The Robinsons - Complete Series One
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The Robinsons are not related to any of the famous Robinsons: Edward G, Smokey or even Sugar Ray. No, they are a plain, run-of-the-mill family from Wimbledon, South London who have "done quite well". All of them, that is, except the youngest, Ed (Martin Freeman), (the black sheep of the family) who's 32, recently divorced after a disastrous marriage that lasted 5 months, doing a job that he hates and living in his aunt's flat in Bermondsey. What has gone wrong in his life? I mean, how difficult is it to find a girlfriend, a decent job, a good dry-cleaners and the meaning of life?]]>
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To break out of the typical sitcom formula we also witness the myriad setbacks experienced by his more successful siblings. Setbacks they seem unable to recognize thanks to their ability to protect their egos with their professional accomplishments -- something Freeman's character has been stripped of. So what adds a little more shading here is the different ways in which these people respond to their own problems and the way they subsequently skew the view of their family members' problems. In short, no matter how strange their individual failings may be, anyone and everyone else is assumed to be even worse off.
There's a further twist as well -- albeit a somewhat gimmicky one. This pattern of failures and missed opportunities are given an inherited dimension by visiting a stream of odd and eccentric family failures down through the generations. At times these asides work well and play off the current storyline, and at other times they seem just stuck on to give the writers and audience alike a breather. When it works, it's funny. When it doesn't it offers a little twinge similar to the pain that some of those should-have-been-abandoned Python sketches pioneered.
While "The Robinsons" is yet some distance from reaching the polished and perfect pitch of "The Office", the present is above average television comedy, and the future potential remains high. Let's hope this loser wins in the end.
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Great humor, sarcasm and out and out fun. A little PG13 at times, but nothing too bad..Published 1 month ago by Bun
THIS IS A TERRIFIC SERIES. IT IS A CRIME ONLY 6 EPISODES WERE EVER MADE.
IT IS NOT SLAPSTICK BUT A VERY FUNNY DARK COMEDY. LOVED IT!!!
Quaint and corky rendering of this family with hilarious twists and strange concepts. As always, excellently and naturally played by british actors.Published 4 months ago by Sammys
Very greatly put together,the family reminds me of family growing up, nuts? huhPublished 10 months ago by chip fortune
This series was hilarious beginning to end. I cannot believe no one saw it when it aired, deserved WAY more episodes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hillary C. Kozel