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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2013
Doesn't follow the plot of the book faithfully, bur definitely captures its spirit. You'll want to watch it over and over. I can't believe they didn't make any more!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2013
Meet Dirk Gently (Stephen Mangan): half conman, half detective, half mad and all insolent cheapskate. In four movies loosely based on the Douglas Adams books, Dirk spins his bizarre and implausible cases to their twisted inevitable conclusions. Readers of the Adams books will recognize the tongue-in-cheek inclusions of the refrigerator from hell, unpaid receptionist, mysterious homicidal cleaning lady and Gilks, the enraged police detective.

Dripping snark and pizza remnants, Dirk runs up unlikely expenses while stealing food and linking random coincidences with his quantum-level theory of the interconnectedness of all things. He dupes Richard MacDuff (Darren Boyd) into financing and joining Dirk as his partner? assistant? patsy? much to the dismay of MacDuff's girlfriend, Susan Harmison (Helen Baxendale). They shamble though each case, often to MacDuff's horror, yet somehow survive and sorta triumph in the end.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
It's been twenty years since I read the book by Douglas Adams, but Douglas never wrote anything that didn't have an odd assortment of humorously peculiar characters. Sadly, Douglas Adams passed some time ago. He had no input in this BBC series, but I think they have done an admirable job at capturing Mister Adam's unique style and wit. It’s free for Prime members, so why not watch it and see if you don't agree with me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
It's a different take, but clearly doug's dirk. fun to watch. surprising they haven't revived it as a masterpiece project.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2014
It's a shame that this TV series didn't last longer. I loved the Douglas Adams novels (Dirk Gently's holistic detective agency and the Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul), and I thoroughly enjoyed this television adaptation. If you're a fan of Douglas Adams you may find the Dirk Gently novels and/or television show to be outstanding. It's darker, more humanistic and less 'sci-fi'/fantastic than the Hitchhiker works. The acting by Stephen Mangan was outstanding - He portrayed Dirk Gently exactly as I'd imagined him. The casting was terrific, the direction and writing consistent and strong. The show just hit it's stride when it was cancelled. Most of the general audience is unfamiliar with any Douglas Adams works beyond "The Hitchhiker's Guide.." and I can only assume that's why this series was cut short when it was. I really liked it, but then again, I'm a big fan of the 'Dirk Gently' novels. So - If you're a fan (of Douglas Adams or the Dirk Gently novels) it's a must watch. If you're a member of the 'general audience', you're likely to be less than satisfied.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2013
'Dirk Gently' finally on the screen, albeit, the small screen. Loosely based on the Douglas Adams' two novels it follows the adventures of the titled character as he solves crimes through the "interconnection" of unrelated events. Fans of Adams will be happy to see that one of his quirkiest characters was made into a television series. They will also be a little disappointed in seeing that this is a liberal interpretation of Adams' novel (no ghost, Norse gods, apocalyptic scenery, and no chain smoking Gently). Instead, though, we do have a series with cases that are as bit as strange and as funny as the novels they are adapted from.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
It had a lot of humor and the plot was not predictable. It was quirky and fun. It only had a few racy bits, like when a character accused his girlfriend of sleeping with another man, but no nudity and not a lot of bad language. I would let my teens watch it, but younger kids might find it boring and confusing. My husband and I tried to guess the ending, but we were both wrong!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2013
From the creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, comes another of his witty creations, Dirk Gently. Detective Dirk Gently uses holistic methods to investigate, linking a series of seemingly random events together to find an interconnected solution. The show is a mixture of mystery and humor, and I have really enjoyed the character of Gently: conman, brilliant detective, and mooch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2014
This is an absolutely TERRIBLE take on the Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency series of books. Sure, the writing uses some nods from the book (his real surname showing up on a computer screen in Episode 2, zen navigation, bending plot twists from from the book into new interpretations, even Douglas Adams' staunch atheism.) but the main the show gets terribly, terribly wrong is the characters.

I don't know who's responsible, but what they're clearly trying to do is ape the current portrayal of Sherlock from the new adaptation of the character. Maybe they figured since Sherlock was less of a jerk than Dirk Gently was in their novelizations, Dirk needs to be a much bigger jerk than Sherlock in the TV series. Sherlock already pushes the bounds of tolerability as a human being. The fact that Dirk hasn't been imprisoned for 15-20 years by the end of Episode 1 beggars belief.

Once I hit the end of the 3rd episode, I've determined that no amount of nods to Adams' fine work could salvage the series. Instead of making Dirk Gently more accessible to the public, they're now going to know his as the ridiculous jackass who stole his partner's investment into the company and refused to call him his partner, gets his partner beat up, stole from anyone when he thought he could get away it, and then sabotaged his partner's girlfriend's career to force his partner to keep working with him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
But the TV series is a tremendous let down. The dry wit of Douglas Adams is entirely lost in Mangan's attempt to create a connection to a target audience, incorporating character attributes that did not exist in the original character at all, rendering the result a shoddy representation of a clever work of literature. I tried to see my way through the short four episode season, but literally found myself so distracted by the shameless disregard for any attempt to remain true to the author's vision, that I simply gave up midway through the final episode. And it took significant effort to give this series that much attention. Don't waste your time watching this series, as it is obvious in the dropping of the series after four episodes that no one else felt that the series merited further time, effort or money.
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