Monty Python meets Clerks

The characters say what I can't outloud.

Black Books
  • Black Books

More than 25 years of bookselling to wonderful souls that eschew the online Prime Deals for the smells of a real bookshop can still wear me out at the end of the day. My moment of calm can always be found by visiting the curmudgeonly Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) of Black Books (United Kingdom, 2000-2004, BBC), where his frantic hippie employee Manny (Bill Bailey) and wine-addled friend Fran (Tamsin Greig) say what I can’t out loud. Think Monty Python meets Clerks. Available on Netflix and Hulu.

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  • James Jensen
  • Bookseller/writer

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