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The Outlaws: viewers left amazed by 'dark' new comedy

Fans of the show took to Twitter

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Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
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The third instalment of Stephen Merchant’s new comedy-drama The Outlaws aired on Monday night, and viewers all had the same reaction to the episode. 

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Fans of the show took to social media to praise the exceptional writing as well as its 'real' characters and storylines

WATCH: The trailer for The Outlaws

Posting to Twitter, many people commented on the authenticity of the show and how brilliantly the story reflects real-life. One person wrote: "Can't highly recommend #TheOutlaws on BBC right now. Dark, humorous but also very realistic in parts. #RhianneBarreto reminds me of a young Kiera Knightly. Good watch," while another added: "Caught up with last night’s #TheOutlaws. #BBC1 it really is brilliant, and real."

A third person wrote: "Cannot rave enough about #TheOutlaws by @StephenMerchant @BBCOne. Amazing concept, beautifully realised, that works on so many levels, portraying the many dimensions of humanity without judgment and doing it with humour, love and huge skill. Quite brilliant."

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A fourth person called for a second season of the show after binge-watching the remaining episodes: "Watched this evenings episode then just had to watch the rest of the series. Amazing, clever and funny. Excellent characters that feel so real. Hope it's not too long a wait for series two."

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Viewers took to Twitter to comment on the 'real' storyline

Many fans also praised the 'incredible’ performances by the cast, with one person writing: "#TheOutlaws. The big draw originally, three things: Stephen’s work, Christopher Walken and #Bristol. But wow, what an incredible cast and team that bring this whole show together," while another added: "Really enjoying #TheOutlaws fantastic cast, great storyline, can’t wait for the next episode."

Viewers also highlighted exceptional performances by Stephen Merchant, Eleanor Tomlinson and Christopher Walken, with one person tweeting: @StephenMerchant, @ETomlinson and #ChristopherWalken are my all-time favourite characters! Every week is something new and great."

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Viewers praised the cast for their "incredible" performances

The comedy-drama series, which follows a group of seven people performing community service together, has also been dubbed the 'best thing on TV in years' by some fans, with one person tweeting: "@StephenMerchant your series #TheOutlaws on @BBCOne is the best thing on TV in years. Wonderful cast, superbly acted, great story and the comedy is just perfect," while another person added: "I'm really loving The Outlaws, it's the best comedy-drama there's been on TV in years. I'm so glad that they've already filmed the second series and Christopher Walken will be back."

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