3. Mr. Show With Bob And David (1995-1998)
The closest American approximation to the stream-of-consciousness rhythms and absurdist sensibilities of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Mr. Show’s HBO bow filled a sketch-comedy void left by the departure of Kids In The Hall, Canada’s answer to Flying Circus. Neither series is available on HBO Go, though it’s easier to explain Kids In The Hall’s absence, as it was a Canadian co-production. (For the time being, it can be found streaming on Netflix.) Chalk up HBO Go’s lack of “The Story Of Everest” and “Coupon: The Movie” to Mr. Show making the mid-to-late-’00s jump to IFC, which no longer airs repeats of the series, but does host select sketches on its website. Even so, it’s a better fit there, where Mr. Show alums David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, and Scott Aukerman have been allowed to extend their previous series’ freewheeling, side-eyeing comedic voice in a way that no longer suits their former cable home—or its streaming-video site, apparently.