Vicious (2013- )- Will have a Spot on my Top 10 List of Funniest Shows of 2013
Actors: Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon, Marcia Warren, Philip Voss
Duration: 21 min
Rated: TV-14 (?)
You Might Like This Show if you Enjoyed:
Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012), Little Britain (2003-2006)
Vicious is a British sitcom about an aging gay couple that has been together for 48 years. Freddie claims to be a successful actor, however, he is more a prop than anything else. Steward secretly blames him for missing the opportunity on a career, while Freddie thinks he has spoiled Steward far too much over these years. With their new handsome (but straight) neighbor Ash, their close friends Violet, Penelope and Mason there is always something going on, and it never gets boring.
Have you ever watched a sitcom and laughed throughout the entire 20(+) minutes? Well, this is what happened to me when I came across Vicious. Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi are both openly gay, and seem to enjoy their roles the most. The love-hate relationship between them is always hilarious to watch, and the reason why the show has that name. Violet, played by Frances de la Tour, is definitely an aggressive cougar, which shows when she offers Ash to sit on her lap when meeting him the first time. Penelope (Marcia Warren) is a ditsy and sometimes confused old lady, that shines more and more with her hilarious comments each episode. Mason (Philip Voss) is just as sarcastic as the rest of the bunch and fits right in, while shy Ash (Iwan Rheon) has to get used to this new group at first. The humor of this show is very cynical and straight forward, so if you feel easily offended this might be not for you. It’s the perfect balance of dynamic actors and incredible writing coming from Will and Grace writer Gary Janetti. I am sure he decided to go for a British show, so he could be a little more offensive, which makes me glad.
Hopefully it will be aired on BBC America soon. So keep your ears and eyes open for it. Because no matter, if you are gay, straight, bi, yellow, green, or purple, I am almost 100% sure you won’t be able to keep a straight face while watching it, that’s how funny it is.
The first season has 6 episodes due to the tight schedule of Sir Ian McKellen, but there will be a second season next year.
Here a few funny lines (but I am not trying to give you too many spoilers, and it is way funnier when you see their faces with it):
1. Violet: “So, Ash, has anyone ever said you remind them of Zac Efron? –Pauses– That is a person, right? Or is it a place?”
2. Steward (turning to Freddie): “Did you step in a pile of dogs#*! or is that just you?”
3. Violet (after hearing that a new guy moved in the building): “So where is he?”
Steward: “Well, he has been in our bathroom for quite a while now. Isn’t that strange?”
Violet: “You let a complete stranger use your bathroom? What if he rapes me?”
Freddie: Let’s cross that bridge when we come to it, shall we?!