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A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Season One (2006)

Stephen Fry , Hugh Laurie , Roger Ordish  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton, Geoffrey McGivern, Ralph Michael
  • Directors: Roger Ordish
  • Writers: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
  • Producers: Roger Ordish
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 212 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FI9ODQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Season One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 7 episodes, including the original 1987 Christmas Special

Editorial Reviews

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The comedy duo of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie arrived on the British airwaves with an arsenal of false mustaches, snooty attitudes, linguistic twistiness, and deranged meta-commentary (which sometimes escalated into meta-meta-commentary). It's fascinating to see the pilot episode of A Bit of Fry & Laurie (included on the Season One DVD), in which all the tools of such comedy are in place, but there is a tentativeness about deploying them. By the first broadcast episode, as they launch into a sketch about a father objecting to his son being taught Biology in school, Fry and Laurie are in full command. Crazed flights of language spill effortlessly from their mouths, be it academic critic-babble or macho business jargon gone strangely awry. Fry and Laurie clearly owe a debt to the Monty Python troupe--in addition to verbal lunacy, Fry and Laurie recognized that when a sketch peaked they could skip on to the next one, often using on-the-street non-sequiturs for transitions--but they quickly found their own brand of whimsy. In a scene from the pilot, Laurie buys a toy car from Fry, which leads to both of them pushing the cars around the tabletop making vroom-vroom noises. The effect is silly but oddly heartwarming. Over the course of six episodes, sketches range from Fry stealing Laurie's brain, to the sad tale of an orphaned puppy's slide into corruption, to their most frequently recurring scenario featuring an MI-5 agent named Tony Mercheson (Laurie) and his affable, coffee-drinking superior, Control (Fry). Long before Fry starred in Wilde and Laurie became a household name in House, they carved out their place in the history of British comedy, somewhere in the lineage between Peter Sellers and Ricky Gervais. This first season captures them at their freshest. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Only a handful of creative works succeed in capturing the totality of human existence, from birth to death, through love, transfiguration and redemption. "A Bit of Fry and Laurie," the BBC television series co-starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, has been said, on two occasions, to be among this group. Over 40 sketches in two programs of fun and frivolity.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A five star comedy June 24, 2006
By Eddy
Format:DVD
'A Bit of Fry and Laurie' ranks as one of the greatest sketch shows ever to hit British television. However its fame is nowhere near as widespread as that of its counterparts 'Fawlty Towers' and 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'. Because of this lower profile it is rarely re-run on television and DVD and VHS releases are very limited. This is why it was with great joy that I heard of the DVD release of their complete first two series.

Having seen what Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie have to offer, it is difficult to understand why they have not had more widespread success. Their humour is fantastically witty and posesses the sophistication and finesse that other programmes so sorely lack. Stephen Fry's manipulation of the English language is always amusing and his talents fused with those of Hugh Laurie are a potent mix. Indeed it may sometimes remind the viewer of their other collaboration on 'Jeeves and Wooster'.

It is great news that this series has finally been committed to DVD and not simply a 'best of'. I would urge all comedy fans to buy this DVD and enjoy what is a top class comedy programme.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!! June 16, 2006
By redSG
Format:DVD
Capitalizing on the success of "House," the BBC have finally decided to release "A Bit of Fry & Laurie" on DVD, and I couldn't be happier. I got hooked on Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry while watching the Blackadder series, and have followed them through to other projects (Laurie's "House" and his book, "The Gun Seller" and Fry's fantastic program in the UK "QI") with great satisfaction. However, being from the States, and living there during the run of "A Bit of..." I hadn't been able to see much of the series til now.

The DVD doesn't disappoint. The duo's comic prowess comes through clear as a bell from the start of the disc. Ironic, urbane, witty, and cheeky--it's British sketch comedy at its best. There's a lot of great word play, and great comic timing throughout. I'd highly recommend it to any fan of BritCom.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sketch shows ever! June 29, 2006
By P.B.
Format:DVD
Four seasons were not enough of this wonderful, hilarious show written and performed solely by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie (okay, in the fourth series they had some famous guests like Imelda Staunton and Phyllida Law and a few extras here and there throughout the run of the show, but mostly, it was just the two of them.)

Their writing is amazing and their performances are doubly so. I highly recommend buying these discs. Fantastic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of Legends January 12, 2012
By Ari T
Enjoy the early work of legendary comedians and actors, Steven Fry and Hugh Laurie. Their timing, wit, and character development is impeccable. If you're looking for peccable comedy, go elsewhere. If you're looking for intellectual, smart humor, or if you're British and are looking for humour, then this is your episode. Also works great on removing pet stains.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome! April 30, 2006
Format:DVD
i'm so glad they're finally putting this show out on DVD (and not just 'the best of')! Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are hilarious in this show, the skits they do, portraying different characters (even women); they have to be a top comedic duo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Brilliant! November 7, 2011
Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are an amazing team. The timing, the wordplay, the wit. In a word--brilliant. Watch this show. You'll love it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before "House" January 29, 2007
Format:DVD
Before Hugh Laurie was the acerbic Dr. House, he was half of the comedy team of Fry and Laurie. Their bits are often sophisticated, sometimes silly, and occasionally incomprehensible to the US viewer (references to fellow Britians). Can't stop at one--better just order season 2 while you're at it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They look so young! January 16, 2007
By M. Lake
Format:DVD
Before they were the crusty misanthropic doctor in the TV series House and the king of plummy voice-overs, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry were overeducated sketch comedians. Their BBC shows were quirky, hit-and-miss affairs in the post-Monty Python vein, and are a worthy slice of British TV history from the late 1980s. These shows were designed as half-hour throwaway entertainment, and so they're not something you'll study over and over again, but they're entertaining nonetheless.
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