The Critically Acclaimed British Cult TV Show That Isn’t Downton Abbey

I am one of those people who doesn’t subscribe to cable.  And it isn’t because I believe that television rots your brain or I because I prefer reading Proust, it’s because I’m cheap.  (With money, gah!) Most of my entertainment comes from Netflix on Demand, having run out of popular series, I’ve gotten a bit more adventurous and found some gems.

Peep Show is a buddy comedy, narrated and shot from the point-of-view of roommates Mark and Jeremy.  The audience is privy to their inner-monologue, giving context to their tentative relationship.  The pair has a formulaic dynamic.  Jeremy is unemployed loose cannon with big dreams of becoming a musician, but very little follow through.  Mark is gainfully employed, uptight, and neurotic.

Many of the story lines revolve around romantic complications and bad decision making, but the funniest moments come from glimpses into the characters’ insecurities and self-loathing. Through advanced posturing techniques, they both present themselves as together in their own right, but are in a constant state of frenzy, scrambling to keep up appearances.

The show is loved by critics, and has a cult following.  Fox commissioned a pilot for an American version starring  Josh Meyers (Seth’s older brother and Randy on That 70s Show) as Jeremy and Johnny Galecki (David from Roseanne) as Mark. Unsurprisingly, it was not picked up, but I’d do unspeakable things to see the footage.

Seasons 1 -7 are available on Netflix and seasons 1-6 are available on Hulu. The show is broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. Season 8 will be filming this summer.

If you only watch one episode, let it be Season 5, Episode 4, “Jeremy’s Mummy.”

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Comments

  1. I’m so glad they passed on the American version! Peep Show is fantastic, but just like The Inbetweeners, it really needs to be seen in it’s original form.

    Also, I once found myself walking right next to David Mitchell (Mark) while walking through Regent’s Park. He’s much thinner in RL than he looks on television.

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