Here We Go

Here We Go

NR

This dryly funny British family sitcom finds mirth in the mundane

7.6

TV Show

United Kingdom, United States of America
English
Comedy, Drama
2020
WILL SINCLAIR
Aidan Cheng, Alison Steadman, Freya Parks
29 min

TLDR

Welcome back, Good Luck Charlie.

What it's about

Follows the Jessops, a middle-class British family barely getting by life’s problems but finding small joys and things to laugh at anyway.

The take

It’s always nice to be able to identify with a group of people on television, but it’s especially entertaining when they’re a hilarious bunch. That’s what the Jessops are, at once relatable and ridiculous, mundane and misfortune-prone. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and somehow their troubles worsen anytime they try to fix them or keep a straight face. It sounds strange, but in a TV landscape of bleak comedies and cynical dramas, it’s refreshing and validating to watch the average middle-class family struggle with the same problems we’re having, whether that’s figuring out a good career or trying to reignite the spark of a marriage. That we see all this unfold through the handheld lens of Sam, the youngest of the family, adds a layer of intimacy and charm that makes Here We Go an imminently comforting watch.

What stands out

You can't help but feel and root for Rachel (Katherine Parkinson), the desperate straight woman keeping everything together, or trying to keep everything together anyway. That’s why it’s especially funny when she’s in the wrong (see: the family portrait episode).

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