Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I Love Miranda Hart!

What would I do without the Internet? How did I function in the dark ages before the World Wide Web? Remember the days when we depended on CBS, NBC and ABC? Today, entertainment options are just a mouse click away. 

For example, on YouTube.com, you can see entire movies and television shows. The other day, I came across Miranda, a charming British comedy series that is reminiscent of the classic American sitcoms of the 1970s (Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett, Jim Rockford, and Rhoda).

Miranda follows the exploits of its title character played by the actress Miranda Hart. Miranda is a tall (6'1) Rubenesque woman who runs a toy/joke shop. She's unmarried and doesn't have a boyfriend, all to the dismay of her overbearing mother.

Miranda doesn't fit in socially, and everything she does seems to go wrong. She's the definition of un-cool. She's clumsy, listens to 1980s pop music, and is embarrassingly inept around men. Moreover, Miranda is hopelessly in love with Gary, the handsome chef, who works at a nearby pub.

Miranda is a pathetic character, you can't help but love. I watched one episode and then another. Each succeeding episode gets better. You want Miranda to succeed, despite the odds against her.

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