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BBC One has cancelled In With The Flynns after airing two seasons (12 episodes) of the comedy series.
Written by Patrick Munn. TV Wise, 30th October 2012
Liam (Will Mellor) is pretty fed up with his humdrum lifestyle, while his younger brother Kevin (Alex Carter) seems to have it all. Meanwhile, Jim (Warren Clarke) has found his inner Picasso and has started churning out lamentable portraits of the family. The humour seems to have picked up in tonight's episode, although it's still heavily propped up by canned laughter.
The Beeb's bland family sitcom continues. After such dire reviews last season, one does have to wonder why it was recommissioned. Some may find comfort in the mild humour, but many will find it a less-than-scintillating Friday-night option. Tonight, the Flynns throw an anniversary party for Caroline's (played by Niky Wardley) parents. Watching your own family could well be a funnier experience.
Lara Prendergast, Radio Times, 24th August 2012
The Flynns' front door is always open to northern actors willing to make cameo appearances, and this week's visitors are Beverley Callard and Paul Copley, playing Caroline's crass expat parents, Pat and Alan.
Emma Sturgess, Radio Times, 24th August 2012
A question and answer interview with writer Simon Nye.
BBC TV Blog, 22nd August 2012
In with the Flynns kicked off its second series with a fairly modest audience on Friday night (August 17).
Written by Paul Millar. Digital Spy, 20th August 2012
In With The Flynns, the BBC One studio-based sitcom, has returned for a second series - and quite a few changes. For starters, some of the cast have been totally changed, with new actors playing old characters.
The BBC's In With the Flynns feels like a tired, lame sitcom because it is a tired, lame sitcom.
Written by Sam Wollaston. The Guardian, 17th August 2012
Sky has thrown down the gauntlet to the BBC lately. Daring dramas, comedies that actually raise a chuckle and even the annexation of one of the Beeb's comedy crown jewels in Alan Partridge. How will Auntie respond? With a second series of piss-weak sitcom In With The Flynns, that's how. The Flynns are a family of rough diamond Mancs: think the Royles, if they spruced themselves up for a visit from the Queen. Tonight, Liam and Caroline (Will Mellor and Niky Wardley) turn vigilante, Jim catches a big fish and Chloe introduces an obnoxious new friend. But the dialogue is flat, the jokes telegraphed and the characterisation superficial. Sure, it's gentle family entertainment. But nothing about this cardboard cut-out family feels recognisable or real enough to succeed on even those limited terms.
Phil Harrison, Time Out, 17th August 2012
This family sitcom might be all about staying in, but as series two opens Liam and Caroline have been to the pictures. They return to find a man in a Barbara Windsor mask in their front room, about to make off with a laptop. It's only when they manage to restrain him that they realise the burglar is an old schoolmate of Liam's - though Corrie viewers might recognise him as the murderous John Stape. Their almost quick-witted reaction makes them the very mildest of vigilantes.
Emma Sturgess, The Guardian, 17th August 2012
BBC continues unabated with its ungodly pact with Will Mellor, cruelly ignoring public demand or opinion. With a Beady Eye song serving as both theme tune and warning to quickly change channel, the Flynn family return for another series of non-jokes and situations that only work if all the characters are stupid. Here, we get supposedly hilarious mix-ups over a poached cod and a bungling burglar. It's written by Men Behaving Badly's Simon Nye, who used to knock out decent ribald comedy with a hand tied behind his back. Here, he attempts to do it with both hands tied.
The latest comedy offering from the BBC is certainly ideal pre-watershed viewing - no sex, no swearing and no violence. Alas they also left out the laughs.
Written by Arlene Kelly. Suite101, 22nd June 2011
Three episodes in and we've reached the old sitcom standby of dad having the snip, albeit with Tommy and Jim adding some refreshing "wingmen" humour to the situation.
Two episodes down and In With The Flynns has yet to offer much hope for the sitcom-lover. For those yearning for another Miranda, or merely something to erase the memory of My Family, the eponymous Mancunians are proving a tad underwhelming.
Written by Matthew Richardson. The Spectator, 21st June 2011
We asked Jamie Glazebrook, Executive Producer of In With The Flynns, how the show was filmed.
Written by Jamie Glazebrook. BBC Comedy Blog, 15th June 2011
Want to star in a rubbishy sitcom? Then get a zany family with horrible kids and give off exasperated vibes.
Written by Stuart Heritage. The Guardian, 15th June 2011
If reality television has taught us anything, it's that the stuff people say in real life is funnier than anything script writers can dream up. This new entry to the family sitcom stable nods briefly in the direction of real life, but then takes all its dialogue from 'The Big Sitcom Book Of Unlikely Conversation'.
In an attempt not to appear as irredeemably middle-class as everyone knows it to be, the BBC has set its latest family sitcom, In With the Flynns, among the proletarian masses of Manchester. But the socially downward setting can't disguise the rather tired and traditional format. It is still mum, dad, rebellious teenager, lovable scamps and eccentric relatives exchanging banter in contrived situations, to the accompaniment of inexplicably hysterical canned laughter.
I was somewhat dreading having to watch this, fearing it was going to be something akin to Life of Riley and other unfunny nonsense. But while In With the Flynns is not the funniest sitcom ever made, it does have its moments.
Although at first the characters don't come across as believable, by the end of the episode everyone seems to fit into the set-up well, and there are more than a few genuinely funny moments.
Written by Harry Hamburg. On the Box, 9th June 2011
Sitcom Punchlines R Us. Product 17 "You say that like it's a bad thing". Usable in a wide range of situations in which one character is being criticised by another (e.g. in response to... "You've never done a hard day's work in your life"). Ten per cent discount if purchased with "No need to thank me" or "As the bishop said to the actress". The presence of Product 17, in In with the Flynns, BBC1's new family sitcom, was a little bit depressing. But the honest truth is that if you're looking for another Life of Riley or My Family this will do the job perfectly well. I don't know why you would be engaged in that search when Outnumbered and Lead Balloon are available to give a far sharper account of family life, but some like to travel down the middle of the road and In with the Flynns has its moments if you're in an indulgent mood. There was a painfully good sight gag involving an eyebrow piercing and a bead curtain, and I also liked the wife's dismissive description of the challenges of driving a fork-lift truck: "It's basically go-karting with a bit of Tetris thrown in." If you find that joke crosses the line, complain to the BBC, not me.
In With The Flynns has been described as edgy by lead star Will Mellor, but the truth is that this sitcom is about as tired and old as a brand new TV programme can get.
Written by Rachel Tarley. Metro, 9th June 2011
Let's start today with a spot of free association. If I say the words "BBC One primetime sitcom", what do you think of? My guess is a family of harassed but likeable parents and their mischievous but likeable children - all of whom exchange mild banter that convulses the studio audience with inexplicable mirth. You might further imagine a couple of eccentric relatives and some contrived misunderstandings that lead to a few easily resolved scrapes. Throw in a title that's a pun on the family's name and Bob is pretty much your uncle. And if that's what you did think of, then congratulations - because the new show In with the Flynns contains all of the above.
Written by James Walton. The Daily Telegraph, 9th June 2011
In with the Flynns (BBC1) is bland, smooth and unremarkable. You would call it a sitcom designed by a committee, were it not for the fact that programmes with a lot of writers tend to be quite good. There's a family, without much money: the kids say the darndest things and the teenager gets a piercing. The father's adult brother lives among them, I think in an attempt to splice the eternal humour of the family unit with some of the classic larks of Men Behaving Badly.