I'm way too empathetic to enjoy "awkward humor," so when I watch something like Peep Show, all the cringeworthy things happening on screen make me really anxious, to the point where it feels like masochism to stay in my seat. Like watching a horror film almost.
Oh, and on a different note-- do Rogue Territory jeans really have that contrast placket thing going on? I was into the black SKs until I noticed that blinding white fabric poking out near the fly. Yuck
I don't really watch much TV, but I've loved Community since its inception. This season hasn't been as funny as previous ones, but I'm willing to forgive that for the sake of how re-watchable its best episodes are. Parks & Rec is great, but I get that it's a particular style of humor that not everyone loves (cf. Community and The Office). Game of Thrones is tremendously good TV, but we're talking funny stuff, which isn't really GoT's main game (although that's not to say there haven't been moments where it's been extremely funny).
If I really want funny, I just watch old Simpsons episodes. Edited by thewho13 - 4/22/13 at 5:04pm
DREAM ON! Holy shit.
Friends is probably the most overrated sitcom of my generation. Not a bad show, but the following it has never made sense to me. And I gave it many legitimate tries over the years, and it just seemed like Seinfeld for people who need their comedy broad and spelled out.
I think that you missed the point completely. If anything, it was the anti-Seinfeld. It was mostly broad humor, and not meant to be cerebral or clever. It drew people in because these were characters with which the contemporary generation could identify and with whom they could emphasize.
This was a generation which was undergoing a post-adolescent period more or less unprecedented this century. No other generation, up to that point, had spent as much time as mine did, in stasis, between college and a "real job" - and this was not just in the cities, among the highly educated, but was broadly true (in Canada and the United States). It was the generation the grew up in the 80s and into the 90s, was generally more conservative than their parents on any number of issues, and so could neither strongly identify with the aspirations of their parents, but also, could not easily fulfill the success and comfort levels that were common for their parents boomer generation. This was the Reality Bites generation. So, the optimistic, surrogate family of Friends provided a welcome refuge. This was also well before the segmentation of media, and when I was in college, it was very common for groups of friends to get together to actually watch Friends.
I think that you missed the point completely... It drew people in because these were characters with which the contemporary generation could identify and with whom they could emphasize.
This was a generation which was undergoing a post-adolescent period more or less unprecedented this century...So, the optimistic, surrogate family of Friends provided a welcome refuge. This was also well before the segmentation of media, and when I was in college, it was very common for groups of friends to get together to actually watch Friends.
I agree with your background analysis, but I think the question was not whether it was a popular show, but a good one -- and it simply wasn't. You should have been huddled around My So Called Life.
Seems like people have already named most of the shows I'd recommend (It's Always Sunny, Community, Parks N Rec).
Originally Posted by Urthwhyte
Fifteen years since the final episode next month, and no sitcom since has surpassed it.
Last I checked Sruli Recht still has both his hands, so this is probably wrong.
Actually next month it will only have been 9 years since the last episode.
Does anybody remember On the Air? After Twin Peaks, ABC let Mark Frost and David Lynch have some fun with a very weird take on a sitcom. Haven't seen an episode in 10 years, but remember it being funny as hell.