9 reasons why ‘Inside No. 9’ lives up to the hype

That old saying “don’t believe the hype” is proven wrong with “Inside No. 9.”

This acclaimed anthology series, now available on BritBox — which streams British TV shows in the US — mixes horror, comedy, camp and pathos; the standalone episodes are linked, in some way, shape or form, by the number 9. The series, which airs on BBC Two in England, is still going strong after five seasons — and, because of the way “Inside No. 9” is structured, you can watch the episodes out of order, if you’re so inclined. It really doesn’t matter.

The series was created by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, who co-created the hit British sketch-comedy series “The League of Gentlemen” and bring that same sense of offbeat, bizarre humor, cut with a devilish razor’s edge, to “Inside No. 9.” They also co-star in the series (in roles of varying intensity) and adhere to that British comedic custom of often acting in drag. Think of the series as a cross between “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and “The Twilight Zone,” and you’ll have a point of reference from which to start.