The Robinsons is the delightful British comedy series revolving
around a middle class family who are not related to any of the
famous Robinsons, whether it's Sugar Ray Robinson or Anne Robinson.
The series makes it clear that Robinsons are just that... your
average British family from Wimbledon with the main star of the
series Ed Robinson who is played by the talented Martin Freeman (The
Office) who also happens to be the black sheep of the family.
is 32 years of age and has recently been divorced... after five
months of marriage. To compound the situation, Ed becomes involved
in one of his work colleagues and when she is promoted over him, his
partner gives him the sack and this leaves Ed questioning who is
with no help from his family who are all too busy involved in their
Ed's older brother George is a control freak and even schedules in
his diary when he can have sex with his wife, whereas his sister
Vicky is a perfectionist as she tries to find the perfect partner.
This comedy series is first class from start to finish and even
though the series revolves around Ed, each episode gives us a
glimpse into the lives of these dysfunctional people. Recommended
Viewing and fingers crossed for another season!
Episode 1 - Ed is fired from his insurance job after having an
affair with a co-worker who promptly dismisses him after she is
promoted. His older brother George arranges a children's party from
hell, and sister Vicky struggles to come to terms with the fact that
her 'perfect' boyfriend does not come close to meeting her
impossibly strict criteria for men.
Episode 2 - Vicky is getting more and more irritated with her
boyfriend who won't stop crying, only to find later that it's his
very sensitivity she finds attractive. Ed undergoes a personality
crisis when he can't remember simple questions about himself at a
job interview and George tries to explain the concept of death to
Albert, his 5-year-old son.
Episode 3 - Ed's mom Pam sets him up with her friend's daughter,
Connie, whom Ed has known since he was very young. The date is a
raging disaster. Afterwards, Ed tries every possible way of avoiding
her but she's clueless and very keen to accelerate their
relationship. Vicky dates a gynecologist who is attracted by her
brutal honesty. George is haunted by memories of being bullied at
school and tries to toughen Albert up by pushing him to play rugby
with children twice his age.
Episode 4 - Ed begins dating his next door neighbor Zara. He
believes she is his ideal partner…until she becomes obsessed with
his family. Her bubbly demeanor somehow manages to rekindle passion
between Ed's parents, much to his horror. George is upset when his
son Albert claims his friend's Dad is his hero. George responds by
building a slide in the school playground, convinced this will
regain his son's affection. Vicky dates a man in his 60's but
realizes she has to stop seeing him when she develops a father
complex, going so far as to hallucinate that she's making out with
her own dad.
Episode 5 - Ed is haunted by all of his past failures. When he asks
his ex-wife the reasons for their divorce, she tells him the main
one is that he was terrible in bed - a fact soon backed up by all of
his past lovers. Ed realizes that if he wants to date anyone ever
again, he must attend sex therapy. Oh horrors! George sees Albert in
the school playground and discovers that he has no friends, so
devises a 'socialization program' which only makes him realize that
he needs the program more than his son does. Vicky decides she wants
a baby and enlists the services of gay workmate Leo to provide the
Episode 6 - Feeling like more of a loser than ever as his 33rd
birthday approaches, Ed seeks out career advice in his quest to find
a desperately needed new direction in life. Vicky finds another man
to donate sperm after Leo's attempts to impregnate her are a
wash-out. George is promoted to Executive Director in his company,
an achievement which the other Robinsons react to with complete
Audio Commentary (Episodes 1 & 6)
Behind the Scenes
"The Real Behind the Scenes"