King Gary. Image shows from L to R: Teddy King (Riley Burgin), Terri King (Laura Checkley), Gary King (Tom Davis), Denise King (Camille Coduri), Big Gary King (Simon Day). Copyright: Shiny Button Productions.

King Gary

BBC One sitcom about a working-class family. 8 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2018 - 2020. Stars Tom Davis, Laura Checkley, Riley Burgin, Camille Coduri and others.

Returns Wednesday 23rd December at 10pm. Episode Guide

Press Clippings

King Gary Christmas special confirmed

BBC One has confirmed that King Gary will return for a Christmas special this December, ahead of a second series in 2021.

British Comedy Guide, 24th November 2020

I Talk Telly Awards 2020 nominations

After Life, Friday Night Dinner, Gavin & Stacey, Ghosts, Home, Inside No. 9, Man Like Mobeen and This Country are amongst the nominees for the I Talk Telly Awards 2020.

British Comedy Guide, 8th November 2020

Tom Davis's comedy of manners comes to its end after a somewhat predictable but nonetheless entertaining first series. Finally out of the suburbs and taking a holiday at the British seaside, Gary (Davis) has his plans for a quiet family getaway scuppered by wife Terri's plans to make holiday friends with a glamorous French couple. Meanwhile, Big Gary is on the hunt for the fabled pasty he had when he last visited decades ago, but can't remember where the shop is. A much-needed dose of summer.

Ammar Kalia, The Guardian, 14th February 2020

King Gary to return for Series 2

The BBC has ordered a second series of King Gary, the sitcom starring Tom Davis.

British Comedy Guide, 10th February 2020

More suburban insecurity as Tom Davis's patchy sitcom continues. Tonight, it is Gary's dad's birthday, which means a trip to a mini-golf centre and endless, absurd, alpha-male jousting. It often feels flimsy but the performances (this week including a lively turn from the reliable Neil Maskell) keep it watchable.

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 7th February 2020

TV review: King Gary Series 1 Episode 1

Tom Davis's ITV2 sitcom Action Team was a disappointment and suffered from many of the issues King Gary does too, so I can't help but feel that perhaps Davis should return to the improv comedy of Murder In Successville, as he's definitely better at it then he is writing traditional sitcoms.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 11th January 2020

King Gary review

Despite there already being a pilot last Christmas, this first of six new episodes still feels like a sitcom trying to find its feet - drawn between being big, bold and lowish-common-denominator with more imaginative moments and not quite achieving either, despite some winning casting.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 10th January 2020

Tom Davis on his sitcom King Gary

The Murder In Successville star talks toxic masculinity, his love of British sitcoms and writing about his beloved hometown.

Emily Baker, i Newspaper, 10th January 2020

Meet Gary (Tom Davis), Homeric hero of the London suburbs in this irresistible family sitcom. He's a devoted husband to Terri (the riotously funny Laura Checkley), a disappointment to his dad and definitely still up for "a larf" with the building-site lads. So that's Homeric in the Simpsons sense too, then.

Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 10th January 2020

TV review: King Gary, BBC One

This is the sort of sitcom that might divide critics and I'm sure it will divide social media, so I'd suggest the cast decide it is pub o'clock when it is on and leave their phones at home.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 9th January 2020