‘Mr. Show with Bob and David’ on Amazon Prime and HBO Now

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross star in the cult HBO sketch comedy 'Mr. Show'

“Hey everybody, it’s Bob and David!” In fact, it’s all 30 episodes of Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995-1997), the HBO sketch comedy created by and starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross.

This inspired, inventive show combines the freewheeling creativity of Monty Python’s Flying Circus with cabaret theater, and each episode swirls around an ingenious thematic thread that just barely connects things together by the end, like a dirty “traveling salesman and farmer’s daughter” joke uttered by an airbag of a Southern Senator that returns as a full-fledged musical (guest starring Jack Black!). Other highlights include the hilarious Sid and Marty Krofft parody “Druggachusettes” and “Fuzz: The Musical,” a song cycle inspired by a reality TV cop show. Guest stars include Janeane Garofalo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ben Stiller, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, John Ennis, Tom Kenney and Jill Talley.

The show never quite caught on outside of a fervent cult following, but fans remember it as one of the funniest and most creative comedies on TV during its four-season run on HBO.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at RogerEbert.com, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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