FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER (2011-PRESENT) IS A SITCOM WRITTEN BY ROBERT POPPER THAT CENTERS AROUND ONE FAMILY’S FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS. (WHAT CAN I SAY? IT DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN.) THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR SEASONS (TOTALING 13 EPISODES), AND A THIRD IS IN PRODUCTION. IT STARS PAUL RITTER, TAMSIN GREIG, SIMON BIRD, TOM ROSENTHAL, AND MARK HEAP. THESE 6 EPISODES are available on DVD region 2/PAL, or with a geo-blocker on Channel 4 on-demand. NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.
Neighbor Jim is on the roof. Martin is trying to shove a pineapple up someone’s ass. Jackie is pretending her mother is dead. Adam is running around with no pants. And Johnny’s only gone and got hitched. I can’t imagine Robert Popper doing a fifth season of this show. It has really peaked this season, especially with episode 5, “The Funeral,” which contains some of the most sacrilegious events you can imagine. Think Brazil, that scene where the plastic surgery lady falls out of her coffin. It’ll make you feel like that.
as Jim Bell
It’s hard to make a show where every episode is essentially the same go on for four seasons and not begin to wane. Somehow, Friday Night Dinner has done it. It’s still predictable: you know who’s at the door when the bell rings, you know Martin is going to be shirtless and oblivious to Jackie’s crisis of the week, and you know that the boys are going to put things in each other’s water glasses. And yet there is so much you never see coming. Likewise, the dialogue has been kicked up a notch this season. While the elm bath still remains a favorite from seasons past, this season contains surprises like, “That woman smelled of pencils.”