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Sharon and Rob and Carrie are back as the happiest foul-mouthed family on TV

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by Hamilton High, for outsideleft.com
originally published: February, 2017
Carrie Fisher as Rob's formidable mom in her last tv role

Catastrophe, starring and written by Sharon Horgan (as Sharon) & Rob Delaney (as Rob) as hilarious, sometimes foul-mouthed and not always so happily marrieds, and after season one, with kids, returns to channel 4 in the UK tonight.  

Sharon is just like all of your teacher friends, used to keeping order amongst kids and unable to order adults; Rob like most Americans you’ve ever met, great teeth hair and outward confidence until they confide in you and they are a massive bag of conflicted dramatic insecurity.

Past seasons of the show are available on whatever channel 4 call their catch up tv service these days and maybe on Amazon too. I think. I might have seen an ad following me round the internet after I looked into the broadcast dates for season 3.  I don't know, you'd have to check that bit out. For yourself. And anyway, if you haven't seen Catastrophe I can't help you other than to recommend start at the beginning. It's as funny and angst-ridden as Fleabag was last year, although a little less caustic, and it certainly shows up those gold plated beloved middle aged tv angst shows that that other famous Irish actor does, James Nesbitt, that’s him, for example for what they are. Not good on the most part it is what they are. Mainly because I think aside from all of the amazing London interiors, Rob and Sharon are possibly who you were or are most likely on your way to actually being.

Among Catastrophe’s supporting co-stars are Ashley Jensen and the great Mark Bonner who of course just needs his own spin off show. He is never all nice or nasty. He was great and the most watchable part of the Apple Tree Yard thing, sort of the same role really. He is the archetypal self-styled husband victim making out okay for himself and superb at it. I kind of like this thinning hair, I wonder whether its the TV lights unflattering him, and its color and his stated unstated disdain. His head is not quite up there with Will Gompertz for great tv hair. But it’s good hair.

Towards the end of the season, Carrie Fisher returns, brilliantly as Rob’s formidable mom, it was her last TV role, oh boy she could pick them.


Catastrophe Season 3 on Channel 4 Tuesdays
Catch Up with Catastrophe HERE 

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Hamilton High

Hamilton High was born on Doheny Ave in the gutter, is a poet, writer and observer of popular culture. Likes fashion and cares less for style. He's on the move, he's an alter ego and we hardly ever hear from him.

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