As the famous satirist Bassem Youssef returns to TV next Friday after a nearly 100-day absence, Ahram Online looks back on the ten most talked about episodes of Youssef's "El-Bernameg" ('The Show').
· El-Bernameg "Season 1- Human rights organisations in Egypt "
The episode aired on 28 January 2012, and discusses how human rights in Egypt were attacked and criticised under SCAF rule. The episode's guest was Human Rights Watch Egypt director Heba Morayef.
· El-Bernameg "Season One - The Olympic presidential candidate"
The episode aired on 9 March 2012 on the privately-owned ONTV channel. Although the episode ostensibly focused on Egypt's participation in the Olympic Games, it also featured a segment on the "Olympic president" during which Youssef disguised himself as the top candidates in the Egyptian presidential race.
· El-Bernamag "Season One - What if the revolution did not happen"
The episode aired on 13 April 2012 on ONTV. Youssef posed the questions "What if the January 25 Revolution did not happen?" and "What if Mubarak was not ousted?" to a group of pro-revolutionary figures like writer Belal Fadl and journalist Hamdy Kandil. The episode was co-hosted by other ONTV hosts including Reem Magued.
· El-Bernameg "Season Two - Episode One"
The premiere episode of the second season aired on 23 November 2012 on the privately-owned CBC channel. It was indeed an episode to remember: Bassem Youssef criticised his new channel, the channel's owner, as well its hosts. Youssef also pondered the new era of president Mohamed Morsi, namely focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood's "Renaissance" project and its aspirations to 'save' Egypt.
· El-Bernameg "Season Two - Episode Three"
The episode aired on 4 December 2012 on CBC. Youssef presented a montage of statements by pro-Morsi protestors in Giza's Nahda Square, rallying in support of the president's controversial constitutional declaration.
· El-Bernameg "Season Two - Episode Four"
The episode aired on 14 December 2012 on CBC immediately following the presidential palace clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents, resulting in the death of five and the storming of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Moqattam. Youssef focused on Islamist TV coverage of the event and how these channels demonised anti-Morsi protesters.
· El-Bernameg "Season Two - Episode Five"
The episode aired on 21 December 2012 on CBC. Youssef continued to mock the hosts of Islamist TV channels, focusing on their incitement of hate. The episode became a hit after introducing a new character to the show, "Gamaheer" ('the people'), who recounted her experience as a bride who rejected a "military groom" for an "Islamist groom" that was always taking the side of his family. "The people" is a sketch targeting Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
· El-Bernameg "Season Two - Episode 15"
The episode aired on 1 March 2013 on CBC. The TV host continues his critique of the Muslim Brotherhood, showing the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie being caught on camera during the presidential campaign encouraging candidates to include the phrase "retribution for the martyrs."
· El-Bernameg "Season Two - Episode 20"
The episode aired on 5 April 2013 on CBC. It caused a stir when Bassem Youssef criticised the growing Qatari influence in Egypt with a song entitled "Qatar, my homeland," a 2013 edition of the famous 1960s Arab nationalist song "My beloved homeland, my great homeland".
· El-Bernameg "Season Two - Episode 29"
The finale of the second season aired on 28 June 2013, two days before the massive 30 June protests that led to the ousting of president Morsi on 3 July. The finale was one of Youssef's most talked about episodes, as the comedian and his crew celebrated Morsi's first year in office in their own unique way.