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League of Gentlemen 3 Seasons 2002

Season 3
(15) IMDb 8.5/10

5. Beauty and the Beast TV-Y CC

Discovering his hidden talent as a masseuse, Charlie offers a little extra to his clients and ends up falling for Tony.

Starring:
Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton
Runtime:
30 minutes
Original air date:
October 24, 2002

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garry Messick on July 5, 2005
Format: DVD
The first two series of The League of Gentlemen are a wonderful mixture of sketch comedy and soap opera, with elements of horror and drama. Series 3 is even better. The phenomenally talented Gentlemen take their bizarre formula to its zenith here, producing what in essence are 6 brilliant short films that all climax with a different perspective on the same event. I was floored by these shows - their originality, inventiveness, grotesque hilarity, and surprising moments of poignancy. The portrayal of characters goes way beyond the sort of one-dimensional caricature you normally associate with TV comedy. The residents of Royston Vasey, no matter how strange, feel vibrantly, believably real. This is a testament to the incredible acting talent of Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, and Steve Pemberton, who, along with Jeremy Dyson, also write this unique program. Quite exhilerating, in its occasionally sickening way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corlin Allrich on May 2, 2005
Format: DVD
For many fans, the third series is one that you'll LOVE or HATE. Personally, I loved it.

The biggest changes are 1) the elimination of the laugh track (thank god!!) and 2) the featuring of one or two characters per episode. The 3rd series is quite dark, but ties in together very nicely at the end of the series.

If you are a fan of the first two series, check this one out....be prepared to be disappointed. But, if you're like me, be prepared to be AMAZED!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Perry on December 5, 2006
Format: DVD
The 3rd series of League of Gents is one of the best if viewed from the overall arch of the 6 stories tied together with an Amores Perros-like moment. It think it's correct, as other reviewers have noted, that this series is made up of short films, and as such, it works brilliantly.

While this series is more story driven than the two previous, I think this really elevates this series from other Brit Coms. Take Little Britain, which is entirely character-driven, for comparison and you know that you have something really special (and also very depraved).

I do see why some Gents fans would not like this series. They "kill off' two of the best characters Edward & Tubbs at the beginning of the first episode. Now that takes real balls. But It prevents this show from turning into the worst parts of Little Britain (predictable characters that become less humorous with more appearances).

The Gents takes their characters to new highs (or lows) and there are some truly shockingly funny scenes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A music fan on July 4, 2005
Format: DVD
The first two series of "The League of Gentlemen" were fantastic, but it's the third that elevates the show into cult history. The bloody, demented sitcom is now a series of six short films, all linked together by the fatal car accident that ends each episode.

The third series sees the return of fan favorites like Pauline, the monstrous restart officer with a passion for pens; Geoff Tipps, the squat, gun-toting businessman with the world's shortest fuse; Charlie and Stella, a bitter, bickering couple with an invisible daughter, Julie; and even Papa Lazarou, one of television's scariest villians, who kidnaps local women and forces them to travel with him as part of his sideshow. We're also introduced to new characters like aspiring magician Dean Tavalouris, Dr. Carlton, a physician who loves child's party games, and Keith Drop, the Charity Shop's new clerk with a sinister secret. Car bombs and kidnappings, a prosthetic arm with a mind of its own, beauty pagaents, an invincible car called Maxie Power- the third series of "The League of Gentlemen" is darker, sicker, more twisted than the two that came before. Highly recommended for fans of black humor.
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Season 1 was quite funny, season 2 built upon that, but season 3 seems to have missed a beat somewhere.

They changed the opening theme music for this season, and it's not nearly as 'atmospheric' as the original theme. They also changed the entire structure of the story-telling format ... instead of each episode containing multiple skits showing different characters, in this season each episode follows one character / character set for the entire episode. Many of the skits were still fairly funny, but unfortunately the best running skit from previous seasons (the Local Shop) ends in the first episode. We are introduced to another really really weird character (Papa Lazarous) but they don't explore him & his back-story nearly enough.

Overall I felt this season was simply not as funny ... they clearly put more time & effort into character development (having a whole episode to work with rather than a 10 minute sketch will do that for you), but in my view that took away from the overall humor and feel of the program rather than enhanced the stories being told.

Even as such, it was still worth watching.

From across all 3 seasons, here's my thoughts:

Really Really Funny: Edward and Tubbs from the Local Shop ("What's all this shouting about, we'll have no trouble here!", "You heard the man Tubbs ... get undressed"), old ladies at the charity shop, Harvey the toad guy, Chinnery the vetrinarian

Just Not Funny: chavs at the video store, the washed up one-hit-wonder, Legz Akimbo, Herr Lipp, Charlie and Stella the arguing couple, the magazine stand proprieters

Other characters or story lines are pretty much in the middle ... sometimes a bit boring or tedious with a few bright spots and occasional laughs.
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