REGGIE PERRIN, SET 1
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"Finely balanced black comedy" --The Guardian (U.K.)
"Scathing and uproariously funny" --Evening Times (U.K.)
After ten years as a marketing executive for Groomtech Industries, Reggie Perrin is dangerously alienated and frustrated. His boss doesn’t understand him, and his wife pays too little attention to notice. Reggie is left to find his own distractions wherever he can--on his daily commute, in the office, or at home in the suburbs. More often than not, his flights of fancy land him in hot water. But somehow Reggie always manages to extricate himself before disaster hits, preserving the respectable veneer of a successful city businessman . . . for the moment, at least.
This update of the classic British comedy was cowritten by the original series creator, David Nobbs (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), and Simon Nye, the write behind Men Behaving Badly. Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars as the often bewildered, sometimes infuriating, but always fascinating Reggie Perrin. Fay Ripley (Cold Feet) costars as Nicola, his long-suffering wife. Includes the complete Series 1 and 2.
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From delegating authority to his two bumbling, crawling underlings at Groomtech (who are well-meaning chaps, just a bit ditzy), to his in-office therapist (who is extremely ditzy), and his gorgeous co-worker Jasmine, the character of Perrin finds himself in an area that many of us are familiar with; the trappings of a senseless, moribund office environment, with the gearshift stuck in neutral within a mid-management career. Oh, and his boss Chris Jackson (paying homage to the original 70's boss "C.J."), is pretty much clueless and void of any real ideas or leadership. And in the beginning, Perrin finds himself feeling the same way, but as the series progresses, you'll see his true "out-of-the-box" thinking take hold, and the shows gets funnier with every episode.
In addition to his mundane life at the office, his personal life is just as uninteresting. Without giving away too much of the plot, Perrin finds himself face-to-face with the humdrum boredom of everyday married life, temptations, daydreaming, etc., all portrayed in a very dark, albeit comical level. Same routine, same house, same train rides to work (which are usually late), same dull job. You see where this is going.....and eventually that trend will need to be broken.Read more ›
The first six episodes and series/season are all that we expected: brilliant and uproariously funny. Great characters and situations. We gorged ourselves on them after starting to watch the first episode.
But the second six episodes/season are a big come down. Yes the same story line and characters continue sort of, but the whole second season seems to be searching for some direction while frantically trying to be as funny as the first season. It's as if the writers wrote Reggie for only one season and then had to scramble to put a second season together when it was renewed.
Martin Clunes fans should still enjoy Reggie Perrin.
But after being totally enthralled by the first season, we wound up with an empty deflated feeling after the second season.
Story begins with Reggie hating his men's body products job at Groomtech. Frustration follows him, explainable after meeting his associates. His suburban wife Nicola (Fay Ripley-`Cold Feet'), teacher, is almost sane. Then comes the Groomtech staff: hard-body sexy Jasmine (Lucy Liemann), Brainstormer brown-noser pair Anthony & Steve, barmy clueless receptionist Vicky (Kerry Howard) with a stunning performance, ego-head-brain-dead Chris the boss (Neil Stuke), not to mention Reggie's mom (Wendy Craig-`The Royal') and Nicola's dad (Geoffrey Whitehead-`Little Dorrit'). The Groomtech wellness nurse, Sue (Susan Earl) is a scream playing a counselor needing therapy. I found the cast excellent, slap-stick funny, absurdity through good lines of fast comedy dialogue enough for all. Joke's in dialogue flow fast, as in "Airplane".
A DVD set to just sit back and enjoy. A non-intellectual humorous experience at the gritty grin level.
12 episodes each about 28 laugh-packed minutes.
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If you can bear the laugh track, the material is quite funny (if you like sarcasm in its highest form).
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FIrsy Martin Clunes DVD I did not enjoy. TV episode laugh track very irritatingPublished 4 days ago by Charles Berrett
For fans of Martin Clunes this is a must-see! Very witty and well acted; slapstick at time but this is great office humor. All twelve episodes of the series are in this box.Published 1 month ago by G. L. Munn
We decided to try another venue of the great Doc Martin star. Even though it had us laughing (at times), sitcoms aren't our favorite format of entertainment.Published 5 months ago by vern skumautz
I Love Martin ,Clunes, he is my FAVORITE Actor. Always does a wonderful job of acting, and he can be very funny.Published 5 months ago by harriett hoey