Was Rotten Tomatoes right? – Part One


Let’s get one thing straight – even if you are a snob about list articles you love them really. They’re essentially a free licence to wax lyrical about your favourite things.

For us it’s TV shows. So when we saw the recent 40 Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years listicle on Rotten Tomatoes we got chatting. We found out which shows we loved, the ones we hated, the ones we can’t wait to watch, the ones we think others should watch.

We got very passionate and realised that even the most humble person wants – needs their opinion to be heard. So rather than disrupting the day to day running of a pretty busy agency we’ve channeled our feelings into eloquent blog form.

Here are a handful of the shows that have inspired our work, influenced our lives; shows we were outraged to see missing from a list, shows that we couldn’t wait to write about. There was even one favourite some of us just couldn’t share!

And like any good TV series this comes in episodic format. So stay tuned for part two.

Iain Ross, PR Account Manager

There’s a reason why people study Buffy

Not being funny, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer is hands down the best TV show of all time. I mean, it stuck two fingers up to the idea that a hero had to be a man, at the same time as tackling topics like mental illness, addiction, domestic violence, sexuality and everything in between. Not to mention Buffy managed to kill Dracula… I mean, come on!

Besides the huge cultural impact Buffy has had, the writing and production of the show is second to none. “Once More, with Feeling” gave us a musical episode before it was cool (looking at you Grey’s Anatomy) and “Hush” – which is 100% the creepiest episode of anything ever – showed us how you can create fear, tension and comedy with not one single word spoken for the majority of the episode.

Say what you want, but there’s a reason why people have done studies and written literary papers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Amy Bennett-Inge, Creative Account Executive

And where is Desperate Housewives!?

As I scrolled through the survey, I eagerly awaited to see Desperate Housewives nestled amongst the most loved TV shows of the past 20 years. As the scrolling continued, I became increasingly nervous, yet excited, for where this iconic series was going to place. To my horror, when I could scroll no more, I’d not even seen a glimpse of the dreamboat that was Mike Delfino, nor a shimmer reflected off Bree Van de Kamp’s ridiculously orange hair!

A wave of emotions hit me with comparable force to that of the Tornado that hit Wisteria Lane in Season 4. Anger, sadness, confusion, helplessness, betrayal – not dissimilar to the emotions I experienced when {that scene} was aired – watch at your peril (seriously, 5 years later and the hole in my heart still hasn’t healed).

The scandalous storylines, the captivating characters, the stomach-clenching laughter and the tissue-grabbing sadness that accompanies Despo Housewives are just a handful of reasons why this show is worthy of a place on this list. Rant over, this one’s for you Mrs McCluskey.

Jonny Graham, Creative Artworker

Don’t forget the Golden Age of Comedy

There was a hey day for a generation of British Sitcoms in the late nineties and early noughties – Father Ted, Drop the Dead Donkey, Brass Eye, I’m Alan Partridge – all were slightly surreal with awesome scripts and fantastic characters.

Amongst all the class, I’ve pick two out for special mention – Green Wing and Spaced.

The former was set in a hospital with its crazily dysfunctional characters creating an omnishambles of quirky hilarious calamity. The quick wittedness of the three main characters and their potential love triangle provides some fantastic banter. The admin girls are a force to reckoned with, Sue in HR is definitely holding onto a box of frogs and Doctor Statham is just as fantastic a character as you could wish for. Add to this the fantastic editing, slo-mo and sped-up segways & music that adds to every moment appropriately. It’s a must binge view.

Spaced introduced us to the pairing of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg and revolves around the relationship of a flatshare between Tim and Daisy (Pegg and co-writer Jessica Hynes) with the escapades that their lives bring. It’s full of geeky references, slick editing and cutaways (thanks to director Edgar Wright) and a soundtrack that’s must for anyone, especially those from that certain clubbing generation.

Tyres O’Flaherty, the raving cycle courier, provides some fantastic highlights in the series e.g. standing by a pedestrian crossing, after a particularly heavy night out, continually pressing the crossing button to dance away to the ensuing beeps.

We’ve all been there.

Andrew Rowley, PR Account Executive

Once More, with Feeling

Into every generation, there are some incredible television shows. But none of them are quite like Buffy. It birthed some of the greatest TV we’ve ever seen. It took genre conventions, social ideas, show writing norms and turned them on their heads. Whether it’s the fantastic stand-alone episodes (Hush, Restless, Once More, with Feeling, The Body – to name just a few) or the series as a whole – which explored growing up and dealing with life’s troubles through monstrous metaphors and some amazing action scenes – Buffy has been a cultural icon since the 90s and still continues to be one today.

Not many people believed in the little blonde girl who could slay the forces of darkness and save the world (a lot), but 20 years later she still manages to show the world why she’s important.

Stacey Kedwards, PR Account Executive

We sit next to these characters 5 days a week

We all know a Dwight, don’t we? The short-tempered, socially awkward, undeniably lovable Assistant (to the) Regional Manager.

In fact, we all know many of the characters – and their characteristics – from the award-winning television show, The U.S. Office. There’s the on-again-off-again fairytale relationship of Jim and Pam, the party animal tendencies of Meredith, the prude, cat-loving ways of Angela, the sarcastic humour of Oscar. We sit next to them five days a week, eight hours a day without a second thought.

But do we all know a Michael Scott? We bloody wish.

Hollywood funny-man Steve Carell does not simply ‘play’ the part of the world’s best boss, he owns it. His character takes the traditionally mundane office environment and turns it into a home. A television series so hugely relatable to thousands of 9-5 office workers, it’s hard to fight the urge to pack up your bags, move to Stamford and begin a dead-end career as a paper salesman.

The mockumentary TV format takes the lives of ordinary workers and makes them extraordinary. When the characters aren’t busy moulding staplers in jelly, performing musicals or attempting parkour, they’re forming lifelong relationships, overcoming character-building hurdles or evacuating the building in a blind panic to the fire alarm. It sheds light on the wonderfully simplistic things in life and makes them shine.

Featuring appearances from many famous actors, including Catherine Tate, Ed Helms and Idris Elba, The US Office boasts nine seasons of hilarious one liners, lovable characters and of course, the Electric City rap.

Arguably one of the few series where the American version is better than the English – sorry Ricky!

If you look around the office today, you might find that we have a little bit of every Office character inside all of us.

…that’s what she said.