Way Too Late Review: ‘The Mighty Boosh’ TV Series
Welcome back to the Way Too Late Review, where we look at a show that’s been around forever and finally get around to enjoying it and reviewing it. This time around we’re going to look at The Mighty Boosh.
In 1998, Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding came up with an idea for a two-man comedy stage show called The Mighty Boosh (apparently named after the childhood hair-cut of Noel’s brother, Michael). After successful stage shows and a stint on BBC radio, the duo was given reigns to their very own BBC TV show, and in 2004 we finally embarked on “a journey through time and space.”
During its three series (BBC shows call their seasons, series) on the BBC, Barratt and Fielding presented their own unique brand of comedy. Series one takes place in a run-down zoo and includes the two main characters, Howard Moon (Barratt) and Vince Noir (Fielding), as well as Rich Fulcher (who folks will recognize from Drunk History), as zoo manager Bob Fossil. The series follows the crazy antics of the characters, but mostly stays in the zoo.
Series two moves the characters out of the zoo and into a flat owned by Naboo (Michael Fielding), where we see the characters traveling around and interacting with the surreal world they live in. Series two gives us the best-known character from the entire show, Old Gregg. In the early 2000’s, I remember sending video links back and forth with friends and seeing this crazy clip of “a scaly man-fish” and laughing at the absurdity of it all. The third series continues the zany antics we’ve come to know and love as it lets our characters move around and interact with their wild world even more.
Like with most British, or at least BBC shows like The Office or The IT Crowd, the production gets better with each series and the acting is fantastic. Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding interact with each other in a natural and easy way all while staying in character perfectly. We get a number of familiar faces throughout the series: Rich Fulcher, Richard Ayoade, and Matt Berry.
The story and plot of each episode are loosely tied together across each series, but an individual episode can be enjoyed in a single viewing. The only limiting factor for enjoyment is the duo’s quirky style of humor. If you have grown up on British comedy series such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Black Adder, or even the more recognizable Rowan Atkinson character Mr. Bean, you’ll love the adventures of our friends in The Mighty Boosh.
In the early 2000s, The Mighty Boosh brought a truly unique voice to comedy TV. Unlike anything that’s ever been given the go-ahead by a major network here in the States, watching The Mighty Boosh feels new and fresh, even 15 years later. Available now on Amazon Prime or on DVD, you can enjoy all 20 episodes from the three series. The Mighty Boosh is a must watch for any comedy fan and is a great follow-up show for fans of the slightly more grounded The IT Crowd.