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Peep Show: Series 6 [DVD]
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2009
Series 5 saw a bit of a dip in quality in my view. I thought that maybe the format was tired or perhaps the apparent conclusion of the Mark and Sophie relationship signalled the end. Thankfully, series 6 has blown the cobwebs to smithereens in three ways:

Firstly, they've remembered what brought series 2 and 3 alive - new principal characters, in particular Elena, the friendly neighbourhood drug dealing bisexual Russian brings a whole new dynamic to the show, bewitching both Jeremy and the viewer.

Secondly, whilst the Mark-Jez relationship remains firmly stuck in first-day-at-infant school gear, many of the individual characters are allowed to break free of previous conventions and rules: With JLB blowing up, Mark flirts with what he might be, instead of railing against what he has become; Johnson's manic drive finally spills over into something a little darker, and even Jez plays against type by occasionally caring for others' feelings after sweetly falling in love.

Finally, the jokes are relentless. Sight gags, set-up and pay-off gags, embarrassment and recognition stuff - this we kind of take for granted. But the use of language - and in particular the A level command of swearing - is just on a different level here to previous offerings.

The series sparkles with the sense of writers and performers really enjoying themselves. I love that the main supporting characters (Sophie, Dobbie, Big Suze, Superhans, Johnson) appear only intermittently - and only then where a major plot development justifies their involvement - series 5 seemed overburdened by a need to update us on Sophie's decline for instance. In summary, a fantastic series, some great performances and still the most true-to-life realisation of the horrible awkwardness of what it's like to have to pretend to be a grown-up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2010
Nostalgia is clearly never what it used to be, but the last couple of series of Peep Show, at least in my mind, haven't been able to live up to the simple brilliance of their earlier counterparts, particularly series one and two, where both the writing but also the comic structure of the show were mind-blowingly brilliant. I tend to agree somewhat with the reviewer who says that the characters have changed too much: while character development is a normal aspect of any series, we do seem to have lost a little bit of the essence of what made Mark and Jez great, with the writers resting a little too easily on slightly cliched, crazy rehashes of behaviour that we might have seen in previous series, and I feel that the show has become a little too self-referential. What was brilliant about the early series is that we clearly saw, for example, Mark's neuroses bubble under and develop over the course of a series, with references back to his previous mistakes and attempts to learn from them. The last couple of series, while still retaining high moments of comic brilliance, at times seemed little more than six different unrelated crazy stories, based on caricatures of previous behaviour.
I don't want to be too negative about the show, as the writing remains absolutely the sharpest on TV, and the internal monologues and moments of reflection still make it fantastic, and still seem fresh seven years on, which is testament to wonderful scripts. The show still has me laughing out loud, but the comedy derives more from one-liners and comic exchanges than the ludicrous but somehow believable development of the situations we saw in earlier series.
Episode five, with the party, is a fantastic example of how to get it right: the scenes obey, if you will, what fans of Shakespeare would call the classical unity of space (i.e. it all happens in the flat, and doesn't needlessly flit between location after location, as the writers seem to cram more into the episode than it can actually accommodate), which gives it the chance to bubble under and grow over most of the episode, with fantastically intertwined subplots combining to a brilliant climax. That is classic Peep Show- only a few locations, proper interaction between Mark and Jez, and other characters merely there as an adjunt to their delightfully weird friendship (remember Mark locked in his bedroom needing the toilet during series 3 by a shroom-partying Jez? Comic genius, barely needing to stray from the flat all episode). Episode six is the very opposite: perhaps too ambitious, with too many things going on, none of which seem to come to fruition in time for the series' disappointing climax, which has a feel of stalling for time before series seven comes along.
In the knowledge that I will watch it and love it either way, I do genuinely hope the writers take the show back to its fantastically simple roots for the upcoming series, and reap the comic benefits for it. All in all, well worth watching, plenty of great moments, but not a patch on the early series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I am a big fan of peep show, i love the scenarios, the way it is written , the format of the show and pretty much all the characters.
With each series i have found plenty to admire, my fave series is probably series 2 and i found some weaknesses in series 5 if im honest but i was still looking forward to this series after the cliffhanger finish of series 5.
Series 6 isnt pure gold if im honest but the show seems to allow more characters to change and develop more than ever before, we see a darker, more sinister look at johnson, superhands seems a little more level headed in places , jeremy shows some compassion and understanding as he finally says to himself that he is in love and mark is a ticking timebomb as he struggles to deal with life.
The use of some of the new characters is key here and while i didnt laugh the house down i was forever entertained.
The funniest parts of the show are probably still the inner monolouges as reality is served up in the thoughts.
I am pleased that there is a series 7 and await it eagerly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon 28 February 2015
Mitchell and Webb have always had a seriously good on screen chemistry together, since they both attended Cambridge University. Peep Show is just one of those shows that takes a genuinely believable friendship and throws in all the trials and tribulations of modern day life as well as the problems they not only create for themselves, through their lack of social skills but for one another too. The comedy can be bold, brazen and offensive while the point of view camera used really helps hammer home not only the emotion of some scenes but the driving reality which was the fuel for this show. The characters are well devised without being too over the top.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2014
ignored this comedy when first aired by chanel 4 then of late came across episodes on 4 music chanel when bored. hillarious! clever camerawork and just good fun. mitchell and webb are funny anyway but olivia coleman is a joy too (before she got all serious in broadchurch!). jeremy (webb) and mark (mitchell) are the two stars but along with them and olivia coleman the other charachter who steals the limelight whenever he appears is super hans, just brilliant.........like the show itself. love the theme tune too, flagpole sitta by harvey danger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2013
i came to the Peep Show fairly late and if anyone out there have seen the odd episode and wonder what the fuss is all about my advice is to start watching from series one. If you do you will find the quality of writting and stories are maintained throughout
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on 9 August 2010
This is another excellent series and I'm already looking forward to series 7. I think series 6 might be better than 5. The writing is still really strong and the characters are great. Mitchell and Webb are so at home in their roles and it's as if the roles were written for them. Some of the comedy is excellent. I laughed nearly to the point of wetting myself when Jez was trying to get Mark to fork him. I guess the characters (eg Elena and Dobby)aren't particularly believable but hey - this is comedy, not drama. I guess it must be tempting to quit while the show is still going strongly but I say keep it going. I'd give it 5 stars but maybe the show is a tiny bit too 'dirty' to absolutely love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2013
Given as a gift and was enjoyed very much by the recipient. Struggled to find a suitable gift and this went down very well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2010
Peepshow is by far the best comedy around. I cannot say any more without spoiling it... Just buy it and see for yourself
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2013
very good can watch it any times, catch something new each time, what else can I say, otherwise meaningless, steph
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