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This review is from: Life's Too Short - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)I watched three episodes on TV and I enjoyed them but didn't go out of my way to watch the rest. Is that an indication that I can take it or leave it, or an indication that I rarely know which day of the week it is and kept missing it? Probably a bit of both if I'm honest.
I have to agree with the content of the majority of the negative comments posted here but I think 1-2 stars is overly harsh.
Compare it to My Family, The Thin Blue Line, 'Allo 'Allo, Keeping Up Appearances, Last of the Summer Wine, Bread etc (all in the top 50 most popular sitcoms of all time) and then think about whether it deserves 1 Star.
If you are making comparisons to two of the greatest comedy programs in TV history, of course it won't score as highly and of course there will be similarities.
The principle criticisms I think are:
1) That Warwick Davis plays a Ricky Gervais character.
2) That the style and delivery are no longer cutting edge and surprising.
That doesn't make it poor, it just means that it is written by the same people and not quite as good and groundbreaking as the Office and Extra's were.
For a five-star rating, I would have preferred to see the whole series as a documentary about the making of a spoof documentary as I think that yet again the program is mainly about providing entertainment for Ricky, with the viewers being largely incidental (having seen the "Froggy Day in London Town" podcast). Keep this at the back of your mind while watching and you might enjoy it more.
I suspect the DVD will contain lots of outtakes and "behind the scenes" stuff (of Ricky rolling around on the floor and getting overly excitable about putting a dwarf in a toilet) and that will probably make it a worthwhile purchase (for some).