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A very likeable and funny sitcom.
on 5 September 2012
When I first heard Jack Whitehall was writing his own sitcom I didn't know what to think. Sure, the man is very talented, but he is still quite new to the comedy scene and I wasn't sure if he was yet up to the task of writing an entire comedy series himself. But to be fair to the man, he's pulled it off with style. The show can be absolutely hilarious at times and even more importantly, the characters are actually likeable and you care about what happens to them. Jacks character, Alfie, despite being a complete tool at times, has a good heart and you sometimes even feel bad for him when his schemes go awry. Matthew Horne is also fantastic as Frasier, the schools headmaster who thinks he's down with the kids and is constantly giving Alfie misguided advice on how to handle his students.
Speaking of the students, if the show does have one flaw, it's that the students(as likeable as they are) can seem a bit unrealistic at times, almost like they exist purely for the shows script to work. For instance, the Asian student frequently shouts insults at Alfie in her native tongue, which Alfie then interprets as meaning something else. The joke is used way too frequently and becomes tiring after awhile. That said, the cast of students are quite memorable despite how stereotypical some of them are. (The gay student, the disabled kid etc. )
All in all however, it is a really good show that hopefully in time can turn into an excellent one. It's not full of swearing, it doesn't need to make fun of others for it's laughs and it has a surprisingly big heart. Don't get me wrong though, all that stuff can be great, as the inbetweeners and others have proven. It's just nice to see a comedy in this day and age that doesn't need to be overly offensive to get it's laughs. Jack Whitehall should be very proud of what he's achieved with Bad Education. The show was commissioned a second series after only it's first episode. That must be some kind of record. And in my opinion, Bad Education is probably the best original BBC 3 sitcom ever. Well, maybe after Him and Her, but that's up for debate.