Todd Margaret (Season 1)

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: a useless U.S. office temp is mistakenly sent to the UK to shift thousands of cans of potentially toxic Thunder Muscle energy drink. The entire show hangs on the idea of cross-atlantic confusion, and will probably play marginally better to Brits, although not wholly inaccessible to yanks! The humour is ultra black, dry, witty, often-tasteless, cringe-inducing… which I love; and some of the jokes are so ‘wrong’ that if you didn’t laugh it off you’d be writing a letter of complaint to the TV station. There’s some fantastic running gags like Todd pissing himself at the end of each episode, terrorists using him, and the recurring lies about Leeds & The Who – more generally, there’s a lot of well-written, catchy ideas such as Thunder Muscle, £30 note, Bad Sanitation, and Steve Davis (polar opposite of energy, well played by him though). David Cross writes the central character to all of his strengths, and the supporting cast all deliver more laughs, again tailored to their brand of humour; coarse Arnett, Laddish Harrison… All in, something this edgy and crass won’t be for everyone, but if you like the idea of an ignorant American with no business acumen setting up shop in a foreign country, it’s comedy dynamite!

Score: 7.5/10

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2 comments
  1. Great show! I’m glad you enjoyed it. David Cross really stands out as being a terrific funnyman in this series. Will Arnett is also great. I didn’t like Blake Harrison all that much, he came across as far too smug to be a tolerable character. For the most part, all the jokes hit, even the specific cultural ones I no doubt missed.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Absolutely, I first saw him in Arrested Development (Tobias, fantastic character), and have since hunted down his CDs etc, can’t get enough of the Cross-meister.

      Blake’s definitely typecast as the Inbetweener ‘LAD’ – and is definitely the least funny of the characters in Todd Margaret. Looking forward to watching S2 now.

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