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British Acquisitions, Help Needed From Englanders
Lousy Smarch Weather
So, I can safely say I've been away from the land of dark comedy for too long. Therefore, one of the biggest indulgences I'm going to undertake while back in Blighty is the snagging of as much British comedy as I can find. On the list, for various reasons:

The IT Crowd @ 18, Amazon - apparently getting a lot of rave reviews. Fantagraphics swag is in there too!
Fawlty Towers @ 13, Amazon - very few Americans have heard of it and I need to educate on the classics.
Peep Show 1-5 @ 17, Amazon - I have Seasons 1-3, but more seasons came out and I think it's cheaper to buy the whole set again, oddly enough.
Thick of It @ 8, Amazon - dry, vicious Iannucci genius and political spin? If it's between this or Yes Minister, this is cheaper.
QI @ 5 for season A, 11 for B, 11 for C, Amazon - my A season is damaged, and more to collect isn't a bad thing.
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace @ 5, Play - because I still don't own it, and the IT Crowd will link into it anyway.
Life on Mars, S2 @11, Play - me and Steph both own Season 1, so why not get real discs rather than downloaded episodes of the second seasons?
Ashes to Ashes @1 4, Play - and why not continue with another series as a result? It's the 80s, it's got to be good, right?
Armando Iannucci Shows @ 5, Play - again, if it's got his name on it and it's that cheap, it's almost criminal not to try it.

Then the ones I don't think I really want, but when you use Amazon or Play, they offer those "If you like this... why not this?" suggestions...

Smoking Room @10, Play - I recall watching a few episodes and being entertained at times, but never really thought it was worth buying. But I don't know...
Man Stroke Woman @ 5 for season 1, 5 for season 2 Play - I like sketch shows, and this is the closest thing to Big Train in a while, I've heard.
Monkey Dust, @ 5.50, Amazon - again, I recall a few really dark sketches like Jam, but animated.
Jam @ 10 - I owned it, it made it to America, but I don't know where it is now. Might have to re-purchase it as a result.
Aaagh! Mr Hell Show! @ 18 - It's pretty steeply priced, and I can't remember anything more than appreciating Bob Monkhouse being less mainstream and a few really stupid jokes.

What else should I look into that I don't know about? What shows on this list should I avoid and am just remembering with rose-tinted glasses, like I did with Dogtanian and the Muskerhounds? Am I missing something American and awesome and should be looking closer to my second home? Films can count too... am I missing some obvious films in this sinister style that might have slipped under the radar?

Oh, and did Hyperdrive ever get funny? I like Kevin Eldon as a comedian but couldn't find any value to that show at all when I watched it. But didn't he play a character in a kind of show where zombies took over the country, apart from the Big Brother House... was that anything worthwhile?

Also! Rob Brydon! What about him?

Opinions please!

Also not mentioned in comments, but found later on:
Attention Scum? Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive.

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Garth Marenghi's Dark Place is well worth a fiver, as are the Armando Iannucci Shows.

Compared to Dark Place and Father Ted, I didn't think much of The IT Crowd, but it has its moments. The second season is supposedly better than the first, and from what I've seen of it, it does seem to be. Plus, it has Matt Berry in it.

Other things I'd recommend: The Adam & Joe Show, if you don't already have it. Sadly, it's only a compilation of the best bits from all 4 series, but it's still great. Also, 15 Storeys High, if you can find it. Sean Lock's amazing sitcom set in a high-rise estate, which ran for two seasons, but only got a DVD release of the first season. I need to watch it again!

What isn't good about the IT Crowd? My only issue is that I've watched parts and felt that I can't piece together how it would be week-in, week-out due to not really knowing which characters revolve around the central characters and if the geeky jokes wear out. For example, The Big Bang Theory has geekiness in spades but throws something different in each time - I worry if three seasons is too much, or what development may occur to keep it interesting. The UK Office knew to stop at two, and all that.

Adam & Joe is ace, but pretty tough to throw at US audiences. Also, I don't like "Best Of" compilations - someone'll make the whole lot in one go soon enough, and I'll wait for that. Also never heard of 15 Storeys High, but it sounds interesting enough to try to find more about it than Wikipedia shows.

A lot of the humour seemed kind of strained to me; too many obvious gags. I guess they do keep it kind of varied, though. I dunno, just my impressions from having watched about 4 or 5 episodes. It's perfectly fine, but given the pedigrees involved, I was expecting more.

Here's a clip from one of my favourite episodes of 15 Storeys High: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG3p5KHySMg
The third item that Vince brings back from the Eastern European supermarket cracks me up every time.

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