British shows typically have short lives, per programming traditions. Peep Show, however, which premiered in 2003, is the longest-running comedy on its network, Channel 4. Like most British sitcoms, the series relies a lot on generating its laughs from putting characters in socially awkward and extremely embarrassing situations, and the humor is drier than the Mojave Desert.

Narratively, it also doesn’t have much flow, which, oddly enough, is what makes it different and therefore a success creatively. Through this method, the writers have been able to avoid falling into routines in the plot, which helps maintain the show’s freshness and keep it relevant after so long. It’s also a rather unique show aesthetically—when focusing on a specific character, scenes will be filmed from their point of view, with their thoughts as voiceovers.