TV Comedy Series featuring Graham Linehan


   

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This section is for TV comedy series by Graham Linehan. By default the TV series are presented starting with those ranking highest on the laugh-o-meter, but you can also sort them by year, title or IMDB rating.

About Graham

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Graham is (partially) responsible for some of the best UK TV comedy in recent history. Thank you, Graham! I'm eagerly waiting for your next jewel.

Graham Linehan is said to have been born on Wednesday 22 May 1968, which would make him 50 years, 4 months and 25 days old (if this date is accurate and he is alive today).


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Graham Linehan was credited as writer in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 27 years old.
Father Ted DVDFather Ted
      1995 | U.K. | Laughs: 8.7 | imdb: 8.6
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This show, which follows the staff of a church on a small Irish island, is the first of three comedy jewels written (at least in part) by the same man (the other two are Black Books and The IT Crowd).

The very first episode ("Good Luck, Father Ted") is a knock-out. It is rare for a show to start with a bang, with all actors fully in character. But that is how Father Ted begins.

For what it's worth, here are the other episodes that gave me the most laughs.
And Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest (Season 1, Episode 6)
Tentacles of Doom (Season 2, Episode 3)
A Song for Europe (Season 2, Episode 5)
The Plague (the rabbit episode) (Season 2, Episode 6)
New Jack City (Season 2, Episode 9)
Kicking Bishop Brennan (Season 3, Episode 6)
(Last viewed: July 2010)

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Graham Linehan was credited as writer in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 38 years old.
The IT Crowd DVDThe IT Crowd
      2006 | U.K. | Laughs: 8.6 | imdb: 8.5
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This series makes me laugh consistently, with the exceptions noted below. The relatively small cast and set keeps it simple and honest. I love Moss's character, but I guess everyone does. If you haven't seen the show, all you need to know is that it follows the adventures of the three members of an IT department.

On the first episode the thick lines of the caricature dampened my enjoyment, and it took me a few episodes to get hooked. Here are the episodes that work for me:

- All of season 1 (six episodes),
- The first half of season 2 (three episodes). The second half of the season is appalling. Not only does it feel as though they've swapped the writers for a new team that doesn't get the characters; there is a noticeable increase in budget that results in more complex plots and far fewer laughs.
- All of season 3 except the last episode (five out of six). For my taste the sixth episode lacks in compassion.
I don't recall season 4 in great detail, though I seem to remember it moved further away from the original concept.
(Last viewed: June 2011)

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Graham Linehan was credited as writer and director in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 32 years old.
Black Books DVDBlack Books
      2000 | U.K. | Laughs: 7.8 | imdb: 8.5
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With Father Ted and The IT Crowd, one of three great series partly written by Graham Linehan. This one doesn't make me fall off my chair laughing, but I find it consistently good. The show focuses on a bookstore, and features a tight cast that does a great job of making me smile. (Last viewed: June 2011)

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