BBC3′s new comedy series ‘Cuckoo’ started last night, and it was rather good! It follows the Thompson family, whose daughter returns from a gap year trip, with a new eccentric husband named Cuckoo.
Parents Ken (Greg Davies, The Inbetweeners) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale, Friends) wait at the airport for Daughter Rachel (Tamla Kari) to return from a gap year trip to Thailand. What they don’t expect is for her to be joined by new husband Cuckoo (Andy Samberg), an American hippie.
The show provided plenty of laughs, many coming from Ken’s reaction to Cuckoo’s behaviour. He didn’t seem impressed when Cuckoo tried to justify not getting a job by comparing Ken to a caveman hunter, while he was a ‘thinker’, and also when he described Ken’s memorable park from his childhood as “a bit shit” compared to trekking in the Himalayas.
I think many parents will relate to Ken’s position of the unimpressed dad who disapproves of his child’s choice of partner, while the besotted Rachel won’t hear a bad word against him. Ken’s comes up with a plan to get rid of Cuckoo, but it doesn’t quite go to plan…
Many new comedies take a while to grow, but Cuckoo’s series opener made a good start. The jokes may seem a bit dated and clichéd , but I think most viewers got what they expected.
Cuckoo is on BBC3, Tuesdays at 10:00pm
Watch Episode 1 on BBC iPlayer here