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Sitcoms in the Golden Age of TV?

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Season 1 of Parks and Rec is actually pretty bad, it gets much better in Season 2, and then from Season 3 onward is pure gold.  It took them a while to figure out how to make Leslie Knope not be a Michael Scott clone, and to drop the deadweight of the love interest she has in the first season (who becomes Anne's love interest in Season 2).  Once Rob Lowe and Adam Scott show up in the Season 2 finale until the end, its gold!

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I dont really care for anything on Jason's list. The traditional 90's style sitcom is really the only American TV comedy for I have any interest in. 

 

When they are good they are like a hamburger. Juicy, incomplicated, tasty.

 

For higher level tv comedy, go to the British with The Office, The Thick or naturally Monty Python.

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If you're looking for modern shows modeled after 90s sitcom tropes, definitely check out 2 Broke Girls and The New Girl

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Is that one with Charlie Sheen who got replaced by the Punked guy still on? That was funny...for a while.

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That was called 2 1/2 Men and it is no longer on, no.

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is also pretty good. It was ridiculously funny in its prime seasons. 

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The chick was kinda hot. But i didnt care for the characters.

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24 minutes ago, Stefancos said:

I dont really care for anything on Jason's list. The traditional 90's style sitcom is really the only American TV comedy for I have any interest in. 

 

For someone with very limited range this is fair enough. There's plenty out there to go around for everyone. Personally, I prefer newer formats or something a little different, if at all possible (it often is). I get put off very quickly if I can recognise a formula right from the off. 

 

24 minutes ago, Jay said:

Season 1 of Parks and Rec is actually pretty bad, it gets much better in Season 2, and then from Season 3 onward is pure gold.  It took them a while to figure out how to make Leslie Knope not be a Michael Scott clone, and to drop the deadweight of the love interest she has in the first season (who becomes Anne's love interest in Season 2).  Once Rob Lowe and Adam Scott show up in the Season 2 finale until the end, its gold!

 

Is it possible to just skip the first two seasons entirely? 

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8 minutes ago, KK said:

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is also pretty good. It was ridiculously funny in its prime seasons. 

 

That's another one I tried and actually didn't mind, but my other half couldn't be bothered with it so that was that. 

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4 minutes ago, Quintus said:

Is it possible to just skip the first two seasons entirely? 

 

You can skip the first season and start from the second probably. It's not the most original or amazing thing on TV, but it's enjoyable and has a lot of heart.

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11 minutes ago, Stefancos said:

Is that one with Charlie Sheen who got replaced by the Punked guy still on? That was funny...for a while.

 

It had its moments until that MTV hunk took over.

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Okay we'll give P&R one more try (because I was aware it has a following, and I like to find out what the appeal of things is).

 

Then again, look what happened with Community. 

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Just now, Quintus said:

 

That's another one I tried and actually didn't mind, but my other half couldn't be bothered with it so that was that. 

 

It got kind of stale after the 3rd season. But the cast makes it a worthy half hour of weekly comedy to visit.

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It had its moments until that MTV hunk took over.

 

Before Charlie Sheen's mental breakdown after he was diagnosed with HIV because he dated hookers and porn stars for 30 years!

 

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1 minute ago, KK said:

 

It got kind of stale after the 3rd season. But the cast makes it a worthy half hour of weekly comedy to visit.

 

It's not ideal and it's a bit of a shame when it happens, but it's also completely fine - when a TV comedy loses its mojo in later years. It doesn't break the show like it does in more dramatic fair. You still get many hours worth of laughs out of those first few seasons. 

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What do you think of the last few seasons of The Fresh Price, Lee.

Did the show jump the shark when Will got a steady girlfriend?

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Never liked Fresh Prince. 

 

In fact that's the exact opposite of what I look for in tv comedy. 

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18 minutes ago, Quintus said:

Is it possible to just skip the first two seasons entirely? 

 

I'd imagine you could start with the Season 2 finale and then just go forward from there, yea.  The love interest guy from seasons 1 and 2 is literally never mentioned again after that.  You'd miss the initial courting of Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza, and all of Louie CK's appearances, but the general quality of the show will be consistent from that point

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Is P&R still on form now, are they still making it? 

 

9 minutes ago, Stefancos said:

Obviously, which is why I asked.

 

What would you honestly say is one of your favourite TV comedies ever? 

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Arrested Development and Curb for me

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I tried Curb a bit, but I just cannot stand Larry David. He's marmite I guess. Like Woody Allen

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3 minutes ago, Jay said:

Arrested Development and Curb for me

 

Curb is certainly one of mine. 

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When it comes to modern-day 'traditional' (studio-based, live audience) US network sitcoms, I'm still getting a kick out of The Big Bang Theory. And for a non-trad one, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is pretty fun.   

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For me, Curb is Seinfeld free from network restrictions and therefore preferable (although the 'how to say it without actually saying it' writing in the Seinfeld ep where the gang have a 'no masturbating' wager is genius).  

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I prefer George Costanza over the real thing 

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21 minutes ago, publicist said:

 

Yes! Ricky rules.

 

Have you seen him recently? Not anymore he doesn't, it's just sad. Trailer Park Boys has got tragically terrible. 

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I generally avoid most series after season 4. Curb and Hogan's Heroes excepted.

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The first 4 seasons of Modern Family are definitely better than the next 4

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Modern Family quickly turned into "rich people acting like entitled assholes" and I stopped watching.  Every character is incredibly unappealing to me.

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I really don't understand why they are having both Haley and Alex date (much!) older men in the current season

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4 minutes ago, TheGreyPilgrim said:

Don't even remotely get that, but knowing a bit of your worldview makes it less confounding.

 

But you are an entitled white guy too, right?

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5 minutes ago, TheGreyPilgrim said:

Don't even remotely get that, but knowing a bit of your worldview makes it less confounding.

 

I don't think you know much about my worldview, but thanks for the quick reminder of why I started posting and reading much less often outside of the big JW news threads.

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Just now, Disco Stu said:

 

I don't think you know much about my worldview, but thanks for the quick reminder of why I started posting and reading much less often outside of the big JW news threads.

 

There has been enough to form a picture of it, but really I just wanted to see if you were still taking this somewhat odd "everyone is mean to me here, so I'm posting less" approach.  It's a shame, because you're interesting.

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