New sitcoms these days tend to be very hit or miss. STATH LETS FLATS, a new sitcom that aired on Channel 4 recently, firmly belongs in the latter category.
In fact this show was that bad that I am not sure how it ever got commissioned in the first place.
It wasn't funny and was just really corny throughout. It wasn't even slightly humorous in places. Instead, what we got was a bad attempt at somebody trying to be Alan Partridge.
The Alan Partridge wannabe was the main character, Greek-Cypriot letting agent Stath (Jamie Demetriou). It was an utterly woeful performance by him, it really was.
Just when you thought this show couldn't get any sillier, it then went up a notch much to my dismay. There was this scene near the end where he was trying to catch a pigeon for a tenant, and he kept breaking television sets supposedly to much hilarity. Honestly, I've had funnier toothaches, it was that bad!
The first episode was called 'Pushy Boy'. This was based on Stath pushing over a man at the start who wouldn't agree to rent a place from him. Again, this behaviour was supposed to be funny but it wasn't.
Furthermore, I groaned out loud with the whole wheelie bin banter between Stath and his business rival mate next door. It was childish, unoriginal and bordering on the pathetic.
The plot of this first episode was all about Stath trying to prove himself to his father Vasos (Christos Stergioglou), so hopefully he would let him run the family business one day soon. As you'll have guessed all did not go according to plan for hapless Stath. Firstly, he had confidence issues answering the phone. Then, upon nicking a client from his co-worker Carole (Katy Wix), the showing turned into a right disaster.
Problem is that Stath Lets Flats was a comedy writing disaster for me. The loud burglar alarm that Stath couldn't turn off wasn't funny, and neither was his ongoing work battle with Carole. I also did not find his overly dense sister Sophie (Natasia Demetriou) funny either.
Apart from all that I quite liked it - I jest. One of the worst things that I have seen so far in 2018, really it was that bad!
- Watched on C4. 27/06/2018