I found a playlist on YouTube that has the complete Peep Show on it. It stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb. That's David on the left. There's 9 series with 6 episodes each. Peep Show started in 2003 and the last series ended in 2015. It was the longest running comedy on the BBC's Channel 4 in 2010. That was the 7th series, the 8th came out 2 years later and the 9th came out three years after that. That's British TV.
It's not a big hit in the UK, about a million people watch each episode, but it has become a cult hit. The show is shot in a Point Of View format with constant voice overs from the main two guys. It's said that the format didn't help gain a large audience. The show has it's fans, the critics like it, and it has gotten a lot of awards.
Ricky Gervais said: "the last thing I got genuinely excited about on British TV was Peep Show, which I thought was the best sitcom since Father Ted."
Father Ted is another show that takes some getting used too. I didn't care for Father Ted that much the first time I tried it. I was hoping to like it as it was created and written by Graham Linehan, the creator and writer of Black's Books and The IT Crowd. I like Black's Books quite a bit but I really like The IT Crowd. When I went back to Father Ted a couple of years later I found more comedy in it than the first time. I'd certainly be less likely to re-watch the series than I would watching The IT Crowd but that show has Richard Ayoade and Chris O'Dowd, not to mention Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry and Noel Fielding.
It was created by Andrew O'Connor, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. Jesse and Sam have written most of the episodes. David, Robert, and Callum Blades are credited with Additional Material. Jesse and Sam have also written for That Mitchell And Webb Look, Smack The Pony and Thick Of It. I haven't seen TOI, a clip or two was enough to make me avoid it, even though I like . I like TMAWL quite a bit, I ordered the DVDs from the UK after seeing it on YouTube, there's no US DVD. I haven't seen Smack The Pony but I see there's some of them on YouTube. Someday, when I get more time.
I tried watching the series a while back on DVD but couldn't get get past the first couple of episodes. The guys don't play likeable characters, they can be really annoying, but that's what the show is all about. They are in a constant downward spiral of their own making. I think that might be another factor in keeping a more mainstream audience from really embracing the show in great numbers.
Maybe my watching more British comedy of late has made me more receptive but when I gave the first series a chance again I found I was laughing more. In fact, I'm kind of enjoying their pain. Stephen Fry talks about the difference between American and British comedy on this Clip. It kind of explains Peep Show.
I'll give the rest a shot over time. Check it out and see if you like it at the link in the title above.