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A highlight of the British satire genre, the sitcom "Bottom" marked the return to the screen of comedy team Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson after their hit 1980 series "The Young Ones." Like "The Young Ones," "Bottom" finds humor in London youth living on the dole and getting into scrapes. The series' absurdist humor is underpinned by dry British social criticism, and in its deft analysis of British society, "Bottom" will strike viewers as a wonderful mix of Monty Python and Samuel Beckett. (Indeed, the series is heavily influenced by the slapstick philosophy of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot.")

Viewers will especially be delighted by the manic comic energy of Mayall, whose character echoes his performance in the hit film "Drop Dead Fred" and the political satire series "The New Statesman." Never one to repeat a character, however, Mayall's performance in "Bottom" is as fresh now as when it was first broadcast. For fans of the organized chaos of British comedy at its best, "Bottom" will surely become a favorite alongside the work of other masters such as John Cleese, Peter Cook, and Hugh Laurie.

3 Seasons, 18 Episodes
September 17, 1991
Cast: Rik Mayall
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  • The annual Hammersmith carnival takes place and the window of the guys flat is the prime place for viewing the ensuing activities and the eventual riots. After a brief period of looting they return to their flat with a BBC camera and a plan to make money from filming each other.

  • Richie and Eddie gain possession of a set of car keys belonging to a friend who is getting married. They decide to hide the car but end up at a swanky hotel pretending to be husband and wife.

  • Richie and Eddie book an exotic holiday to... Bridlington! Well actually Doncaster 25 miles from the English coastal town. Full of excitement for their upcoming holiday they start plan what they are going to do and what they are going to take with them.

  • It's Halloween and, after a visit by some trick or treaters, Richie and Eddie decide to have their own Halloween party so that they can meet girls. To get some money for the booze they dress up as a devil and a banana and go trick or treating themselves, armed with an electric cattle prod.

  • Richie and Eddie visit a fairground for a night of fun and frolics, as long as it doesn't cost Richie more than three quid! They take a ride on the Ferris wheel and are still on it, at the very apex, when the fair closes down for the night. The fair is to be demolished the next day, can they find a way of getting down before the night is over?

  • After losing a bet, Richie and Eddie are forced to spend a week camping in Wimbledon Common, and the only supplies they have are a tin opener and a packet of chocolate Hob-Nobs. However, their food problems may soon be solved, as Eddie plans on eating a Womble.

  • Eddie and Richie celebrate Christmas by inviting Spudgun and Dave Hedgehog around for Christmas dinner and a day of fun and games. After a knock at the door Richie finds a baby left on their doorstep. Due to a few misperceptions Richie believes the baby is the Second Coming of Jesus.

  • Richie and Eddie are taken to the Police station to take part in an identity parade. Later, in the Lamb and Flag, they find themselves embroiled in an argument with a Falklands War veteran over Ritchie's 'supposed' participation in the conflict.

  • A burglar breaks into Richie and Eddies place and manages to get caught by them. Once they have him tied up they have to decide what to do with him and the loot he has stolen from other houses.

  • Eddie and Richie join Mrs. Lineker's Love Bureau hoping to find their perfect women. Richie's video tells the viewers that he is, in fact, a duke and this gets him a date with a countess from Moldavia. He invites her to his place and arranges for Eddie to pretend to be his butler for the evening.

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