I came to the party a little late for ‘Peep Show’, the cult favorite British comedy about all-around terrible human beings Mark and Jez. The show’s gimmick (the camera is perpetually shooting from someone’s POV) and dry, cutting humor pulled me in, but it’s also a genuinely well-written show with a lot of endearing moments (though they’re almost immediately undercut by something awful).
So now that the Fallout 4 hype has come and gone (and we’ll have some more on that in the coming days and weeks, hopefully), what better time to point out that Peep Show comes to an end soon. It’s a bit sad. Sesaons of ‘Peep Show’ have been coming and going for a while now, often taking a few years between each season before a new one was produced, with it’s 8th series airing in November 2012. Debuting in 2003, the nine series long show has been one of the longest running British comedies, and one of the few widely available for US streaming.
Starting Wednesday, November 11th, the six episode final season will see David Mitchell and and Robert Webb say farewell to Mark Corrigan and Jeremy “Jez” Usborn in a series that producers have promised will have an appropriate ending; namely, no one will get a really happy ending, screwing things up as always. The duo are well known throughout the series for ruining relationships, jobs, physical property, inappropriate humor and general oddities, all while genuinely attempting to just be functioning human beings.
Despite it’s critical acclaim, Peep Show is notable for never garnering terribly high ratings. Most of it’s success has actually come from DVD sales. A long time comedy duo, Mitchell and Webb first produced “The Mitchell and Webb Situation” in 2001 which first garnered them mainstream attention. They also starred in a series of UK Macintosh advertisements, as well as the radio sketch series “That Mitchell and Webb Sound”, later adapted to the popular BBC sketch series “That Mitchell and Webb Look”. They also collaborated on the 2007 film “Magicians”.
There’s no word yet as to when the final series will be made available to US markets.