Haven’t heard of it in the US? Feckin’ eejits.
The last time the public found a middle-aged man in a dress and heels endearing it was the ’90s and we were watching Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire. This decades’ most lovable cross-dresser is Brendan O’Carroll, who plays Agnes Brown, a crusty matriarch to six kids, four grandchildren, and one “Grandad” (her 92-year-old father-in-law), in the BBC sitcom Mrs. Brown’s Boys.
Set in Dublin, the show gives the viewers a look into a not-so-typical Irish family.
Although this satirical assemblage pretty much does what most Dubliners do: Have a cuppa and drink Guinness,
the ridiculousness that ensues keeps the audience ensared. Centered around Mrs. Brown’s house, the premise is simple: The kids and Winnie (Mrs. Brown’s BFFL) come and go while Mrs. Brown gets herself into particularly bizarre scenarios, such as the ever-pleasant self-administered bikini wax. At the heart of the show are her memorable, and usually dirty, one liners such as, “I feel like I’ve got a hedgehog livin’ in me knickers” after giving herself said bikini wax. All the while, Grandad yells from upstairs or sleeps in his chair.
the so-called advice she gives her family comes with one of two conclusions: “Cuppa tea, love?” or “Feckin’ eejit.”
Officially debuting on television in January 2011, Mrs. Brown’s Boys gained popularity quickly. The award-winning sitcom first started as a five-minute regular radio segment in Dublin. This rapidly branched out into what it is today: five plays, four novels, the sitcom (now just finishing its third series), an app, and one movie (Agnes Brown) with another one on the way (Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’movie). It’s safe to say that in the UK and Ireland, Mrs. Brown’s Boys is more of a phenomenon than a simple tevevision show.
So how have we not heard of it in the US? Brendan O’Carroll seems to be comfortable where he is in life, having turned down an offer with HBO only last year. Maybe there will be something in the US in the future, but for now, the show can be found online on both YouTube and Dailymotion.com. It can also be purchased on Amazon on both DVD and Blu-ray.
The chaotic hilarity of Mrs. Brown’s Boys promises a continuously crazy and endlessly-entertaining sitcom—perhaps, even an entire two days glued to the tv screen (I may or may not be speaking from experience).