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8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23
BBC America


"Spoons," the new addition to BBC America's late-night comedy block, "The Underground," is a fast-paced sketch comedy show that focuses on the lives, loves and work patterns of thirtysomethings.

There is no getting bored with this show from Zeppotron, an Endemol company. On average, each skit lasts barely a minute. If one sketch falls flat -- which happens, but not as often as you might think -- another comes along before you even think of reaching for the remote.

"Spoons" has a large variety of relationship-challenged characters (mostly men), including several who show up in similar situations in subsequent episodes.

Much of the humor grows out of embarrassing situations. There is the man who recognizes his date in the porn movie they are watching and the fellow who meets his ex-girlfriend with a new guy. More unforgettable is the woman who, when asked by a waiter if there will be something else, screams that she wants a baby. Only, she does it with an expletive as an adjective.

The series, written by Charlie Brooker, Ben Caudell, Peter Holmes and Neil Webster, also features recurring stock characters (the awful blind date, the disapproving mother, the husband addicted to video games and the husband who feels like a prisoner), though they seldom appear in the show's best sketches.
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