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The Robinsons - Complete Series One

4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Robinsons, The: Complete Series One (DVD)

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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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FI9OEA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Robinsons - Complete Series One" on IMDb

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With its darkish humor, fine ensemble acting and atypical writing, this series deserves the chance to develop beyond a single season. For now, it's still a bit predictable and at times strains for a laugh, but it does manage to remain darkly funny over the course of each installment. The cast does a good job of portraying several familial archetypes -- especially Martin Freeman of "Tim" and "Arthur Dent" fame, again playing a worthy and charming loser who routinely finds himself on the wrong end of almost every situation.

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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I wish I could give this more than 5 stars. I am a BIG fan of British comedy and this is one of my all time favorites. I play the episodes over and over again. Wish it had lasted more than 1 season. I loved the over-the-top absurd quirkiness of all the characters. I especially loved Vicky. When she mistook her father for her elderly boyfriend....well that was one of the funniest things I've ever seen in a TV series. I was laughing so hard, I almost threw-up.
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Yes, definitely not for the prudish but if you enjoy Shameless, Black Books or other quirky, dark and sometimes raunchy series - this is for you! Would have loved to see a season two....
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Extremely funny and certainly very underrated. I missed out on this series when it first screened but was lucky to catch the first episode on BBC I-Player. Fast-moving comedy with many jokes you first register the second time around. Excellent entertainment!
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What an absolutely hilarious series. Such a shame we only have one series. It had us doubled over in agony from laughter. The Robinsons, where does one start? Suffice it to say the lead character has two feuding parents, a sister who is an over the top highly tense, intense perfectionist, a highly successful brother who is achievement/success driven and the poor main character himself who may be the only "normal" one of the lot is viewed by the rest of his uptight clan as being the "problem". Way too good a series to miss. To be viewed repeatedly with same laughable results!
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I saw it in England several years ago and searched for the show on DVD. Very happy to have it! I do not intend to lend it to anyone for fear of not getting it back...and also it is not available anywhere else online. Love this series!
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You'll want to watch this over and over. Can't understand why only one series in the lot (even 'Hardware' had two seasons). And, of course, any time Martin Freeman and Olivia Colman get together, you know you will have some priceless moments.
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I knew this was an show from awhile ago, and wanted to see Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville, and others when they were younger. Quality is what you would expect from an older show, but it is one of the better ones. I have never seen it.
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