The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret. Image shows from L to R: Alice (Sharon Horgan), Todd Margaret (David Cross). Image credit: RDF Television.

Series 3 being made for American network IFC

The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret

Series 3 being made for American network IFC.

Sitcom about a US executive who finds himself out of his depth when he is mistakenly sent to run his company's new UK arm

Strand:
Channel 4 Comedy Showcase 2009
AKA:
Comedy Showcase: The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2009 - 2013  (FOX / More4)
Episodes:
13 (pilot + 2 series)
Starring:
David Cross, Sharon Horgan, Blake Harrison, Will Arnett, Sara Pascoe, Colin Salmon, John Fortune
Writers:
David Cross, Shaun Pye
Production:
RDF Television

American Todd Margaret bluffs his way into an apparently great job opportunity, heading up the sales team in his employer's newly established London office. All he has to do is sell a dozen container loads of dodgy Korean energy drink before his psychotic boss visits him in a week. Simple. Apart from the fact that he knows nothing about British culture and nothing about sales. He also only has one employee to assist him, Dave, who is perhaps the most wilfully unhelpful employee ever.

Todd's life is further complicated when he lies continuously to cover his ignorance and spectacularly fails to impress beautiful cafe owner Alice. Dave soon takes full advantage of Todd's situation and chaos ensues.

Series 2 was screened in America in January 2012, but it wasn't shown in the UK until March 2013 (when FOX acquired the rights). Picking up directly where we left off in Season 1, Todd's got a lot of explaining to do: what was he doing in the Houses of Parliament? Why is there a blood-stained cardboard box on his floor that says ALICE RAPE KIT? And what is his father doing outside the door if he supposedly died in a skydiving accident?

Trying to talk his way out of trouble, Todd, naturally, only makes matters worse. Tired of his lying, Alice storms out vowing to have nothing more to do with him. His foul-mouthed boss, Brent Wilts, actually believes the man behind the door is a ghost and promptly barricades himself in the apartment. And Todd's dad? He's across the hall in Pam's apartment, looking after her very grateful kids.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that Todd's assistant Dave is not all that he seems. Is he really rich and powerful? And why is he so eager for Todd to go to Leeds? However, Todd's got no time to visit his 'hometown', he has to sell $470,000 worth of Thunder Muscle otherwise the mysterious but darkly powerful Mountford will inflict an eternity of pain on him and Brent.

As if things weren't bad enough already, giant supermarket chain Sainsbury's want to sue Todd for ten million pounds and the police want to question a man fitting Todd's description in connection with the sudden death of an MP. Going to Leeds no longer sounds like such a bad idea. But how to get there?

Our Review: We really enjoyed the pilot of this show. Some aspects did edge towards being a little too farcical, but we liked the premise and characters so were pleased that a full series was commissioned.

Blake Harrison from The Inbetweeners took over from Russell Tovey as assistant Dave for the full series on More4, as Tovey was unable to commit to the role as filming clashed with Being Human.

The full series was pretty enjoyable as lie built upon lie, although annoyingly not all the plot strands were tied up by the end of the last episode.

A second series was made, and has already aired in America, but frustratingly for fans of the show it wasn't also shown on More4. However the good news is satellite channel Fox is now set to finally screen the series from March. Series 1 is currently being repeated in anticipation.