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By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Average dark comedy is elevated by Brit stars' chemistry.

TV Peacock Comedy 2020
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Fans of Brit comedy duo Mel and Sue (Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins) will feel right at home watching this series. As hapless killers-for-hire Jamie and Fran, the pair couldn't be further from their hosting duties on The Great British Baking Show, but they're still unmistakably Mel and Sue. In fact, it's the actresses spot-on chemistry and pitch-perfect comedic timing that make the series a worthwhile watch. That said, don't mistake their comfortably familiar presence to mean their latest vehicle is aimed at the same all-ages audience as their reality shows: Hitmen is for mature audiences.

Despite its central premise, the series is more about showcasing the not-so-professional assassins' odd couple relationship than watching them murder clueless marks for cash. Sure, they pull the trigger plenty, but always in service of the show's gallows humor. One of the first episode's "jokes," for example, sees Fran allowing a target to live a bit longer just so he can fill a seat at her birthday party.

The episodes' stories aren't deep or layered by any means. Each entry is essentially an extended sketch, where Jamie and Fran must overcome some mishap -- often of their own making -- before completing a job contracted by the mysterious Mr. K. It's a straightforward, easily digestible formula that's supported almost entirely by the two stars' excellent performances. You won't find any complex storytelling or feel-good messages here, but if you're in the mood for some macabre laughs, Jamie and Fran hit the mark.

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