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The Malloys are a family of Travellers and accomplished con artists. Wayne Malloy (Eddie Izzard), the head of the family, gets on the wrong side of a Traveller clan, and the family goes on the run. On their way, they accidentally kill a rich couple who are moving to a new neighborhood. The Malloys take the chance to adopt the couples' identities and house, and begin to experience life in the upper class.
This Dramedy (emphasis on Drama, but with Eddie Izzard in the cast, uproarious comedy was more or less inevitable) ran on FX for 2 seasons in 2007-2008, and Eddie Izzard has stated that he is working on a movie script to finish off the story.
This show provides examples of:
- Bad Boss -- Hugh
- Bavarian Fire Drill -- The entire show, and most of the episode plots. A notable one is where Wayne needs to learn law, so he wrangles himself a position as a guest lecturer at a nearby law college and tells the students to pretend he knows nothing about the law, as a way of "testing" their knowledge. When they use too much legal language, he makes them dumb it down. Oh, and if they answer a question correctly, they get a cookie. It works beautifully.
- Con Artist -- A whole family of them.
- Drugs Are Bad -- with one episode even entitled "This is your brain on drugs"
- Even Evil Has Standards -- it's repeatedly stated that stealing from little old ladies is despicable; Cael gets chewed out for it at one point
- Fake American -- Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver.
- Fish Out of Water
- How's Your British Accent? -- used by Izzard in one of the con
- I Have Many Names
- Indy Ploy -- much of the cons go like this - one character will ask another "What's your plan?" to which the reply is "Uh ... yeah"
- Irish Traveller -- Specifically, Irish-American Travellers
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade -- Pete
- Meaningful Name -- The family moves to a gated community named Edenfalls
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping -- Izzard, almost constantly
- Rags to Riches -- the main characters, but not through hard work, and also the backstory of Wayne's boss, Hugh
- Wholesome Crossdresser -- Sam, an 8-year-old