In its development, which seems like a rather straightforward line since at least 3d season, Peep Show comes closer and closer to a perfect merging of comedy methods: while it was fairly easy to distinguish awkward from funny (and both of those – from nasty) before, in season 6 these three substances are intertwined with each other so tightly, any point of such division ceases to matter. They are just three faces of the same, complex and many-sided, essense.
In terms of specific changes, 6th season introduces several wonderful characters (Filatova, Bruni), as well as an abrupt storyturn with the dissolution of JLB, Mark’s working place, which allowed the writers to come up with some truly funny, sometimes brilliant solutions.
All in all, though, the specifics are too sensitive to disclose in a note like this one; suffice it to say, the evolution of the show goes the right way; it becomes better with time – both as a work of art, and as an entertainment. It’s peculiar – in a good way; and it’s really good.
Created by: Andrew O’Connor, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain
Directed by: Becky Martin
Written by: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell
Performed by: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Matt King, Paterson Joseph, Neil Fitzmaurice, Isy Suttie, Vera Filatova, Sophie Winkleman, Jim Howick, Emily Bruni, Paul Clayton, Eliza L. Bennett
Time: 6 * 24-25m (+~25m in specials)
Entertaining quality: 5 out of 5
Art quality: 5 out of 5
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