Ideal

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  • 2009
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.2  (2,957)

Ideal is a dark comedy television series that aired on British television channel BBC Three from 2005 until 2008, and later on IFC from 2008 until 2011. The show was created by Graham Duff, who served as writer and also played a recurring role on the series. The lead character of the show, Moz, was played by popular British comedian Johnny Vegas.

The show follows the antics of Moz, a small-time marijuana dealer who lives in a hideaway in England. He is a reserved, awkward man who spends his days smoking weed and hanging out with his friends: cartoon-obsessed PC, stoner neighbour Brian, and the eccentric, transvestite member of his social circle, Jenny.

Throughout the six seasons of the show, Moz's life becomes increasingly complicated as he becomes embroiled in various dangerous situations involving his drug dealing business. Moz must contend with persistent police raids, rival dealers, and a variety of other shady characters who threaten his livelihood and safety.

Despite the show's dark subject matter, Ideal is a comedy through and through. Much of the humor comes from the interactions between Moz and his friends, as well as the absurd situations that they find themselves in. Johnny Vegas's performance as Moz is the driving force behind the show's success, as he captures the character's nervous energy and underlying vulnerability perfectly.

One of the unique features of Ideal is the use of animated segments interspersed throughout the episodes. Created by artist Lee Hardcastle, these short cartoons are a nod to Moz's love of cartoons and add an element of surrealism to the show.

In addition to its unique style and dark humor, the show also explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and morality. Moz is a flawed character, but he cares deeply for his friends and often risks his own safety to help them. Despite the fact that he is a drug dealer, he is not without a moral compass and is often confronted with the ethical implications of his lifestyle.

The supporting cast of characters on Ideal is also noteworthy. Each of Moz's friends is a unique and memorable character, and the various other drug dealers and unsavory individuals that he encounters throughout the show are equally well-drawn.

While the show was not a ratings juggernaut, it garnered a dedicated fanbase due to its offbeat humor and memorable characters. It has since developed a cult following and is considered a cult classic in British television.

Overall, Ideal is an offbeat and entertaining comedy series that offers a unique perspective into the world of drug dealing. The show is anchored by Johnny Vegas's standout performance as the lovable, but flawed Moz, and is elevated by its use of animation and strong supporting cast. Despite the show's dark subject matter, it never loses sight of the importance of friendship and morality, making it a truly unique viewing experience.

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Seasons
The Future
8. The Future
June 1, 2010
Moz and Jenny's cosy love situation is thrown into chaos when Psycho Paul's gang hole up in the flat.
The Television
7. The Television
May 25, 2010
It's all change for Moz as Nicki moves out and new love Jenny moves in.
The Birthday
6. The Birthday
May 18, 2010
Nicki's birthday party doesn't go entirely according to plan, while Moz splits up with Jenny.
The War
5. The War
May 11, 2010
As the war with the Triad heats up, Psycho Paul turns Moz's flat into a bootcamp to lick his gang into shape. Meanwhile, all is not well between Judith and Cartoon Head.
The Secret
4. The Secret
May 4, 2010
Despite Moz and Jenny's best efforts to keep their affair secret it seems like everybody knows what's going on. Everybody except Nicki, who's too busy having her own illicit affair with PC.
The Vodka
3. The Vodka
January 1, 2010
Jenny is drunk and decides to visit Moz. Meanwhile, Lee is trapped inside the broken boiler and it's getting hauled away.
The Past
2. The Past
January 1, 2010
Moz reminisces about the past.
The Pains
1. The Pains
January 1, 2010
Moz has a suspected heart attack.
Description
  • Premiere Date
    June 7, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (2,957)