A British TV critic has slammed Irish comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys with what must be one of the damning reviews in the history of television.
The slapstick comedy has attracted millions of fans around the world since it was first broadcast by the RTE and the BBC in 2011. However, for everyone who loves it there seems to be someone else that hates it, including the Observer’s Euan Ferguson. Here is what he had to say about the show.
“I decided not to lazily write off Mrs Brown’s Boys. It remains absurdly successful, despite critics having generally trashed Brendan O’Carroll’s creation as demeaning, cheap, grotesque, simplistic to the point of catalepsy, savagely lacking in wit.
“So I watched it, and was surprised. It’s all of these insults, yes, but the immersive experience is actually, shockingly, worse than expected. Sentimental to retching-point, homophobic, itch-lousy with single entendres, somehow managing to be both twee and vulgar, achingly unfunny, it made The Vicar of Dibley look like Father Ted.
“I suspect those of us in our high ivory metropolitan-elite towers (translation: humans who paid even nugatory attention to at least one class in school) missed a trick in 2016: the popularity of this shameless excrescence (I can now write it off after due diligence), which was voted by Radio Times readers the best sitcom of the 21st century, should have given a huge clue to the Brexit vote.”
A little harsh perhaps.