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Peep Show series 9 continues in fine form as Mark hosts a hellish dinner party and Jeremy's game of genital Jenga comes tumbling down...

Written by DC. Den of Geek, 26th November 2015

We didn't see that one coming. ​Eleven years after Peep Show​'s Mark ditched the girl of his dreams April at Dartford University, suddenly there she was - making a surprise comeback in last night's episode.​

Digital Spy, 26th November 2015

The season so far has been marked by a heightened level of energy and general 'wackiness', which carries on in this episode, possibly one of the most chaotic and fast-paced episodes of the entire 9 series. It will probably annoy a few purists, as the set-ups become ever more far-fetched, but I can forgive it if the lines are as funny as these - Jeremy's explanation of his new sexual status, and Mark's discomfort as he tries to eat his yoghurt was fantastic.

Written by Joshua Worth. On The Box, 25th November 2015

Peep Show is brilliant and has been consistently brilliant apart from one poor series. If memory serves, it was the sixth where Mark tries to come to terms with being a father. That plot didn't work and the show has wisely kept mentions of his son to a minimum since, although that might be because the baby's mother was played by Olivia Colman and she's now off in Broadchurch, weeping in an orange anorak.

So this series has brought back all the classic elements: Mark and Jez are living together again, both single, dissatisfied and arguing about the boiler's settings. It is restored to its angsty, tetchy brilliance.

Viewers might have been surprised by last week's revelations about Jeremy's love life - with him suddenly announcing he had sex with a man, having always been strictly heterosexual apart from one woozy memory of a drugged encounter with Super Hans - and so this week attention turns to Mark's affairs of the heart which are always far more predictable.

April, the girl Mark met in a shoe shop and pursued/stalked at her university, is launching a book. Mark uses this as an excuse to get in touch, but is discomfited when she asks if she can bring her husband along.

Julie McDowall, The National, 25th November 2015

Romance is in the air. Jeremy is having an affair with his life-coach client ("She's sexy, artistic, confused - it would be rude not to") - and, naturally, her boyfriend, too. Meanwhile, Mark is stalking an old university friend: "Corrigan and Google, the maverick detectives who just won't give up!" For the ensuing dinner party, can he successfully pass off baked beans with fried egg and lettuce as a Moroccan delicacy? (Scribbling on the cheddar with blue felt-tip to pretend it's stilton is probably a step too far, you fear.)

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 25th November 2015

There's a clear sense that Armstrong and Bain are having a lot of fun with this final series, and are throwing everything in and more - hitchhiking, attempted garrotings, a violent beating for one of the characters, the reveal of Super Hans real name - even an appearance of the legendary twins.

Written by Joshua Worth. On The Box, 24th November 2015

Things take a turn for the gross as Mark's attempt to steal April from her husband sees David Mitchell's gloriously pompous bank clerk volunteering for various unpleasant medical procedures (it makes sense, don't worry). But will his attempts to turn his love rival insane with the help of a little Byzantine church history succeed?

Jeremy (Robert Webb) has romantic problems of his own as he realises that he may have to keep up his many lies to his new boyfriend (and life-coaching client) for the rest of his life. Super Hans also makes another welcome appearance, this time with an attempt to facilitate a robbery at Mark's workplace. These guys, eh? When will they ever learn?

Ben Dowell, The Radio Times, 24th November 2015

The BBC call me up for a comment on flat-sharing as an adult man, and I start brooding.

Written by Nicholas Lezard. The New Statesman, 24th November 2015

Peep Show series 9 delivers another belter in "Gregory's Beard", as Super Hans gets married and Jez ponders his sexuality...

Written by DC. Den of Geek, 19th November 2015

Writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong say the truth might not be so simple, even though series nine episode two appears to confirm his real name.

Written by Huw Fullerton. The Radio Times, 18th November 2015

With Jez still in the bride's bad books, Mark is roped into best man duties for Super Hans's wedding - a task made bearable by the fact former girlfriend and current stalkee Dobby will be in attendance. While Mark holes himself up in a hotel to write a speech that will sum up half a lifetime of Hans-related debauchery, the freewheeling Jez is back at the (unbeknown to him) CCTV-rigged flat, broadening his sexual horizons. As morbidly relatable and compulsively quotable as ever, Peep Show is going out on a characteristically brilliant low.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 18th November 2015

Josh could learn a lot from Peep Show as it contains a realistic central conceit and two characters who you can believe in. Even though I've found the last couple of series of David Mitchell and Robert Webb's sitcom to be rather mediocre it's still been consistently funny. This final series opened six months after Mark's beloved Dobby departed for New York partly thanks to Jeremy with the pair not having talked since. Reunited at Super Hans' stag do it was business as usual for the passive aggressive pair with Jeremy having been hit the most now living in the groom-to-be's bathroom. Mark meanwhile has seemingly moved on and is now living with his bank colleague Jerry (Tim Key) with the pair enjoying documentaries about William Morris on a nightly basis. But it's clear that Mark doesn't quite know how to quit Jez and by the end of the episode they were back together and Jerry had literally been rolled out of the door. Judging from this opening instalment of the last series Peep Show is going out on a high with both Mitchell and Webb at the top of their game. Mitchell is particularly strong as the mentally weak Mark who knows his relationship with Jeremy is no good for him but keeps going back to him nonetheless. Meanwhile Webb hasn't really changed his performance of Jez since the first series which I think is part of the character's charm. The end scene in which Mark, Jez and Super Hans bundle Jerry into the lift was a classic Peep Show moment and I was laughing all the way through it. I'm just wondering how writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong are going to end the series and more importantly if Mark and Jeremy are ever going to get their happy ending. In my opinion Peep Show isn't a sitcom that particularly necessitates a joyous conclusion but I wouldn't be opposed to see the El Dude Brothers finally experience some good fortune.

Matt, The Custard TV, 16th November 2015

[The boxset is] the perfect TV present for the masochists in your life. The agony of watching Mark, Jez and Super Hans navigate awkward situations is addictive and glorious. And part of that joy comes from the fact that we all recognise ourselves in the characters. So as the glorious show enters its final ever series, this is a perfect present for anyone who loves watching TV that makes them laugh -- and also want to die inside.

Kasia Delgado, Radio Times, 15th November 2015

"The problem for you is... I'm your friend."

Never was a truer phrase spoken. In a glorious opening to the very last series of Peep Show, the fabulously distrustable Jez, within whom somehow reside the soul and bones of Caligula, is living in a loo. Darling Mark is, six months on, still seething with anger about his ex, Dobby, and Jez's having tried to stick tongues down throats, yet needs Jez, if only to obviate his boredom with new real life and a new real flatmate. An apology is called for, by Mark, clearly with a certain pomp. Jez's witchy obfuscation and attempt at male bonding - "Obviously, I think we're both very sorry about what happened" - was a masterclass. Asked to apologise again, he resorted to crazed and thickened accents. Always a winner I find, when saying sorry. Just lovely and surely gong-heavy soon.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 15th November 2015

It only returned this week, so I can't really say much about the consistency of this sitcom's final series, but Episode 1 was amusing. You can always rely on Peep Show for amazing one-liners and weirdly comical situations, but I think the show ran out of worthwhile story four series ago. It should have ended after Mark's disastrous wedding, because seeing the show constantly resetting itself (ignoring things like Mark being a father, or the fact his continued friendship with Jez isn't plausible) is what stopped it becoming an all-time classic. It just went on too long. But it continues to be funny, for the most part, because the jokes are still there and the performances always good. I just wish more care had been taken with its overall storylines and character arcs.

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 13th November 2015

So, here we are... back with the El Dude Brothers for one final ride aboard the perennial train wreck that is their lives.

Written by DC. Den of Geek, 12th November 2015

In celebration of the return of one the the greatest British comedies ever, here's a reminder of just how terrible it is to be a grown up...

Written by Chris York. The Huffington Post, 12th November 2015

The long awaited ninth season of Peep Show returned to our screens and was as entertaining as ever. We're brushing aside those horrible rumours that it might be the last series and holding on to hints that it could continue long in to the future.

Written by Duncan Lindsay. Metro, 12th November 2015

Peep Show, now airing its final series, is packed with precise, very funny writing that reflects unflattering truths about us all...

Written by Louisa Mellor. Den of Geek, 12th November 2015

The ninth and final series of Peep Show begins tonight and rather than wallow in our misery - although that is probably what Mark and Jez would do in a similarly tragic situation - we've chosen to remember the good times.

Written by Lewis Bazley. Metro, 11th November 2015

This opening episode is basically a reset button to put the characters back where they need to be, but it's written with the elegance that cements Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain's legacy. Their script nips between big set pieces with savvy dialogue that fizzes with gags and wry asides, while making viewers cringe at the appallingly self-serving antics of the anti-heroes that we now know so well.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 11th November 2015

Michael Hogan is delighted that the gang have reunited to give one of the best British comedies in recent years a fitting send-off.

Written by Michael Hogan. The Daily Telegraph, 11th November 2015

Huzzah! The best British sitcom of the last ten years is back on our screens at last, for its ninth and final series.

Written by Joshua Worth. On The Box, 11th November 2015

The return of Johnson is most welcome and we're hoping he'll feature prominently in every episode. Are you hearing this, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong?

Written by Olivia Waring. Metro, 11th November 2015

Everything unravelled spectacularly for David Mitchell and Robert Webb in the first episode of the show's final hurrah.

Written by Sally Newall. The Independent, 11th November 2015

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