- 3 Seasons
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.