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The potty-mouthed British sitcom has a long and distinguished lineage, from The Young Ones through The Thick of It and Peep Show, to this year’s expletive-laden Catastrophe. The latest show in its noble tradition is Fleabag, currently getting rave reviews in the U.K., and due to hit U.S. shores next month.

It tells the story of, well, “Fleabag” (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a young otherwise-unnamed woman living in London whose life decisions make Hannah Horvath seem like a paragon of virtue and level-headedness.

Adapted from Waller-Bridge’s own award-winning one-woman play, the show makes liberal use of the breaking-the-fourth-wall technique, with Fleabag making wry observations directly to camera about pretty much everybody around her while they remain oblivious. (And if she seems familiar, that’s because Waller-Bridge played junior barrister Abby Thompson in the second season of Broadchurch.)

How do they get away with it? Waller-Bridge has her own theories. “There’s something very polite about the British accents, it’s sort of sanitizing,” she said during a Q&A yesterday (August 7). “You can be as naughty and filthy as you like and [Americans] still think you’re very charming.”

Hmm. We’re not sure “charming” is the word we’d use, but, as befits a show of its lineage, the series is certainly very, very funny. Take a look and see for yourself:

Like the cut of its jib? Fleabag starts streaming September 16 on Amazon.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.