W/ Bob & David

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W/ Bob & David
A psychedelic image of Bob and David's bodies repeated and distorted like a fractal or centipede
Title card for the show
GenreSketch comedy
Created by
Written by
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • David Cross
Directed by
Starring
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • David Cross
Theme music composerCyriak
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (and 1 special)
Production
Executive producers
Running time27–33 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseNovember 13, 2015 (2015-11-13)

W/ Bob & David is a comedy sketch show created by and starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross that premiered on Netflix on November 13, 2015.[1][2] The sketch show consists of four half-hour episodes plus an hour-long making-of special entitled "Behind the Making of the Scenes".[3] It is a revival of sorts of the 1995-1998 HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David, which also starred Odenkirk and Cross. W/ Bob & David shares many of the same supporting cast members and writing team of the earlier series, and its title is also a variation of that of Mr. Show. Odenkirk described W/ Bob & David as "lighter", "less complex" and "faster" than Mr. Show.[4]

Production[edit]

Shooting began on April 15, 2015.[1] W/ Bob & David is written and executive produced by Odenkirk and Cross. Marc Provissiero and Naomi Odenkirk, Tim Sarkes, Dave Kneebone, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim also produce.[5] The four episodes, which were released simultaneously on November 13, 2015, had the studio segments directed by Keith Truesdell and the pre-recorded segments directed by Jason Woliner, except for the fourth episode, in which Tom Gianas also directed the pre-recorded segments. The hour-long making of special was directed by Lance Bangs.

In an August 2016 interview with The A.V. Club, Cross stated "We will absolutely do some more of that at some point. It's really tough. Bob and I really want to do it, Netflix would like us to do it again, everybody's on board. It's just a matter of scheduling, and Bob's got a very strict, specific schedule with Better Call Saul."[6]

The opening title sequence was created by digital artist and musician Cyriak Harris Bob & David contacted Cyriak to create the opening sequence with a hands-off approach, only asking him to not make it specifically like standard TV credits but more like his viral YouTube videos. His signature style of beat sequenced animations to original music compositions featuring morphing branches of elements from still photos and videos created in Adobe After Effects.[7] is greatly inspired by, and has been compared to Terry Gilliam's animated sequences used in the British sketch comedy show, Monty Python's Flying Circus,[8] a significant inspiration for the show's creators and it's featured crossing of sketches with transitional videos and animated elements.[9]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal release date
1"Episode 1"November 13, 2015 (2015-11-13)
A sketch comedy series written by and starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. In the series opener, the guys are dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEALs.
2"Episode 2"November 13, 2015 (2015-11-13)
Bob and David disagree with Standards and Practices; cops get sensitive with a witness; and a man is inspired to create a musical at the dry cleaners.
3"Episode 3"November 13, 2015 (2015-11-13)

Digital is the new gospel; an anti-police operation goes wrong; and a skier turns into a major cultural figure.

Note: This episode was removed from Netflix in 2020, due to a segment in which Cross wears blackface.
4"Episode 4"November 13, 2015 (2015-11-13)
Mothers are spotlighted; a boy has a controversial journey to Heaven; salesmen tell their stories; and Bob sneaks in a skit, much to David's dismay
5"Episode 5"November 13, 2015 (2015-11-13)
Go behind the scenes in this hour-long special where Bob and David reveal what it takes to put on a sketch show in their own special way.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

W/ Bob & David received positive reviews from critics. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 89%, based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 7.64/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "W/ Bob & David offers a long-overdue reunion between Mr. Show principals Odenkirk and Cross – and a suitably hilarious reminder of the reasons for their subsequent individual successes."[10] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 76 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]

In June 2020, Netflix removed the third episode of the show, due to a segment in which Cross's character wears blackface. Both he and Odenkirk objected to the decision, with Cross saying the scene was meant to satirize the character's "ridiculous foolish[ness]".[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Los Angeles, win tickets to a live taping of Netflix's With Bob And David". The A.V. Club. April 22, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Robinson, Joanna (September 16, 2015). "Mr. Show's Bob Odenkirk and David Cross Poke Fun at Their Age in New Netflix Teaser". Vanity Fair. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  3. ^ Miraudo, Simon. "Review: Could 'With Bob And David' Ever Have Lived Up To The Legacy Of 'Mr. Show'?". Junkee. Junkee Media. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "Bob Odenkirk on the Better Call Saul finale and his new Netflix sketch show with David Cross". Entertainment Weekly. April 6, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bob Odenkirk & David Cross Sketch Comedy Gets Netflix Series Order". Deadline. April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "David Cross on why his comedy tour pissed off people right and left". August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Berkowitz, Joe (November 24, 2015). "How Digital Artist Cyriak Gave "W/ Bob & David" The Trippiest Opening Credits Ever". Fast Company. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  8. ^ Hart, Hugh (November 28, 2011). "The Cyriak Method: How To Turn Madness Into Millions Of YouTube Views". Fast Company. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  9. ^ "Monty Python's Absurdist Comedy Paved the Way For Mr Show". 25YL. August 11, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  10. ^ "W/ Bob & David: Season 1 (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "W/ Bob & David : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  12. ^ Hayes, Britt (June 17, 2020). "Netflix removes episode of W/ Bob & David featuring Blackface sketch". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 28, 2021.

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