Peep ShowTV Series |
Hysterical insights into the minds of modern men.
Shot entirely in an alternating first-person perspective, the savvy and sardonic British sitcom Peep Show focuses on contemporary odd couple Mark (David Mitchell) and Jez (Robert Webb), revealing their hysterically politically incorrect inner monologues through voiceover. The pair shares this narrative device, but little else beyond a London flat that attracts much mayhem and troublesome guests, including the crack-addled Super Hans (Matt King). Uptight and chronically awkward, pencil pusher Mark is perpetually frustrated by his failures to succeed professionally or with his office crush (Olivia Colman), while aspiring musician and stoner Jez seduces women effortlessly, but can't seem to find much luck on any other front. These roommates battle over everything from sharing sausages to the girl next door, yet remain each other's most loyal—though often misguided—support. Though the show's everyday-anxiety setups are undeniably funny, it's the subversive voiceovers—frequently filled with profane rants—that sets it apart and makes it wickedly funny. Plagued by overthinking, Mark's thoughts spin into panicked paranoid scenarios, while Jez blissfully misunderstands nearly every social interaction. The pairing of these daft characters with the sharp comedic stylings of Mitchell and Webb make for a sitcom that is equal parts satisfyingly smart and fantastically silly.