It doesn't surprise me to see the generally negative reviews, sadly it wasn't the joy fest that many had hoped for. When you look at the cast, Steadman, Cleese, Scanlon etc. it should have been so much better. I found it watchable, typical Sunday tea time viewing, similar to Still Open all hours and Last of the Summer Wine in its latter years. The kind of show you don't mind washing the dishes to, before the real Sunday Night viewing starts. The ideas for the show were really good, the scripts however weren't up to much. I will praise Cleese for his presence, and I always find Steadman very watchable, but the only real highlight was the comedy that Jason Watkins brought, although he was done a disservice by the scripts.
The humour seemed dated, but dated in a 90's ITV kind of sitcom way, as opposed to classic 80's BBC.
There is something good lurking here, good actors, good ideas, but if it returns, we need some new writers on board please.