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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 29, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: After nearly 50 years of living together, Freddie Thornhill (Ian McKellen) and Stuart Bixby (Derek Jacobi) spend their days entertaining friends, arguing, and taking care of their old dog Balthazar in this ITV comedy.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Jun 27, 2014
    This sitcom is simply infectious. [4 Jul 2014, p.60]
  2. Reviewed by: Brandon Nowalk
    Jun 27, 2014
    In the hands of McKellen, Jacobi, and company, they are sitcom characters who manage the tightrope between human warmth and on-screen viciousness, and they do it by being the best damn sitcom characters they can be.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jun 27, 2014
    It’s like watching old episodes of “Served” or “Keeping Up Appearances” or “Allo Allo”: slightly horrifying, like a slow-motion train wreck, but also, every few minutes, convulsingly funny. This has everything to do with Mr. Jacobi and Mr. McKellen.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Jun 30, 2014
    Sounding like an old married couple, the interplay between the two is, at times, bitingly and laugh-out-loud funny. But it also becomes tedious.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 29, 2014
    There’s an odd-couple vibe to Vicious, though it’s also a big, broad comedy reminiscent of Frasier if Niles and Frasier were a bickering gay couple instead of brothers.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 27, 2014
    The mean-spirited (if ultimately loving) nature of the series could easily be a turn-off for some. Others will simply wish the writing was as consistently clever as McKellen’s line readings.
  7. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 26, 2014
    The show is, essentially, three dated, clichéd jokes told over and over again.

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  1. Jul 17, 2014
    containing not an ounce of originality or real wit this old fashioned styled sitcom forces good actors to resort to desperate mugging, and they still fail to elicit laughs. To say that this is misconceived is an under statement. It would barely have worked in the seventies. Dismally leaden and unfunny. Expand
  2. Jun 30, 2014
    Great actors delivering mediocre lines. I suspect a number of gay people will find this show to be a bit offensive. I happen to be an old, straight person and I found much of the humor to be offensive. Let's replace "offensive" with simply "not funny". There were maybe two or three genuinely funny lines in the entire 23 minutes of show time.

    One thing is clear. British TV producers have no better idea than do those in the US of how to effectively use a recorded laugh track. The pseudo-studio-audience of this show found every single line to be hilarious. One of the worst laugh tracks on television.

    Damn! Love the cast -- pretty much hate the show.