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Underrated comedy shows

seany t

May 11, 2006
Following on from the current 'Battle Poll', I've noticed a few names cropping up for shows I'd never heard of before. And checking them out on Youtube, I see that many of them look really promising. So as my 6th season 'South Park' boxset is only 4 episodes from the end now and I didn't really ought to watch 'Peep Show' yet again for fear of DVD erosion, I thought this thread could be a place where people recommend programmes we might have missed and deserve more coverage.

For example;

Big Train

Big Train was a surreal, Python-esque British sketch show created by Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, who also wrote Father Ted together. It was first shown in 1998 with a (weaker) second series - possibly due to Linehan not being involved - shown in 2002. Many of the actors have since gone on to star in many other highly rated comedy shows, including Simon Pegg (Spaced / Shaun of the Dead), Mark Heap (Green Wing / Spaced), Kevin Eldon (Hyperdrive / I'm Alan Partridge), Julia Davis (Nighty Night / Brass Eye / Gavin & Stacey) & even a very early appearance by Catherine Tate.

Some highlights:

World Staring championship:

'Relieving oneself sexually' in the office:

Jesus & Satan the office prankster

Prince stalking the jockeys (now a TV advert predictably):

Evil tyrant's day off:

Bee Gees vs Chaka Khan wild west shootout:

Available on DVD for the normal price of 1 series if you shop around (which is good, as Series 2 definitely isn't as good)

For fans of: Sketch shows like Python and Mitchell & Webb or those who like their comedy not too serious and with a touch of the surreal