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Rome is traditionally imagined as the home of emperors and senators, generals and gladiators, a dignified theatre of pomp and ceremony. But what about the little guys, the wasters--new to the big city, stuck in office jobs, unable to get the girls?
Plebs follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city--a city that happens to be ancient Rome.
The series stars Friday Night Dinner's Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry (White Van Man) and Ryan Sampson (After You’ve Gone) as the three young men Marcus, Stylax and their lazy slave with an attitude problem, Grumio.
Now here's a surprise. Plebs may have slipped under many people's radars prior to its relatively quiet debut on ITV2, but off the back of growing word of mouth, the show's DVD release became just a little more anticipated. With good reason too: even though the central idea may sound a bit gimmick, Plebs is something of a comedy pleasure. It's not a classic, but it's an assured and entertaining maiden run.
The foundations of the show ask the idea just what it was like to be an everyday, nine-to-five worker in the midst of ancient Rome. Thus we follow two men, Marcus and Stylax, along with their slave Grumio, who show us the answers to that question. Ryan Sampson, in fact, steals the show as the lazy Grumio, but the charm of his co-stars, Tom Rosenthal and Joel Fry shouldn't be overlooked.
There are plenty of laughs throughout Plebs, even though there's potential for more, and often, it's the delivery of the material that lifts it, rather than the sense of excellent scripts at the heart of it all. But then, there are plenty of good ideas, and it's an entertaining, well-realised show. What's more, it feels as if there's plenty left in the tank here for a second series, too. --Jon Foster
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on 20 May 2016
Kept catching trailers for the 3rd series on TV which made me laugh and thought I'd give it a try with series 1. It is funny and very well observed, using identifiable modern situations/themes etc (like a 'office' water cooler being an actual person with a jug of water) but transposing them into Roman times. Comparisons have been drawn with the In-Betweeners but I think this is far superior in most ways. The cast are better (brilliant Doon MacKichan), the story-lines (although still with dirty humour) are funnier and sharper and the production values are very extravagant and impressive (you get a lot for your money in Bulgaria!). Some guest appearances, like Danny Dyer are just great bonuses too. I can see why there is a 3rd series and am looking forward to getting the second and the third and even a fourth?
on 1 September 2013
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It's original, always good-natured and very funny. The cast fit their roles perfectly, and Grumio is somehow adorable, even with his deadpan face, awful accent and terrible haircut! No-one would buy him? I would!
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Love Plebs, just wish they were longer episodes, very funny loved it.
I do find this very funny but my partner hates it so I dare not get the next season! Like Marmite I suppose.
I love these series! Best comedy for years, except a little too rude
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