The Comic Strip has always been hit-and-miss. When it hit, it got a bulls-eye, when it missed, it was usually, at worst, average.
However, for me, five episodes stand out as being particular stinkers:
Sex, Actually: Poorly-written, only adequately acted and a pretty unnecessary addition - proof that the Comic Strip doesn't really matter anymore. Not only that, but it means the bloody box-set is no longer complete!
Funseekers: There was great potential here - the opportunity to take the piss of Brits abroad - but it just didn't go anywhere. Maybe that was the point - Brits abroad doing the same crap they do at home, ie, drinking, shagging, fighting, puking, etc. It should have worked, but didn't.
Wild Turkey: A silly idea - not necessarily a bad thing in itself, but poorly executed and made worse by bad casting. Could perhaps have been salvaged by casting come CSP regulars in the lead roles. Or maybe The Goodies...
South Atlantic Raiders: The first episode was quite funny in places, if not exactly side-splitting, but in the second episode, things start falling away alarmingly. As I understand it, this one even makes Peter Richardson cringe. Still, for what it's worth, Lemmy was quite funny!
The Red Nose Of Courage: Although the central idea is a funny one - John Major being the only boy to run away from the circus to become a politician - it quickly loses momentum, and even the attempts at satire - and god knows John Major is an easy enough target - are well below par.
"I'd much rather be happy than right, any day."
Strangely enough, I quite liked 'Spaghetti Hoops'.
Ouch! Talk about being damned with faint praise! Spaghetti Hoops is a bona fide classic, and certainly one of the Stripper's most well-observed pastiches. Nigel Planer and Keith Allen have never been better.
The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.
I loved Bad News tour and the reunion one aswell.
I don't know why Oxford isn't more popular, I thought it was great. And Wild Turkey was hilarious IMO.
As for these:
Didn't You Kill My Brother - very bad.
Funseekers - am I missing something here? I agree it didn't go anywhere.
Eddie Monsoon: A life - Found this rather painful. Maybe I didn't get it.
The Yob (I just hate football)
South Atlantic Raiders
Never too botherd with most of the BBC episodes. Found them not too funny.
"Slags" is so bad it's embarrassing. I watched it again last week just to see if it was as bad as I remembered and it was even worse. Jennifer Saunders quite possibly gives the most embarrassing and awful performance I've ever seen by a "comedic actor". Peter Richardson isn't much better. Just awful.