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This is a long-running British sitcom that ran from 2000 to 2011. The sitcom centers around the dysfunctional Harper family and its members: Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay), a dentist who is stupid and clueless, who annoys his wife, and reluctantly loves his wife and kids. Susan Harper (Zoë Wanamaker) is a tour guide and a bad cook. Nick Harper (Kris Marshall) is silly and irritating, and Ben despises him. Janey Harper (Daniela Denby-Ashe) is a shopaholic, is sexually promiscuous, and is dismayed by Ben. Michael (Gabriel Thomson), Ben and Susan's geeky and highly intelligent youngest son, and has a dark, cynical sense of humor.Written by
Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker star as the parents of Kris Marshall, Daniela Denby-Ashe, and Gabriel Thomson in "My Family," a very successful British television series that lasted 11 years.
Unfortunately only the first few seasons are available on disk thus far, but it is a very funny and lively series. Lindsay and Wanamaker are terrific pros as the head of the Harper household. The beleaguered Ben Harper is a dentist and iffy housewife Susan, who definitely can't cook, is a tour guide. Nick (Marshall) has a new job every episode. I think the funniest episode was when Susan's boss stayed overnight and the next morning, Nick tried to take some bacon and Susan told him it was for their house guest. Then Ben finds Susan's boss dead. When he announces it, Nick asks, "Can I have his bacon?" Michael (Thomson) grows up on the show, and when the disks stop, he is developing an interesting life as a chick magnet and a wheeler dealer. Janey is in college, and the situation is not without problems.
Kris Marshall is still in the show when the disks leave off, but I can imagine it was rough going without him. He added so much humor to the show. The writers must have had a blast with that outrageous character.
Highly recommended. Not every episode is spectacular, but it's still a wonderful and well-acted series.
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