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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 Himself - Host / ... (30 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Various (30 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Various / ... (28 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Various (27 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Various / ... (26 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Various (21 episodes, 1996-1998)
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 Various (21 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Various (20 episodes, 1995-1998)
Bill Odenkirk ...
 Various (16 episodes, 1995-1998)
Janette Andrade ...
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Karen Kilgariff ...
 Various (14 episodes, 1997-1998)
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 Various / ... (14 episodes, 1996-1998)
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 Various / ... (13 episodes, 1996-1998)
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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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The first late-night comedy show with an attention span shorter than yours.

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3 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Even though Bob and David joke about getting hate mail a lot in Mr. Show, the only time they actually received some was from a military veteran offended by a sketch where a character attempts to deficate on an American flag. Bob and David then called up the veteran and realized he hadn't watched the entire sketch, because the character never successfully managed to deficate on the flag. See more »

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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 »

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David: You've seen him perform feats of unparalleled skill on TV and radio. Now, world-wide billiards champion Van Hammersly presents a series of videotapes designed to teach as well as entertain. With his first tape, "I Oughta Be in Pictures," Van Hammersly showcases his incredible talent and passion for the golden age of film.
Van Hammersly: Lotta people wanna go to Hollywood, see the stars they've seen for lo these many years. Why not take a trip on your own
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Van Hammersly: billiards table? Just pick out a few balls and ...
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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 »

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Comedy has never been so funny
23 May 1999 | by (Corpus Christi, Texas) – See all my reviews

The comparison to Monty Python is inevitable (both Bob Odenkirk and David Cross have acknowledged their debt to their predecessor in interviews), but make no mistake: "Mr. Show with Bob & David" is refreshingly original and brilliantly funny. There have been so many hilarious moments on the show that it would be impossible for me to name a particular favorite. The sketches are so finely crafted that even when the jokes fall flat (which is extremely rare), they're still quite engrossing ("Coupon: The Movie" is an example). I've been watching the show faithfully since its second season and each new episode only leaves me wanting more. The show's strong ensemble cast featuring John Ennis, Jill Talley, Tom Kenny and especially Jay Johnston are part of what makes the show work so well.

Being on HBO, they're pretty much able to do what they please, but while there is plenty of profanity (not an issue for me at all), they are in no way reliant upon cussing for laughs. In fact, one of the more memorable sketches involved a take-off of "Goodfellas" being edited for television in which the cuss words were replaced with such phrases as "mother-father" and "Chinese dentist".

HBO deserves to be praised for recognizing the talent of Bob & David and keeping the show on the air in spite of its small - albeit fiercely loyal - number of viewers.

The next time HBO airs a "Mr. Show" marathon, don't just watch it, tape it!


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