Robson Arms: Season 1
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Robson Arms is a Canadian Seinfeld-meets-Neighbours, with a little Three's Company thrown in for good wink-wink, nudge-nudge measure. The series follows the lives of the inhabitants of one particularly diverse residential building in Vancouver, British Columbia. The apartments themselves range from the Architectural Digest-ready bachelor pad of the snooty attorney to the barely livable hovel just inhabited by the single-mom nurse and her precocious son. (The nurse uses a far saltier term for the ratty apartment than "hovel," part of the charm of the series.) Each series focuses on a different inhabitant and his or her soapy love life, hidden agenda, and foibles, with just enough interaction to hold the viewer from week to week. A standout is young Justine Wong, who plays tween house "detective," Ruby. And the dialogue is entertainingly ribald; one young boy tosses off a line about his dad as "in Burnaby shacked up with jailbait." The extra bite makes Robson Arms wickedly addictive. --A.T. Hurley
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That aside, I did find myself enjoying the characters a great deal and find the humor subtle, which I enjoy. I have come to love this show and am buying season 2 and looking forward to future seasons.
Fine acting and writing make this worthwhile
I must be jaded. I say this because I was constantly caught off-guard by the plot developments in this series. I loved the loony collection of residents, each with their own foibles, whose antics and idiosyncracies often elicited a guffaw of surprised delight.
While it's true there's salty language, and both adult situations and sight-gags, it's somehow not offensive. While this is not a series a child should view, it's not something a child would be interested in because it's mostly over their heads.
I watched Season One with a smile. Season Two has less of a smile factor, but it's necessary to understand Season Three, whose smile factor is right back up to par with Season One.
The real tragedy is that this clever series ended at all.