I've reviewed Reggie Perrin here for Orange. Sadly, it's not a glowing recommendation...
I should point out that I'm not a hater and I hadn't written it off before I watched it. While I enjoyed the original series, I'm sure there are modern concerns that would push the twenty-first century Reggie over the edge just as much as his 70s counterpart.
But the thing that stuck in my craw with Reggie Perrin was just how antiquated the whole thing seemed, from the squawking and intrusive laughter track to some of the ancient-looking beige sets, which don't look like anyone's house that I've been in since 1980.
Since The Office and The Royle Family blew the doors off the sitcom with their single-camera filming and rejection of the laughter track, the 'dark' approach that seemed to become pretty much the default setting for new sitcoms would have suited Reggie's inner bleakness perfectly.
Instead, it's like punk never happened. If you know what I mean...
From what I've seen, it's been a mixed year for British sitcoms so far. On the one hand, the energetic and imaginative Plus One seems to fall through the cracks, while the joy-sapping and utterly unconvincing Free Agents got all the love.
Meanwhile, Moving Wallpaper generally failed to impress (there wasn't much to it outside Ben Miller's monstrous producer), but at least The Inbetweeners is still causing squirms of embarassed recognition. FM had its moments as well; once you got past the cringey on-air 'banter', the plots and characters worked well.
Sadly, I'm drumming my fingers and awaiting the return of 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office (US) and Entourage.