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  • 1991
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.2  (11,996)

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.

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Carnival
6. Carnival
February 10, 1995
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.
Finger
5. Finger
February 3, 1995
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.
Dough
4. Dough
January 27, 1995
Eddie has locked himself in his room for almost a week now and, when he eventually breaks in, Richie discovers that he has been setting up his own printing press and forging money. Unfortunately when they go down the pub with Spudgun and Dave Hedgehog the barman, Dick, spots that the £27 note is a forgery. He tells Skullcrusher, the local forger, who comes down the bar and tells the boys that they have until the evening to pay him his share.
Break
3. Break
January 20, 1995
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.
Terror
2. Terror
January 13, 1995
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.
Hole
1. Hole
January 6, 1995
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?
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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.Bottom is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on September 17, 1991.

Where to Watch Bottom

Bottom is available for streaming on the BBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Bottom on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 17, 1991
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (11,996)