Vicious: Season 1 (2013)



Critic Consensus: Vicious is old-school comedy made fresh again, elevated by a cast of comedy masters that includes Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi.


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Air date: Jun 29, 2014
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The show is, essentially, three dated, clichéd jokes told over and over again.

Jun 27, 2014 | Full Review…

It's a breath of fresh television air.

Jun 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mr. McKellen and Mr. Jacobi attack their roles with gusto; they ensure that Vicious is a fun, farcical throwback.

Jun 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Vicious is a creepy, in style and attitude, retro serving of tea and hostility that's unworthy of the talents on board.

Jun 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Couple's relationship is groundbreaking, but jokes aren't.

Jul 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As a jazz musician might do something lovely even with a banal melody, McKellen and Jacobi - baritone to tenor - make beautiful, dissonant music together.

Jul 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Vicious is an apotheosis of the form: Its theatricality is expert, its rote insult comedy is delicious but not unyielding, and its unhip datedness is mined for exactly that quality.

Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Line-for-line, Vicious would seem depressingly outdated and especially boring if delivered with American accents; but it somehow takes on a whiff of Oscar Wilde-like charm simply because it's British.

Jun 27, 2014 | Full Review…

McKellen turns out to be the show's not-so-secret weapon. A great actor playing a mediocre one, he's somehow entirely convincing in the part and particularly adept at delivering Janetti's acid-tongued putdowns and sarcastic asides.

Jun 27, 2014 | Full Review…
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Leave your politically correct concerns on the doorstep, sit back, and let the venom wash over you like a sleet storm. McKellen and Jacobi, who are, of course, giants of their profession, are clearly having a lark with Vicious.

Jun 25, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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