W/ Bob and David Review
After an almost two decade long hiatus, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ HBO sketch comedy Mr Show with Bob and David is back in the form of W/ Bob and David on Netflix. But as someone who hasn’t seen most of the original programme, is there still something there for a comedy fan to enjoy? Find out after the break.
Creators: Bob Odenkirk & David Cross
Directors: Keith Truesdell & Jaso Woliner
Writers: Eric Hoffman, Jay Johnston, Brian Posehn, Mark Rivers, Dino Stamatopoulo
My person introduction to W/ Bob and David is perhaps quite different from most people who will be watching. Instead of being a fan of the original show, I was more drawn to watching because of some of my favourite names being attached, like Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), David Cross (Arrested Development), Dino Stamatopulo (Community) and Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric). And to top all those names off, once sitting down to watch the show I loved that Cyriak animated the opening title AND there are several great cameos too. Unfortunately, W/ Bob and David is not as wacky as the names involved suggest, instead mostly being a reasonably traditional sketch show. Some of the punchlines are predictable and each plot-point is not as off-the-wall as I expected it to be. That’s not to say that there aren’t some great sketches, with some hilarious moments contained within. In fact there is a great programme in here somewhere, it just doesn’t always show. Perhaps my expectations were just slightly off-kilter.
Despite not completely loving W/ Bob and David, I did get quite a bit of enjoyment out of it and was disappointed that there are only four episodes. This is probably because of scheduling issues, and there are said to be more episodes to be recorded in the future. I’ll be looking forward to these, but I won’t be going back and watching Mr Show now. I feel like this sums up my thoughts on the show perfectly, ready for more but not interested enough to go out of my to watch previous episodes. It’s not a major achievement, but it’s not average either, just somewhere in the middle.
Like this review? Read what I thought about another Netflix show: Narcos