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  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: There's a good meta example in Peep Show and Tell, the "making of" documentary about the series: just try not to recoil in horror at David Mitchell passionately snogging the POV camera.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Who is worse? Sophie or Mark? Let's consider the options.
      • Sophie. A bitch who manipulated Mark into fatherhood, didn't let him name the baby (cause he wasn't at the Christening), played him and Jeff off against each other, tried to get him to take drugs when he didn't want to, lost him a job and told people he jilted her when she ran off.
      • On the other hand, Mark's the jerk who stalked her and got into a petty rivalry with Jeff over her, got Jez to make nasty phone calls to her over her getting a job that he had no more right than her to anyway (and it turned out she didn't want), used her as a human shield, abandoned her while in labour and decided to marry her to get a big house only to try to jilt her by hiding in the church. (Ironically Olivia Colman dislikes her while David Mitchell thinks she's alright). Or maybe they're both as bad as each other. Just saying.
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    • Jeff as a better person than Mark. He was more of a support to Sophie during her pregnancy than Mark the babies father is. He hasn't, to our knowledge, done anything bad as some of the things Mark's done throughout each episode, and even his tormenting of him only got really bad when he insulted his mother in the bid for him to retaliate.
    • Elena has more than a few moments of stupidity comparable to Jeremy; however, it's difficult to tell whether this is some kind of facade that she maintains while stringing him along, or if she's really just as vacuous as he is.
    • Nancy: Manipulative, hypocritical bitch or insensitive but well-meaning and kindhearted with her own interpretation of what it means to be Christian?
    • Super Hans: Crack-addled maniac, or Obfuscating Stupidity, to some extent? When Merry is sectioned, it's Super Hans, not Jeremy, who has the presence of mind to seek ownership papers for the pub she's just gifted them. By Series 8, he's stating his desire to settle down - briefly, he's even Mark's boss - and by Series 9 he's found a wife briefly - but still .... He appears to have a good, if distant, relationship with his twin sons. All of which suggests that even a complete stoner like Super Hans has a greater level of emotional maturity than Jez.
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  • Award Snub: Ricky Gervais publicly blasted the BAFT As for not giving the show any nominations, calling it the best British sitcom since Father Ted.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Super Hans starts off as an unemployed dosser, failed musician, drug dealer and crack addict, with an air of charismatic mystery and tendencies towards violence. As the show progresses, he drastically tones down the drug use and begins to work honest jobs. He ends up as a rather mellow bed and bathroom salesman, wearing a suit in every appearance, just like Mark. He even becomes Mark's boss.
      • Provides a nice contrast with Jez, his fellow band member and musician, who forever spins his wheels and never moves on or grows up throughout the entirety of the series.
  • Better on DVD: Watching each episode in order allows the viewer to more easily follow all the arcs rather than just the main ones.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Much of Mark and Jeremy's inner monologues are this trope, considering they mostly consist of things they would never say out loud.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Super Hans, you drug-addled lunatic.
    • Smooth operator Alan Johnson.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In the opener of Series 7 Mark reveals he has a fear of children. Then you remember back to the very first episode where he is constantly bullied by a gang of children.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In the "Handyman" episode, Mark's line "The Beastie Boys fought and possibly died for my right to party." was a little less amusing after Adam "MCA" Yauch passed away in 2012 followed by the death of John Berry in 2016 which then lead to them disbanding. What's worse is that the episode first aired exactly 5 years before MCA's passing and 9 years before Berry's.
    • Toni's comments about Robin Williams become far more uncomfortable for viewers watching after his suicide in 2014.
  • Genius Bonus: When Super Hans temporarily becomes obsessed with running in Series 7, he calls up Jeremy to rescue him after having “accidentally run to Windsor”. The distance between Apollo House and Windsor is exactly 26.2 miles, the exact length of a marathon.
    • "Bishop Weed", Super Hans' moniker for cannabis he managed to find at a Christian rock festival, is actually the name of a real plant.
    • Jeremy blurts out “What I’m saying is they should be more honest. At least, Tony Adams from the IRA, he's like, "Yeah, I shoot people. I like shooting people."” while talking politics with Mark and Johnson, the obvious aspect of the joke being that he’s got Gerry Adams’ name wrong, and the more subtle part is that Adams has always been very adamant that he was never in the IRA and has never killed anyone.
  • Growing the Beard: Robert Webb feels that Series 2 was where the show hit its stride.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "Seasonal Beatings", Mark comments that his present for Dobby which he ordered online hasn't arrived in time. With this episode Having been filmed in September 2010, the creators had no idea that come December, many Christmas presents ordered online really did fail to reach people on time due to the unusually large snowfall.
    • In S3E4 (2005), Mark states to himself that Big Suze "probably got a title." As of 2009, her actress Sophie Winkleman's formal title is "Lady Frederick Windsor."
  • Ho Yay:
    • Mark and Jeremy tend to sabotage the each other's efforts with the opposite sex, and routinely hug and even kiss each other when in high spirits. In short, there's quite a lot of it flying around. Notably, Mark's best match is Dobby who Jeremy falls in love with because she's a female version of himself, which means by proxy he's dating a female Jeremy (albeit without Jez's extreme narcissism).
    • Jeremy and Super Hans, especially when Jez finally remembers "the bad thing" in an early episode.
    • When Mark despairs that he will never find "the one", Jez thinks to himself, "I'm his one."
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mark and Jeremy. Jeremy with Mark. And Super Hans. And Big Suze’s one-time boyfriend, Stu. And he was a ‘handyman’ for a musician he admired…a musician who expected him to be ‘handy’.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Everyone wants to chew on Dobby's weird hair.
    • "Hitler promised not to invade Czechoslovakia, Jeremy."
      • Also from a skit with the duo, "Are we the baddies?"
    • "Four naan, Jeremy? Four?! That's insane."
    • "The secret ingredient is crime."
    • "Mark... you're in the stationery cupboard."note 
    • "And that's good, is it? What's good about that?" has become a common refrain when someone posts an unfunny or low-effort meme.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • One True Pairing:
    • Mark and Dobby. Their ship name can be Dork. David Mitchell 41:22. agrees.
    • Elena should have been the one for Jeremy. He loved her, was livid and devastated when she accepted Gail's proposal at the party, saw Gail as a true threat to his happiness, and was so afraid to lose Elena that he subconsciously tried to kill Gail twice.
  • Seasonal Rot: Not as extreme a case as some other shows, but Series 8 is generally considered to be something of a creative slump: while still immensely quotable and having one or two great episodes, many viewers felt that Dobby's shift in personality from geeky office drone to pretentious hipster felt abrupt, and that the love triangle between her, Mark and Jeremy felt contrived. Other complaints include the addition of Dobby’s obnoxious friends to the cast, Mark and Jeremy’s relationship becoming less love/hate and more genuinely mean-spirited, and the either complete absence or much reduced role of fan favourite characters from previous series like Johnson, Big Suze and Sophie.
    • Series 9 also had a mixed reception. While some saw it as a return to form, others disliked April being described as the love of Mark's life rather than Dobby, more forced romantic sub-plots and it being less funny than the classic series.
    • The fanbase in general seems to be heavily split on which series marks the high and low points of the whole show. The most common opinion seems to be that the first 4 series are the series peak, while later seasons range from middling to good. Others argue that the first series is fairly weak as a starting season, while many find that Series 4 (and the Holiday episode in particular) marked the moment the series shit the bed and lost believability. Series 7 also often tends to be held in a higher regard than the 4 surrounding seasons, largely due to the heartwarming opener and the two holiday finales.
  • Squick: Jeremy eating the dog. Closely followed by Mark and the pheasant: "You've pulled its bloody head off!".


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