We’re absolutely cuckoo for “Cuckoo”

Guilty Pleasures | Madison Yerke | April 14, 2016

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Depending on your morality, you either have a good (maybe fucked up) sense of humor or you don’t. We know a guaranteed hit for television is any show that either breaks the fourth wall or has jokes that go too far.

And for these very reasons, I need you all to stop watching repeat episodes of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” and queue up your Netflix with “Cuckoo.”

Season 1 (2012)

Originally airing on the BBC – let’s face it, all the good shows do – this comedy instantly became a hit. The show revolves around a usually high, scruffy cult leader who calls himself “Cuckoo.” While in Thailand, he falls in love with a British uni student Rachel while on gap year. They fall in love. They get married. Next step? He meets the family. Problem is, her home life is nothing less than your average middle-class British family and Cuckoo is nothing short of an attractive, yet homeless Andy Samberg who bares striking similarities to one of those Green Peace guys outside Whole Foods every Friday. Even so, Cuckoo preaches his own religion and sees himself as an eccentric higher-being that will lead the Western world to enlightenment through a potato truck.

In brief, an average family meets a scruffy bohemian and the result is the plot of an extremely unhappy father and many cringe-worthy moments. This up-and-coming sitcom has hope. Hell, the only way it could go downhill would be if America attempted to make its own version of the show. Fingers crossed that Netflix gives the sitcom enough momentum to keep the madness alive.

Check out a clip from the first episode here:

Season 2 (2014)

Season 2 introduces Taylor Lautner playing a confused cult member named Dale who wanders off to the British suburbs in search for Cuckoo. This is possibly the biggest step up from Twilight imaginable. Although Samberg leaves the show, Taylor Lautner brings a different – more innocent – twisted sense of humor that still makes the show what it was made to be: morally questionable and narcissistic. As I don’t want to ruin the entire plot, the only reason I’ll admit to Lautner needing Cuckoo is that the two have an erm, long history shall we say? Will Rachel’s family accept this strange cult boy into their home? Is that even a fucking question? My bae, Tay, I’d let him in my house under practically any circumstance – am I right or am I right?

Season 3

COMES OUT TOMORROW, APRIL 16.

You have some binge watching to do so I won’t waste your time any longer.

As The Guardian described “Cuckoo” in the first season, this show is nothing short of,satirical yet sentimental, prosaic yet potty.”


Cover photo (still from “Cuckoo”) courtesy of the BBC.