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Friday Night Dinner

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Friday Night Dinner
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Genre: Sitcom
Running Time: 21–25 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: 25 February 2011 – 1 May 2020
Network(s): Channel 4
Created by: Robert Popper
Distributed by: BBC Studios
Starring: Tamsin Greig
Paul Ritter
Simon Bird
Tom Rosenthal
Mark Heap
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 37 (because of the special)

Friday Night Dinner is a British television sitcom written by Robert Popper and starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, and Mark Heap. This show first aired on 25 February 2011 on Channel 4.


The comedy is focused on the regular dinner experience of the middle-class British Jewish Goodman family every Friday night.

Why It Rocks

  1. Amazing soundtracks.
  2. The jokes and humour, while not too dark or offensive, can be hilarious.
  3. The family are very likable.
    • In fact, the same can be said for Jim Bell, since he enjoys having dinner with them but ends up causing chaos.
  4. A lot of clever running gags where either Adam or Jonny Goodman do sneaky pranks to each other.
  5. The special was good, since it was one of the few episodes in the show to take place in the day rather than the night.
  6. Memorable quotes.
    • Martin's "Hello bambinos!" catchphrase being the prime example.
    • "Shit on it."
  7. It doesn't stereotype (obviously).
  8. Other likable characters, such as Eleanor Buller.
  9. The insults the characters throw at each other are hilarious.
  10. Mr Morris is a hilarious character.

Bad Qualities

  1. Cynthia Goodman (Aka Horrible Grandma) is very intentionally unlikeable character.
  2. Auntie Val, while a good cousin to the family, can be unlikable for some viewers.
  3. Jim can get a bit weird and creepy at times.
  4. Some episodes end on a cliffhanger, which can get really annoying.
  5. Some gross-out humour in some scenes.
  6. Jackie can be unlikeable at times


The show received two BAFTA nominations in 2012. The first series was nominated for Best Situation Comedy, while Tamsin Greig was nominated for Best Female Comedy Performance.


An American remake of this is in progress, titled Sunday Night Dinner. It is unknown when it will first air.


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