If you haven’t seen The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret on IFC, Fridays at 10 p.m. (ET) , you are missing out! Todd Margaret is a compulsive liar and it just gets worse for him by the minute. It is so funny to me being that I actually know someone just like this. You must see this show! It airs on Fridays but if you have Comcast On Demand you can watch all the episodes so far to catch up in time for this Fridays show.
Created, written by, and starring David Cross (Arrested Development,
Mr. Show), THE INCREASINGLY POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET follows the
awkward misadventures of an American office temp and convenient liar
named Todd Margaret (David Cross). Margaret bluffs his way into a
senior sales position heading up the London office for the new energy
drink Thunder Muscle. This six-episode half hour original comedy
series, co-written by Shaun Pye (Extras), premiered on IFC Friday,
October 1 at 10:00 PM/ET.
Cross’ out-of-control farce reaches epic proportions when his
character’s gaffes and misfortunes wreak havoc on the city of London.
His antics are often fueled by Dave, played by Blake Harrison (The
Inbetweeners), his mysteriously devious and sometimes useless assistant.
Complicating matters is Todd’s misplaced attempts to win the affection
of Alice, played by Sharon Horgan (Pulling), his uninterested UK love
interest. The series also features guest stars Will Arnett (Arrested
Development, Running Wilde) as Todd’s hard, foul-mouthed boss, and
Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia, The Sisterhood of the Traveling
Pants) as Todd’s American “girlfriend.” Janeane Garofalo (24, Reality
Bites) and Russ Tamblyn (West Side Story, Peyton Place) make special
The show’s opening theme song “Life is Sweet” and incidental music
throughout the series was written and recorded by Johnny Marr (The
Smiths, Modest Mouse, The Cribs).
“The cool thing about Todd Margaret is that, while a straight ahead
comedy show, it tells a story that has a beginning and an end. Every
episode starts the next morning after the previous episode so that the
sense of inescapable impending doom is heightened exponentially with
each subsequent show,” said David Cross. “There’s no escape.”
Todd Margaret(David Cross) sucks at pretty much everything he does. He
temps as an office drone, without much success. He can only get laid if
the girl is really drunk and desperate. Following a rare and brief
sexual encounter with someone he barely knows (Amber Tamblyn) he
believes he is in a committed relationship. He lives alone with his cat,
Fanny. When Todd dies, there won’t be a big funeral. One day Todd
happens upon a self-help CD, which unbeknownst to him, changes his life.
Todd bluffs his way into a new job: launching an awesome new energy
drink called Thunder Muscle to the U.K. All he has to do is not let on
that he doesn’t have a single, solitary clue about what to do.
Riding his butt the whole way is Brent Wilts (Will Arnett),
Todd’s foul-mouthed boss and, in some ways, mentor. He rules with
dirty language and an iron fist. He loves money and sex and is always in
hot pursuit of both.
Upon arrival in London, Todd inherits Dave (Blake Harrison) as his sole
employee. Dave brings a mixture of apathy, laziness and booze to Todd’s
Thunder Muscle efforts. He relishes every opportunity to expose Todd’s
lies and sabotage/save his career. A dubious bloke with no obvious
business acumen, he is appointed by Todd as Director of Strategy.
Although he mistakenly thinks he has a girlfriend back home – Todd
falls for the lovely Alice (Sharon Horgan), who runs a small café in
London. Warm, funny and so far out of his league, Alice is happy to help
Todd as if he were a lost child or wounded bird.
Todd mistakes Alice’s basic decency for sexual chemistry and therefore
is jealous of her ex-boyfriend, Hudson (Colin Salmon), who is more
Alice’s type – a smart, attractive guy who directs art-house films.
Todd’s only other “friend” in the U.K. is his pregnant, chain-smoking
neighbor,Pam (Sara Pascoe). A single mother of three, soon to be four,
kids, she takes a shine to Todd, whom she perceives as an exotic
stranger from across the sea.