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Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995–1998)

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This is a sketch-comedy show. The twist here is that all of the sketches (Even the monologue) are connected in some strange way.

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Top Rated TV #170 | Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Various / ... (30 episodes, 1995-1998)
 Himself - Host / ... (30 episodes, 1995-1998)
John Ennis ...
 Various (30 episodes, 1995-1998)
 Various / ... (28 episodes, 1995-1998)
 Various (27 episodes, 1995-1998)
 Various / ... (26 episodes, 1995-1998)
 Various (21 episodes, 1996-1998)
 Various (21 episodes, 1995-1998)
 Various (20 episodes, 1995-1998)
Bill Odenkirk ...
 Various (16 episodes, 1995-1998)
 1995-1998 / ... (15 episodes, 1996-1998)
Karen Kilgariff ...
 Various (14 episodes, 1997-1998)
BJ Porter ...
 Various / ... (14 episodes, 1996-1998)
 Various / ... (14 episodes, 1996-1998)


This is a sketch-comedy show. The twist here is that all of the sketches (Even the monologue) are connected in some strange way.

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The first late-night comedy show with an attention span shorter than yours.








Release Date:

3 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Show  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Towards the end of one episode in the fourth season, the show offers the math problem "If he drives 15 MPH for fifteen minutes, how far has he travelled? Answer at the end of the show." When the end credits roll, they say that the answer is 3.5 The correct answer is 3.75 See more »


Bob: Okay, as part of a new government program, certain artists have been assigned senators to monitor them.
David: They made me wear a tracking collar.
Bob: If David steps on a stage, it produces a low-level electric shock.
David: It's not low-level, it really hurts.
Bob: Okay look, obviously the show isn't that important to you.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of each episode's credits under "Special Thanks," there is at least one random name that had nothing to do with the show. This is pointed out by David Cross in the DVD commentary for the first episode. See more »


Featured in Screenwipe: Episode #1.2 (2006) See more »

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Monday night TV's finest 30 minutes.
26 October 2004 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

HBO for a short four seasons, ran this nearly flawless gem of a show to little or no fanfare, quietly this show fell again and again the woods of Friday at midnight, Sunday at 2AM, Monday at 11:30, Tuesday at 9:45 or wherever there was late night time to kill on HBO, building a following (and Emmy nominations) with ANYONE that took the time to watch it until executives canceled what they did not understand or know how to market.

As a parody of a sketch show every scene blended seamlessly in an interesting mix of absurdist comedy and just outright funny over the top comedic performances. The show had a razor sharp subtext on society, counterculture and the entertainment world. It's witty writing provided a smart and fresh take on nearly every subject under the sun from mediocre comedians, rock music teen suicide to senators paying for sex with wooden craft fair puppets. I've never found a sketch show that could compare or span it's width or depth of complexity in 30 minutes.

Impossible to define, no explanation can be given for this show but everyone I've taken the time to introduce the show is an instant fan after one or two episodes. Do yourself a favor and check out a season DVD of this show, I can nearly guarantee you'll be running out to find the other volumes and thankfully HBO wised up and released them in an acceptable format!

I've yet to find a show as entertaining as this show. Perfect television. A show whose time came too soon, Bob and David, we hardly knew ye! Thank you for the ride.

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