Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (2010) TV series

Creator: David Cross

Writers: David Cross, Shaun, Pye, Mark Chappell

Composers: Johnny Marr, Mark Rivers

Starring: David Cross, Will Arnett, Sharon Horgan, Blak Harrison, Sara Pascoe, Amber Tamblyn, Justin Edwards, Russ Tamblyn, Jon Hamm, Graham Duff

More info: IMDb

Tagline: World's worst liar.  Honest.

Plot: Todd Margaret is an American who takes a job running the London sales team for an energy drink. He has no experience with British culture, knows nothing about sales and has only one employee, Dave.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

I first caught wind of this shortly after it aired in 2010 from a clip online of when, in the first episode, Todd is in a coffee shop in England trying to sell his company's energy drink to the owner.  It was hilarious but an awkward kind of funny where Todd keeps fucking up right and left in the worst possible way.  It wasn't until the beginning of 2016 that I started watching it on Netflix where I binged through the series.  There are only six episodes per season at about 23 minutes each so it's not that much of a commitment.  If you don't like David Cross then you won't like this.  I found this hilarious.  I like that awkward humor that defines this show.  This US/UK co-production is almost entirely set in England and they make use of a lot of outdoor locations.  There are so many twists and turns that your head will spin.  I really loved the direction that each season took, playing off the one before it in ways you won't expect.  It's definitely got repeat viewing appeal for more than just re-visiting the laughs.  I about lost my shit when I recognized Graham Duff as a monk.  He was the creative force behind one of my favorite UK shows, IDEAL (2005), and he played one fucking hilarious character in it.    He's in seasons two and three in TODD MARGARET.  This type of humor isn't for most people but for those it is, it's delicious.  I'm hoping for more episodes but I'm not holding my breath.

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