I can see why a lot of people don’t get this (IMO, brilliant) cartoon, but some of the user comments on IMDb are just nasty.
It’s not a show you can just sit through, barely paying attention, and only laughing at the in-your-face jokes. You need to observe things, and listen carefully. There’s always something going on in the background - a funny sign, a funny announcement in the mega-supermarket, a witty double-entendre.
You also need a certain knowledge of British culture, slang, and terminology, to get it. For instance, when Bob’s hung over and asks Margaret for some paracetomol, you need to know that that’s the British term for acetaminophen (Tylenol®). It’s little things like that which I believe have prevented this cartoon series from achieving more success in the U.S.
Here in Canada, it airs on Global three nights a week. I have to admit sometimes I change the channel because I’ve seen a particular episode four times, but that’s probably because they haven’t produced enough new episodes, for the reasons I listed above.
But I always get a kick out of Margaret’s perpetually pained voice, the antics of William and Elizabeth (the dogs), and Bob’s jealousy toward his chef brother, Peter.
Any other B & M fans out there?
Cheers, thanks a lot.