TV Shows From Across The Pond That I Can’t Believe You Haven’t Watched

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I don’t want to startle you, but I’m English. I know that there have been no clues (I guess I did write an article about it), and I know that you are shocked, but there is a reason I am telling you this. You’re an American (probably). We have different TV.

In the old days, I’m talking *spooky voice* the niiiiinnnnneeeeties, that would have probably meant we couldn’t talk about TV together. Imagine us. Young me, young you, sitting on a couch, trying to talk TV, but just having none of the same references points. Awful, right?

Well, now we live in something that I like to call TheModernAgeTM where we have things that let us watch TV on the internet.

So, what does it all mean? Good question, pal. What it means is I’m going to recommend you some damn good British TV shows that you should be watching on Netflix or Hulu.

Gavin & Stacey (Hulu)

Let’s start with something that might be a little familiar; I don’t want to startle you any more than I already have. Gavin & Stacey is a sitcom about a couple who meet over the phone through works calls, and the subsequent merging of their families as their relationship progresses. He lives in England, she lives in Wales, it’s a bit of a drive. That’s the basis of a lot of the humor, to be honest.

The reason I say it might be familiar is because it was written by James Corden and Ruth Jones. You obviously know one of those names. Corden plays Smithy, the best friend of the titular Gavin, and his performance is basically what exploded his career, as both an actor and a writer.

It’s got a really good cast (Mat Horne, Joanna Page, Ruth Jones, James Corden, Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Alison Steadman, Melanie Walters, and others) that runs pretty deep. It’s got a great soundtrack (The Libertines feature in episode one and that automatically makes it a win for me) and has some wonderful standout comedy moments. It also has a running theme of naming families after British serial killers (Shipman, West, Sutcliffe), which is pretty excellent.

There were 3 seasons between 2007 and 2010, and in total there were 20 episodes. You could polish it off in a day.

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Spaced (Hulu)

What is there to say about Spaced, other than it is absolutely excellent? Well, hopefully, a little more than just that because I need to write some words.

Essentially, the show is about two people (Daisy & Tim) who meet in a café while looking for new places to live. Because they can’t afford anywhere individually, they decide to pose as a couple in order to get a cheap place that is for couples only, and they move in together. The show features around their friendships and is… I think it’s safe to say it’s pretty weird in places.

Again, the cast is great. You’ll likely recognize Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson who both star in and wrote the thing. Nick Frost is probably the stand out of the supporting cast, but Katy Carmichael is great as Twist, and Mark Heap’s character, Brian, is excellent.

There are only 14 episodes and they are 25 minutes long. It’s literally less than 6 hours worth of viewing. Considering how little there actually was, the fact that this show is still being talked about 19 years after it started speaks volumes about its quality.

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Peep Show (Hulu)

I fucking love Peep Show. It is so, so funny. It’s about two best friends who live together in their late 20s and into their 30s. The comedy comes from the fact they are so remarkably different. Mark is incredibly introverted, awkward, and shy. He works in finance and he is usually miserable. Jeremy is an absolute shlub who is convinced he’s going to make it as a musician even though he’s shit. Both of them have cripplingly low self-esteem and make absolutely terrible decisions throughout their lives.

The show is kind of unique in the way it is shot. There are a large number of scenes that are shot from head-mounted cameras, in order to show the world from the perspectives of Mark and Jeremy. When we see the world through their eyes, we also get to hear their internal monologue, which is always brutally honest and at odds with the character they portray to the world.

David Mitchell & Robert Webb play the main characters, and they are both excellent in the roles and supported by some outstanding performances. Notably, Olivia Colman as Sophie is fantastic, while Matt King’s Super Hans is one of the most loved characters of 2000s comedy.

There are 9 seasons of Peep Show, which sounds like a lot, but we have shorter seasons than you guys. That means only 54 episodes, so there are really no excuses.

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Moone Boy (Hulu)

Alright, technically this isn’t a British show, it’s Irish, but I’m including it anyway because you’re American and let’s not pretend you understand the difference. Moone Boy is about a young boy named Martin and his imaginary friend growing up in rural Ireland in the late 80s. The imaginary friend is a 30-year-old man named Sean Murphy, which highlights the lack of exposure that Martin has had to the outside world. Literally, the best thing he could imagine was an older Irish man named Sean. With the middle name ‘Caution’.

Now, people talk about the kids from Stranger Things as being great actors (which they are), but the kids in this show are amazing. David Rawle was 12 when he first played Martin, and he was brilliant. The comedic timing that he and Ian O’Reilly (Padraic) display as a couple of pre-teens is astounding.

The star though is Chris O’Dowd. The show is loosely based on his experiences as a child, and he plays Sean fantastically well.

Again, this is a short one. 22 minutes an episode. 18 episodes. Bang it out, guys.

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Uncle (Hulu)

Uncle is great. It’s about a giant waste of space asshole wannabe musician who is suddenly forced to spend time with his teenage nephew when his sister gets divorced and needs some help. The relationship between Andy (the uncle) and Errol (the nephew) grows throughout the show, and they bring the best out of each other (aww). Every episode features a musical number, often the fantasy of Andy, and they are usually really, very good.

Nick Helm stars as Andy, and he basically plays himself, which is handy because he is really good at it (if you don’t know Helm’s standup comedy, I would recommend checking it out). Like Moone Boy, there is a great performance from a child, Elliot Speller-Gillott (try having a more stereotypical British name, jeez) who really elevates the show to the next level. They are supported by a great cast, which includes Sydney Rae White, who is also a pretty cool punk rock singer and guitarist.

There were only 3 seasons, 19 episodes, and at 30 minutes each, you really can’t go wrong.

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The Mighty Boosh (Hulu)

Ok, the shows from before are pretty standard in format and humor. They are sitcoms that you can get into very easily. The Mighty Boosh is… different. It’s surreal as fuck, and kind of hard to explain. It’s set in a surreal universe and follows Howard Moon and Vince Noir through a number of different bizarre settings and adventures. In season one, they are zookeepers; they live in a flat together in season two; and in season three, they work in a shop, but I guess it’s fair to say they are also musicians the whole way through. Again, music features heavily with a number of really funny, really weird songs in each episode.

Noel Fielding (Vince) and Julian Barratt (Howard) are the creators, writers, and stars, but The Mighty Boosh is a comedy troupe also featuring Rich Fulcher, Dave Brown and Michael Fielding, and every member of the troupe contributes fantastically to the show.

The music, the artwork, the costumes, the dialogue. Everything about the Boosh is an equal partner in making this show the spectacle that it is, and it really is important you watch it. There are only 20 episodes. You know you want to.

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Toast of London (Netflix)

Toast of London is absurd.

Basically, it’s about an actor called Steven Toast, who is an extremely self-important idiot. He’s basically a failure and everyone knows it, except him. It’s incredibly strange but absolutely hilarious. We follow Toast through the ups and downs up his career and romantic life, and generally, he is just an utter buffoon.

Matt Berry plays Toast and he does it phenomenally well. Honestly, this show couldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Matt Berry. Nobody else could have played Toast. There is a great supporting cast, but really it is all about Matt Berry.

Unlike the other shows I’ve mentioned, this one is still technically in production. There are three seasons so far, and it has been kind of confirmed that there will be a fourth.

I cannot stress to you enough how much I recommend this show.

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A Young Doctor’s Notebook (Netflix)

This is a bit of a different one from the others. A Young Doctor’s Notebook is based on a collection of stories by Mikhail Bulgakov, a Russian playwright and physician at the start of the 20th Century. The story is centered around the experiences of a young doctor in rural Russia during the Russian Revolution in 1917 and then the Russian Civil War. As you can imagine, technology and conditions were pretty appalling, and the doctor has to… let’s say, “improvise” regularly. The story is basically about the doctor, now an older man, reflecting on his notebook and remembering his youth. This is shown by the presence of the young doctor and also an older doctor and the interaction between his present and past (or future and present, I guess) selves.

It’s dark as fuck, hilarious, and, as I’m sure you can work out from the cast (Jon Hamm plays the older doctor, and Daniel Radcliffe plays the young doctor), brilliantly executed. If you like turn of the century Russian literature, you’ll love this. And if you don’t, you’ll probably love it anyway, because it’s been updated to modern language and is really so good.

There are only 8 episodes of this show. There is absolutely no reason not to watch it.

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A few others...

I’m not sure if these are easily available to you, but I would also like to mention these shows, for if you ever the time:

Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Camping, Nathan Barley, The IT Crowd, Black Books, The Inbetweeners, Phoenix Nights and The Royle Family.

All phenomenally good and without a doubt worth watching.

Tom Brady’s Message For Dads Is To Forget The Haters

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Not everyone is a Tom Brady fan. However, most people would agree with the message to never let haters get you down. Same goes for parenting. We all need to be a little more kind to one another and how others choose to raise their kids.

Father Figures: By Accident

“Sometimes you find pure love by accident.

Charlene came into my life 13 years ago when I began to date her mother. When I first laid eyes on her, I was in love instantly. Her father wasn’t in her life and still to some degree not. I ended up marrying Charlene’s mother 10 years ago and helped raise her as if she was biologically my own.

I always told her that I fell in love with her first and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

– Dave Reinstein

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Dad Fights Off a Dingo That Snatched His Toddler

Dingo Tries to Snatch Kid
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Most of the time, when you hear the word “dingo,” it’s tongue in cheek. Thanks to a Meryl Streep movie back in the 80s, and Elaine using that movie’s signature line on an episode of Seinfeld, the Australian prairie dogs have been reduced to the infamous “a dingo ate my baby” punchline.

Except for the Meryl Streep movie, A Cry in the Dark, was based on a true story about a woman whose baby was stolen by a dingo. It seems far fetched, particularly to anyone outside of Australia who’s unfamiliar with the animal. But a new story is putting the fear back in the dingo.

A couple was vacationing at Euron Beach on Fraser Island, Australia with their 4-year-old daughter and baby son when they were awoken by the sound of their 14-month-old screaming. They noticed that the screams were growing more distant, and upon leaving their trailer, the boy’s father realized a wild dog had snatched their son and was dragging him off.

“The child’s parents were woken by their son’s cries, which were becoming more distant,” Ben Du Toit, a paramedic who helped, told the Sydney Morning Herald. “The dad got out of the campervan to investigate and found the dingo dragging the toddler away from the campervan. They also spotted several other dingoes in the area and near the vicinity, and he immediately ran up and grabbed his son and chased some of the dingoes off.”

“He was apparently grabbed around the back of the neck area and dragged away,” the Lifeflight pilot who also answered the call told Australia’s Courier Mail.

The little boy was left with a fractured skull and puncture wounds to his head and neck, but things could have been much worse.

“If it wasn’t for the parents fighting off the dingo he could have had much more severe injuries,” Frank Bertoli said. It was the pilot’s third dingo rescue over the past few months.

They’re not so funny anymore.

Dad Turns Iconic Cozy Coupe Into a Kid Sized Hot Rod

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Becoming a parent for the first time can be a daunting endeavor.

There’s a nursery to prepare, cabinets that need baby-proofing, and most importantly – there’s a tiny custom hot rod that needs fabricating.

If that last one didn’t make your list, then you’re not Ryan Evans.

Ryan, who along with his wife Bianca were expecting their first child, wanted to create something truly special for their first born. The couple chose not to find out if they were having a boy or a girl, so exactly what that gift would be was initially undecided.

As the pregnancy progressed, Ryan began searching the internet for ideas and eventually, as Bianca recently told Australia’s Kidspot, he found the perfect project.

“One day he came across a Facebook group that showed modified Little Tikes Cozy Coupes and decided that’s what he would make.”

While most of us are familiar with the iconic red and yellow plastic automobiles, (there’s even a drivable adult version!) you may be surprised to learn it’s one of the few plastic children’s toys actually produced in the US. While they’re made from recyclable plastic, most are instead handed down through many young drivers before ever being retired.

When the Evans’ eventually welcomed a son into the world, Ryan began planning and designing what would become known as “Josh’s Rod” in the family’s garage.

After carefully choosing the right vintage (pre-enjoyed) model and planning out all the details, Ryan spent the next several months crafting and perfecting this fully custom, one-of-a-kind roadster.

Little Tikes Hot Rod
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Josh’s Rod comes complete with a pretend – but still very boss looking – motor, radiator, custom chassis, and even real spark plug leads, hopefully allowing the youngster get an early appreciation for proper automotive maintenance.

Little Tikes Hot Rod
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As for Josh, he’s already speeding around town and loving every minute of it.

“He has been out watching dad build it and sitting in it for a long time, so to see him enjoy the finished product was a really proud moment.” Bianca told Kidspot.

“We live in a small town, so it’s a five minute walk to the shops and he wants to be in the hot rod wherever we go,” she added.

The couple’s hope is that even after Joshua outgrows the custom cozy coupe, they will keep it for the next generation to be able to enjoy.

“Ryan wanted to give our child something that will last a lifetime, and he’s achieved that.”

Little Tikes Hot Rod
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Marvel Fuels Endgame Hype Train by Tweeting Every Post-Credits Scene [WATCH]

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Avengers: Endgame, the most hotly anticipated superhero film in history, is right around the corner and everyone is losing their damn minds (myself included). But if you think this means Marvel is going to stop injecting our excited little nerd brains with comic book-based, dopamine-inducing content, think again.

On Monday, Marvel coyly tweeted out a thread of every post-credits scene from its 21 previous movies, taking all of us on a much-needed mini-voyage through the MCU.

Starting all the way back from Nick Fury’s iconic “You think you’re the only superhero in the world?” line at the end of 2008’s Iron Man, it’s a perfect nostalgia-packed appetizer before the Hulk-sized main course this weekend.

Iron Man (2008)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Thor (2011)

Captain America (2011)


The Avengers (2012)


The Avengers (2012)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Thor: The Dark World (2013) 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Ant-Man (2015)


Captain America: Civil War (2016)


Doctor Strange (2016)


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)


Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)


Black Panther (2018)


Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Captain Marvel (2019)

And it all culminates this weekend…

#BillboardDad Politely Replies to Birthday Prank by Renting Same Billboard [WATCH]

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Often times, pranks can go too far and just end up coming across as stupid or mean. This is not a story about one of those pranks.

The Ferry brothers—Chris Jr and Mike—are lifelong pranksters, but of the wholesome variety. For years, they’ve loved to surprise their dad by telling restaurant servers it’s his birthday (especially when it wasn’t).

“It was always the greatest for us to see the expression on his face when they came out with a lighted birthday cake and singing happy birthday in front of all the other hockey dads,” Chris Jr. wrote on Facebook.

This year, however, they decided to go all out.

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In lieu of servers singing non-copyright versions of ‘Happy Birthday,’ the brothers rented out a billboard in Atlantic City that simply read, “WISH MY DAD HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Love, Your Sons,” and included their dad’s picture and phone number.

“We just wanted him to have a special birthday. That’s it,” Chris Jr. said.

Well, it turns out people definitely still pay attention to those big roadside signs because, according to NJ.com, Chris Sr. received an estimated 250,000 happy birthday phone calls and text messages from all around the world.

Overwhelmed—both emotionally and technologically—Chris Sr. decided the only proper response was a page straight out of his sons’ playbook.

He rented the exact same billboard and replaced the birthday message his sons originally had with an enormous “Thank You.”

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In an interview with NBC New York 4, Chris Sr. said, “What I’m really trying to do is take the minute, that I have of fame here, to call attention that there’s really much more good in the world than there is bad.”

Powerful words considering how if any of us received even a fraction of that many text messages in a day, we’d undoubtedly want to chuck our phones into space.

Classy move, dad!

Sony Announces Specs for Upcoming PlayStation 5

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Considering how long our current generation of consoles has lasted, we all knew the next group of gaming machines was bound to be around the corner.


Sony has revealed preliminary details of the 5th generation of PlayStation consoles (which we will be calling the PlayStation 5 for the time being, despite the actual name not yet being announced).

According to the console’s lead architect, Mark Cerny, this is definitely not just a simple upgrade like the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, but rather is a complete generational shift. As Cerny said in an interview with Wired, “It allows for fundamental changes in what a game can be.”

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When it comes to system specs, players can expect an upgraded CPU and GPU as well as a significant increase in the size and speed of system memory.

Another aspect that Cerny really hammered home was the new “3D audio” feature and how it is redefining gaming.

“As a gamer,” he says, “it’s been a little bit of a frustration that audio did not change too much between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. With the next console, the dream is to show how dramatically different the audio experience can be when we apply significant amounts of hardware horsepower to it.”

This effect will require no new hardware and will allow players to experience much more immersive gameplay, with sounds coming at you from above, behind, and each side.

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When asked about PlayStation VR, Cerny said Sony definitely has plans to explore much further into the VR space.

“I won’t go into the details of our VR strategy today,” he said, “beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console.”

Cerny also talked about the special solid-state drive (SSD) system that will shorten loading and processing speeds exponentially. When comparing load times for Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PS4 to the same game on the PS5, a fast travel sequence was shortened from 15 seconds to an astonishing 0.8 seconds.

The new system will still play physical copies of games and will also be backward compatible with PS4 games. No official word yet if games from earlier generations will be playable though, but Sony did file a backward compatibility patent and that might mean it would cover all generations!

No word yet regarding an actual release date for the still unnamed system, and given that Sony will not hold a keynote conference at E3 for the first time this year, it’s unlikely the gaming conference will yield much new information either. If it sees the light of day in 2019, we will be shocked.

But take your time, Sony. We still have a few games to keep us busy while you develop total gaming Nirvana. We can wait.

Teens Stop Car to Help Elderly Man Who Fell and Tend to His Injuries

Teens Stop to Help Elderly Man
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Not long ago we shared a story of teenagers coming to the rescue of a little boy who had slipped from a ski lift and was danging over the slopes. They used some quick thinking to rescue the kid and earned praise as heroes.

Not there’s another story going around of teenagers helping someone at the other end of the spectrum, an elderly gentleman who had fallen to the ground while walking in Caldwell, Idaho.

A car full of teenagers were driving down the street, headed to the court to play some basketball when they saw a man who was making his way down the sidewalk with a walker stumble and fall. Isaac Hernandez was driving the car and when he stopped the man on the ground he quickly stopped the car so he and his friends could check on him.

Not only did the five boys help the senior, Jose Garcia, to his feet, they also walked him home and, once there, tended to and cleaned up his scrapes.

Erika Tolvar happened to be passing by and she witnessed the whole thing and shared it on Facebook.


Erika’s photos caught the attention of the internet, and the local Caldwell community, who responded by lavishing gifts on the boys for their good deed. But they insist that’s not why they helped him.

“We didn’t do it for the attention, we just did it out of the kindness of our hearts,” Hernandez told the local news. “I think it makes us all feel good because we are out here helping other people… and we don’t expect anything in return.”

Erika’s Facebook post has been shared nearly 1000 times, but more importantly, Isaac and his buddies have made a new friend. In the aftermath of the incident, they’ve been visiting Mr. Garcia to check in with him, and plan to continue to stop by in the future.

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