It's easy for people to say 'well you wouldn't say that if that wasn't Ricky Gervais', but that's not really true at all. In fact for me, I was excited as shit for this, and I posted as such on here. Extras 2.0 with Warwick Davis? Fuck yeah.
But it just... unlike these other sitcoms which you say Life's Too Short is at least better than, it felt completely first-draft. Those other sitcoms feel polished, but with jokes I don't enjoy. Life's Too Short was just a jumble of ideas, not many of which worked. For example the episode where Warwick goes to a church and calls the priest a paedo, then meets a scientologist and says the word 'cult' before falling in a bin or something. That was described as 'This week Warwick goes on a spiritual journey', it was really just an excuse to make tired paedophile 'jokes' and impossibly tired Scientology 'jokes'. As much as flat out saying the thing (Catholics are paedos! Scientology is a cult!) can be a joke.
Just all of it, the forced, pointless cameos, the last-minute decision to make it a mockumentary, the very rough and forced dialogue and awkwardness ('Who are you?' 'Warwick Davis, mate' 'NOBODY KNOWS WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!!' 'Alright mate, I only asked you do ring a doorbell, christ'), 'Barry from Eastenders, Les Dennis and Keith Chegwin' being used as if that's an actual punchline by itself, the romance where Warwick's constantly a dick and yet she still sticks around, the inevitable, tacked on 'Happy Ending;, not to mention the many characters, jokes and situations taken straight from The Office and Extras, Smerchant being given about two whole lines, one of which was 'Barry from Eastenders and Les Dennis are outside', and basically every moment of Gervais' being unironically smug and boastful, it just felt like a cobbled together mess that they'd rushed out and thought 'they'll eat that up'.
As chinch says, if this wasn't a Gervais/Merchant show, it wouldn't have made it past pilot. It was carried by name, and that alone makes it worse for me than 'the other dross'.
If you didn't spend so much time squeezing his head, and eating pies, we might get something done!