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Men Behaving Badly - Seasons 1 & 2 (British TV Series) (2000)

Martin Clunes , Caroline Quentin , Martin Dennis  |  NR |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin, Leslie Ash, Neil Morrissey, Ian Lindsay
  • Directors: Martin Dennis
  • Writers: Simon Nye
  • Producers: Beryl Vertue
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00069WF9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Men Behaving Badly - Seasons 1 & 2 (British TV Series)" on IMDb

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The pageant of boorishness and slobbery known as Men Behaving Badly launched itself upon an unsuspecting United Kingdom in 1992. Gary (Martin Clunes), the disgruntled manager of a security alarm company, struggles to break up with his long-suffering girlfriend Dorothy (Caroline Quentin) while competing with his aimless flatmate Dermot (Harry Enfield) for the attentions of their fetching new upstairs neighbor Deborah (Leslie Ash). The plots are built on contrivances like a chess match over opera tickets or an attempt at seduction via a synthesized flamenco guitar, but the humor always springs from the petty, careless, and generally inane behavior of Dermot and Gary. Gary persuades Dorothy to accept an open relationship, then becomes consumed with jealousy when she sees another man; Dermot tries to persuade Deborah to relieve their basic needs while her boyfriend is in Singapore. It could be tiresome squalor--and according to reviews, the American remake of the show (featuring Rob Schneider and Ron Eldard) was just that--but Clunes and Enfield invest this pair of clods with enough humanity to make their mishaps both excruciating and funny.

The second series brought a change in personnel, but the comedy remained the same: Two men at the mercy of their own worst impulses. Gary and his new roommate Tony ('70s flashback Neil Morrissey) both lust after their blonde upstairs neighbor Deborah, often humiliating Gary's "sort of" girlfriend Dorothy along the way. Deborah initially took a fancy to Tony, but a clumsy make-out session and some poorly timed comments turned her interest sour. Gary tries to steal a collectible record of Dorothy's, insults his secretary until she quits, makes a drunken pass at Deborah when they're trapped in an elevator, and generally acts surly, sneaky, and shiftless--all to good comic effect, thanks to Clunes's surprisingly subtle performance. Tony doesn't quite achieve three dimensions in the second series, but Gary's boorishness, though laughable and embarrassing, somehow maintains its humanity. By avoiding outright absurdity (while creeping awfully close to it), Men Behaving Badly keeps its audience emotionally engaged as well as entertained. --Bret Fetzer


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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Unknown Comedy Going January 27, 2005
By Kilgore
Format:DVD
This is the hilarioius English version, not the poor imitation staring Rob Schnieder.
In England I believe this show was known as It's a Man's World. It's basically about a couple of blokes who share a flat and generally act like guys and refuse to grow up. You know, drinking too much, trying lamely to get off with women and generally talking bullocks. It's also about the relationship between Gary and Dorothy who stay together because, well it's hard to say really.
It may take a few episodes to get into this, but I have been hooked for a long time now. You can learn so much about relationships between men and women (what not to do)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny... March 18, 2005
By Edward
Format:DVD
I am thrilled that this show has finally been released in the US. I left my VHS collection behind when I arrived in the US some year ago and have truly missed watching this excellent comedy. It was called `Men behaving badly' in England. Out of all the Britcoms, this is one show that I have no idea how well it will travel across the pond. Can be very heavy on slang and accents. Basically the whole show revolves around two guys, Gary and Tony. Both are lazy louts who like to get drunk. There was a pilot series made in the US but it flopped badly. I suspect because it was extremely tame in comparison and to enable it be shown on non cable before 11pm.

As with most good series, it gets better over time. Series 2 sees the arrival of Tony and is where the comedy takes off proper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A Dream Come True"!!!! November 27, 2004
Format:DVD
I am so excited that this wonderful UK series will finally be released on DVD in NTSC (Region 1) format!!!! I have been waiting for many years, and thanks to Warner Home Video it finally will be soon!!! I would like to see more Britcoms released on DVD in the US, such as: "My Family", "Joking Apart", "No Place Like Home", "Take A Letter Mr. Jones", "The Detectives", "Alas Smith & Jones", just to name a few. I find it odd that many more American series are released on DVD in the UK, than we can get their shows in NTSC format.
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