Why has it taken me this long to catch Miranda?!
Co-written and starring the brilliant comedienne Miranda Hart, Miranda is an absolute delight for all and it’s bound to be a shining gem for British comedy.
Hart by no means fits the Hollywood convention of a typical leading lady. She’s of a gawkish height and is unabashedly clumsy. But at the same time, that’s what makes her all the more likeable to audiences. She gets into all sorts of awkward situations with friends, potential lovers and an overbearing mother, so much so you can’t help falling in love with her. Miranda’s social plights and disasters are pretty extreme and slapstick comedy can cross the danger zone of “ugh, too much”, but she pulls it off in a very engaging manner that’s so very relatable too.
Compared to Curb Your Enthusiasm and Grandma’s House, where Larry David and Simon Amstell play (highly exaggerated) versions of themselves in their respective comedy shows, Miranda deviates from this slightly. Although Hart claims her show contains autobiographical pieces, she still steers clear from it being too close to home. Instead of Hart playing a comedienne (as her actual job in real life), for example, she owns a joke shop with best friend Stevie (Sarah Hadland). She has fruit friends that she talks to when she’s alone at home and somehow, she can’t properly say the word “sex” out loud. She amplifies all these over-the-top aspects by creating her own little world in Miranda where things end up alright in the end, but with being hilariously so. Hart expertly does this with her incorporation of sitcom elements, like performing the show in front of a ‘live’ audience (not canned laughter, I hope!) and she constantly addresses the camera throughout episodes. I absolutely adore how every episode ends in a dance number as the cast waves off to the camera. It’s somewhat cheesy, but it’s something that Miranda can pull off rather charmingly (and you kinda wish you could join along too).
There are a few misteps in the two series, however. In particular, the bottle episode (Series 2, Episode 5) that mainly focuses on Miranda’s interaction with her mother, Penny (Patricia Hodge), pales in comparison to other episodes of the series. It’s unfortunate because the secondary characters in the show pretty much gel around Miranda’s mishaps and flaws. Be it from best friend’s Stevie pulling out a Heather Small picture to question the value of her day or Penny being “what i call…a mother”, Miranda shines with a stunning cast revolving around Hart’s performance.
I was talking to a friend about Miranda the other day and she pointed out that it’s a “girl power” kind of show, like 30 Rock and Parks & Recreation. I think she’s right. Hart’s character shares Liz Lemon’s love for eating and Leslie Knope’s endearing determination, but best of all (like Liz and Leslie), Miranda possesses a certain kind of confidence in the face of trouble, and always being true to yourself, that I (or perhaps any girl) can really look up to.
Bear with…Miranda is a show that you could definitely count on never failing to make you laugh.
My rating: ****