Years ago, when I first started watching The IT Crowd, I saw the TV show The Mighty Boosh mentioned frequently on forums and in articles. I knew that a few of the IT actors I like had been involved with the show; however, since it wasn’t easily available in the US at the time, I never bothered to seek it out. In fact, I had somehow gotten the impression that it was an older show, maybe because it was usually lumped in with other IT Crowd former credits, like Father Ted.
I recently caught a few episodes, and quickly devoured as many episodes as I could get my hands on. Luckily, all three series (seasons) of the show have recently come out on DVD, so soon I will have seen them all. There’s even a Special Edition DVD with all of them in one, which I’m seriously considering. This show, which I was unsure about at first, has literally grown on me in the span of a few days.
The premise of The Mighty Boosh changes a bit as it goes on, but it initially features two men, Howard Moon and Vince Noir, who work together as zookeepers. However, this is no straightforward sitcom. It’s not uncommon for the pair to travel through time and space, or break into song. The plot of each show is fairly linear, but there are plenty of breaks for the random, bizarre, and just plain silly.
That’s really the heart of the show – unabashed silliness. Apparently the show is part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup, which makes sense. However, unlike many of the Adult Swim shows, The Mighty Boosh isn’t hard or cynical. It doesn’t try too hard to be dry or self-aware. Sure, breaking into song is supposed to be funny, but it’s also… fun.
I think, in many ways, the tone reminds me of Monty Python’s Flying Circus – it’s the kind of show that definitely is not intended for children, but you wouldn’t really object much if a mature kid was in the room. There’s a sort of pure joy that is refreshing.
I’m the sort of person who thinks shows like Wonder Showzen and Tim and Eric Awesome Show can be funny, but also over-the-top. If those sorts of shows are a bit much for you – or even if they’re not – The Mighty Boosh might be just the right fit.