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Americans! Green Wing is on Hulu!

by Annie Wu, posted May 11th 2009 6:29PM
Green WingYou guys, you guys (Americans, specifically)! Green Wing is on Hulu! Exclamation mark!

All right, let me back up. I am a British comedy nerd. Some of you more eagle-eyed readers may already know that one of my favorite shows is something called Green Wing, which aired on Channel 4 way back in 2004. It's one of those programs that perfectly blends the quickness and quotability of sketch comedy with the engaging story arcs of more traditional sitcoms. There is no laugh track (thank goodness) but a beautifully quirky score that heightens the comedy instead of fighting with it. Plus, it's just plain snazzy.

Apart from the ridiculously spectacular ensemble cast sporting major British comedy talent from Mark Heap to Stephen Mangan to Michelle Gomez, the other amazing thing about this show is the stylish editing. Time is slowed down and sped up to complement moments and this stylistic choice makes Green Wing something very different and refreshing compared to other comedies on television. You forget it's a hospital-based comedy because it feels like it's set in a completely different universe.

Despite all it's craziness, according to some people that work in hospitals, this show boasts a more accurate portrayal of hospital life than anything else on television. I am assuming (and hoping) that they are just refereeing to the stupid jokes during surgery and not all that stuff about murdering dwarfs or regurgitating gall bladders or the existence of people like Mark Heap's Dr. Statham.

All right, I'm done gushing about the show (actually, I'm not, but I'll stop anyway). I'm pretty excited that Americans are getting another chance to experience this show, and if you haven't already, please watch at least the first few episodes. It's worth it. Really.

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Great show! Watched all series 1 episodes in one night (well maybe two). Any rumors on when we might get to see series 2?

June 01 2009 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

Glad to hear you like it! Hmm... I'm not sure when Series 2 and the Christmas special will be available on Hulu. If you really dig it, I suggest you let Hulu know there needs to be more!

This goes for all of you. It is your duty.

June 02 2009 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this was a really strange show, i didnt know whether to laugh or vomit. i mean incest? really!?
Mark Heap was definitely the main reason to watch the show, he was hilarious in every scene.
I must say that as a whole, i enjoyed 'black books' more.

May 12 2009 at 1:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey thanks for the heads up this show is just up my alley. Although, I do seem to like the British style of comedy (Coupling, the IT Crowd, Gavin and Stacey, that Michell and Webb look, Not going out) this show is very unique and funny. The thing that sucks is Hulu has to many commercials and no series 2. Thanks for the heads up on a great show

May 12 2009 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

its about damn time! i believe tvsquad reviewed the show eps back when it was airing. this is one of the best shows! now if only they could get black books up.......

May 11 2009 at 11:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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