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In E4's new US import, Saturday Night Live alumnus Andy Samberg stars as Detective Jake Peralta, a police officer who doesn't take his job as seriously as he should, yet somehow manages to get results. As his squad leader Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews from Everybody Hates Chris) put it: "The only puzzle he hasn't solved is how to grow up."

DVD: Episodes: Series One (15)

The latest sitcom from Friends co-creator David Crane stars Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig as a British couple who write a hit BBC TV show. They move to LA to recreate their sitcom for a US audience, but realise the studio execs have no intention of sticking to their original concept. Enter the great Matt LeBlanc (Friends' Joey), playing a caricature of himself, who is horribly miscast as the show's protagonist, much to Mangan and Greig's vexation. Frequent laugh-out-loud moments and a host of endearingly awful characters make this series feel like a very promising start, but Americanised one-liners fail to capitalise on Mangan and Greig's distinctly British delivery.

West Is West (15)

Starring: Aqib Khan, Om Puri, Linda Bassett

Scrubs' band The Blanks head to Shepherd's Bush Empire for one-off a cappella show

The hit US medical sitcom Scrubs was finally pronounced dead last March. While UK fans of the show cling to the lifeline of a repeat prescription of reruns, next weekend some will find further remedy for their loss with the arrival in London of The Blanks, the a cappella band who made frequent appearances on the show, led by the regular character Ted Buckland .

Episodes: The one where Matt LeBlanc plays himself...

Matt LeBlanc became a hermit after Friends and Joey – but the chance to send himself up in a new sitcom was irresistible, he tells James Rampton

DVD: The Inbetweeners: Series 3 (18)

The Inbetweeners is not known for its high-brow comedy, but the third (and what looks set to be final) series manages to outdo itself for moments of hilarious crudity.

Funny families who have the last laugh

As Modern Family screens on British TV, Sarah Hughes says that America has at last found its own Gavin & Stacey

The Inbetweeners: Has anyone seen my left testicle? Yeah, only 15 times

The Inbetweeners, E4, Monday, and The Young Ones, BBC1, Tues-Thurs

Is 'The Inbetweeners' all it's cracked up to be?

It's a cult comedy gone mainstream. Viewing figures for series three are up 10-fold at 2.4 million as the middle-aged finally get in on the act. But does its success contain the seed of its demise, and is it funny anyway? Simmy Richman and his nephew, Darren Richman, cross swords

John Rentoul: Miscellany

“Miscellany” was the title of the diary/gossip column in the New Statesman when I worked there 1982-88.

'Dad's Army' group in grenade panic

An amateur drama group staging an adaptation of the wartime sitcom Dad's Army had an uncomfortably close shave after they mistakenly used live grenades as props.

Bafta triumph for 'The Thick of It'

'The Thick of It' was a treble winner at last night's Bafta awards. Rebecca Front won best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her role as the ineffectual MP Nicola Murray while Peter Capaldi, who played the foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, took the best male award for a comedy. The political satire was named best Situation Comedy.

TV land: No place like home

Modern Family, in which a gay couple bring up a baby, is winningly fresh television, says Gerard Gilbert – and shows how domestic sitcoms can offer radical reflections on society

Cougar Town - A crude look at an age-old question

Courteney Cox played an eternal teenager in Friends. Now she's playing a forty-something single woman, but, says Sarah Hughes, she is just as unbelievable – and it does older women no favours

Chris Addison, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Fine stand-up is back in the loop

The Likely Lads fall out as Bolam refuses to sanction TV repeats

Former co-stars' simmering 35-year feud boils over
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