On the 26th June the first episode of the highly anticipated British-Nigerian sitcom Meet The Adebanjo’s debuted online at midnight.
First let me say that the team behind this sitcom have worked extremely hard to get to this point so congratulations to them.
Now on to my thoughts…..
In the first episode viewers were introduced to the mother (Gladys), bumbling tight-fisted father (Bayo), pre-teen son (Toby) who wants to be a ‘player’ and thinks he’s a bit of a ‘ladies man’, annoying and vain daughter (Sade), and larger than life aunt (Auntie Funke).
It’s Gladys and Bayo’s wedding anniversary but an excited Gladys who is expecting big things from her husband on this special day is left disappointed after it becomes clear that Bayo is not the most romantic man on earth.
While this is going on daughter Sade attempts to help Auntie Funke lose weight so she can fit in to her party dress and son Toby, when he is not on the phone sweet talking a succession of different girls, he can be seen advising his father on how to surprise his mother on their wedding anniversary.
I’ve been told that the first episode went down extremely well at the official screening last week Wednesday at The Ritzy in Brixton. Those in attendance thought it was hilarious. But I personally didn’t find it particularly funny. The only character that bordered on being mildly amusing was Auntie Funke.
Sitcoms that use the old-fashioned TV sitcom format (e.g. filmed in front of a live studio audience/laugh track) for me always tend to start off quite slow, but the scripts/jokes gradually improve by the third episode.
It is still very early days for Meet The Adebanjo’s and there will be more episodes to come so I will definitely be tuning in again. It still has potential.
To watch the first episode of Meet The Adebanjo’s visit:
Click on ‘Watch Episode’ (on the left-hand side of the screen)
Password – afrobrit
Your thoughts please…..