GARTH MARENGHI'S DARKPLACE (2004)
Due to Youtube regulations, we can only show a 5 second clip of each show before those PINHEADS shut us down. Thankfully, our video team has picked some of the most meaningful 5 second moments in each show's history.
Mark Riddles (ranked it 31):
Darkplace is the shortest show on our list by at least 7 episodes (Ben Stiller being the other shortest with 12). But 6 episodes (a British season for you YANKS) was just right for GMDP, a show discussing a fake failed television show. I love every detail used in making this show. Even the use of the old Channel 4 logo is just "the tops" as our British friends would say.
More importantly, the character of Garth Marenghi is one of the best fleshed out characters of all time. I know horror authors have been lampooned before, but none of them come to mind. Its like when I would read a book or watch a show about some disaster of a movie. Many times, you see humble people that are like "Hey we did with what we could, and it was a good experience". But then you get those guys, like Garth, who think they just made something "too brillant" for the general people to comprehend. The delusion of grandeur. I love that. I love this.
Side note: I would like to see a documentary or Darkplace-like "look back" at Shasta McNasty. I want to hear Jake Busey talk about how "dope it was to launch Verne Troyer in the air.
Jixby Phillips (ranked it 41):
Dam this is a good show! I totally ignored it when people told me it was brilliant in 2004. I ignored it when it came to my very own America on Adult Swim. But I had to watch it for the purposes of this list and I resorted to watching it on youtube. I hate watching stuff on youtube, so you know itís gotta be good. I wish I could just have it on DVD. How is it that DVD is being left in the dust? You got people on this side buying up blu-ray players, and then you got people on this side who watch everything exclusively on tiny streaming-video sites. Canít people split the difference and enjoy DVD like they have been for the past 10 years?
So anyway the best part of this show is that it actually gets the aged 80s look down right. I love a show that actually cares about the reality of the thing they are parodying and try to make it look as close as possible to what it would be like. Ben Stiller does that too. If the makers of that fake gangster movie from Home Alone had a sketch comedy show it would be my favorite show!
COMMENTS FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY
AN EXCERPT FROM A GARTH MARENGHI'S DARKPLACE FANFICTION WRITTEN BY EyeballsandBulletShells:
Dean Leaner heaved a heavy sigh and he struggled to lift Garth's casket from the ground.
SAFE FOR WORK DRAWING:
IMDB TRIVIA (found by Mr. Adventure!)
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace was the original title for In Living Color, where it was infamously called "Darth Merengue's Darkface" by Jim Carrey, resulting in his firing.
WHERE TO WATCH DARKPLACE:
It's on DVD but only for REGION 2 players, and sometimes it is shown on the Sci-Fi Channel and Comedy Central. Like Jixby said, your best bet is check Google Video or Youtube. But if you have the means to play them, buy the imports! And while you're at it, buy the Dean Learner spin-off!