Up there with 'Faulty Towers' IMHO, different with the creepiness of Brent rather than the manic energy of Basil Faulty, but with the embarrassment factor ramped way up.
Done well for the product of a first time writer, director, actor, it's success in the UK was by word of mouth, after it was first shown on BBC2 with little fanfare in 2001.
Not the first programme to lampoon 'docusoaps' but the best by a long way.
One of my favourite bits was when Brent, after finding a mocked up porn picture of himself circulating, talks to the camera crew about the problems of internet access in the workplace in his office, with his hapless sidekick Gareth by his side, using his PC
to demonstrate how easy it is to find porn;
Brent; "Typing in...'sex fetish'...takes a minute, here we are, 100's of answers...take the first one.
Oh look, 'Dutch girls with big breasts must be punished', now you do not punish Dutch, or any other girls for that matter, for having big breasts".
Gareth; "If anything, they should be congratulated!"
Seen series 2 yet?
Just as good as the first.