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This is the best thing about comedy on BBC ONE just going
on 5 September 2014
This is the best thing about comedy on BBC ONE just going, following the decision to cut My Family off the air it didn't feel as if BBC ONE even had any family sitcoms left, Outnumbered and this last series became the only family sitcom destination. When they say a series is beginning to show its age this quite literally applies to the series of Outnumbered, which is a sitcom that relies on children being children. There was quite a gap between this finally arriving on BBC ONE in the first quarter of 2014 and Series 4 so I thought it was no wonder that subjects like "driving lessons" and "college" began to crop up for the eldest child actor and Karen seemed to make a jump from still little girl in the last series right into teenagerhood for this series.
But whilst the children have aged, you as a viewer are still quite keen to follow their progress and the series really does have the feel of being the last, it was built on improvisation and this really seemed to work really well in the earlier series as it cashed in on the pure randomness that you so often get from actual children but by this series it did start to feel a little bit forced, almost as if they were being told to think of something in every scene. Nonetheless there were some good episodes and if you missed out on this on TV it would still come recommended as there are a couple of really strong episodes still in this series, but a lot of the material is a bit weaker this time around and it doesn't end with any real conclusions.