Whenever it feels like life is dealing me a series of not so brilliant hands, I like to delve into fun activities to make me forget about my string of bad luck. But with two jobs, I can hardly go out as often as I’d wish.
At times like these, I decide it’s time to watch a comedy series. Over the past three years or so, my comedy of choice, has been (on more than one occasion), the BBC sitcom Miranda.
Admittedly, this article has been a long time in the making, but it seems that the age old adage that the more you like something, the harder it is to talk about it, is indeed true. This series has, in fact, become one of my favourites and I hope I can do it some justice in this article. It’s one of those very rare gems that is effortlessly funny and amusing.
One of the things I immediately noticed about it is that it is extremely relatable. Although the characters and situations may seem exaggerated most of the time, I couldn’t help but feel a certain degree of affinity and familiarity with some of the plights endured by the eponymous heroine who is also the writer of this series.
Miranda bumbles and bungles and she has a non-existent love-life which she is in fact quite comfortable and auto-ironic about. She sings along to all the songs she loves, no matter how formal the occasion is and she embraces her quirkiness although it makes some people look down on her. She is also extremely socially inept and doesn’t hesitate to point out when situations get awkward, which only increases the awkwardness.
In spite of all of this, the series shows a character who goes through life with a smile on her face, surrounded by the people who love her. It goes to show that no matter how bad you might feel about your looks, or your awkwardness or quirky personality, you will inevitably find people to appreciate and love that side of you; and to be totally honest, they are the only ones worth knowing.
I believe there is a little bit of Miranda in all of us and all viewers experience moments of enlightenment while watching this series. Moments that make you realise that you are not alone in this world, and that the things you might find embarrassing about yourself are in fact, the things other people find most endearing. It is absolutely thrilling to find a series which celebrates and cherishes just these aspects of someone’s personality.
To all of you who have never seen this series, I recommend it for the number of times you will find yourself bursting out laughing unexpectedly, and for those of you who have already seen the series … I’m sure you’ll have such fun re-watching the series and falling in love with Miranda all over again until the new season comes along!