Picks and Pans Review:

updated 02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

3 REASONS I LOVE...

Ab Fab

1 Because even after a two-year hiatus from the series, fashionistas Patsy and Edina remain as fabulously bitchy as ever in their fifth season (now on Oxygen). "I got a good bum, ain't I?" Edina asks Patsy in one scene. "I don't have a great big fat bum like J.Lo., do I, darling? I mean, how high are that woman's heels to keep that nancy off the pavement now?"

2 Because it stars series co-creator Jennifer Saunders. As celebrity publicist Edina, she invariably gives physical comedy precedence over vanity and is unafraid of being, often literally, the butt of jokes. (She spent much of one episode squeezed into a denim suit that made her comedy precedence over vanity and is unafraid of being, often literally, the butt of jokes. (She spent much of one episode squeezed into a denim suit that made her look like a breakfast banger with epaulets.) See also: her impression of Liza Minnelli as a sauced spider monkey swinging from clique to clique at a cocktail party.

3 Because no joke is out-of-bounds. Guest star and former Spice Girl Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton gets tweaked for her career decline ("Hope you haven't burnt your Spice millions," warns Edina's assistant Bubble), while Plum (guest star Kristin Scott Thomas) winds up detailing her colonic injury. And then there's the way Edina celebrates the news that her daughter Saffy (Julia Sawalha) is pregnant by an African man: "A mixed-race baby is the finest accessory anyone in my position could ever have! It's the Chanel of babies!"

Oxygen (Fridays, 9 p.m. ET)

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