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A 2014 British TV series. "Scrotal recall" as a title was too much for Prudeland and has been retitled "Lovesick".

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Nov 16, 2016 - It was the romcom with the terrible title that no one was surprised to see cancelled. But now Scrotal Recall is back with a new name ... Lovesick.
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Is it a funny show? I think many Americans don't always catch onto British shows. I don't know why though. There is a handful of them I can think of that I've really enjoyed over the years.

Monty Python's Flying Circus
Benny Hill
Are You Being Served
Fawlty Towers
As Time Goes By
Mrs. Brown's Boys
Mr. Bean


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Good question. I'll do some more reading.
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Monty Python's Flying Circus
Benny Hill
Are You Being Served
Fawlty Towers
As Time Goes By
Mrs. Brown's Boys
Mr. Bean



What no Father Ted?????

As for Scrotal recall never seen it ( I haven't even heard of it) apparently its on netflix which I dont have.

Several UK sitcoms have been adapted for the US non of them worked (not for me anyway)
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My sister used to tape Keeping Up Appearances for me. One year I sent her a box DVD set of Doc Marten. She has always found those funnier than I have. I've never got the humor in Monty Python or Benny Hill, though they put my friends in stitches.
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Benny Hill was very much of its time and Monty Python was an acquired taste - for me it was splashes of genius in a sea of rubbish.
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Some of my favorites, Only Fools and Horses, Vicar of Dibley, Porridge, Ab Fab, Dinner Ladies, Men Behaving Badly, One Foot in the Grave, The League of Gentlemen. There is one American comedy I can think of I thought we did better, All in the Family compared to Till Death do us Part and I thought Norman Lear did it way better.
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You missed The Two Ronnies
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Maybe old fashioned but I always got a kick out of Ronnie Corbett, he just passed away last year.
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Porridge is being remade with Fletchers grandson (I think) in the lead role its very true to the original and very good

League of Gentlemen is back with a new series starting next week - Ill see how it goes I loved the dark humour of the original

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Benny Hill was very much of its time and Monty Python was an acquired taste - for me it was splashes of genius in a sea of rubbish.



Pretty much my thoughts.
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splashes of genius in a sea of rubbish



That's a pretty funny way of describing it!

There are some pieces that stand out as very creative, while much of their work, imo, takes a certain type of sense of humor that I don't personally possess.

Since I don't watch television, I'm not familiar with most of the newer shows, I don't even know the American shows, and the only British ones I've ever been able to watch were on public television.

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You have to like slap stick and pratfalls. Some of Python stuff I like and some I don't, couldn't stand Benny Hill, my dad loved it, one of the only British comedies we got years ago. I don't like Mr. Bean but I love Blackadder, I think it shows the best of British comedy and how good Rowan Atkinson is. Unfortunately most women "comedians" aren't well known in this country. Caroline Aherne and Victoria Woods who passed early were fabulous. I like Miranda Hart who was also the big awkward gal in Call the Midwife. Catherine Tate is one of my favorites but you have to not mind a potty mouth.
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Benny Hill was very much of its time and Monty Python was an acquired taste - for me it was splashes of genius in a sea of rubbish.



Not quite a sea and more than a few splashes.
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Some of my favorites, Only Fools and Horses, Vicar of Dibley, Porridge, Ab Fab, Dinner Ladies, Men Behaving Badly, One Foot in the Grave, The League of Gentlemen. There is one American comedy I can think of I thought we did better, All in the Family compared to Till Death do us Part and I thought Norman Lear did it way better.



Our version of "Steptoe and Son" renamed "Sanford and Son" was also much better.
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I agree with that too. I know Redd Foxx type of comedy turned a lot of people off but I really liked it. I've watched the show a few times now and then, some are still great and some seem so dated.
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Some of my favorites, Only Fools and Horses, Vicar of Dibley, Porridge, Ab Fab, Dinner Ladies, Men Behaving Badly, One Foot in the Grave, The League of Gentlemen. There is one American comedy I can think of I thought we did better, All in the Family compared to Till Death do us Part and I thought Norman Lear did it way better.



Our version of "Steptoe and Son" renamed "Sanford and Son" was also much better.



Sorry, can't agree with that.
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Not only did I think the American version funnier but important. The major stars being all black and making fun of their own race, whites, Asians, Hispanics without most sane people having a fit and getting the humour. For the 70's I thought it an important show in American culture, especially considering the lack of black actors carrying a show in that time period.
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Caroline Aherne was very funny (on screen apparently off screen she was a dreadful woman) she has a character called "Mrs Merton" who interviewed celebrities, She once asked George Best (a famously alcoholic soccer player) if you hadnt run around so much would you have been so thirsty?

she also asked the blonde bimbo wife of a much older celeb "what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"

She also wrote and starred in the series "The Royale Family" is one of my enduring favorites but Im not sure that Americans would get the humor

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I liked it too.
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I agree with that too. I know Redd Foxx type of comedy turned a lot of people off but I really liked it. I've watched the show a few times now and then, some are still great and some seem so dated.



I don't recall any that are overly dated but Fred did make references on occasion to current events and TV shows of that period.

I consider Sanford and Son to be the best situation comedy of the 1970s. It was a lot of fun to watch and still holds up well.
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Some of my favorites, Only Fools and Horses, Vicar of Dibley, Porridge, Ab Fab, Dinner Ladies, Men Behaving Badly, One Foot in the Grave, The League of Gentlemen. There is one American comedy I can think of I thought we did better, All in the Family compared to Till Death do us Part and I thought Norman Lear did it way better.



Our version of "Steptoe and Son" renamed "Sanford and Son" was also much better.



Sorry, can't agree with that.



To be fair to Steptoe and Son I only saw one episode but it was not at all on the same level with the best episodes of Sanford and Son. Fred Sanford was truly a classic TV character as funny as any seen on TV.

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Im not really familiar with Sanford and Son but having read about it on the interweb it doesnt sound anything like Steptoe and son

In steptoe the father was an old rag and bone man (they used to travel around the streets collecting rags, bones and scrap metal for recycling) the son although in the same trade had ideas very much above his station and the comedy came from the interaction of the old lower working class father and the young [wanna be] upwardly mobile son.

there was a scene of the father having a bath in the living room (an unplumbed in tin bath tub) whilst washing the dinner dishes in the same water and the son bringing home some posh girl he had met in the conservative club
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That sounds just about like Sanford and Son.
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I hadn't realized that "Sanford and Son" was adapted from a British show, that's interesting. As most know, Redd Foxx was a "naughty" stand-up comedian, I haven't read how he got the TV show lined up, but did read that he insisted with the network to give his old-time friend LaWanda Page ("Aunt Esther") a role in the show and that he would work with her to adapt her to situation comedy. They had both worked together on the "Chitlin' Circuit."

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One funny episode of "Sanford and Son" is the one having to do with "wild parsley" - I believe this is the link to that particular show: [sign in to see URL]
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It was Norman Lear who gave Foxx, what he wanted , Foxx picked most the cast, including Pat Morita. For the time Lear had some of the best comedies in this country, I thought he was brilliant, he's still kicking at 95.
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That sounds just about like Sanford and Son.



Except that Fred Sanford wouldn't have taken a bath in an unconnected tub in the living room while washing dishes in that same tub. Fred might have been rough around the edges but not that rough around the edges.

Not even Fred would have washed dishes in his own dirty bath water in his living room. That goes beyond being just a sloppy, lazy man to bordering on absurdity. And it's so silly that it's not particularly funny.
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Philer Im guessing then that you wouldnt have like the scene were old man Steptoe used his dentures to crimp the pastry on a pie either!


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Philer Im guessing then that you wouldnt have like the scene were old man Steptoe used his dentures to crimp the pastry on a pie either!


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I mis remembered the scene slightly



I see nothing in that scene that compares with the timing, the acting and the humor of Sanford and Son. Just because Sanford and Son was based on the British Steptoe series it doesn't follow that it was the inferior of the two shows. You should compare that scene with this one from Sanford and Son to get an idea of what I'm talking about.



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