Friday, October 1, 2010
'Outnumbered' is a show about the Brockman family. Pete (a history teacher), Sue and their three kids, 13yo Jake, 9yo Ben and 6yo Karen set in South London. It's a very understated, meandering sort of show which some people might find irritating after the slickness of a show like 'Modern Family' (which we thoroughly enjoy too). This is because it semi-improvised and you can see that in the realness of the children's conversations and comments. But 'Outnumbered' portrays the everyday 'joys' of family life with humour and dryness that I found therapeutic. Their middle child, Ben, is completely mad, and I have to say does remind me a lot of one of my children.
Ultimately it is Pete and Sue's constant look of bewilderment that is the highlight for me. I often feel like that. 'How did we get here? With all these children? Doing crazy stuff. That we have no control over.'