Ben Elton's new comedy series Upstart Crow had been billed as the new Blackadder and while Twitter was willing to give it a go there was one major problem - the canned laughter.
David Mitchell starred as a young William Shakespeare at the start of his career but before the storyline could develop beyond that a lot of Twitter users were already switching off.
BBC new series Upstart Crow ... false laughter so annoying, can't watch it so disappointing
-- Ritchie Forster (@clubagogo) May 9, 2016
Oh well 'Upstart Crow' had to go off. You don't need that laughter track (real or not). So so annoying.
-- William Morris (@BillMoBiker) May 9, 2016
Giving #UpstartCrow a go. The canned laughter isn't needed.
-- Inspector Morose (@InspectorMorose) May 9, 2016
Might give this Upstart Crow thing a go, it can't be as enforced and pandering as it seems. Oh wait, a laugh track, I'm out.
-- Deirdre (@nanoscryptic) May 9, 2016
Upstart Crow seems like it has potential, definitely a Blackadder vibe, but the laugh track is annoying.
-- Sir Cumference (@MrAdcro) May 9, 2016
I like the idea of Upstart Crow but the canned laughter's terrible. Gentle-make-you-smile comedy is OK. It doesn't have to be laugh-out loud
-- Mark Collyer (@Mark_Collyer) May 9, 2016
Others just didn't like it.
Strike that. I bloody love David Mitchell but Upstart Crow is unbelievably bad.
-- Bob Hodson (@RealBobHodson) May 9, 2016
Ok, Upstart Crow, you've had four minutes...bye.
-- Tony Pollard (@DrTonyPollard) May 9, 2016
Upstart Crow utter rubbish already.
-- Phil Jones (@philjonesthe1st) May 9, 2016
For those who didn't flip over they were rewarded with a storyline that saw Mitchell's Shakespeare blunder his way whimsically through a Romeo and Juliet plot.
There was a sense of Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder character along the way and, while not everyone was convinced, there was enough to suggest the show will get better.
Upstart Crow is watchable, definitely some funny moments and some bum notes. That's comedy first episodes, though.
-- DangerousEdward (@Iseabbv) May 9, 2016
Was quite looking forward to Upstart Crow....it is good in parts...worth another watch
-- Tim (@Dangerous180) May 9, 2016
Other just went back to an old favourite.
Right, that's enough of Upstart Crow. Back to Blackadder II.
-- MrPaulRobinson (@MrPaulRobinson) May 9, 2016