Comedy Central (Mondays, 10:30 p.m.)
Show of the week
Try pitching this sitcom idea to a network executive: “They’re a married, middle-aged couple with no children. He’s a dentist, she’s a chiropodist. They have a humdrum existence. That’s pretty much it.”
No sale? Maybe so, if the series weren’t animated and the network-weren’t cable’s Comedy Central. Bob and Margaret, which premieres June 22, is the perfect complement to Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, which starts its fifth Comedy Central season at 10 the same night. Both have a droll, low-key style and an acute sense of the humor in the ordinariness, even the tedium, of life. Bob and Margaret, based on the Oscar-winning 1995 short Bob’s Birthday, is a British-Canadian co-production. Its characters are Londoners, and the comedy owes something to the location (you know it’s time for these folks to get out of the house when TV offers nothing more enticing than “a documentary on Welsh leek farming”). But most of the situations could as easily be set in Anytown, U.S.A. In the June 29 episode, Bob and Margaret can’t decide whether to have kids, can’t decide which video to rent and can’t bring themselves to reject a last-minute dinner invitation from a couple who can talk about nothing but their bouncing baby. Sounds like real life, only the animation improves on reality: Their friends’ infant makes Bob and Margaret’s ravenous dogs look tame.
Bottom Line: Cartoon comedy drawn deftly from life