'Gavin & Stacey': Catch a marathon today!

BBC America, Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., EDT

Why it’s gorge-worthy: You know the old Hollywood rule that says sitcom couples are required to bicker and kvetch and generally lead lives of resentment and sexual frustration and just-beneath-the-surface hostility? Well the sweet, wonderfully charming Britcom Gavin & Stacey takes those rules and sends them through the shredder. Resisting the charms of titular stars Mathew Horne and Joanna Page is like saying no to a slice (or two) of pie at the end of Thanksgiving dinner. The duo manages to capture the moony-eyed delight of a couple who meet over the phone — she lives in Barry Island, south Wales, while he’s from Billericay, in southeast England — but discover that nothing can ultimately get in the way of their love for each other. Not their wacky (but not sitcom-gimmicky) families, including Gavin’s clingy, high-strung mother Pamela (a scene-stealing Alison Steadman). Not their sparring (but secretly hot-for-each-other) best friends, Smithy and Nessa, played with twisted gusto by series creators James Vorden and Ruth Jones. Not even the distance (cultural and geographic) between them. If you’ve felt yourself emotionally flatline watching promos for According to Jim or Til Death, this is the Thanksgiving Day sitcom marathon for you.

Must-see Episode: Episode 3, in which Gavin and Stacey’s families finally meet, and carnivorous Pamela uproariously pretends to be a vegetarian (see clip below), a ruse that provides terrific punch lines for many episodes to come.

Any other Gavin & Stacey fans out there who want to shout out their favorite moments from the series? Or are you planning on catching some other marathon during this holiday weekend? Either way, feel free to give thanks for your televised distractions in the comments section below!

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  • Hilary

    This is a wonderful and quirky British sitcom that just gets better and better with every episode (Season 2 is as good as or possible even better than Season 1). Alison Steadman is brilliant as Gavin’s mother and Rod Brydon steals every scene that he is in as Stacey’s Uncle Bryn with his wonderment at modern technology and man-crush on Gavin. Give this show a go – you won’t regret it!

  • Mike

    I’m a huge fan of the above vegetarian scene, and it’s continued reprocussions throughout the rest of the series so far. Love this show but it moves a little slow sometimes, so this marathon is great!

  • Pedro

    I love how Nessa has done the weirdest thing in life. Specially in Season 2 when they start talking about the stock market hilarious. How she was a bbc news producer.

  • Hannah

    Gavin and Stacey is one of my favorite shows. I love the scene in one of the earlier episodes where Uncle Bryn “explains” the Internet to Gavin, and tries to come up with ways to remember “www”. I think the funniest episode is the one at the restaurant, where everyone finds out Nessa’s secret one by one in the bathroom. Smithy is, of course, the last to learn.

  • G

    Thank you for finally writing up how fabulous this show is.
    Bitter-sweet that the entire life of the program is only two seasons (called series in the UK). I’ve read that some American studio has bought the rights to remake it in the U.S. (don’t screw it up!). Favorite scenes: Ruth Jones Nessa shouting “o” to the kids at the arcade while on the phone with Stacey. And of course all the Whales lingo she uses; “genuine”, “tidy”, “what’s occuring”. James Corden’s Smithy arguing with his sister Ruthy. And Ruthy arguing with her friend from Gavin’s car.

  • Philip

    Never seen this show, but I must admit that every time I hear someone talking about it, I immediately think of that 90s sitcom “Ned and Stacey”, with Thomas Haden Church and Debra Messing, and I wonder “Why the heck are people talking about THAT old show?”

  • Erik

    This show is the best! I’m trying to get my parents to watch it as I type this. Nessa is maybe one of the best characters EVER! My roommate and I quote her all the time. I wish they would have the DVD available for US DVD players. Everyone needs to watch this show. At the very least check out the corn on the cob scene with Smithy and Nessa.

  • Anonymous

    I spent the day watching the Jon and Kate plus 8 marathon on TLC and tonight watching the friends marathon on TBS, it was great

  • vw

    i tried watching a bit of this yesterday. didn’t quite get it. it might be one of those shows i have to try a couple of times before i’m hooked. i like british shows so i was kinda disappointed.

  • Celtic

    HUGE fan of G&S- so much so that this is the first time I’ve commented on any of these threads. Anyone know where you can see the last episode (Series 2, Episode 7) online? That’s the only one I missed yesterday (DAMN THANKSGIVING!) and I’ve looked everywhere. Still not available On Demand.
    My fave scene? Probably the “awkward” breakfast when everyone is downstairs eating and G&S are upstairs having sex. Tidy that.

  • Pedro

    u can see them on surfthechannel.com
    I also love the camping story keeps getting mention but u never know what actually happen

  • Henry

    I always liked the episode of the wedding. Bryn’s little moment with Stacey in the car is possibly the most emotional moment of the series. The whole episode works.

  • Toddie

    G&S has been my favorite show of the fall. The scene where Smithy and Nessa engage in foreplay over the corn on the cob is hilarious.

  • Colin

    Its not ‘slow’ its just that theres no canned laughter!

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