Look Around You: Season 1
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Look Around You's humor lies not only in an absurd take on education and the impenetrable jargon of science, but also in evoking a sense of nostalgia in the viewer. In this respect the series is helped immeasurably by faultless production and attention to detail. Narrated in austere English, using precise scientific terminology, this is a world of scratched film inserts, dubious periodic tables, cheap, synthesized music, giant hairstyles, bulky, teak-finished technology, and a proliferation of DYMO labels. Each show is even prefaced by a few seconds of the "Television for Schools & Colleges" countdown clock. The tutorial format of the series is not without its problems though--it is essentially a single, plotless joke stretched to eight episodes, and there are no characters to speak of, save glimpses of the deadpan and much-maligned lab-technician (cowriter Peter Serafanowicz). Despite these shortcomings, Look Around You is still a refreshingly different comedy, which is so well put together that you can almost smell the Bunsen burners while you watch. --Paul Philpott
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New exclusive commentaries featuring Robert Popper, Peter Serafinowicz, Tim Kirkby, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Tim & Eric
Little Mouse commentary by Jack Morgan (BSc)
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Top Customer Reviews
One thing though, your dvd player has to have the proper regional encoding or you'll have some problems watching it.
Arrived in great shape, exactly as described.
This spoof comedy series is so firmly entrenched in its origins - a very small pocket of British television history known as Programmes for Schools, which were TV shows intended to be videotaped and shown in classrooms for educational purposes - that it might be almost impossible for it to be appreciated by anyone outside of the UK, and even for us residents, it's full genius can only be appreciated by those of us around and at school in the 1970's, or awake at night watching those hideous Open University programmes.
But luckily I was one of those people, and I I found "Look Around You" to be hysterical. The dry-as-dust delivery of the presenters and the totally bonkers ideas for educational experiments and scientific reports that populate each segment have to be seen to be believed. Each short segment passes itself off as a serious investigation into some scientific theme or other, and experiments or reports are carried out on screen to supposedly teach the viewer about various scientific facts. Of course, the facts and figures quoted or discovered during the show are all totally and hilariously fictitious, such as discussing what the highest number in the world might be, or setting a maths problem about ladies buying shoes for spiders, Sample experiments vary from the laugh-out-loud crazy to the very subtley skewed, and they include a study of ants building a miniature igloo, opening up a garden pea to extract its brain (yes it has one!), and programming a computer to compose a pop song about a mouse.
The interior studio scenes are all filmed in a clinical and stark lab setting with lots of close-ups, while the outside reports use faux grainy (or sometimes genuine recycled) 1970's stock footage.Read more ›
Why isn't the second series available for the US?
This isn't that show.
This is a wacky British comedy programme (See what I did there? The spelling?) in the guise of an educational scienctific series with complete dead-pan insanity as only a culture of people with bad teeth and lots of tea drinking can produce.
Buy it, watch it, repackage it and give it as a gift. You'll thank me later. Or you won't. Either way. Whatever's good for you.
Like birds, very little is known about them. They fly like birds, and yet they are smaller and covered in fur. This leads us to believe that they are either mammals or molds.
Let's perform an experiment. A small piece of a review is scraped off and placed in a petri dish filled with sugar. 3 hours later, the review has increased in size. However, both molds and mammals increase in size upon eating sugar. The results are inconclusive. Write that down in your copy book.
Now, let's look at an example of a review:
Season one of "Look Around You" would be an excellent supplement to any high school science course. They provide extensive coverage of the deadly disease Helvetica. My only quibble is that although dihydrogen monoxide is covered under its common name, the lesson unit covering this topic does not go in depth on how deadly this substance can be.
The DVD commentaries by the folks behind the show are very amusing and informative. The DVD commenataries by the guest commentators are neither. This is surprising. One might imagine that Simon Pegg and Mike Frost can't be not funny, yet they are consistently not funny for the entire duration of both of their 9 minute clips. Yes, even Matt Stone and Trey Parker aren't funny, but this is less of a surprise. The one exception is one of the Tim and Eric commentaries is funny, if you don't object to naughty language. However, this seems out of place, as there is little to no naughty language in the show itself (with the possible exception of the name one of the isotopes of iron.)
In our next lesson, we'll talk about the Internet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This series is hilarious if you like ridiculous humor! I love it!Published 16 months ago by Joshua D. Stricherz
Look Around You is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I think if you polled my family, half would give it 5 stars and the other half would give it 1. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tyler
Awesome! Great special features as well. Please release the next season!!Published 16 months ago by A. McKenzie
I love Look Around You. Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz are brilliant and this show is unappreciated for how great it is.Published 17 months ago by Veal Chopz
awesome and stupid in best way. If you like science and dry humor, this is for you.Published 21 months ago by Olivia Snyder
S1 is SO NOT S2! Not even close. S2 is one of the greatest shows ever!! Can't get it in US format!Published 24 months ago by KCHomer
IF you have the right sense of humor, this is easily the funniest series I have ever seen. It helps to have some actual scientific background to get all of the jokes.Published on October 13, 2014 by David R. Farlow