The Durrells in Corfu

The Durrells in Corfu

The Complete First Season

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Based on author and naturalist Gerald Durrell's much-loved Corfu trilogy, The Durrells sees impoverished but sparky widow Louisa Durrell make the radical decision to leave 1930s England in hopes of a better life for her children. As Louisa relocates her reluctant brood to a dilapidated house in the Greek sun, the Durrells face a whole new set of challenges as they meet new friends, rivals, lovers, and animals.

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waterfeather
Feb 28, 2019

This is a wonderful series. At first, I began to wonder if this WAS a story about a terrible mother with terrible children. Luckily, it's not. However, like another commenter said, I too admit I WAS constantly challenged by my own judgements about parenting. But the story and characters grow - and grew on me as the story unfolded. I second the kudos for Keely Hawes & Milo Parker (wow, he's good!) and great fun to see the indomitable Leslie Caron.
Everyone has a time in their life, especially when facing great adversity when they are not, well....the best parent. And, ditto for children (for sure) . Many people have a sibling or child etc., who they find completely disagreeable. And, most people who have ventured into a completely different culture, have also likely insulted the locals and made at least a few major faux pas along the way. So the Q is - How does one endure and successfully negotiate those kind of life challenges? That's what these stories are about.
The difference between this and standard American fare is that the stories are slower and much subtler - they don't always hit you over the head with everything (so the audience can easily watch with one eye and be on social media with the other). A good education and gaining insight takes a little time. The pace, the style - and actually having to pay attention is a nice change I thought. Patience. There are still a couple seasons to go when many of the early set-ups come full circle. I enjoyed it even more the second time I watched as I missed quite a bit first time around including much of the dry (and Brit) humor. Full of humanity - and scenery to die for. I was sorry when it ended.

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kclaycpc
Feb 14, 2019

I really like this series. When watching it, I find myself smiling. Keeley Hawes and Milo Parker are a couple of my favorite British actors. If you don't care for the family members or family dynamic, remember no family is perfect, they all dysfunction in their own ways....and this is a story of a family finding it's way in the world....as all families do. The setting is quite lovely and the period detail is spot-on.

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misatim
Oct 10, 2018

A story of a terrible mother with rotten children. The story seems revolve around arrogance and entitlement as a British trate, and that this is humorous. The writer must have really hated his mom. The location, sets, and costumes are wonderful, but the story doesn't hold up

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ZaraZ
Jul 07, 2018

The only thing I liked about this was the scenery in Greece. And perhaps the young boy.
The rest of the cast was unlikable for me. Especially didn't like the two older boys.
Watched the first disc, season one - up to where the red/blond haired boy was chopping up a murdered rabbit. Sick.
Sure don't know what the big fuss is all about with this series.

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bibliogramma
May 04, 2018

What a delightful treat, and, good grief, what a time! The characters are so completely themselves, often blundering through their lives, stumbling, recovering and managing to forgive each other and themselves.
The setting and time period are so authentically portrayed, I was transported into their lives and marveled at their resilience and determination. Lawrence and Gerrald are so gifted and so different it was fascinating to get a glimpse into their early years. Looking forward to season 2.

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franna
Mar 18, 2018

i'm afraid my rating may not be really valid because i mistakenly put disc 2 in first and started watching it with episode 4. however, i immediately didn't like any of the characters. if they had been this despicable from the beginning, though, i probably would've stopped watching pretty quickly, too, and also given it just half a star. i dunno. to me, the 2 older boys seemed full of themselves, arrogant, insensitive, etc... the mom seemed a little too absorbed in her own problems that it was no wonder her kids were that way. i couldn't watch more than 15 minutes of even that 1 episode.

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wardlind
Feb 16, 2018

I disliked all of the characters in this series. Can’t imagine why I’d want to spend time with any of them! Too many other really good offerings out there! Whiners and nasty people don’t hold any allure for me.

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mliz84321
Jan 23, 2018

I didn't know much about this family or the book series but what a delight this was!! I thoroughly enjoyed this and the drama and humor throughout! If your a fan of other PBS series (i.e. downtown Abbey, poldark, Grantchester) than you may also enjoy!!

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MartineVK
Nov 30, 2017

I didn't know much about this show beforehand, although when I lived in the UK, I became acquainted with the names of Gerald Durrell and his brother, Lawrence, the writer of "racy" fiction.

I expected this to be, oh, maybe syrupy and sentimental, but it is neither. At times I found it laugh-out-loud funny. I have to get this back to the library, but I think I'll take it out again sometime soon and give it a second viewing.

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miaone
Oct 09, 2017

How wonderful to see Leslie Caron again in this delightful series! I loved her so much when I was a teenager and she starred in movies such as "Lili" and "An American in Paris". She was in an episode of "SVU" (a series I normally detest) and she shone with her old talent and complete believability.
Some reviewers have criticized the Durrells and I can understand that. The first time I watched this series I had a hard time with the way the boys treated their mother, too, and other aspects of it. I tried to remember that "back when", keeping animals caged up as a sign of love was normal (remember Radar's menagerie on MASH?). I had goldfish and tiny turtles when I was young, and I didn't care for them very well. I think the current understanding of how we should treat animals well has really been just since the 1970's. In the neighborhoods I lived in, before that, hardly anyone had their dogs and cats spayed/neutered, or walked their dogs on leashes. Now, that's considered normal among most middle class pet owners. But it still isn't the norm among all classes of pet owners.
So I try to give Gerry Durrell a pass with his animal cages, given the times he lived in. And I've found upon second viewing, taking care to really look and listen, I am not nearly so judgemental about the way Larry and Leslie treat their mother. If you'll notice, they also stand up for her in ways she, and I, find quite touching.

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