Last week, it arrived in the catalog of Netflix the comedy series’Not Chadrez‘ (‘Hard Cell’), created by and starring Catherine Tate (‘The Office’).
The documentary-style plot takes place in a fictional women’s prison called HMP Woldsley and follows staff and inmates over a period of six weeks. As the series progresses, the women develop their interpersonal relationships as they find their voices and prepare for a musical.
However, the attraction has been drawing attention not because of its narrative, but because of the brand of 0% critical approval of the Rotten Tomatoes.
Among the eight reviews published, all are negative.
Among the main reviews, the series is described as boring, cloying, bland and a failed attempt to deliver intelligent humor.
In addition, the various characters played by Tate they fail to win over the public due to the lack of charisma and uniqueness in each of them.
Check the reviews:
“Tate I used to be a satirist who takes no prisoners (pun intended), blasting homophobia and general ignorance, but here the humor is salty, and the exaggeration is stronger than the intelligence of the jokes.” – Globe and Mail.
“Tate She may be a veteran comedian, but ‘In Chess’ is her first attempt at a sitcom – and thanks to a lackluster narrative and an abundance of one-dimensional characters, the amateurism really shines through.” – The Guardian.
“Above all, ‘Not Chadrez‘ feels terribly dated, with endless bathroom humor and a satirical documentary approach that could only be described as Gervaisian.” – Daily Telegraph.
“This show should be behind bars.” – Pajiba.
“There are bone remnants of a good series here, but they’ve just been locked behind several sets of bars, like its protagonists. The result is that the whole thing stumbles right at the starting line and never finds its stride.” – London Evening Standard.
“Between the worn-out format and the idea that Tate is playing most of the featured characters, ‘Not Chadrez’ it becomes too tiring to bear, even after the first 30 minutes. We can’t imagine getting any better for the rest of the season.” – Decider.
Tate is also credited for the screenplay, along with Alex Carter e Niky Wardley.
The cast also has Donna Preston, Lorna Brown, Christian Brassington, Niky Wardley, Peter Singh, Lisa Davina Phillip, Jola Olajide, Caroline Harding, Stacey Guthrie, Cheryl Fergison, Duncan Wisbey e Suzie Chard.