I think the Independent's review matched my take on this most closely, saying that Gervais keeps putting swear words where the jokes should be. I tried two episodes of this, but I have to agree with you. Gervais used to write smart, cringe comedy that relied on more than just the C word to see it through. The only thing that kept me going for two episodes was the weird crush I have on Diane Morgan. Remember, ten years ago Gervais' output was put alongside Larry David's, as birds of a feather. Watch Curb Your Enthusiasm S10 now, then watch this. David's show is just in another league altogether.The Office was incredible, Extras wasn't too far off. Everything he's done since has paled in comparison..
(...plus, both those series were hilarious without Gervais having to use the 'C' word constantly. He was wittier back then & didn't need that kind of crutch...)
I think it's a lot of the other characters using the c word excessively that seems slightly jarring. It loses it's value an insult because of that. IMO anyway.I thought the swearing wasn’t really out of place. He’s an angry man due to grieving and is acting up. The show never really was based on jokes. It has been a look at a man’s existential crisis from Gervais’s point of view, which is consistent with how he has always viewed the world through his previous work.
Yeah, they're both sitcoms written by and starring Ricky Gervais. Despite the thematic differences it's still apples to apples in my opinion. I also don't really care much what Mr Gervais says about how other people receive his work. It's not up to him decide how much other people should like it, and the fact he's deflecting to me just affirms the legitimacy of the comparison.But the summary of the review said it was possibly the best thing he's ever done, which I find crazy. I wouldn't have drawn the comparison otherwise. I would argue both fall into the bracket of comedy, with the same writer... why would you not hold it up to his other works which it pales in comparison to?
I have only seen the first two episodes so shouldn’t have posted as it may well be an issue in the next 4 episodes.I think it's a lot of the other characters using the c word excessively that seems slightly jarring. It loses it's value an insult because of that. IMO anyway.