and undoubtedly weird; brother Gob, a failed magician with a simply fantastic humour behind him and the kids too. On top of that he's got his criminal Dad, his pothead Uncle, and his slightly slow younger brother Buster who cannot leave his mother's side even though he is at the end of his 20's.
All in all, the characters make the show. The actors playing them are unbelievably gifted. But the writing is also genious, with references to other shows and people all over the place, a warm narrative from Ron Howard, and situations with so much irony that you can just sit and cry with laughter for hours. If you haven't seen this show, then buy this DVD, watch a few episodes and by the time you get to know the family you will be in love with it too.