Black Books 2000 | TV Show Watchlist
A droll Britcom about a hard-drinking, chain-smoking bookstore owner who dislikes customers and has trouble parting with his beloved books.
Premiered: September 29, 2000
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It's Friday night, Manny and Fran are determined to go out and do something for once. Bernard would rather stay at home, get drunk and ignore his friends. Manny insists they go to a party but in the drunken aftermath, out come secrets and bitterness.
Manny is proud of the travel writing festival that he has organized and has invited the famously charming explorer Jason Hamilton to give a talk. Fran soon falls for his twinkling eyes and lavish hair and Manny is furious. Meanwhile, Bernard is more concerned about the rent charges he has to pay to his new neighbor and rather than face a lengthy court case, he hires a professional assassin.
Manny puts a bet on the Grand National for Bernard, who claims not to be interested in gambling but immediately becomes addicted to it. Fran needs a short-term job to appear employable and Bernard hires her, putting her up against Manny in competition for sales person of the century to finance his new habit.
Manny's parents come for a visit and Bernard wants to get rid of them immediately. They are a perfectly nice middle-aged couple with one or two slightly annoying habits. Fran and Bernard are upset with having to corroborate with the stories Manny has written in letters to his parents. Everyone's lives are thrown into chaos while supporting Manny and his 'life achievements'.
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- Premiered: September 29, 2000
- Rating: TV-14
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- Premise: A droll Britcom about a hard-drinking, chain-smoking bookstore owner who dislikes customers and has trouble parting with his beloved books. (more)