Peep Show peeks into the lives of two young British lads who think they’re normal, however, they’re anything but. They have major problems with relationships, with work, with family and life itself. But it sure is hilarious to watch them struggle.
The show, and the lives of these guys, is like a train wreck. You know it’s going to be gruesome, but you can’t keep from looking. And not only do you get to see their lives through their points of view (the show is shot POV style), you get to hear their innermost thoughts, thoughts that we may have ourselves but never would admit to.
Mark Corrigan is supposedly the more responsible character in the show. He has a respectable job at JLB Credit, owns his flat and pays for pretty much everything. He’s obsessed with World War II, especially the battle of Stalingrad, his knowledge of which he uses to try to woo women. Mark is on a never-ending search for the woman who is “The One.” Pretty much any female he comes across could fit the bill. He’s pessimistic, paranoid, socially inept, would rather read a book than meet new people, but he does bake a mean lasagna.
Mark’s best friend and flatmate is Jeremy Usborne. He’s a hopeless, struggling musician, even though you hardly ever see him play an instrument. He claims that he can’t have a real job because it will interfere with his creative process. He milks his mother for money, then trashes her when she decides to cut him off. His attitude may be more optimistic than Mark’s, but he’s still as messed up. Jeremy has a way with the ladies, much more than Mark, but can never seem to sustain any long-term relationship. Casual sex and recreational drug use are his hobbies.
And then there’s Jeremy’s fellow “band” member Super Hans, who is almost always wacked out of his head on some drug or other, his favorite being crack cocaine.
Sophie is one of Mark’s co-workers and could possibly be Mark’s true love… or not. Mark may be obsessed with Sophie, but she has an eye for fellow co-worker Jeff. Not sure what she wants for her life, she bounces between both guys for a good part of the series.
Mark’s Type A boss at JLB Credit is Alan Johnson, or just Johnson. Mark is weirdly attracted to Johnson and tries at every opportunity to impress him.
Mark and Jeremy may be thought of as an odd couple, polar-opposite personalities, but I think they are more alike than they’d like to admit. Though they’ve been best friends for more than 10 years, each never passes up the opportunity to stab the other in the back to make themselves look good. They never learn from their mistakes, destined to repeat them, and they do.
Late last year, I spent a few days and watched the 42 episodes of Peep Show back to back. I couldn’t stop myself. Some of the storylines are pretty warped, but incredibly funny. You almost wish they would end happily, but then again, you don’t. Like a train wreck, you’re morbidly drawn to Mark and Jeremy’s suffering.
At this point, all the episodes are only available via Netflix download, but that could change at anytime. That’s why I usually list the number of seasons available on Region 1 DVD. If I go by that, only Season 1 is available.
David Mitchell – Mark Corrigan
Robert Webb – Jeremy “Jez” Usborne
Olivia Colman – Sophie Chapman
Matt King – Super Hans
Paterson Joseph – Alan Johnson
Neil Fitzmaurice – Jeff Heaney
Total Seasons: 7 (42 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 1
In Production: 2003 – 2010
Viewer Discretion: Language