Adult brothers Adam (Simon Bird) and Jonny (Tom Rosenthal) visit their parents, Jackie and Martin (Tamsin Grieg and Paul Ritter), each Friday night for a homemade dinner.
Adam, meanwhile, has to bear the intense questioning by his father, who wants to know when he will find a nice "female" of his own.
Writer Robert Popper has given each member of the family his or her own specific and believable quirks. Martin is so cheap he eats discarded food out of the garbage and refuses to fix his hearing aid, while Jackie won't say a cross word to a strange neighbor, but can be a bit insensitive to her sons. At one point, she toasts Adam by saying, "To our favorite son!"
Bird (also excellent in another British comedy, "The Inbetweeners") and Rosenthal have impeccable comic timing and good brotherly rapport. Grieg (Showtime's "Episodes") and Ritter are just as wonderful as the parents.
Mark Heap, meanwhile, plays that oddball neighbor, Jim, with creepy aplomb. He's afraid of his own rather lovable dog, has a crush on Jackie and always finds some excuse to show up at mealtime, mostly to use the bathroom.
Heap's character heightens the farcical tone that builds from each episode's rather minimal plot. In the premiere, Adam wants the family to hear the commercial jingle he wrote, but Martin has no working radio in the house. The family jams into Martin's car, in which the radio volume is blaring and no one can figure out how to lower it. Before long Jim shows up, so they pretend to drive somewhere anyway.
It's a credit to Popper that the running gags seem fresh and funny every time, and that he can mine so much humor from a weekly dinner. But as long as he does, I'll have the table set.