‘Loaded’ Shows Why One-Hour TV Comedies Rarely Work — Review

IndieWire | 7/17/2017 | Staff
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“Loaded,” the new AMC series about the wacky adventures of overnight British millionaires, is one of the rare comedies that’s better when no one’s laughing. Ostensibly a show about what happens when a group of four men luck into unfathomable riches, one of its frequent missteps is its runtime. Unlike the vast majority of comedies on American airwaves, “Loaded” runs in hourlong increments. Overstaffed, undercooked, and in constant search of a central focus, the series is one of the better arguments for keeping comedies as concise as possible.

A Channel 4 production airing stateside on AMC and based on a the Israeli series “Mesudarim,” “Loaded” follows the fortunes (literal and metaphorical) of a group of four friends who have recently made a mint from selling their app to an American corporation. Josh (Jim Howick) is the uptight brains of the outfit, Leon (Samuel Anderson) is the enigmatic boisterous public face of the company, Watto (Nick Helm) is the material possessions obsessed tinkerer and Ewan (Jonny Sweet) is the perpetually underestimated, socially awkward appendage of the central managing group.

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Together they form Idyl Hands, a software company whose sole success is a cat-based iPhone game that even one of their girlfriends acknowledge is a consistent life-drainer. One of the major problems of “Loaded” is that the show ambles in search of purpose as much as its central four characters do. Developing a follow-up to their successful game, flaunting their riches to indifferent audiences, unsuccessfully pursuing romantic interests — these are all foibles of the show, but none of them seem to have enough heft to sustain more than a few episodes of their rich-guy hijinks.

One momentary respite comes in the form of Casey (Mary McCormack), an executive from their new parent company who, within minutes of her arrival in London, whips these aimless...
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