(This review may contain spoilers).
Well, this series was… interesting. I didn’t find it quite as amusing as I was expecting to, but it was good to see some over-the-top comedy and something that wasn’t taking itself very seriously.
Using the documentary-style was an interesting idea and seemed to try to add a ‘serious’ element to it, even though most of it was completely weird and largely exaggerated. The customers who kept complaining was an amusing addition and something that, although parodied, is kind of true to life.
Melody and Keely’s friendship-turned-rivalry was an amusing aspect and I felt a bit sorry for Tommy, even if I did think his character was left in the lurch. The husband and wife pilot team was amusing and I found myself cringing at some of the things they came out with. I also really liked Precious… no matter how over-the-top she clearly was.
It was a good idea to see the two main actors playing most of the characters and although they were recognisable as themselves, I did think there were times (if you squinted just right) you could see them as those characters.
I liked the inclusion of other recognisable celebrities and it was good to see they clearly didn’t mind poking a bit of fun. David Scwhimmer’s episode was particularly amusing and I also liked seeing Barbara Windsor make an appearance.
Ian Foot was one of those characters who actually caused an active dislike with me. I didn’t mind Omar, although I had trouble figuring out if he was nice or not. And Fergheal started off as one of the nice characters… and then went completely downhill by the final episode.
There was something about this series that made me watch all the way through to the end, but I don’t plan to watch it again. There were some amusing moments, but I felt there were occasions it did cross a line. Still, it was a good showcasing of the actors’ abilities and there were some good amusing scenes.