By: Sophie Mirzaian
You constantly hear Anglophiles going on and on about the superior quality of British music to American music, British films, television shows—everything except British food. There are these new “Culture is Great Britain” advertisements. If you go to London as an obvious American, you will most likely be mocked and treated rudely. But in all honesty, this air of cultural superiority is totally warranted, especially considering England has shows as brilliant as “Peep Show.”
“Peep Show” has been running since 2003 and is scheduled for at least a few more seasons, but for now, the first seven (each with six 20-minute episodes) are available to watch instantly on Netflix.
Main characters Mark Corrigan (Dave Mitchell) and Jeremy Usborne (Robert Webb) have been best friends since their college days, and now, years later, they share a flat in Croydon, South London. Mark sees himself as a morally-sound intellectual (even though he works at a credit managing company) and Jeremy as a lovable, jobless deadbeat attempting to make it in the music industry. In reality, both have faulty moral compasses shattered beyond repair, the primary cause for the show’s absolute hilarity.
Fortunately for us, “Peep Show” represents Americans quite generously compared to other British sitcoms.
Every episode is sure to get laughs out of you, especially the male audience the show is targeted towards. “Peep Show” largely revolves around Mark’s and Jeremy’s inner thoughts and original, creative ways to communicate them: point-of-view shots and internal monologues.
Despite the male-centric jokes, anyone can enjoy this show, with its cultural references (Savage Garden, Hitler jokes), charmingly stupid characters, people getting hurt and embarrassed. And most characters’ blatant lack of a moral compass is what makes their sticky situations and the things they do to get out of them some of the funniest things on television.