Last of the Summer Wine : Worst Brit comedy series

Worst Brit comedy series

This has to be the worst British television "comedy" imaginable. The female cast remind me of industrial era fishwives, and the male cast look like Korean war veterans who have returned hooked on drugs.

\And to add insult to injury nothing is even remotely humorous.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

One thing has always annoyed me about the show (and MANY other comedy shows). It's how the men are treated. The women are bullying the men and hitting them and what ever else is going on the men are victims. Never a woman. No that would be wrong, oh so wrong. That would be sexist to have it happen to women in any amount. Wives abusing husbands is ok for comedy but not the other way round. I know it has been the other way round once or twice before. But as we all know it is 99% women abusing men in comedy. That sh!t was funny back in 1970, not now!.

This is Kolyma - a graveyard for the lost.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series


Wives abusing husbands is ok for comedy but not the other way round. I know it has been the other way round once or twice before. But as we all know it is 99% women abusing men in comedy. That sh!t was funny back in 1970, not now!.


In fairness, you do also have the men complaining about how the women are unreasonably harsh, seemingly irrational, and overly critical and generally angry and brutal. Both of those sexes are stereotyped in their own ways. That seems to be the underlying conflict or tension that really drives many of the character interactions and stories. Both the men and the women view the other sex essentially as caricatures, which perhaps becomes a sort of self-fulfilling expectation. I sometimes wonder if the ridiculousness of it isn't meant to be part of the comedy in this case.

On the other hand, there are some great tender moments between the husbands and wives where you realize they do like each other underneath all of the other layers. I remember one time the three old men accidentally gave Edie the impression that Wesley had been in a terrible accident. When he appears alive and well, at first she is shocked and angry, but then she just breaks down and they hug. For me, that was an unexpected poignant moment. Or in an early episode, Sid was painfully injured testing ride Clegg's bike which he'd just fixed. You could tell from the expression on her face that Ivy really felt bad that Sid was in pain, even though it came as a result of his shenanigans. Decades later, right before Compo's funeral, she is surprised with a tender moment when she finds an old photograph of Sid at the bottom of her handbag.

Speaking of which, I found Compo's passing and funeral trilogy to be very well-written. American sitcoms in particular either avoid topics like that or tend to get sappy when they're aiming for "serious". But Roy Clarke wrote a genuinely touching and utterly respectful tribute to Compo (and Bill Owen). It was poignant and amusing in a tasteful, gentle way. Not to mention that Peter Sallis's performance is very moving. His initial silent response to Compo's death, when you can see the grief and shock in his eyes, is close to heartbreaking.



'Irregardless' is not a word

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

For a worst Brit comedy its done well to be the longest running sit com in the world.

Its that man again!!

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

The show has long since ran out of steam and yet they will insist on continuing. The only reason this show gets ratings from some of the viewers is through fond memories of past glories the show had. It most certainly is not from the love of the show in it's form today. And those very people that still view the show because of a love for the episodes of yesteryear are in denial of how the show has long since fallen from grace.

"This is Kolyma - a graveyard for the lost."

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

"My Hero", "My Family", "Two Pints...", "Gavin & Whatsit"...

...There's lots of stuff worse than "LOTSW".

It's the telly version of warm milk!




"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."

Post deleted

This message has been deleted.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

You can always change channels, or won't your family let you near the remote?

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

Can't agree it is the worst. This is the only sitcom we make a point to watch - we use the TV to watch DVDs otherwise as the rest of the over-the-air stuff is crap.

I'll commit the Ultimate Heresy here, rather than start a separate topic, but we liked the show better after Compo was gone. Yes, we have watched most of the earlier series, but both the wife and I thought Compo was a one-trick pony and got tired of his routine pretty quickly. Once Truly appeared, IMO, it started getting better.

The only thing I got ticked off was that some of the newer women got billing at the beginning, but Sarah Thomas (since 1985) was only recognized at the end.

We thoroughly enjoyed the latest band of oddballs, especially Russ Abbot, who reminded us of Brian Wilde on steroids.

Donning flame-retardant undies.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

I suppose the office is a masterpiece in your opinion?

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

In its day, this was one of the funniest comedies about.

As for Korean war veterans. Not true, more WW11 vets.

Its that man again!!

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

Tha' wud be because it's set in' north o' England. And not everybody in the northern part of the country are plastic facsimiles of themselves, as it seems to be in American shows. You know the ones, everybody is beautiful... unless you're geeky, then you can be 'plain'. What happened to all the normal ordinary people? Do they all get shipped off to the middle of nowhere???

Sorry, but I would much rather watch an episode of this over an entire series of Friends.

"The enemy is getting too close! Quickly! Inflate the toad!"

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

If they had stopped it after a few series it would be remembered as one of the best.

But they didn't.

I'm only half Troll....on my mothers side.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

Foggy had the 1000 yard stare.




You know, Wobbles... I'm kinda mad at you.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

Surely comedy is like beauty, 'in the eye of the beholder'.

One of the programmes attractions to we Brits born before about 1950, is because it reminds us of a more uncomplicated time when for many our 'roles' were cast in the cradle based on our locale. What is portrayed is a rather 'old fashioned' unsophisticated style of living with the characters being stereo types and having a sterotypical view of others.

I have lately been watching some of the early episodes from the 1970's most of which I didn't see first or second or even third time round. A lot of the amusement comes from recognition of a life that we experienced or knew people who did.

With the later episodes much pleasure is in seeing older British character actors and actresses, who we knew from earlier days but are now playing out small cameo roles.

To my mind it is far better than much other comedy that is shown in the UK especially some of the old style US family situation comedies, most of which I could rarely see through a single episode.

To say it is the worst British comedy series, the Thread starter must have avoided much comedy from years gone by, that was all that was on offer when we only had one or two TV channels.

Have you seen some of the rubbish ITV turned out 'On the Buses', 'George and Mildred' and such like? They treated the viewer as imbecilic!

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

Absolutely, Tolkny. If the OP thinks that LOTSW is the worst Britsh sitcom ever, then he clearly hasn't watched much British TV. It's a gently comedy, that's for sure, and the later series (understandably) ran out of steam, but the superior early episodes (1977-1987) are still hugely entertaining and occasionally very, very funny.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

Oh Tolkny-It's nice to see thoughts from our British friends who I believe the series was originally aimed at, age-wise. But. although it IS a different style of Brit_Com, I just have to say, as an American, that "George & Mildred" is my favorite sitcom ever-even including American sitcoms (which are pretty much awful). I love Brian Murphy and it's his appearances in "Summer Wine" that actually made me give the series a try.
"George & Mildred" only played here in the USA for one summer. I happened to be unemployed at the time and caught the show for the many 2 months it was on around 1982 or so. I never forgot it. When the internet hit and we could actually order DVD's from the UK, I quickly ordered the entire series. And for once it's every bit as fun as I remembered.
Just my thoughts.
All my best-

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

Oh Tolkny-It's nice to see thoughts from our British friends who I believe the series was originally aimed at, age-wise. But. although it IS a different style of Brit_Com, I just have to say, as an American, that "George & Mildred" is my favorite sitcom ever-even including American sitcoms (which are pretty much awful). I love Brian Murphy and it's his appearances in "Summer Wine" that actually made me give the series a try.
"George & Mildred" only played here in the USA for one summer. I happened to be unemployed at the time and caught the show for the maybe 2 months it was on around 1982 or so. I never forgot it. When the internet hit and we could actually order DVD's from the UK, I quickly ordered the entire series. And for once it's every bit as fun as I remembered.
Just my thoughts.
All my best-

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

The OP has no clue of English culture (yes, English not British). I've watched American TV comedies where the audience are in fits of laughter but I found nothing funny in it at all. Unless you understand the culture it originates from then you'll never understand it - coupled with the fact that each region in England has it's own unique culture, dialects and accents, etc.

Humour, like most things that affect the senses, is an objective thing. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it isn't good, or that others shouldn't like it or find it funny. It's called personal choice. I'm always amazed the number of people who can't grasp this concept. If you don't like it then don't watch it! I love watching it, yet the OP seems to think I'd be wrong in doing so. The ones who have commented to defend the show are no better - choosing to put forward shows that are more deserving of the 'worst comedy', such as 'On The Buses', George and Mildred, etc. In doing so you are no better than the OP. I find those shows just has funny as LOTSW, but for totally different reasons.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

If it was that bad, why was it the longest running series ever?

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

It did not have those idiotic laughter machines.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

There have been a lot worse British comedy series than "Last of the Summer Wine" over the years; such as "In for a Penny", "Sir Yellow", "No Appointment Necessary", "Come Back Mrs. Noah", "Yus My Dear" and "Hope It Rains". I watched the Michael Bates episode "The Changing Face of Rural Blamire" the other night and thought it was hilarious.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

Watch the Jasper Carrot politically correct series can't remember its name and then tell me it is the worse British comedy.




You know, Wobbles... I'm kinda mad at you.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

I agree completely - the most boring, same-o, horrendous, unfunny pile of old crap ever! Infact me and my mate can't stand this show, in our circle it's known as "Last of the summer w@nk"

I wish they would just do away with it and not show it at all - shelve it, burn it, whatever! - the scripts and episodes just seem to be the same 3 unfunny unlikeable dirty old tramp paedo's doing the most stupidest crack pot un-amusing dull attempts of recreational activity. If you knew anyone that did what these 3 did, - You'd have them committed.

0/10 - crap - boring - stupid - not funny - stop showing repeats of it on Gold - pretend it never happened - Bin it!

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

Worst British comedy series imaginable? Ever seen "This is Jinsy", "That Mitchell & Webb Look", "Pramface"... and on and on?

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

caught this show a few times on our local PBS station and I really dont get it either.Lets just follow a bunch of dried up old farts around while they pretty much do nothing.Everyone on the show is a 2 dimensional cardboard cutout, with a small handful of lines they say over and over and over again.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

I think it's a light, charming & silly throwback to a distant era. I like it.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

Not the best, but certainly not the worst. I can think of many worse British sitcoms. On the Buses for example, or My Family.

Re: Worst Brit comedy series

You're an idiot.
Top