Based on the popular blog of the same name, Brothers With No Game is a new comedic web series based on the exploits of four young Londoners. The blog gained notoriety for its plain spoken sense of humour and episode one of the web series attempts to recreate that – in fact, the episode is based on the highest rated blog they had so far; ‘5 ways you know you are playing the Heskey role with chicks.’
Set in London, Brothers With No Game – The Web Series follows the social and romantic lives of four friends: Theo, Dorian, Junior and Marcus. Facing a ‘quarter-life crisis’, the 20-somethings come to terms with the responsibilities and dilemmas that revolve around work, family, friendships and most notably, women. Their distinctive personalities and ever-changing love lives are paralleled with a strong friendship and one evident, common, trait… they have no game.
What is immediately striking is, despite the clearly modest budgets and the clunky dialogue, there seems to be a really good idea here. The idea of seeing three black men in their 20s speaking normally and discussing relatable issues with almost no bravado or clichéd stereotypes is very refreshing. Perhaps this is more of an indictment on television as a whole that we don’t have these images in the mainstream, but it’s good to see nonetheless.
The first episode itself is not particularly funny and perhaps it will take time before they find a voice – however I did keep thinking that, with a little slicker execution, imagination and delivery, there is a lot of strong raw material that can be developed. Forced dialogue and amateur acting aside, there appears to be some potential in this series.
Will watch episode two.