Review: Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9 is a witty, black comedy TV show that was first broadcasted by the BBC. The series was written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, well known for The League of Gentlemen, and famous for their ability to inhabit multiple roles.

Exploring themes such as incest, death, and witchcraft, Inside No. 9 has the ability to convey these themes without being too overdramatic or ridiculous. It’s an anthology series with each episode having an entirely new story and set of characters. The plot twists will also keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Starring famous British actors such as Katherine Parkinson, Denis Lawson and many more, the acting is phenomenal. Each episode, the audience is able to emphasis with each of the characters and explores their stories in a great depth.

One flaw would be that the average episodes are, indeed, very average. One of the more interesting episodes features a family of vampire-like individuals, who wish to reincarnate the devil into a school girl. On the other hand, there are underwhelming episodes such as one in which a phone calling agency answer distressed individuals calls, yet something strange seems to be going on. Watching an episode such as the latter makes the former bearable and, worth the wait.

There are laughs. There are tears. And there are lots of uncomfortable silences. If you enjoy TV shows such as Black Mirror, then Inside No. 9 is most definitely for you. The episodes are only half an hour long, making it an easy watch for all.

The first and second series are now available on Netflix.

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