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Sexton Hardcastle
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Don't see a thread on this. I've only just caught this excellent FX sitcom in recent weeks. Its tagged along with Always Sunny in the US & has a similar sort of humour.

Basically its about 5 thirtysomething dudes who get involved in a mini fantasy football league, but this really has little bearing on the actual show itself, and you don't need to have any sports knowledge to enjoy it. The whole thing is about these guys being super competitive with each other, always trying to get one up on someone while being overly obnoxious to everyone else around them. So the Always Sunny tag-team makes sense.

I saw a few episodes from season three & they were excellent it's also semi-improvised so it has a more natural style of humour than most US comedies, which led me to get all the series & watch them back-to-back. It's not something I can ever see airing in the UK (its based on a fantasy NFL league after all) but its really worth getting a hold off as it's one of the funniest new shows I've seen in a while.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1FUbH51dSM

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I've been watching this since the beginning & its one of the few shows where I end up in stitches by the end, the last episode with Jeff Goldblum was brilliant & Seth Rogan guest starred in one of the earlier episodes this season as a porn film director.

My favourite episode has to be the one with Mr McGibblets from Season 1, although the Bobbum Man episode from this season was pretty great too.

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I think the one with McGiblets was definitely one of the best ones, it was stunning when he was outside the window with a meat cleaver.

The last episode was brilliant although on the whole I don't think this season has been as good as the previous ones. The paint exploding in the last episode was good too.

There's so many little things that are good about it. I have a fantasy NFL team and some of the bits they mention about the actual players is spot on too

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I've watched S01 + S02 of this after seeing some praise for it elsewhere (from Americans).

Really rather good, and being on cable and FX in particular seems to mean they don't mind allowing things which most mainstream US channels would cut out. And you don't even have to give a flying fcuk about American Soccer or even sports in general to enjoy it :D

FX is closing in on their goal of wanting to be the HBO of basic cable, and they are owned by the same company and people who control Sky in the UK, the mind boggles at the disparity.

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Anyone still watching this? Episode 4 of the new series was amazing, a format-breaking mini-movie that had Raffi and Seth Rogan's Dirty Randy go on a revenge mission, 80's action movie style.

It was a mind-boggling bit of television, showed it to some friends who'd never seen the show before and their minds were just boggled. Definitely a highlight of the show I reckon.

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I'm trying with this too. I was surprised to see that it wasn't written by Mark Duplass, since it's the most ridiculous set-up to make him look good since Will Smith in the Fresh Prince.

Also, any time Taco is in the show, it becomes worse. There's no need for him to exist, except to fit the sociopathic dumb lothario role that sitcoms like so much.

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