David Cross is not one to shy away from ugliness. Whether it’s hairplug-rejecting Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development or voicing Lakeith Stanfield’s white voice in Sorry to Bother You, Cross is not afraid of discomfort. So it makes sense that he’s a fan of the British bleak cringe comedy of the early aughts. Awkward, provocative, and downright gnarly comedy ruled England from the late ’80s on. Shows like Knowing Me, Knowing You, The Office, and Snuff Box stretched the limits of unlikable protagonists. But Julia Davis out-yikes’ed them all with Nighty Night. The first episode sets the tone for the rest of the show. In a doctor’s office, Davis’s character Jill sobs, “I mean why, why me?” Her husband Terry consoles her, reminding Jill that he’s the one with cancer.
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