This is a sketch-comedy show. The twist here is that all of the sketches (Even the monologue) are connected in some strange way.
Reviews
Popularity
2,803 ( 147)

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
1998   1997   1996   1995  
Top Rated TV #216 | Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

W/ Bob and David (TV Series 2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Bob and David emerge from the time machine they entered sixteen years ago and are reunited with the cast of Mr. Show.

Stars: David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, John Ennis
The Kids in the Hall (1988–1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.

Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald
Upright Citizens Brigade (1998–2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Agents Adair, Antoine, Colby and Trotter both monitor and create chaos across the universe. The sketches you see throughout most of the show are different subjects being monitored. At the ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts
The Birthday Boys (TV Series 2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A group of guys create sketch comedy.

Stars: Jefferson Dutton, Tim Kalpakis, Mike Hanford
Stella (TV Series 2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A sketch comedy show that follows the absurd adventures of Michael, Michael and David.

Stars: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain
The State (1993–2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Each episode contains 30 minutes of extremely bizarre and funny sketch comedy performed by THE STATE, an 11 member sketch comedy troupe who wrote and starred in various sketches seen throughout the program.

Stars: Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant
Comedy Bang! Bang! (TV Series 2012)
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A talk show parody that features celebrity guests, comedy sketches and animation. Based on the podcast of the same name.

Stars: Scott Aukerman, Reggie Watts, 'Weird Al' Yankovic
The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.

Stars: Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham
The Ben Stiller Show (1992–1993)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This comedy/variety show specialized in parodies of movies and television shows and commercials. Often, they would also have a special guest (e.g., a TV actor) join them in the comedy ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A pharmaceutical scientist creates a pill that makes people remember their happiest memory, and although it's successful, it has unfortunate side effects.

Director: Kelly Makin
Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Todd Margaret is an American who takes a job running the London sales team for an energy drink. He has no experience with British culture, knows nothing about sales and has only one employee, Dave.

Stars: Sharon Horgan, Will Arnett, David Cross
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two comedians, average nobodies, and celebrity guest stars perform bizarre low-budget comedy sketches.

Stars: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Bob Odenkirk
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Various / ... (30 episodes, 1995-1998)
...
 Himself - Host / ... (30 episodes, 1995-1998)
...
 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)
Janette Andrade ...
 1995-1998 / ... (15 episodes, 1996-1998)
Karen Kilgariff ...
 Various (14 episodes, 1997-1998)
BJ Porter ...
 Various / ... (14 episodes, 1996-1998)
...
 Various / ... (13 episodes, 1996-1998)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Show  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The show was rebooted in 2015 by Netflix under the name; "W/ Bob & David". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

David: Bob, men can kiss. Men can get married. There's even a pill now that lets men make love to each other!
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Night of the Living Doo (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


13 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?