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  • Summary: Originally aired in the United Kingdom, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret features David Cross as office worker Todd Margaret who ends up being sent by his boss (Will Arnett) to the company's London office to help sell its energy drink.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Heather Havrilesky
    Oct 22, 2010
    80
    Although every second of this comedy is far from genius, the disturbed mood and unique mean-spirited flavor of it all points to what the network comedies are so often lacking: bold choices that border on the absurd.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    75
    Proceed with caution into this foul but funny cauldron of catastrophe.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    75
    Cross wrings laughs from his clueless character, but the fish-(and chips)-out-of-water story isn't as consistent. Luckily, there is plenty of potential for Increasingly Poor to become increasingly good.
  4. As long as you're OK with comedy-of-the-uncomfortable, then IFC's The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret is by far the funnier of the two David Cross-Will Arnett series airing this fall (the other being Fox's "Running Wilde").
  5. It isn't until the glimmer of a plot finally emerges, after Todd stumbles into a Middle Eastern market with a can of Thunder Muscle, eliciting sudden mysterious interest--that the series inches past mere mockery to the promise of more muscular misadventure.
  6. Though it has moments of sublime satire and a typically memorable performance from Mr. Cross's "Arrested Development" colleague Will Arnett, it still has the feel of a dish that has been sitting on the table well past the point of cooling.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    Told in flashback that implies things have gone terribly, terribly wrong, the ensuing gags are either lame or (for a U.S. audience, anyway) or culturally confusing--frequently falling back on blue language in lieu of being genuinely clever. A more fundamental problem lies with Cross, whose mixture of wide-eyed innocent/ugly American/myopic moron has no nuance to engender even a trace of sympathy for his plight.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Feb 3, 2012
    10
    I've never literally lol'd more in my life than I have watching this show. David Cross' portrayal of Todd is phenomenal, at every wrong-turn and comedic failure, I find myself becoming more enamored with the hilariously stupid character. It's got just the right amount of "British" too; unlike The Office (U.K. version), so that the viewer isn't thrown off by the accents, but knows they're located in England. Throw in Will Arnett's now more involved role, and you've got the makings of a show so amusing you'll have trouble breathing. Expand
  2. Nov 20, 2010
    9
    Brilliant. I would imagine this show wouldn't be quite as funny if you weren't British, but as one I can tell you it's hilarious. Sure it can be too cheesy, or a little obvious at times, but every episode will have you in tears with laughter, and as a comedy show that means it's got it right. Expand
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    5
    Another comedy of cringes - this time about transatlantic misunderstandings and misadventures of a likable idiot. Piling on of embarrassments and gross-out moments (dead cat, vomit stained suit, adrenaline induced erection...) never really pays off in big laughs or real emotion. Fortunately, they went for the UK format of a six episode series. For the fans of Will Arnett and David Cross, I would recommend "Running Wilde" instead of this. Expand
  4. Sep 8, 2011
    5
    At it's best, this is a mildly amusing series, with some okay moments. But at it's worse, it's a generally uncomfortable and unpleasant experience. Not in a hilarious way, in an unsettling way. Expand
  5. Apr 8, 2012
    2
    There was genuine potential in the concept - an unqualified temp uses business "bravado" to con his way into a high-profile role in a foreign country, and each time his con is nearly exposed he must double down with a new lie a little bit more invested than the last. This is what I expected after the first five minutes of the "Increasingly" Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret; a humorous cautionary tale about the dangers of the slippery slope.

    But make no mistake about it, from the very start Todd Margaret's decisions could not possibly get any worse. His lies are outrageous and he does a very poor job of covering them up (but boy does he try), and while these bits could be clever and funny, they will make you cringe far more often than you laugh. I had to fast forward a couple episodes because it was so painful to watch Todd say things that were so contemptibly stupid. This is one of the biggest flaws - a main character who is not relatable or likeable even on a comic level.

    Of course, Todd's idiotic charade couldn't possibly continue but for the stupidity of his supporting cast, and, while they always seem modestly suspicious of his lies, they never quite pin him down despite the sheer absurdity of his responses. Again, I recognize that this is a comedy, so hyperbole is acceptable and even desirable, but the dialogue is so bad it breaks the fourth wall, and Todd's lines actually cross the "so stupid it's funny" line straight into "just plain stupid" territory.

    I can't help but feel that Cross and Arnett have been desperately trying to capitalize on the success of Arrested Development, Arnett clearly with more success, but do yourself a favor and just demand Arrested Development. Running Wilde fell well short and Todd Margaret, I believe, falls even shorter despite its promising concept. Disappointing for sure.
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  6. Sep 29, 2010
    0
    i have always been a fan of David Cross but this show is very disappointing, not sure what they were going for, but they missed. it is awkward in an un-rewarding way. uncomfortable ala Larry David with no pay off. Embarassing actually. Expand