To be nonplussed why people rave over Mrs Brown's Boys

(455 Posts)
ComposHat Wed 01-Jan-14 12:41:35

I've tried watching it twice twice and haven't got past the first five minutes it was so awful.

It seemed like an artless parody of a shite 70s sitcom (like something Frankie Howerd forgot to make) Don't get me wrong I'm not a comedy snob and quite enjoy a broad knockabout comedy like Vicious, yet I am utterly bemused by Mrs Brown's Boys, it looks dated, absurd and utterly free from laughs.

Yet it has a massive following, especially amongst people of my parents' generation. Normally when there's a TV programme I dislike I can see why other people (Top Gear for example) may enjoy it. But Mrs Brown seems to be without any redeaming features.

There must be some fans out there who can explain its appeal?

Islenka Wed 01-Jan-14 12:43:20

I really, really, really hate it.

We have one English TV programme where I live (abroad). What does it show? Re-runs of Mrs Brown's Boys (and occasionally some news or a repeat of Doctor Who from decades ago or whatever). Hell.

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Wed 01-Jan-14 12:43:45

Well I'm with you. I don't get it at all and I have tried. Find it massively unfunny.

SarahAndFuckTheResolutions Wed 01-Jan-14 12:43:54

I don't get it either, but my mother loves it.

HowGoodIsThat Wed 01-Jan-14 12:44:20


It is fucking abysmal.

And it makes me embarrassed to be Irish.

It's popularity proves that there are way more stupid people in the U.K. than I ever realised.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 12:46:09

I don't get it either, but I know a lot of people who do.

And they're all either Irish or Irish descent. All of exe's family love it and so does my old friend from school and all of her family.

I think they see things they recognise in it - I keep getting crappy memes with quotes from in on Facebook and people saying how true it all is.

It seems very 70s to me too Compos and makes me cringe.

And the nepotism! Look at the cast list - it's mostly his family members.

AnnBryce Wed 01-Jan-14 12:47:22

It's like a dreadful farce in a village hall, which I think is where it all started.

issey6cats Wed 01-Jan-14 12:47:42

i love mrs browns boys its pure idiocy but so funny based on pantomime, farce, slapstick i find vicious boring ,its the fact that you know mrs brown is really a bloke, but then again i like father ted, red dwarf, gimme gimme gimme, citizen kahn so i like this silly type of comedy

It's AWFUL, I really can't understand why anyone wold watch it, much less rave about it on FB or talk about going to see it live!
I suffered through a few minutes of it, thinking "I'll give it one more 'joke', it MUST get better" but I just found it to be crude and puerile and TOTALLY unfunny.

littlewhitechristmasbag Wed 01-Jan-14 12:48:24

I hate it too and funnily enough my mum also loves it despite being a bit prudish.

Skinheadmermaid Wed 01-Jan-14 12:50:03

I thought it was just me, it leaves me cold. And why is it necessary for the main character to be a man in drag? Does that somehow make it automatically hilarious?
Why not use an actress? Its so old fashioned and such a 70s throwback.

Blueuggboots Wed 01-Jan-14 12:50:12

My exH introduced me to it, he sat crying with laughter, and I just sat.
His family are Irish and think its hilarious. I can't see it myself.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 12:50:42

Please don't compare Father Ted and Red Dwarf to Mrs Browns Boys!

They are wonderful comedies written by fantastic, intelligent, witty writers.

Mrs Brown's Boys is more Are You Being Served or Allo Allo.

UsedToBeNDP Wed 01-Jan-14 12:51:50

I really hate it too. It is cringingly abysmal.

MyMILisfromHELL Wed 01-Jan-14 12:52:09

Yanbu. It's a load of crap. Hate it. Poor acting & poor story lines.

I can take it or leave it. I've watched it while reading a book and it's not so bad I'd turn it off, but it's definitely not at the top of my "must watch" list.

Clawdy Wed 01-Jan-14 12:53:55

Hate it,reminds me of the Ricky Gervais send-up of a dire but bizarrely popular sitcom with canned laughter where he wore a curly black wig...

Edendance Wed 01-Jan-14 12:54:37

Awful. My mum loves it

Clawdy the Ricky Gervais one is a parody of such shows within his show Extras.

Not the same at all.

ComposHat Wed 01-Jan-14 12:55:45


DziezkoDisco Wed 01-Jan-14 12:57:28

It makes 'allo 'allo look like comedy genius. To equate it to the wondrful Father Ted or Red dwarf is criminal.

ComposHat Wed 01-Jan-14 12:58:16

But I still reckon that the sitcom parody in Extras 'when the whistle blows'? is funnier than Mrs Brown's Boys.

lylasmam2012 Wed 01-Jan-14 12:58:21

I'm Irish and I hate it!

aquashiv Wed 01-Jan-14 12:58:41

My Irish family think it's a disgrace.
My English family think it's wonderful although I did have to point out she is actually he.

noblegiraffe Wed 01-Jan-14 12:59:14

Offensively awful. Couldn't believe it when it won the Christmas ratings.

And my mum's Irish, so not all Irish people love it.

Elderflowergranita Wed 01-Jan-14 12:59:20

I agree, it makes me embarrassed to be Irish.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 12:59:27

Maybe Keith Chegwin will turn up, grinning at his Dad's death.

'Why are you smiling?'

'You're still smiling'

That kills me every time!

ThePinkOcelot Wed 01-Jan-14 12:59:40

I can take it or leave it. I get a few laughs out of it. Surprisingly, my really prudish aunty loves it.

OpalMoonstone Wed 01-Jan-14 12:59:52

It's awful and I don't laugh once but it's so awful that I find it strangely entertaining.

TheNewSchmoo Wed 01-Jan-14 13:00:19

Dreadful shit. A friend of mine who is a bit older than me, life and soul of the party, brilliant sense of humour, really really good fun, Irish, told me I must watch it as it is the funniest thing she's ever seen. I watched it and was genuinely perplexed. I didn't understand why she was crying with laughter when it was, well, dreadful shit!

timidviper Wed 01-Jan-14 13:02:27

I just find it very predictable so not particularly funny for me as I'm always a step or two ahead. My Mum loves it though and drives DB mad by regaling him with what she thinks are the funny bits

My mother loves it too and she is a prude too. She was astonished that I had never seen an episode and put one one for my enjoyment. Dear God what utter tripe. I was like this shock while she had tears of laughter streaming down her face.

FunnyLittleFrog Wed 01-Jan-14 13:05:13

MIL loves it and was gutted that an episode was interrupted in order to announce Mandela's death.

Thank you, thank you, thank you; I thought it was just me!

You're right about the 70's sitcom feel to it - as an old git, those are the shows I grew up with. Stereotypes'r'us, sadly. The first time I saw Mrs Brown's Boys I was convinced it had to be a rerun of a 70's show I hadn't heard of before, unlikely as that was (there were only three channels - not much got past you then).

I just don't get it. Ditto Citizen Khan. Like a rerun of 'Mind Your Language' <shudders>.

To those of you saying your mother loves it - what ages are your mothers?
<Hopes for 70 plus answers and not 50s like myself>

SecretNutellaFix Wed 01-Jan-14 13:11:17

I can't stand it myself. My mother loves it and yes, she is an Irish woman of retirement age.

VelvetSpoon Wed 01-Jan-14 13:14:02

I just don't understand why it's funny, it doesn't even make me smile let alone laugh!

Everyone I know thinks it's hilarious - some older, some younger, irish or not. Even DS1 likes it (and he's 15 and doesn't like anything).

I think it is hysterical.

Unfortunately the bores of mumsnet are our today

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Wed 01-Jan-14 13:15:44

Skinheadmermaid - I believe the reason Mammy is a man in drag is because when they first did the sketch it was on the radio. The lady booked to do the voice of Mammy didn't turn up, so Brendan covered for her doing the voice, and it was decided he did a good job.

I love Mrs Brown's Boys, I have even seen the live show, which is even funnier.
I guess it is one of those shows you either love or hate.
And I am 29. My PIL like it too - they are in their early 50's.

My mother is over 80. Loves Mrs Brown and Lily Savage and can gloss over sex references and bad language from these. Likes John Bishop but was outraged watching the broadcast of his live show when he swore. confused

insummeritreinsdeer Wed 01-Jan-14 13:16:24

Must be an older generation thing. I absolutely detest it, have to switch off if it comes on. Find it completely unfunny and indulgent and the nepotism annoys me.

DF and particularly DM, who is usually prudish about 'language' and such, absolutely adore it.

bishboschone Wed 01-Jan-14 13:16:29

I really don't like it either , I have a great sense of humour but honestly it's shite ... It reminds me of bread ( the sitcom) .. Yawn .

I presume you mean 'out' Jimmy.

And I'm not boring, I just have high standards in comedy and a triple figure I.Q.

Neither of which are compatible with that toe-curlingly, anus-puckeringly woeful excuse for a show.

monniemae Wed 01-Jan-14 13:20:39

It's horrific. AWFUL. And my Irish Dad, 60s, loves it. Nearly ends himself just telling me about how funny it is. Just don't get it confused

PurpleJellyDisc Wed 01-Jan-14 13:20:48

It's the kind of humour that was acceptable in the 70s which is why the older generation like it. I was surprised at how rude it was.

Nancy66 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:21:02

It's crap but people have always liked crap comedy.

Look at how popular programmes like: Terry and June, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Keeping Up Appearances were. All shit, predictable, slapstick comedy.

This is the modern-day equivalent

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:21:03

Unfortunately the bores of mumsnet are our today

I'm obviously too boring to understand what this statement means.

Weelady77 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:21:26

I think it's hilarious grin

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Wed 01-Jan-14 13:21:54

insummeritreinsdeer - at 29 I resent being labelled "the older generation" thanks. wink

TheCrackFox Wed 01-Jan-14 13:22:02

I think it us utter shite.

My ever so slightly prudish PILs (both early 70s) utterly love it.

loisismyhero Wed 01-Jan-14 13:24:08

I'm Irish. I hate it. It's embarrassing to watch, it's so bad. I'm amazed that it's travelled so well, and that it seems to be so popular in Britain, since the 'humour' in it is very Irish and mostly centred around the cliche of the 'Irish Mammy'.

Mind you I don't understand the attraction of Miranda either . . .

bongobaby Wed 01-Jan-14 13:25:01

I don't find it funny either, but a friend of mine and her daughter does. The daughter had the box set of it brought for her 8th birthday from her mum. I defiantly wouldn't buy it on DVD, waste of money.

Bunny I did mean out (oops!)

And what does a 'high IQ' have to do with comedy?

I honestly think if you can't laugh while watching Mrs Brown you MUST be VERY boring.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:26:31

I know someone who bought her 8 year-old son the box set of The Royal Family!

Fairylea Wed 01-Jan-14 13:27:01

I absolutely hate it. I really don't see what all the fuss is about!

pictish Wed 01-Jan-14 13:27:10

It's utter bollocks isn't it? Only seen one and that was enough...dh and I were looking at each other with confused faces.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:27:59

So if you don't find one comedy show funny, you must be boring?

Despite the fact that I love stand-up comedians and many other comedy shows?

Don't be childish Jimmy - it's boring.

threepiecesuite Wed 01-Jan-14 13:28:33

I think it is utter shite too. Not remotely funny and so dated.

BananaNotPeelingWell Wed 01-Jan-14 13:29:46

I also don't find it funny. It just leaves me cold. A bloke in a dressconfused- that's been done to death now surely. It could be funnier if it came over as a parody of the 70's sketch type of shows I remember, but it's more of a carbon copyconfused

Lizzylou Wed 01-Jan-14 13:30:54

God it is beyond shite.

Heartbroken - when did I say if you didn't fund ONE comedy show funny you must be boring ?? (Rolls eyes)

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:37:07

Jimmy, erm that would be when you said this:

I honestly think if you can't laugh while watching Mrs Brown you MUST be VERY boring.

I don't laugh at Mrs Brown's Boys, so that makes me boring?

If you meant something else by it, please explain, but it seems quite a straightforward statement to me.

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WeeklyNameChange Wed 01-Jan-14 13:39:30

Can't stand mrs browns boys. My family loves it, but I just don't get it

GlitzAndGiggles Wed 01-Jan-14 13:39:57

My cousin is obsessed with it I think it's awful

WeeklyNameChange Wed 01-Jan-14 13:40:06

"Its great because they are all related, that's why its funny"
Nope sorry

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:43:24

So, I'm not a bore, but I am a bore?


At least I can back up my statements, rather than saying I didn't say them.

Annoying little trait, isn't it?

Nancy66 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:43:31

People like different things, no point falling out over it.

Royle Family one of my fave comedies ever but I have friends who don't get that either and say 'it's just people sitting on a sofa and watching telly, why's that funny?'

Horses, courses and all that.

BananaNotPeelingWell Wed 01-Jan-14 13:44:48

Blimey Jimmy steady on. You're not actually Mrs Brown are you?

Brokenpurpleheart Wed 01-Jan-14 13:44:50

Older generation love it for its similarity to 70s sitcoms and kids love it (yep the teens at my school) as it is rude. As someone in the middle I have mixed feelings - it is cringeworthy but parts of it make me laugh as it is so daft. I really like that they keep the bits in where they go wrong .... the world would be a very boring place if we all liked the same things!

Heartbroken - genuine question: what do you find funny?

FudgefaceMcZ Wed 01-Jan-14 13:45:40

It's utter shite. Not anywhere near Father ted, wtf with that comparison? I am pissed right off that I missed the christmas Limmy though and it's not on iplayer, I probably don't have massive comedy taste.

I don't find it funny in the slightest but humour is often inexplicable isn't it? I don't judge people by what they find funny (unless actually offensive) or unfunny.

SirChenjin Wed 01-Jan-14 13:46:32

Add me to the list of boring people who don't give a shit what Jimmy thinks because Mrs Browns Boys is a load of crap. Anyone who finds it funny is stuck somewhere c1982 and has probably inhaled too much of the hairspray required to keep their perm in place.

BlingBang Wed 01-Jan-14 13:46:57

It really, really irritates me, but many others seem to think it's the funniest thing.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:47:39

Jimmy - 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Office (the American one is excellent too)/Extras, Mitchell & Webb, Peep Show, Father Ted, Red Dwarf, The Fast Show, Big Train, Open All Hours, Morecambe and Wise - how many do you want me to list?

Weelady77 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:47:48

It would be a boring old world if everyone liked the same!! DH pisses himself at Alan partridge I think it's a lot of shite!! But hey ho

HesterShaw Wed 01-Jan-14 13:48:37

It's shit.

Weelady77 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:48:40

Nancy I love the royal family too I can relate to it when I visited my English family lol!

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:49:20

Oh, I love Alan Partridge too!

And The IT Crowd - forgot about that.

And anything with Charlie Brooker - looking forward to the new series of Weekly Wipe this month.

Jimmy of course there's a connection between intelligence and viewing choice.

The more stupid you are the more likely you are to laugh at a seal clapping it's flippers. Which would actually be more amusing than Mrs Brown's Boys.

Just read the thread back to see how in the minority you are.

Gives me faith in humanity to see that so many MNers hate it as much as I do smile .

Nishky Wed 01-Jan-14 13:52:29

Do you drop your high IQ into every thread you go on? How sad

I passed my cycling proficiency

Weelady77 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:52:55

I must be stupid cause I laugh at it lol wink

Think that's quite harsh!!!

jacks365 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:53:57

The reason mammy is a man is because the whole thing developed from his stage show - he is mrs brown from its very conception. It is very much his show, his wife plays his daughter their son plays another character, daughter plays another, daughter in law plays dil. He wasn't cast in the role he created it. They work well together because there are strong connections between them all.

I'm not a massive fan but my mum and dc all enjoy it.

natwebb79 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:55:00

I'm the same with Miranda. An annoying woman who does lots of fake falling over. Funny why?!

Feenie Wed 01-Jan-14 13:55:04

You think 'three figures' is high IQ, Nishky? confused

CointreauVersial Wed 01-Jan-14 13:55:31

I find it a bit "meh" although the bits where they corpse/mess up the lines are quite funny, because you know in RL they are all related, and clearly having a blast making the show.

DO (who's Irish) and his entire family find it absolutely hilarious.

CointreauVersial Wed 01-Jan-14 13:56:16


DH, obviously.

SamBob Wed 01-Jan-14 13:56:42

Do you know that Brendan O'Carroll is a member of Mensa? I don't think your IQ is necessarily reflected in what you find funny.

ItsTrueLefou Wed 01-Jan-14 13:58:17

It's the sort of show that I find uncomfortable to watch. It's that bad.

I just don't get that sort of humour. Old people love it and seem to enjoy explaining why it's so side splitting....

Oh it's a man dressed as a woman! <laughs immoderately>
That woman there, the one playing the daughter? That's his wife! How funny is that?? It's his wife but she's playing his daughter!! <hysterics>
HE SAID FECK!!! <collapses with mirth and has to be hospitalised>


17leftfeet Wed 01-Jan-14 13:58:28

I can't stand it

My really prudish parents, especially my dad, absolutely love it

They have gone down in my estimation

Misspixietrix Wed 01-Jan-14 14:00:13

YNBU. I don't like it neither.

ChrisTheSheep Wed 01-Jan-14 14:00:31

I think the only thing which is mildly original is the breaking of the fourth wall, but everything else gets right up my nose. As others have said, it's like something which would have been awful in the 70s. DH is Irish and doesn't get it either. Mind you, he also can't stand Kilinascully, and his family and friends at home all love it.

We both loved Soupy Norman: that was a moment of genius from RTÉ.

onedev Wed 01-Jan-14 14:00:41

I watched it for the first time the other night, having deliberately avoided it for a long time expecting not to like it, however I thought it was very funny!

I can't explain why I liked it though, I just did grin.

[& to be clear, I'm 36, Irish & certainly don't believe myself to be stupid!!]

Lizzylou Wed 01-Jan-14 14:00:46

I don't agree that your sense of humour is linked that much with IQ t bh.
Possibly because I laugh like a drain at Miranda blush
Fawlty Towers is a lot of slapstick/mistaken identity/poking fun out of accents.

I just don't find Mrs Brown's Boys in anyway funny, doesn't make me a bore or more intelligent that someone who does.

BlingBang Wed 01-Jan-14 14:02:58

My IL was raving about it the other day so I'm beginning to see a pattern in who the fans are. Guess it appeals to older folk and is similar to the shows they were brought up on. Right, going to give it another try just to see if it is still as crap as I thought it was.

Bunny - when something is funny it's funny. It's not about 'intelligence' it's about letting your hair down and having a good old laugh. I believe laughing is one of the best things anyone can do.

SilverOldie Wed 01-Jan-14 14:05:11

YANBU - it's ghastly, unfunny dross.

pixiepotter Wed 01-Jan-14 14:05:25

I really really enjoy Mrs Brown's boys, rather than find it side-rippingly funny.I think the enjoymant is partly born out of nostalgia for the 'gentle' 1970s sitcoms.

BlingBang Wed 01-Jan-14 14:06:11

Jimmy - can you not get your head round that folk find different things funny? You seem really stuck on the idea that if you find something hilarious then everyone else must too. Very strange.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 14:06:15

I believe laughing is one of the best things anyone can do.

I agree with this.

Why is why I swerve Mrs Brown's Boys and watch things that are actually funny.

WhereIsMyHat Wed 01-Jan-14 14:06:39

It's crap, I can't watch it. Both my and DH's parents love it though, cringe.

I loathe Mrs Brown's Boys - I honestly don't get what's funny about it. I feel the same about Miranda. I'll stick to The Office. smile

deirdrae Wed 01-Jan-14 14:10:10

I have to pinch myself to check it's not the 1980s.

Don't like it at all.

deirdrae Wed 01-Jan-14 14:11:02

Miranda is completely awful!

No I guess I can't get my head around it.

waterlego Wed 01-Jan-14 14:15:32

It is terrible- deeply unfunny IMO. One of our guests last night was trying to explain one of the 'funny' scenes to me last night- it seemed to revolve around someone mistakenly putting glue on their genitals which then had to be removed by someone else when suddenly someone's son walked in and thought they were in a compromising situation. Utterly cringeworthy, and not in a good way (I like a good cringe comedy- Alan Partridge or the Office for eg)

I agree with those who compared it to 'When the Whistle Blows'. It also reminded me of a sitcom spoof I saw elsewhere- might have been on 'The Young Ones'- which was called 'Oh Crikey' and involved a vicar and a dog getting into some sort of seemingly-filthy-but-actually-innocent compromising position (with hilarious consequences).

I'm afraid I do slightly judge people who find this kind of thing funny. Not that I would think them a bad person but it would genuinely make me feel we were not on the same wavelength at all and would make me want to keep a bit of a distance.

Killinascullion Wed 01-Jan-14 14:16:05

Agree that BBC version of Mrs Browns Boys is tedious and the original RTE version was actually much better.

However, have any of you seen the film Agnes Browne starring Angelica Houston and Ray Winston? Although it's based on the original book 'The Mammy' by Brendan O'Carroll, it's nothing like the TV series and is pleasantly entertaining with a cameo by Tom Jones.

Chigley1 Wed 01-Jan-14 14:17:04

YANBU, utterly utterly awful.

Mirage Wed 01-Jan-14 14:18:11

I can take or leave it.My mum and dad love it and sit there crying with laughter.I was very surprised because my mum wouldn't let us watch Benny Hill or,to be honest,anything on ITV when we were children,as it was 'vulgar'.I think it is because it is Irish and she grew up in a large,extended Irish family here means that she doesn't see it as rude.

I'd sooner watch Mrs Brown's boys than Count Arthur Strong though.

ItsTrueLefou Wed 01-Jan-14 14:18:42

Yes Miranda is dreadful too. I used to like Miranda Hart but her arch manner got very wearing after a short while.

Just as Last of the Summer Winean be summed up as "Three Old Cunts Rolling Down A Hill In A Bath And Landing In A Heap Waving Their Legs In The Air", so Miranda can be summed up as "Tall Gurning Woman Falls Over, Pulls Faces At Camera And Wears Unflattering Dresses".

Betty56 Wed 01-Jan-14 14:20:24

Yanbu. I think it is awful.

MissBetseyTrotwood Wed 01-Jan-14 14:20:29

Can't remember the main guys name-Brendan someone is it? He was unfunny this Xmas on QI too. Seemed out of his depth on there.

aciddrops Wed 01-Jan-14 14:21:57

I quite like it but will only watch it if there is nothing else on so I don't watch it regularly. I used to when it was new but I'm a bit bored with it now.

Count Arthur Strong is dire. I don't get that at all.

insummeritreinsdeer Wed 01-Jan-14 14:25:58

jimmy is your real name Brendan?

You're a right bunch of laughs ladies! Happy new year to you all

Wevet Wed 01-Jan-14 14:36:09

The one thing my mother and I agree on is the incredible direness of Brendan O'Carroll and all his works.

Luckystar1 Wed 01-Jan-14 14:38:02

I love it! My parents and friends back in Ireland hate it. I think ex-pat Irish like it as we can identify things we don't see or hear now on a regular basis.

Genuinely have no idea why anyone else likes or even 'gets' it!

AcheyFanny Wed 01-Jan-14 14:42:01

Add me to the boring list and also to the MAJORITY that think it is utter shite. My Mum loves it and raved about it so I gave it a go. I would rather put pins in my eyes.
My DH is Irish and he thinks it's a load if old bollocks.

SirChenjin Wed 01-Jan-14 14:42:57

Awww, thanks Jimmy - and a Happy New Year to you

BananaNotPeelingWell Wed 01-Jan-14 14:43:44

Omg I love Count Arthur Strong. On the radio too. I do realise I'm probably in a minority on that grin

ComposHat Wed 01-Jan-14 14:44:30

Aw acid. I found Count Arthur touching and hilarious on equal measure, especially the last three episodes when they drew the sadness out.

It took a few episodes to bed in, but I loved it.

KatOD Wed 01-Jan-14 14:45:56

I actually haven't met anyone in RL who will admit to finding it funny, I think it's bloody awful and actually makes me feel a bit embarrassed to watch it (like when you go cold watching friends in bad am dram productions).

If other people find it funny however, good for them! Can't get enough laughter in this life!

I think people are getting unnecessarily worked up about the IQ comment (3 figure IQ is not necessarily high as 100 is average btw), I think it was just a bit of a throwaway barb.

However, my current fave is Man Down which I find hilarious...

BananaNotPeelingWell Wed 01-Jan-14 14:47:25

Lol Jimmy I've never seen anyone get in such a hump about people not finding the same stuff funny as they do. It's quite funny actuallygrin

HoratiaDrelincourt Wed 01-Jan-14 14:47:42

I find it bafflingly unfunny. A few years ago we had a work night out to the live stage show and that was equally crap, but I was the only person in the theatre not hysterical with laughter. Whut?!

The reason all the actors are related is to do with "Mammy"'s being so notoriously difficult to work with that nobody else will <bitch>

I mean honestly, even in the telly version you can see that he is playing to the audience, trying to put off the other actors, and corpsing left right and centre.

PresidentServalan Wed 01-Jan-14 14:48:42

You don't have to 'get it' and finding it funny is not a sign of a low intelligence as has been suggested previously. You either find something funny or you don't. I like it but things like Miranda are utter shite - if you don't like it, don't watch it, or slag off those who do.

Elfhame Wed 01-Jan-14 14:51:14

It's always on the most popular list on iplayer, yet no one on mumsnet will admit to watching it. hmm

I actually had tears running down my face whilst watching the New Years episode it was so funny.

Why thank you banana! What a sweet heart grin

MerryWinterfel Wed 01-Jan-14 14:52:50

I'm so glad I am not the only one who doesn't get it. Someone was trying to explain a 'really funny' bit where someone made a jigsaw out of cornflakes last night, sounds hilarious! I think Charlie Brooker may also agree...

Nancy66 Wed 01-Jan-14 14:54:41

Loved Count Arthur Strong. Last episode with message on board was heartbreaking.

JakeBullet Wed 01-Jan-14 14:57:14

I like it, I think its due to the fact that the cast regularly corpse....and they just leave it in.

I hqve also seen episodes where Brendan O'Carroll in his Mrs Brown persona does something which is obviously totally unscripted.....and you can see the rest of the cast going "WTF is he doing" and having to adjust and continue round him.

Having said that I have seen episodes which I haven't really liked. ..or found that funny.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 14:57:42

Sense of humour is a subjective thing - some people are not getting that at all.

We are all different. Some of us find one thing funny, others find other things funny. There's nothing wrong with either (unless you're into Jim Davidson).

People mentioning ratings and the like. Sean Lock (a very funny man) made an interesting point on 8 Out of 10 Cats recently. They were talking about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special and how popular it was. Sean Lock said he doesn't like Doctor Who. Someone else said 'but it got 6 million viewers!'. Sean Lock said 'so that means 54 million people didn't watch it'.

So probably the same with Mrs Browns Boys. And just as a fraction of people on MN are here saying they do/don't watch it, the rest of the members couldn't give a shiny shit either way, so I don't think it's about 'people admitting they watch it' or not.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 14:59:41

I completely missed Count Arthur Strong and Man Down (my Mum, Dad and younger brother loved Man Down).

The clips I've seen of Arthur Strong have been very funny though, so will have a scout around for it.

bigbuttons Wed 01-Jan-14 15:05:42

me and the kids love it, it's just slapstick, I love slapstick.

mercibucket Wed 01-Jan-14 15:08:51

i am not surprised older people like it. they lived through 1970s sitcoms. i dont understand why anyone below 60 finds it funny

OpalMoonstone Wed 01-Jan-14 15:12:57

Itstruelefou Your post at 13.58 describing people explaining why it's funny made me laugh out loud. grin

Elfhame Wed 01-Jan-14 15:16:03

This was the funniest bit ever!

pandarific Wed 01-Jan-14 15:16:30

It's awful, awful stuff. I'm Irish, and no one I know finds it at all funny. It's just embarrassing. Ooh, look! Those wacky minorities are being wacky!!! Cringe cringe cringe.

Wondering if the Irish people posters know that find it funny are a) 2nd gen/grown up in the UK to irish parents or b) very old and remember the 70s fondly?

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 15:18:47

Pandarific - the ones I know are 2nd gen in UK, but I know their parents (who are Irish) are older (60s/70s) and so remember the sitcoms from the 70s.

They all think it's hilarious!

HomeEcoGnomist Wed 01-Jan-14 15:19:24

I love Man Down
Think Greg Davies is a genius - got his stand up show on DVD for Christmas

Taste in comedy is a funny thing (see what I did there) - DH thinks I have strange taste and will often sit watching something with me with a v bemused look on his face that I am finding it that funny. I secretly like quite childish things (eg Bad Education) and the odd naff thing (like that school one that David Walliams was in) but can't bear MBB or Citizen Khan - HOW does that get a prime Fri night slot?!?

The most disappointing thing I've watched over Christmas was Raised by Wolves - the Caitlin Moran one. Had really high hopes but think I laughed properly only once. Some of it was quite cringey actually (sorry CM!)

Nancy66 Wed 01-Jan-14 15:21:20

Elfhame. Just watched that. Don't you think that when you can see the gag coming from a mile off that it totally kills the 'comedy' ?

camsie Wed 01-Jan-14 15:21:41

I agree,OP. It's utter dross.

pigletmania Wed 01-Jan-14 15:21:50

I can't stand it, don't see why everybody likes it!

Elfhame Wed 01-Jan-14 15:25:25

Nancy. No, a fart gag never fails to tickle me. grin

Sometimes the build up to something you know is going to happen actually seems to make it funnier. Depends how it is done.

ComposHat Wed 01-Jan-14 15:25:42

elf is that the funniest bit in the whole episode? Not only was the the situation woefully contrived but it was badly executed, staged and played.

RedPencils Wed 01-Jan-14 15:27:16

It's rubbish.
Watched the Xmas special with ILs. They were Ll rolling around the floor laughing. I was hmm. I just can't see what's funny about it at all.
Someone i work with went to the see the stage show twice. The 'hilarious' ad libs and mistakes were the same on both nights.

Crazdsky Wed 01-Jan-14 15:31:50

I love it I think it is hilarious and I am not old (35) I am from N Ireland. My 16 yo daughter loves it my brother loves and our parents in their v early 60s love it.
I think it is so much more funny than some of the rubbish served up as comedy such as the office, extras and other dire rubbish usually on bbc3.

mrstigs Wed 01-Jan-14 15:35:10

I dont hate it, but i wouldnt go out of my way to watch it. If i was in the need for mindless goggle-box staring fodder to keep me company whilst i knit it will do. (I'm much younger than that sounds blush )
I did have it on for a bit yesterday and the blokes reaction when the phone went off in the middle did make me smile.
Now Miranda, that is dross that makes my teeth itch...
I like Bad Education atm. I know its not exactly highbrow but I find it very funny.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 15:35:15

Except that The Office and Extras were on BBC2, rather than BBC3.

Completely different channels, with completely different demographics.

JollySantersSelectionBox Wed 01-Jan-14 15:37:18

I have just had New Years Lunch with friends where again I have had to apologize for not finding the man in a tabard swearing the least bit funny.

Calling a gay man a "sausage gobbler" in such a "set up" scene. hmm

The other couple were 50 to mid 50 affluent DM readers. They find the gags hysterical.

I tried watching again this year. (Maybe that's why the viewing figures are so high? People watching in disbelief and trying again? confused)

Nothing. I just find it so middle of the road and ordinary. There's nothing clever or fresh in the gags.

However, the BBC has to broadcast to a wide audience of many backgrounds so it's understandable that you won't like every program. I imagine for some people it's like pulling on a pair of favourite pants. They want a certain set up.

As long as they keep funding things like Psychoville I'm happy.

OpalMoonstone Wed 01-Jan-14 15:37:51

Oh I loved Big School with David Walliams and Catherine Tate. I found that really funny.

Dinnaeknowshitfromclay Wed 01-Jan-14 15:39:47

YANBU It is utter drivel! Was given a DVD of it for Christmas last year and it went to the Cancer Research shop on the 7th of Jan unopened. It is worrying what passes for talent nowadays.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 15:40:06

Now Psychoville was fucking brilliant. Everything about it was just fantastic and so downright creepy.

Still miss League of Gentlemen...

YANBU in the slightest. I like to think I've a reasonable sense of humour. I can't find anything remotely funny in it.
I've given it a couple of episodes, but no, not fucking funny.

waterlego Wed 01-Jan-14 15:42:04

See, what I enjoy about things like the Office, Extras, Peep Show and others is the subtlety. MBB is far too obvious for my taste. The humour is the sort of thing my 8 year-old would find funny...farts and smelly poos etc.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 15:46:08

That's what it is waterlego.

Some people can't find something funny if it isn't spelled out out nice and clearly for them or the gags aren't signposted throughout.

The other wonderful thing about shows like The Office and Extras was the way the stories panned out (Tim and Daw especially) rather than just being hit with the 'fart mallet' every 30 seconds.

Plus, The Office gave us Martin Freeman, for which I will always be grateful.

I'd much rather watch something where the language, facial expressions, little details have been thought about, rather than a man in drag and his hilarious family.

HavantGuard Wed 01-Jan-14 15:47:21

Did no-one see what the vile little worm said to Stephen Fry on QI? Antisemitic crap.

Crazdsky Wed 01-Jan-14 15:47:28

Heartbroken I did not say that the office and extras were on BBC3 I said and other dire rubbish on BBC3.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 15:49:47

Havant - who said what to Stephen Fry? More detail please - haven't watched QI in ages.

I need to know what was said by whom!

onedev Wed 01-Jan-14 15:53:02

In answer to Pandas question, I'm most definitely not 2nd generation Irish - was born & brought up in Northern Ireland (although have lived in England for 10+ years) & only mid 30s, so think your theory is blown there, sorry grin

HavantGuard Wed 01-Jan-14 15:58:13
waterlego Wed 01-Jan-14 15:59:50

Heartbroken I feel the same about Martin Freeman smile

And I loved Tim and Dawn so much. That scene in the final episode with the box of pastels/paints...the song that played when Dawn came back to the party to get made me cry and I could watch it again and again. And I even felt pleased for Brent that he'd managed to make a nice, normal woman want to see him again.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 16:02:53

waterlego - have you watched the American Office?

I watched all 9 series back to back over about 3 months earlier this year. It's...different, but brilliant in it's own way, and because they had so long to play with it they could really drag things out and add things to the 'Tim and Dawn' relationship in it.

I loved it!

Tabby1963 Wed 01-Jan-14 16:03:03

I was recommended this programme by a colleague, I looked forward to watching it thinking it might be a bit like Rather Ted (which I adore and watch repeats repeatedly lol). However, I disliked it intensely; it's not funny. at all. Ten minutes and I switched off. Awfully disappointed.

waterlego Wed 01-Jan-14 16:08:01

Haven't seen it yet Heart, but have heard lots of people saying the same as you. It's on my list of things to watch smile

BananaNotPeelingWell Wed 01-Jan-14 16:11:22

Heartbroken I loved the League of Gentlemen! I sort of see life through a League of Gentlemen filter sometimes which is probably rather weird of me. That's another one which came over from Radio4. I can remember having to stop listening to it whilst I was driving because it made me laugh so much.

ohmeohmyforgotlogin Wed 01-Jan-14 16:11:36

Utterly perplexed as to how this throwback is in anyway funny. Surely beebread can do better

ohmeohmyforgotlogin Wed 01-Jan-14 16:12:11

Utterly perplexed as to how this throwback is in anyway funny. Surely beeb can do better

GoldenGytha Wed 01-Jan-14 16:21:30

I'm neither Irish or the older generation, and I enjoy Mrs Brown's Boys.

There's no need for all the insults flying back and forth, people like different things, and it isn't a sign of low intelligence to like or not like something.

I loved The Royle Family, and am so excited to see that one of my other comedy favourites Rab C. Nesbitt is on BBC1 Scotland on Thursday.

Some might hate Rab, but I've been a fan since Naked Video days, and I'm really looking forward to it.

Each to their own!

PresidentServalan Wed 01-Jan-14 16:28:46

See I found the League of Gentlemen to be the least funny programme in years. I don't get why some posters are so patronising and snobby though - just don't watch it if you don't like it. There are a lot of programmes on TV which appear to cater to people who don't have a particularly high IQ but I don't assume that everyone who watches those programmes is the same.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 16:30:11

Yes, but likewise, why are some people calling others 'boring' and 'annoying' for not liking Mrs Brown's Boys?

It's going both ways, you know.

Nancy66 Wed 01-Jan-14 16:30:23

League of Gentlemen didn't really do it for me either. Very hit and miss.

PresidentServalan Wed 01-Jan-14 16:30:59

Golden I LOVED Naked Video - it was amazing!

And couldn't agree with you more about the insults - no need for them.

My last post should have said lot of very popular programmes.

PresidentServalan Wed 01-Jan-14 16:32:54

Heartbroken I think there is no need for either side to be insulting - it is just a TV programme.

MaeveBehave Wed 01-Jan-14 16:37:47

I really hate it too. Who watches it? I find it offensive. My friends were asking recently, who watches it, anybosy you know??? And nobody knew of anybosy that watched it. The only conclusion we could vome to was a fondness for men dressed up as women, and (maybe) second or third generation iris people in the uk. It is just met with a groan and a sigh and "where's the remote?" In ireland!

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 16:39:47

See, you can't beat Monty Python when it comes to dressing up as women.

Terry Jones is the King/Queen of it grin

lilyaldrin Wed 01-Jan-14 16:41:24

My mum and Nan love it.

Caboodle Wed 01-Jan-14 16:42:58

It's hilarious; are you all mad?

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 16:43:44


Well, yes, I'm quite mad, but that's a different thread altogether, obviously grin

Weelady77 Wed 01-Jan-14 16:44:42

Wow is this conversation still going on over mrs browns boys haha grin

SirChenjin Wed 01-Jan-14 16:46:22

No - perfectly sane, which is why I don't find it funny grin Also I don't find it funny because it isn't funny.

Elfhame Wed 01-Jan-14 16:47:11

It's funny if you find it funny.

lovelychops Wed 01-Jan-14 16:48:52

My MIL in her 70's of Irish decent, loves it.
I can be in the room when it's on, unlike Vicious or Citizen Khan - both of which I can not believe got a second series re-commissioned.

SirChenjin Wed 01-Jan-14 16:50:51

Yep - if you find offensive, old fashioned, set up, contrived comedy funny then it must be bloody hilarious.

KrabbyPatty Wed 01-Jan-14 16:51:39

I tried it once and lasted 5 minutes.

It was embarrassingly unfunny.

I have noticed that in our group of friends, those that tend to piss themselves laughing over everything and anything, love Mrs Brown's Boys.

Sirchen - are you always such a miserable old sod

LtEveDallas Wed 01-Jan-14 16:53:28

Can't stand it. DH loves it, as do my 60-something PILs and my 80-something (normally prudish) Parents.

I just don't get it, at all. I sit there with a confused look on my face when everyone around me is in fits.

I think it's the 'daft' humour thing. I've never been a fab of slapstick etc.

Elfhame Wed 01-Jan-14 16:53:29

If you find it offensive etc then switch over. There is no yabu or yanbu about it, just different tastes.

It can't be total rubbish if it topped the Christmas viewing figures.

ComposHat Wed 01-Jan-14 16:54:13

But why elf? Slapstick isn't my favourite form of humour but appreciate it when it is done well (Harold Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Some mothers do have em, Del Boy falling throigh a bar etc.)

But the example you put up with the glue/ air freshner (is spray glue even a real thing) confusion was just bad comedy. What might jave been a passable but obvious 30 second sight gag was rendered humourless as the set up was too overlong and clumsily executed.

CynicalandSmug Wed 01-Jan-14 16:54:28

I find it hilarious, but I hate soaps, X factor etc etc. It's one of the few shows I can enjoy, I feel that a lot of British TV is total rubbish, I tend to watch American dramas and comedy.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 16:54:59


Are you always so rude to other posters?

Have you just read the comments about insults from both sides?

You're the worst culprit on this thread - and you supposedly love the show. You're not really showing yourself in a good light!

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 16:56:29

Christmas ratings don't mean anything, as I pointed out earlier.

Eastenders does well every year - doesn't stop it from being depressing bollocks that I also avoid like the plague.

Mrs Browns Boys is the latest bandwagon that people are jumping on, hence the ratings.

Sorry my mistake. It's you Heartbroken that's the miserable old sod grin

Journey Wed 01-Jan-14 16:58:03

I love it! I think it's very funny.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 16:58:43

Gosh, I can see why you like Mrs Brown's Boys, Jimmy.

You're about as funny as the programme!

pandarific Wed 01-Jan-14 16:59:41

<b>Heartbrokenmum73</b> So yeah... old people and people with some Irish ancestry.

It's so shit it makes me sad. Can't we export something good asides from Kerrygold?

SirChenjin Wed 01-Jan-14 17:01:15

Just because something is populist doesn't mean it's any good. The majority of the UK public want hanging brought back, for example...

Rather just switching round from the guff that is MBB I just don't watch it - the couple of times I sat through it waiting for something that resembled comedy was a couple of times too many.

Elfhame Wed 01-Jan-14 17:01:42

I can't see how it's the latest bandwagon - it's been running for a few seasons now and has it's regular viewers.

It's not just the Christmas ratings, it's on the most popular section on the iplayer a lot .

Thank you heartbroken for the compliment. smile

SirChenjin Wed 01-Jan-14 17:02:56

It wasn't meant to be a compliment Jimmy wink

Clawdy Wed 01-Jan-14 17:03:32

Bunny yes I KNOW the Ricky G. thing was a parody! I said it was a send-up. What I meant was that the Mrs Brown thing reminded me of that.

Dogonabeanbag Wed 01-Jan-14 17:03:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

KPidgeon Wed 01-Jan-14 17:04:13

I don't find Mrs Brown's Boys funny at all- never watched a full episode!

Someone may have said this before but I watched QI over Christmas and the guy who plays Mrs Brown was on in as a panelist. He was hilarious. Quick, funny, clever. I loved him as himself.

KPidgeon Wed 01-Jan-14 17:06:19

oops sorry. Don't know why I have an advert imbedded in my post!

NoComet Wed 01-Jan-14 17:07:05

Never got past the trailer

I just don't get it, DH however loves it.

The DC's school Christmas show was based around it this year. I was fhmm

Really Sirchen?!? Lol

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 17:07:41

No, it really wasn't a compliment.

Elf - again, Eastenders does well on iplayer too - doesn't mean a thing.

Moln Wed 01-Jan-14 17:12:13

I don't like it, I did like Brendan O'Carroll's books though when I read them years ago, but Mrs Brown's Boys is just toodrawnout and predictable slap stick for my liking. I'd probably smile once at a gag in a show (if it was a good one)

I don't know anyone who likes it, mind you I don't discuss it enough it know if everyone I know in in this mindframe, but extended family don't and people in my office don't. I live in Ireland and people who have mentioned it can't understand why it's so popular in Britain.

Humour is subjective, I mean I watched the 'Fenton' YouTube clip and didn't even as much as mildly grin. Others couldn't breath due to laughing about it

waterlego Wed 01-Jan-14 17:12:49

All the soaps seem to be very popular judging by the front covers of this mags they have near the till in supermarkets, and the conversations I hear people having about them. Soaps are shite too, IMO. They're like the TV equivalent of junk food. I wonder if some people just always have the telly on, whether or not there is actually something good to watch, and that's how they end up getting drawn into these programmes.

waterlego Wed 01-Jan-14 17:14:52

I loved the 'Fenton' clip. Mainly, I think, because the guy sounds so much like David Mitchell and so I just had visions of Mark Corrigan all stressed in his suit running through Richmond Park.

willyoulistentome Wed 01-Jan-14 17:17:26

I agree. It's shite.
Someone else said citizen khan was crap too.. They're right. How the he'll do these things get commissioned?

SirChenjin Wed 01-Jan-14 17:18:33

Well - given your loose grasp of what's funny I thought it only fair to point it out to you Jimmy grin

AmberLeaf Wed 01-Jan-14 17:19:51

Don't you think that when you can see the gag coming from a mile off that it totally kills the 'comedy'?

This /\

Obvious 'funnies' really aren't funny.

It is dumbed down funny.

HairyGrotter Wed 01-Jan-14 17:20:00

I believe it appeals to the many millions of simple minded folk, good for them, bad for those others who like a little more intelligent comedy.

Well done BBC, you've found your niche, the simples

ColinButterfly Wed 01-Jan-14 17:24:19

So glad to see this thread. I thought I was alone in not getting it.

CiderBomb Wed 01-Jan-14 17:24:21

I think you either love it or hate it. My dad will sit there and cry tears of laughter at it, but my mum thinks it's unfunny crap.

I'd take it over Miranda any day of the week. Someone really needs to tell that woman she's just not funny.

firesidechat Wed 01-Jan-14 17:34:37

I'm 50 (not Irish though) and can't stand it. There is nothing you could pay me that would make me watch it.

Feel the same way about Count Arthur. It was on radio 4 long before it made it's way to tv. I listen to radio 4 all day, but The Count was the one programme that made me turn off.

Has anyone come across David Sedaris? Now he is very, very funny and I would love to see him live.

Impomea Wed 01-Jan-14 17:35:59

Can't stand it .DM loves it .

But we cried laughing at The Wright Way blush

PresidentServalan Wed 01-Jan-14 17:37:07

Compo So you like Some Mothers Do Ave Em? Lovely - a show that takes the piss out of someone because he is clumsy and not very bright.

Etainagain Wed 01-Jan-14 17:37:14

I absolutely love it! It reminds me of my Irish family. My mum was just like Agnes Brown! My kids think it's great too.

biryani Wed 01-Jan-14 17:39:25

It's funny BECAUSE it's so awful. I like it.

mistermakersgloopyglue Wed 01-Jan-14 17:40:20

My (Irish) parents think its hilarious hmm I think it's ok at best and that is after watching a few episodes, it has kind of grown on me a little bit.

My parents also constantly marvel at the fact that lots of them are related... So what?!

PresidentServalan Wed 01-Jan-14 17:41:36

I believe it appeals to the many millions of simple minded folk, good for them, bad for those others who like a little more intelligent comedy.

Patronising much? Fwiw I know plenty of intelligent people who like it - some of whom who are cultured and who happen to be Irish. Each to their own - I think shite like TOWIE, XFactor, IAC and soaps show that TV is dumbing down, but I just choose not to watch them rather than insulting those who do.

Etainagain Wed 01-Jan-14 17:45:08

Agree with biryani, it is the fact that it is total mindless crap that makes it so absolutely enjoyable. But I'm obviously one of those simple minded people that HairyGrotter is talking about.

waterlego Wed 01-Jan-14 17:46:44

fireside, like you, I listen to R4 all day and so have come across David Sedaris- I agree, he's really entertaining.

HairyGrotter Wed 01-Jan-14 17:47:03


hackmum Wed 01-Jan-14 17:47:43

YANBU. The only episode I've seen is the Christmas one, which I watched out of curiosity. I couldn't believe what I was watching. It's desperately unfunny - it should have an award for being the first comedy to make 'Allo 'Allo look subtle.

It's not that I object to humour of the basic variety - I've been known to laugh at people falling over in You've Been Framed. It's just that it's all so obvious and so badly done - the "funny" lines are signalled well in advance and then when they come they're not actually funny.

AmberLeaf Wed 01-Jan-14 17:48:30

Hairygrotters comment sounds harsh yes, but I know what she means.

pixiepotter Wed 01-Jan-14 17:49:13

..but that is why it is funny

grin Hairy.

Kudos for saying what I said in a much more succinct way!

ItsTrueLefou Wed 01-Jan-14 17:54:23

Exactly Hairy

runes Wed 01-Jan-14 17:58:18

I'm Irish. It's embarrassingly unfunny, utter shite. Father Ted was fabulous, there is no comparison. I find most people who like it are of a certain age, so it may be a generational type of thing, though some people just have shite taste in comedy confused .

bigbuttons Wed 01-Jan-14 18:02:16

I'm far from simple minded. I like it, I also like some mothers do..., I like Laurel and hardy too.
I can't get on with 'clever' comedy, it works too hard and misses the point.
Miranda though is a pile of shit.

Nancy66 Wed 01-Jan-14 18:02:54

The most fiercely, intimidatingly intellectual couple I ever met used to double up in laughter at Keeping Up Appearances.

The first time I witnessed this I thought they were taking the piss but they weren't. They thought it was hilarious and it's the closest I've ever seen to anyone actually rolling on the floor with laughter.

They were genuinely baffled when I said it just didn't do it for me.

Mushypeasandchipstogo Wed 01-Jan-14 18:03:15

Father Ted was funny, Mrs Brown's Boys is totally unfunny. The Irish half of my family hate it more than I do!

picnicbasketcase Wed 01-Jan-14 18:04:31

I've never heard anyone in rl race about it - only people saying how catastrophically shite it is. And yet the DVDs seem to be on sale in supermarkets, which generally only stock stuff that's in the charts so I guess someone must be buying them.

I had assumed it was bollocks but thought I should watch some before judging. I managed about ten laughter free minutes before reverting to my previous opinion. Sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, 70s throwback bollocks.

I loved Father Ted, Red Dwarf, Count Arthur Strong, Man Down and some others mentioned on here, they can't be compared to this insulting crap.

Spermysextowel Wed 01-Jan-14 18:11:26

I read 'Me talk pretty one day' on recommendation of bro in law who generally doesn't read anything except science journals. David Sedaris is truly funny. Would've loved to have seen him live in March but it sold out v quickly.

JollySantersSelectionBox Wed 01-Jan-14 18:16:37

Hairy I believe your individual tongue in cheek humour seems to be failing in this audience. grin

I won't wager a guess as to whether it's the Pro MBB or not.....

AmberLeaf Wed 01-Jan-14 18:18:18

Nancy66 They were probably high grin

Boaty Wed 01-Jan-14 18:19:08

DH loves it, it is the first comedy in years he has laughed out loud at! He doesn't understand why everyone doesn't agree with him! Quite a few people I know love it too...more than don't! I find some of it funny. I didn't find the Xmas ones as good though I admit. We never found Little Britain, The Office or Vicious funny though.

HRHwheezing Wed 01-Jan-14 18:19:27

You have my first yanbu.

My aunty, and everyone around my mum's generation love it.

I don't get it

BIWI Wed 01-Jan-14 18:20:44

Thank goodness there are others who don't like it. I thought it was just me.

Can't bear it. So obvious and totally lacking in any kind of subtlety or intelligence.

runes Wed 01-Jan-14 18:22:30

Shit List Great List

Mrs Brown's Boys Father Ted
How I Met Your Mother Frasier
Count Arthur Strong The IT Crowd
Miranda The Big Bang Theory
My Family The Inbetweeners


Spermysextowel Wed 01-Jan-14 18:22:37

Mrs Brown is embarrassing. So is Miranda & anything with Ricky Gervais or Simon Pegg.

runes Wed 01-Jan-14 18:26:53

Where did my spaces go?? Should have a foward slash between the first named shit comedy and second named great one.

JollySantersSelectionBox Wed 01-Jan-14 18:30:21

Ah but the Barney's Stag Night episode of HIMYM was comic genius.

Where's Black Books? wink

SirChenjin Wed 01-Jan-14 18:31:32

Runes - spot on

mrstigs Wed 01-Jan-14 18:31:40

I like simon pegg. In film at least.

Grennie Wed 01-Jan-14 18:34:12

I agree with the OP. It is an absolutely dreadful programme.

picnicbasketcase Wed 01-Jan-14 18:35:09

Spaced was great though! I like everything on runes' list except Miranda, My Family and MBB though. And actually I have laughed a couple of times at Miranda.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 18:56:18

Have we actually moved from the dire Mrs Browns Boys to trying to say Simon Pegg is in the same league? Seriously?

Big Train? Spaced?

I'm vair disappointed. Vair

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 18:57:24

Frasier is a whole other level of greatness though. For physical comedy, look no further than Niles Crane hyperventilating or collapsing - that's how you do it!

Spaced is one of the best TV comedies ever.

Admittedly I don't like anything of Simon Pegg's post Shaun of the Dead but he is a talented writer.

You just cannot put him in the same category as the desperately awful Brendan O'Carroll.

Agree Heart. Frasier is my favourite sitcom of all time.

There's an episode featuring just Niles where he is getting ready for a date and it all (predictably) turns to pure farce. Genius genius telly.

WaffilyVersatile Wed 01-Jan-14 18:59:56

Mrs Browns Boys is AWFUL.. Spaced was brilliant!! How can you even compare the two?!

mistermakersgloopyglue Wed 01-Jan-14 19:00:40

Didn't it get the highest viewings on Xmas day as well?

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:02:53

Bunny - I can honestly say I avoided Frasier for a long time because I wasn't that crazy about Cheers (still a bit 'meh') and because I misguidedly thought that the actual show was snobby.

There are far too many episodes that I haven't seen. I'd like to get them all on DVD - may start buying the box sets actually!

Too many that I have seen that I could say 'I love the one where...' about.

But Niles is definitely my favourite - his mooning over Daphne always gets to me. That and the ever-absent Maris.

Caitlin17 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:04:41

I can't even bear watching the trailers if Mrs Brown's Boys. It's awful.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:05:47

So because something gets high ratings, that automatically makes it quality, does it?

Soap operas? Big Brother? Dancing on Ice? TOWIE/Made in Chelsea?

Highly regarded shows (such as The Wire) generally have low ratings over here and get put on at stupid o'clock, where barely anyone sees them. Does that make them rubbish?

Ratings have no bearings on quality.

Nancy66 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:12:59

TOWIE, big brother and Made in Chelsea get very low ratings.

mistermakersgloopyglue Wed 01-Jan-14 19:13:27

I wasnt saying it made it high quality. I was just saying that obviously lots of people do fine it hilarious (which I find baffling because I think it's mostly pretty shite).

waterlego Wed 01-Jan-14 19:13:56

So because something gets high ratings, that automatically makes it quality, does it?

What it means is that a large number of the population aren't that fussy and will watch literally anything and everything. And because they see so much dross, I can only assume their expectations become lower!

mistermakersgloopyglue Wed 01-Jan-14 19:14:36

*find not fine

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:14:53

Do they? I'm actually quite glad about that! Means not as many people are watching them as I thought.

There is some hope for the human race then?

Why do they keep making so many copycat shows though, if that's the case?

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:16:36

I wonder if the people watching it are finding it hilarious the way my Dad does when he watches Allo Allo and Are You Being Served (he has them set to series record confused).

He tells me how funny they are, but watches them with the straightest face you can imagine!

SashaOfSiberia Wed 01-Jan-14 19:25:15

I LOVE a bit of seventies comedy, but DH and I have tried to watch this a few times and we just don't get it. We, possibly a bit ignorantly, thought it because we don't really know anything about irish stereotypes. I guess in the same way DH always found Desmond's hilarious and my family cries with laughter at Friday Night Dinner?

Although Mrs Browns Boys is forever topping the amazon DVD charts or sitting in the top 10 so I don't think it can be the irish connection alone.

Nancy66 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:25:36

reality shows are v. cheap to make

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:27:47

I love Friday Night Dinner, despite it bearing it no resemblance whatsoever to my upbringing or experiences.

Two words: Tamsin Grieg.

Two more words: I'm boiling.

MrsDavidBowie Wed 01-Jan-14 19:33:11

Well Birds of a Feather is returning to our screens tomorrow.

How bad will that be?

Make MBB's look like Shakespeare.

waterlego Wed 01-Jan-14 19:37:13

Oh no MrsDavidBowie sad (Great taste in husbands you have though smile)

I've never heard of Friday Night Dinner but I really like Tamsin Grieg so will check that out.

Which reminds me, Green Wing was another great comedy, IMO.

mistermakersgloopyglue Wed 01-Jan-14 19:37:33

Whaaaat? Birds of a Feather was hilarious the first time round! Ok tracey was a bit shit, but the insults traded between sharon and dorian were brilliant. I really hope it will be as good in its new incarnation.

SirChenjin Wed 01-Jan-14 19:37:36

Oh dear lord - really? Who was it who decided that the script of BOAF or the actors involved were any good? Another 'comedy' wedged firmly in the early 80s.

JollySantersSelectionBox Wed 01-Jan-14 19:40:14

Bloody hell Birds of a Feather - what next?

Love Thy Neighbour?

Only When I Laugh?

Keep it in the Family?

bigbuttons Wed 01-Jan-14 19:41:02

BOAF and only fools and horses, absolute tripe.
'allo 'allo is very funny if you are delirious with fever(really)

Heart Friday Night Dinner is fantastic grin .

"Shit on it" has become a catchphrase for me and DP blush grin .

SirChenjin Wed 01-Jan-14 19:42:26

I'm sure if those were delivered in an Irish accent by a bloke dressed as a woman and filmed on a set they would be hilarious

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:43:35

Yes, BOAF is back tomorrow. If I recall rightly, I was mildly amused the first time round (but preferred stuff like Blackadder and The Comic Strip).

I think it's because Dorian and the blonde one can't get any other work and Pauline Quirke (who is actually a fucking great actress and doesn't need to return to this shite) feels sorry for them.

That's the only reason I can think of for bringing it back.

picnicbasketcase Wed 01-Jan-14 19:44:41

YY to Friday Night Dinner and Green Wing grin

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:45:10

Ha, yes! I use 'shit on it' all the time - to the extent where I'd forgotten where I got it from blush

I also love the ongoing saga of the science mags that he won't get rid of. The episode with the bonfire was particularly brilliant.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:45:44

I'm only halfway through the first series of Green Wing - completely bonkers - love it.

JollySantersSelectionBox Wed 01-Jan-14 19:47:25


Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:56:55

And the neighbour (Mark Heap, scene-stealing as always) and his dog - who he's scared of! The way he twitches at it when the bloody animal hasn't even moved grin

SashaOfSiberia Wed 01-Jan-14 19:57:19

Friday night dinner isn't that resemblant of my upbringing, but there are some stereotypes I'm quite familiar with, my family is Jewish and we did always have, and still do have Friday Night Dinner (always with crumble too). I just wondered if Mrs Browns Boys is easier to laugh at if you're familiar with the stereotypes it includes? I have no reference points for it, I didn't know if that's why I don't get the jokes.

aciddrops Wed 01-Jan-14 22:22:47

Loved Friday Night dinner. I wish they'd make another series.

BIWI Wed 01-Jan-14 22:34:23

I get that there might be cultural reference points that those of us who aren't Irish/from an Irish background might not get, but that doesn't excuse the quality of the writing and the crassness of the approach. I don't always get the references in Friday Night Dinners either, but the writing is brilliant.

badtime Wed 01-Jan-14 23:09:39

SirChenjin, say what you like about the scripts of Birds of a Feather, or about the acting of Linda Robson or Lesley Joseph, but Pauline Quirke is a really good actress.

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 01-Jan-14 23:14:43

Pauline Quirke is a fantastic actress (not happy about the prices of her stage schools though - thought it was about 'giving back' hmm), which is why I don't understand why she's stepping backwards to do more BOAF, which was shite the first time round and will probably be extremely cringe worthy this time.

They don't even have Peter Polycarpou (who I love just for his name grin)

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Wed 01-Jan-14 23:20:42

I quite like Mrs Brown's Boys, though not as much as Friday Night Dinner.

Citizen Khan, however, you can keep - the only bit I like are the bits filmed with the locals in Sparkhill, as they often look bemused....

JollySantersSelectionBox Thu 02-Jan-14 01:08:08

You don't have to be Welsh to get the humour in Gavin & Stacey - a few of the Welshisms might throw you but not very likely.

Friday Night Dinner was very well written. I related to the sibling rivalry and eccentric gran more than anything.

DramaAlpaca Thu 02-Jan-14 01:17:53

DH is Irish & I've lived in Ireland for years so you might think I'd get the humour & cultural references in Mrs Brown's Boys, but I don't. It's the biggest load of rubbish ever, almost embarrassingly unfunny.

I love Father Ted though, absolute comic genius.

GW297 Thu 02-Jan-14 01:30:07

I hate it too!

Lovecat Thu 02-Jan-14 01:48:11

My mum (Irish descent, late 70's) was on at me to watch MBB as it was 'hilarious' so I gave it a go. What a bag of shite (as the actually funny Paul Calf would say)! It is sooo awful, embarrassingly bad!

I was astounded she likes it, as back in the 70's she was deeply into Monty Python and The Goon Show/Spike Milligan's Q series and would sit purse-lipped at the likes of Love Thy Neighbour, Bless This House and Terry & June whilst my dad howled with laughter... she also loves Father Ted, IT Crowd, Spaced, Black Books and League of Gentlemen, so what the hell she sees in MBB I just can't fathom. It is, as fireside said earlier, on a par with the pisstake the Young Ones did "Oh Crikey!". Utterly cringeworthy.

I actually avoid being in the house when I visit if MBB is on because she seems determined to get me to admit that it's funny. Like if I watch it enough suddenly the scales will drop from my eyes and I'll start guffawing along with her...

David Sedaris is FANTASTIC btw, whoever said that upthread.

Lovecat Thu 02-Jan-14 01:49:15

Pressed post too soon - Father Ted is utter genius and whoever compared the two shows wants shooting. No comparison whatsoever.

LittleBabyPigsus Thu 02-Jan-14 07:21:48

I don't enjoy MBB but love Miranda. Tend to be more Peep Show/IT Crowd/Black Books etc though. Oh and Gavin & Stacey! One of my favourites.

My grandma enjoys it and is of Irish heritage but not sure that makes a difference, I don't work in a book shop or IT department!

Comedy is so subjective though, very hmm at correlating sense of humour with intelligence. I have a high IQ and enjoy Keeping Up Appearances and Only Fools & Horses, neither of which are very highbrow.

hackmum Thu 02-Jan-14 08:22:34

I agree about the genius of Father Ted. But I also love Frasier, Black Books, Peep Show, Friday Night Dinner, Spaced, Gavin and Stacey, and loads more that people have mentioned.

It was funny, watching Sherlock last night, I realised that the Sherlock/Mycroft relationship reminded me of Frasier and Niles Crane. In fact, there was a bit of dialogue where they talk about how, as children, they found other children really stupid, that I even thought might have been lifted from Frasier. Then this morning I saw a quote from Mark Gatiss where he says that Sherlock and Mycroft were like the Cranes - so it must have been deliberate on the writers' part.

melika Thu 02-Jan-14 08:39:59

Mrs Brown started as a very successful stage show and I have seen at least three of them. So when it appeared on tv I was surprised but wondered how it it would be received. I think it is successful because there are a lot of Irish descent people and/or people who know someones mother that Mrs Brown depicts. I certainly do. The beauty of it is, it can be sad, happy and exasperating all in one minute, it's fast and maybe you don't get the accent or the 'Catholic upbringing' thing.

I didn't get Miranda (but do now) and certainly don't get Viscious, Citizen Khan and I am not looking forward to BOAF. I say, well done to Brendan O'Carroll and his family for giving me something to laugh at.

Leave it alone, it made me chuckle on Christmas day and that's saying something.

I'm with you too and again my parents find it hilarious confused

melika please don't insult people on this thread by saying the reason we don't like MBB is because we don't 'get' it hmm.

I am Irish and was raised catholic in Ireland.

And it is still a festering pile of shite.

SirChenjin Thu 02-Jan-14 09:49:04

BIL is from Ireland and is Catholic - he 'gets' it fine, just thinks it's shite. It really is shite - it's like a badly scripted amateur pantomime in a small town, but because the actors are known to the audience it's 'funny'.

HoratiaDrelincourt Thu 02-Jan-14 09:50:20

As for "not getting it", I find Peter Kay deeply unfunny as well, (particularly in Phoenix Nights, which DH finds side-splitting) and I know that's partly because I'm not northern and don't get some of the cultural references.

But the difference is that I can see what DH sees in it, and just don't sympathise. With MBB I don't see the attraction at all.


HoratiaDrelincourt Thu 02-Jan-14 09:51:12

SirChenjin - cross posted with you but your local shit pantomime analogy is spot on.

2Tinsellytocare Thu 02-Jan-14 09:54:44

I hate this programme, BIL lives it but he has moronic tendencies

MaeveBehave Thu 02-Jan-14 10:10:28

Agreed Bunnylebowski, a festering pile of shite it is for sure. Nothing to do with getting it. What is there to get? People swearing?

I think I have identified the category of people that like it, 13 pages in, people who are not over-burdened with intelligence as my mother says.

runes Thu 02-Jan-14 11:07:29

Extended lists

Shit List - Mrs Brown's Boys, Count Arthur Strong, My Family, How I Met Your Mother, Miranda, Blackadder series one, Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher

Great List - Frasier, The Inbetweeners, The Big Bang Theory, The IT Crowd, Father Ted, Episodes, The Office, Alan Partridge, Extras, Peep Show, Modern Family, Spaced, Blackadder series 2-4, Two and a Half Men with Charlie Sheen

Good List - 30 Rock, Friday Night Dinner, Curb your Enthusiasm, Black Books, Green Wing, Chickens, Gavin and Stacey

May be bored later and think of some more wink

sad2001 Thu 02-Jan-14 11:13:58

runes I could've written those lists myself. Miranda is another one I just do not get. Makes me want to put my foot through the tv.

biryani Thu 02-Jan-14 11:22:14

I think it also depends on what was around at the time. There's loads of stuffI've never watched. Also, there is far more stuff around now due to Sky etc so we can afford to be more picky.

In my day, it was Only Fools, One Foot in the Grave, followed by Blackadder, then Royle Family and The Office. All of which, imo, were funny in different ways.

Stuff like Are We Being Served, Terry and June etc are quite funny to me, because they are of their time. And Fawlty Towers!

MBB, Miranda etc seem to be a bit retro, with a lot of slapstick and less sophisticated wit. And crude!

mablemurple Thu 02-Jan-14 11:44:52

aciddrops there is a third series of Friday Night Dinner that they've just finished filming, hopefully it will be screened sometime this year.

Shalom to you all! <throws plate at wall>

mablemurple Thu 02-Jan-14 11:46:45

and I've just checked on Amazon, the second series will finally be released on dvd in March.

ComposHat Thu 02-Jan-14 11:52:54

I don't have a favourite sitcom, but thus us almost certainly my favourite scene, not least because it is so perfectly timed and delivered (something the actors and writer of Mrs Brown's Boys seem blissfully untroubled by)

It is the bit in Porridge where Fletcher is feigning bad feet in order to get some more comfortable shoes:

Doctor: Suffer from any illness?

Fletch: Bad feet.

Doctorsadannoyed)Suffer from any illness?

Fletchsadinsistantly)Bad feet!

Doctor: Paid a recent visit to a doctor or hospital?

Fletch: Only with my bad feet

.Doctor: Are you now or have you at any time been a
practicing homosexual?

Fletch: What, with these feet? Who'd have me?

Crinkle77 Thu 02-Jan-14 12:50:04

YANBU OP. My mum loves it and I have watched it a few times when I have been at her house but just don't get it. I keep thinking I will give it one more chance but it never gets any better. It seems to be that it is older people who like it. That's the case with everyone I know anyway.

melika Thu 02-Jan-14 12:50:15

Bunnylebowski, keep your hair on! If you're Irish maybe you don't get it.. but most of my friends and family love it and can relate to the family upbringing in that comedy. It doesn't do down the Irish at all. I loved Father Ted also but wonder sometimes if the main character hadn't died so suddenly, would it still be going, would we feel so fond of it? Like when Richard Beckinsale died so young, we always look back on his performances with delight.

I don't get Peter Kay either (and he's worth millions), go on blast me for that!

runes Thu 02-Jan-14 13:00:34

Phoenix Nights goes on the great list. "Have you swept that cock up yet?" Classic grin

ComposHat Thu 02-Jan-14 13:48:45

melika I think it to do with the fact Richard Beckinsale was in two of the best sitcoms in the past 40 years along with two of the best tv comedy actors of all time (Barker & Rossoter) rather than his untimely death.

loisismyhero Thu 02-Jan-14 13:54:05

I don't think anybody said it does down the Irish - theyre just saying that even if you get the cultural references its still crap.

I'm Irish. I have lived in Ireland all my life. I'm Catholic. I'm 46, so getting close to the target audience according to some. I have an Irish Mammy (and even more specifically a Dublin Mammy, like Mrs B is). I AM an Irish Mammy ffs! And I still think it's shite!

melika Thu 02-Jan-14 14:19:45

Maybe cos you're too close to it, to realise it's funny.

Like when she knows her son is gay but tries to ignore it, brushing over the facts.

Like she says when someone arrives, 'do you want a cup of tea?' Typical of an Irish household and out comes the sandwiches and cake too.

Like she says the most tactless thing but thinks she can get away with it cos she's Mammy! Blaming it on age, different generation etc.

There are lots of issues that are taboo in the household and that reminds me of my own Dad and my upbringing.

Its funny to me and that's what counts.

"Like when she knows her son is gay but tries to ignore it, brushing over the facts."

Not funny and shitty parenting. It's 2014 FFS.

"Like she says when someone arrives, 'do you want a cup of tea?' Typical of an Irish household and out comes the sandwiches and cake too."

Yes that's really original and an example of insightful observational comedy. If only someone had thought of that years ago like in Father Ted for example.........Oh wait.

But if that list is what makes you laugh, I can see why it appeals.

Joysmum Thu 02-Jan-14 14:27:17

Hubby and I don't like Mes Brown's Boys either.

Great if you find people saying 'Feck' a lot funny but nothing else in it at all.

runes Thu 02-Jan-14 14:32:08

melika Too close? That's nonsense, I'm Irish and I get it but I still think it's absolute shite. The Irish tea thing was done superbly by Mrs Doyle. Mrs Brown's Boys is poorly written, obvious, dated shite.

badtime Thu 02-Jan-14 14:33:05

So, melika, first people don't get it because they don't understand Irish culture. Then, once a couple of people explain that they understand it fine and still think it is pish, they understand the culture too well? hmm

Perhaps some people just don't find it funny because their sense of humour is a bit more sophisticated than "hur hur, it's a man in a dress".

loisismyhero Thu 02-Jan-14 14:39:41

Jesus Melina you're like a dog with a bone. Some people, me included, just don't find it funny. You do find it funny. That's grand. It would be a sad and dull world if we all liked the same things.

<wanders back to the Sherlock threads - now there's a funny show>

loisismyhero Thu 02-Jan-14 14:41:07


Lovecat Thu 02-Jan-14 15:15:32

Oh dear, Melika, make your mind up! First we don't get it because we're not Irish, then we don't get it because we're too close to it - we don't get it because it's not fecking funny... none of your examples are funny at all. They're quite desperate, tbh.

Runes I agree with most of your list but sorry, the first series of Blackadder is superb. Miriam Margoles as the Spanish Infanta, with the translator who followed her everywhere? "Again, please!" grin grin

runes Thu 02-Jan-14 15:27:08

Lovecat In fairness I haven't seen it in a very long time, may have to check it out again on your recommendation. Am assuming your user name is a reference to The excellent Cure, and that you are therefore someone with discerning taste wink

Heartbrokenmum73 Thu 02-Jan-14 15:27:47

Lovecat - 'what is he like in baaaade' grin. I think with Blackadder series 1 you have to take it as comedy genius away from the other three series. It's still seriously brilliant, just in a different way to the others.

And I don't find MBB funny because it's not my kind of humour - it's obvious, dated, cheap, etc. Not because I don't 'get' it. I think everyone gets it - there's nothing highbrow or difficult to understand about it. That's my feelings about it - I don't particularly being told why I don't find something funny, thanks. I'm not stupid, it just doesn't make me laugh.

I do love Miranda though blush

Heartbrokenmum73 Thu 02-Jan-14 15:29:42

Runes - you really should revisit it. I used to dislike it too because I compared it too much to the later ones and because I didn't like how snivelly Edmund was (and Baldrick being clever was all wrong), but now I love it and realise it's just as brilliant as the others.

JollySantersSelectionBox Thu 02-Jan-14 15:36:17

Same here for Blackadder the first.

Watching it now I really appreciate it.

Jim Broadbent was the interpreter.

Heartbrokenmum73 Thu 02-Jan-14 15:38:19

I love him Blackadder's Christmas Carol too, as Prince Albert, giving away the content of all of Victoria's presents:

'Damn, damn, damn'.

Absy Thu 02-Jan-14 15:43:19

Man, I thought I was alone. One family member LOVES it and I had to sit through like three episodes. It's so crap. It's badly made, the main dude/woman/whatever always looks at the camera./drops out of character which is annoying. and it's not funny. There's so many other shows which are a billion times funnier.

runes Thu 02-Jan-14 17:57:14

Blackadder's Christmas Carol is brilliant too. Baldrick getting a fist in his stocking was grin and sad . Love it.

OpalMoonstone Thu 02-Jan-14 18:11:14

Runes I agree with all of your Great list that I've watched and should probably check out the ones I haven't. I was going to add Phoenix Nights to it, but see you added that later. I used to know chunks of Blackadder 2 and 3 off by heart. I loved Big School too

runes Thu 02-Jan-14 21:01:51

Never seen Big School. Is that the BBC one that David Wailliams was in?

Rubybrazilianwax Thu 02-Jan-14 21:39:12

I'm Irish and it makes me cringe so much. It does not poke fun at stereotypes in a witty way at all.

OpalMoonstone Thu 02-Jan-14 22:32:25

Yes that's right. Frances de la Tour was fab as the headmistress.

bigbuttons Fri 03-Jan-14 07:49:51

What I like most about MBB is that it is crude and like a bad panto. I love that it has no pretensions at all. I love that it is un pc too.

bigbuttons Fri 03-Jan-14 07:51:44

My fav blackadder was the first series but I think I'm the only person in the world to hold that opinion, very strange. But I find it laugh out loud funny. Especially the sketch with the morris dancer on a plastic donkey.

melika Fri 03-Jan-14 09:45:26

All I can say it is a matter of taste, when look at some of your 'greats' I think they are a pile of shite too! Get stuffed.

SirChenjin Fri 03-Jan-14 09:49:45

Or a matter of a lack of taste.

OpalMoonstone Fri 03-Jan-14 11:47:58

It's certainly un pc. There's a bit in it where Mrs Brown refers to her son's gayness as his "illness." I feel for any young teen watching that with his parents roaring with laughter next to him.

OpalMoonstone Fri 03-Jan-14 11:48:43

Any young gay teenager

JollySantersSelectionBox Fri 03-Jan-14 11:51:25

That's an interesting thought, Opal. sad

HavantGuard Fri 03-Jan-14 12:04:53

To me it hides behind the idea that we're holding up 'her' outdated attitudes as a source of humour. That argument is about as convincing as it was in the late 90s when magazines sprang up with pictures of semi naked women and claimed they were post modern and empowering rather than sexist. Homophobic jokes are homophobic jokes. Racism is racism. 'Political Corectness' is a label used by those who would like to still be able to display those attitudes in public without being called on it.

Heartbrokenmum73 Fri 03-Jan-14 12:26:48


Your attitude is just delightful.

Why on earth are you getting so angry and confrontational because people don't share your opinion of a tv show?

Christ knows what you're like when someone disagrees with you about something that actually matters!

SirChenjin Fri 03-Jan-14 12:32:09

Melika is probably just trying to be funny - much the same way as MBB does wink

stillenacht Fri 03-Jan-14 12:33:49

Its painfully shite.

Marzipanface Fri 03-Jan-14 12:35:14

It's dreadful.

stillenacht Fri 03-Jan-14 12:35:39

Runes agree with your list but am ok with Miranda (first series).

ComposHat Fri 03-Jan-14 12:56:40

melika is there really any need to be so rude? Although if 'get stuffed' is your idea of a witty retort, I can see why you may enjoy Mrs Brown's Boys so much.

MarmaladeBatkins Fri 03-Jan-14 13:00:20

It's comedy for the hard of thinking.

It's no coincidence that on a night that it's on, the people who are getting excited over it on my FB newsfeed are the ones that can't spell.

"watchin mrs browns boys wid da fam lol hilareous"

runes Fri 03-Jan-14 13:07:04

Stillenacht I actually quite like Miranda Harte and was disappointed not to like the show, it gives me no pleasure to put Miranda on the shit list but it just doesn't make me laugh. Mrs Brown's Boys on the other hand, I would have been worried about myself had I found that trunks funny. Before I forget, Benidorm needs to be added to the shit list.

Sparklymommy Fri 03-Jan-14 14:34:44

See, personally I can take or leave Mrs Browns Boys. On the other hand I find Father Ted tiresome and offensive and always have.

My ten year old dd absolutely adores Open All Hours and I thought she would love the new one on Boxing Day. She did not, and spent the whole episode pining for Arkwright!

Personally I like Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother, and then the old favourites, Porridge, Only Fools and Horses and the Vicar of Dibley. Oh, and blackadder.

I was quite surprised with how popular MBBs is. Mainly amongst my gay friends and, like the op said, the likes of my mother and her comtemporaries.

stardusty5 Fri 03-Jan-14 14:41:23

I like it - its silly and isn't trying to be cool or clever. It might be old fashioned but then aren't we all supposed to be pining after the two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise?

I also love Miranda, but even i think it can be a little manic sometimes.

Sitcoms are a hard genre i think.

MaeveBehave Fri 03-Jan-14 14:53:27

Loved when miranda harte and her 'mother' went for therapy. So funny.

JollySantersSelectionBox Fri 03-Jan-14 14:56:42

grin@ Marmalade

melika Sat 04-Jan-14 09:55:34

I laughed at BOAF, does that make me an uneducated idiot?

I laugh at Big bang theory, How I met your mother, Blackadder and the like, does that make me 'in' with some of you?

I absolutely cry at Inbetweeners and want more but is that more 'well written' than Mrs Brown, I hardly think so.

TobyLerone Sat 04-Jan-14 09:57:05

I tend to think that people who find Mrs Brown's Boys (and also Miranda) funny are a bit thick.

onedev Sat 04-Jan-14 10:18:00

I don't understand the need to be so insulting - why Toby & others who have been? Where does it say that that sense of humour equates to intellect??

I don't enjoy Miranda but do enjoy Mrs Browns Boys - go figure?? I'm certainly not thick, which I'd say can clearly be evidenced by my qualifications, job, no of employees & salary & therefore isn't my subjective view at all but a totally objective one.

I guess if putting others down makes you feel superior, go for your life, but it really isn't a nice trait at all.

bigbuttons Sat 04-Jan-14 10:25:45

You have to be really dense to equate someone's SOH with their intellect. Honestly.

Busyoldfool Sat 04-Jan-14 10:55:50

Agree bigbuttons. If I take all my friends, there is not one who loves/hates exactly the same comedies as I do. They are not thick, or racist/sexist just because they enjoy something I don't; it does not seem to be generational or dependent on nationality or intelligence - it is just what makes them laugh.

With some I'll share a love of QI with others my enjoyment of MBB or Big Bang Theory. Some love pantomime and slapstick, some love verbal jokes, some like humour that ridicules others whether 70's style or 2014 style. Who cares? I wouldn't judge people by what they laugh at. Laughing is a good thing!

TobyLerone Sat 04-Jan-14 11:14:05

Where does it say that that sense of humour equates to intellect??

In my head <shrug>

I never stated it as fact. Don't panic. I'm sure you're a genius, onedev.

onedev Sat 04-Jan-14 11:17:52

Really don't see the need for rudeness Toby?? Never once said genius, but pointing out that from an objective perspective, most definitely not thick.

Oh there is. There absolutely is a correlation between people's intelligence and what they watch on the television.

TobyLerone Sat 04-Jan-14 11:19:28

Yy Bunny.

BabyMummy29 Sat 04-Jan-14 11:20:37

I don't get what's meant to be funny about it either but am definitely in a minority among my family and friends who all rave about how hilarious it is.

But as I always say, each to their own

Also very definitely a correlation between twatishness and judging people by their tv viewing preferences smile

TobyLerone Sat 04-Jan-14 11:25:54

I am amused by your use of your salary and number of employees as evidence of your obvious intelligence, onedev.

I don't give a toss what anyone watches on tv. But there will always be a correlation, even if only my head, between the people who laugh at base, easy to understand 'comedy' and the people who did slightly less well in their GCSEs.

TobyLerone Sat 04-Jan-14 11:27:53

Very possibly true, mrs. Luckily, what internet randoms think of me is none of my concern. It seems that many don't share my view and put far too much stock into what others think.

insummeritreinsdeer Sat 04-Jan-14 12:41:28

I think you can probably group MBB's Boys and Benidorm in the same bracket - both depressingly similar and aimed at the same audience.

I have to agree that there is a correlation between intelligence and what you watch regularly and enjoy.

melika Sat 04-Jan-14 12:47:50

I don't like Citizen Khan and Benidorm but I wouldn't judge people who do.

I like Mrs Brown. end of.

Heartbrokenmum73 Sat 04-Jan-14 12:58:36

Why do people not understand that putting 'end of' doesn't actually mean 'I'm right and you're wrong and that's the end of the conversation' on here?

Good for you for liking what you like. But you've been quite rude yourself further up the thread - telling people to 'get stuffed' and banging on about people not liking MBB because 'we don't get it'.

I don't like it. end of grin

JakeBullet Sat 04-Jan-14 13:28:39

Am snorting at the idea of intelligence correlating with what people find funny.

Humour is surely very individual.

bigbuttons Sat 04-Jan-14 13:54:41

I am intelligent and I like MBB. I like the non- pretension of it all. I like the toilet humour, I like the slap stick.

BabyMummy29 Sat 04-Jan-14 14:04:46

I am intelligent too and watch some awful tripe on telly.

I find it an escape from reality.

Are people on here saying that if you're intelligent you can only watch serious programmes and if you're thick you can only like shite comedies and the like?

AndyWarholsBanana Sat 04-Jan-14 14:57:52

Genuine question - to those of you saying that sense of humour is just a matter of individual taste and has no relationship to their character or intelligence, would your opinion of someone really not change if they told you that they find Jim Davidson and Bernard Manning's 1980s routines hilarious? (that's if you liked them before they told you this).
I generally find that people tend to bond with those with a similar sense of humour. Having said that, DH finds MBB hilarious while I can't stand it. He's Irish, I'm not. He says that I don't find it funny because I'm a cultural snob. I tell him I don't find it funny because it's shite.

ProfessorDent Sat 04-Jan-14 15:03:05

It's an acquired taste, a guilty pleasure. Perhaps not that dissimilar to Miranda, esp as the lead character breaks the fourth wall ie turns to the camera from time to time.

It's hard to explain, but it is irony-free humour to some extent and the bloke in drag is a tradition that predates Les Dawson and goes back to Music Hall. I should say that being English I don't find anything patronising about the lead being Irish, in my view she could be any Northern woman, the attitude would be the same, being kind of a bossy, flawed matriach. I like the way even though it obviously doesn't insult our intelligence by pretending to be real, it maintains its emotional aspect with a certain sincerity.

mumofthemonsters808 Sat 04-Jan-14 15:08:38

I detest it but I'm in the minority, I know people who adore it and laugh their socks off. I wish I did like it because every time I switch the TV on it appears to be on.

AndyWarholsBanana Sat 04-Jan-14 15:09:41

Professor, I love Miranda but it definitely took me half a series before it 'clicked'. DCs loved it from the first episode which is the only reason I stuck with it for that long. I can't see the same happening with MBB. Are you a lecturer? You sound frighteningly clever. < slightly in awe emotion >

persimmon Sat 04-Jan-14 15:11:01

I hate it, it makes me itch it's so painfully unfunny.

Kasterborous Sat 04-Jan-14 15:13:23

I love it, but can see why people don't.

ProfessorDent Sat 04-Jan-14 15:20:09

Hi Andy's Banana, no I am not a lecturer. I named myself Professor simply because Professor Dent is a character from the Bond film Dr No, and I am a Bond fan. I regret it now, being a bloke and pitching in on Mumsnet calling yourself Professor is sort of asking for trouble, I wish I had picked a jolly, funny name like yourself... envy

I am not sure that anyone who likes Mrs BB's is going to be 'frighteningly clever'... grin

insancerre Sat 04-Jan-14 15:30:08

I love Mrs Browns boys- it makes me laugh out loud.
Not a lot of tv actually does that anymore.
Oh, and I'm not thick either.
I am laughing at the idea that intelligence is anyway related to your sense of humour. Surely you must be a bit thick to think that?

CiderBomb Sat 04-Jan-14 15:31:24

I always thought that The Office and Vicar of Dibley were both shit. I actually have a good sense of humour, but never laughed once at either of those programmes. People look at me like I'm mad when I tell that though, like because they find it funny you must as well, but humour is so subjective. What I really don't like are comedy snobs who think they are more intelligent that anyone who likes stuff such as Mrs Brown

A lot of people don't like Benidorm, but it makes me cry with laughter, mainly because I was dragged on package holidays by my parents growing up and met people exactly like the characters in the show. I wouldn't dream of calling someone a snobby twat for not getting though.

The comedies I do like and laugh at include, Father Ted, One Foot in The Grave, Keeping up Appearances, Only Fools and Horse, Allo Allo, Some Mothers Do ave Em, Hi-De-Hi, 2.4 Children, The Brittas Empire.

DoYouNeedAWahhmbulance Sat 04-Jan-14 15:57:15

I Think it is just dire

My mum loves it, and worse than that so does my ds2. Sometimes when he's laughing away at it all I can think is 'really? really?!' grin

JollySantersSelectionBox Sat 04-Jan-14 17:16:27

Professor you could change your name to Mr.Kidd, or Mr. Wint?

Pixel Sat 04-Jan-14 17:20:47

Haven't read whole thread (sorry I know that is a crime) but in response to OP, Mrs Brown's Boys might be awful but it's a lot better than Vicious! I only watched one episode of that and it was actually painful as it was so dreadful. So if that's your criteria for what counts as funny I'm afraid YABU confused.

My mum likes Mrs Brown's Boys (she is 69). I wonder if it's because it is a little bit rude and naughty but still comes back to being about love for family (ie not cruel humour like some other stuff).

knickernicker Sat 04-Jan-14 17:32:56

The main reason I dislike it is because it's no funny. I wouldn't object to throwback TV if it was funny. As I was unable to detect any humour I decided to listen out for the canned laughter, perhaps that would cue me in to when to laugh. I then noticed that the canned laughter went on for pretty much the whole episode whilst nothing funny was said. The laughter got a bit louder when mrs brown swore.
I have a friend who says she's never enjoyed any comedy and never gets what makes people laugh. She's discovered Mrs Brown and finds it hilarious.