It's only seven episodes per season, but the show title lives up to the tone.
Vicious is like an older, British version Fabulous Beekman Boys, though as a scripted "comedy" instead of a "reality" show.
If you haven't seen that show, it's about two princesses who move to upstate New York and based on their exchanges, seemingly cannot stand one another - possibly due to
Both shows are somewhat painful to watch.
I kind of expect more out of a knighted Ian McKellen.
What you get is second rate (and I'm being nice) sitcom acting with third rate (and I'm being very very nice) repetitive sitcom set-ups - the unseen mother on the phone, the unseen dying dog in the kitchen, the bitter friend, the clueless friend and the would-be overly sexual friend.
When I type that out, those last three could be straight from Golden Girls.
But it is the two leads (McKellen and Derek Jacobi) who are just vile to each other - all in the name of comedy, though for the first four shows I barely smiled, let alone laughed.
In show five, there was a brief - 15 seconds? - of emotion that wasn't veiled contempt.
But it was show six where they (kind of) stood up for each other. Also in that show was the decline of Ash, their 22 year old straight affable neighbor boy, who inexplicably hangs out with men in their 70s. While he seems young and unworldly, this last show sees him turning into them - with the way he exchanges nasty barbs with his girlfriend.
And that was kind of sadder.
I'm sorry that Frances de la Tour (History Boys, Harry Potter, Hugo) gets played off as the sex-crazed hag of these two bitter queens. She's so much better than this.
Actually, they're all much better than this.
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