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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 10, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The British comedy finds office workers Sam Pinkett (James Corden) and Phil Bourne (Mathew Baynton) involved in a potentially deadly situation after witnessing a car crash.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Nov 20, 2013
    83
    Just as adept with suspense as slapstick humor, it's both a piss-take of action dramas and a strong action drama in its own right.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 18, 2013
    83
    I expected to be tired of the joke behind The Wrong Mans within an episode or two. Instead, I found myself engrossed enough in the story of who wanted Sam dead at any particular moment, and why, to keep watching until I made it all the way to the end and could appreciate just how well Baynton, Corden and company stuck the landing.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Nov 18, 2013
    83
    The many tones should produce whiplash, but the series works because it’s always able to go back to its central idea of a lower-level government employee living in a sleepy small town and getting wrapped up in something bigger than he would ever have anticipated.
  4. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Corden and Baynton bring considerable charm to their broadly drawn roles, and have the natural rapport necessary for any odd couple pairing.... Production values are solid, and film and TV director Jim Field Smith opts for a classic style that foregrounds both the action and comedy without any stylistic fuss.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 18, 2013
    80
    The goings-on feel fresh in the way that kids at play make spy or space stories their own, even as they repeat what TV and the movies have taught them. This is just that with a budget, some deeper experience and the help of Jennifer Saunders, Rebecca Front, Dougray Scott and David Harewood, among interesting others.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Dec 10, 2013
    75
    A slight, bright, British caper. [16 Dec 2013]
  7. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Nov 26, 2013
    63
    The ambitious series finds a nice balance of slapstick and suspense. You might feel cheated if you're expecting the usual setup and joke, setup and joke format of many American sitcoms, but there are plenty of surprises and laughs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    10
    One of the most flawless examples of comedy and action working seamlessly together. The humour is undeniably British, filled with sarcasm, sharp wit, and some really deep satirisation of mainstream media, governmental employees and the small town culture. It's hilarious though, right from the outset, and maintains it really carefully and cleverly, so that each individual episode feels full and funny of it's own accord, while slowly adding up to a fantastic finale.

    Renewed for a second season, this incredibly enjoyable 6 episodes of television couldn't been seen by enough people.
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  2. Mar 7, 2014
    10
    This show caught me off guard because I saw by accident on Hulu. I find a lot programs that are "funny" not so funny at all. Humor is very personal and so I stumbled across this show I was so excited!! I understand it and it speaks my language of humor very well. Needless to say, as far as I am concerned this is a brilliantly, hilariously well written and acted show. I enjoyed every second of each episode and sincerely hungry for more after the last episode. Who would have thought the writers behind the show are the 2 main characters and they are actual friends?! This explains the incredible chemistry that is translated. Cannot wait for season 2. Expand
  3. Nov 26, 2013
    10
    Love this series! The characters are likable and funny! It hasn't got the best story but it doesn't need to be because the characters are the best thing about this series! Love it 10/10! Expand
  4. Mar 5, 2014
    10
    Great british humor and comedy, along with a crazy scenario and nice acting, make this a TV must. . Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2013
    9
    This show is really funny I like the two leading actors they are so perfect for their parts the story is promising and the writing is increadible! I 10 minutes into the pilot and you will find yourself hooked up. I recommend it to all. Expand