Best Comedy of All Time...
Posted 30 December 2005 - 07:31 PM
All the arguing in the Big Brother section of this forum over the summer. *nods*
Posted 06 March 2006 - 02:57 PM
I have a lot of favorites and you can’t compare them to each other because they are so dissimilar. As some of you may know, I’m a big fan of old-time radio, where many of our series began. The first show to go from radio to TV and get the sit-com formula right, IMHO, was “I Love Lucy.” But Lucy was over the top, and not realistic. Lucy was without a doubt the best show of the 1950's. I feel the first great sit-com with a sophistication worthy of the modern viewer was “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Still funny forty years later. I just got my “Andy Griffith Show” DVDs and they’ve got me laughing out loud, but only the black and white ones with Barney.
Mary Tyler Moore used Dick Van Dyke’s workplace/home formula for her show and created an excellent program, but for that era, my choice is “All in the Family,” but only while Mike and Gloria were living in the same house. “Soap” had me laughing out loud, and was the best satire of soap operas ever brought to TV, somehow is seem to have lost a punch over the years, but still good enough that I bought the whole series on DVD.
I am also a big fan of “M*A*S*H,” but only the first three seasons. The remaining eight season may have had a few well-done episodes, the first three seasons were brilliant. When we think back on our favorite series, we tend to forget bad episodes a series might have had, even if the bad ones out number the good.
The 80's brought us “Cheers,” which I enjoyed thoroughly in it’s original run, but the reruns just look like a caricature of the 80's– a good one, still funny, maybe I just watched it too much. HBO’s “Dream On” is one of the most creative shows I’ve ever seen, just as funny as “Cheers.”
Now I know the subject is “comedy” but the guy that makes me laugh the loudest is Joss Whedon. Whedon was writing for “Roseanne” during the season that Jackie was a cop, and I think this was the best of “Roseanne.” He gave such dialog as:
Jackie: “You know, us cops have a saying... you never pull a dead man out of a seatbelt.”
Darlene: “So what, do you just leave them there? “
So even though “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” is not considered a sit-com, Whedon’s brilliant wit would always come through for a brief moment making me laugh louder than many of the sit-coms of the 1990's. Because of sci-fi nature of the show, I just can’t give you a line of dialog to illustrate, but fans may recall when Giles became a prehistoric demon and chased Professor Walsh down the street, I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes.
OK, the 1990's gave us “Seinfeld” and “Friends,” in think it’s slam-dunk that “Seinfeld” was the better of the two (I know-- just my opinion). Although I thought “Friends” was great, by the time it ended I was getting tired of it. With “Seinfeld,” I never got tired of it, and still watch a rerun of it almost every day.
Now, they’re the quality shows I admit to watching, but I’ll confess I like the schlock too. “Green Acres,” and episode of “Bewitched” with the first Darren, “Beverly Hillbillies,” “Leave it to Beaver,” “Petticoat Junction,” and “Addams Family.” I may not laugh out loud to them any more, but they’re like old friends that I can hang out with and never tire of.
Posted 13 March 2006 - 05:51 AM
All of the above (except Buffy - never really watched it for some reason)
I find myself wanting to add .....
Sit-Coms in the past 10 years or so just seem like a lot of 'one liners' strung together to fill up a half hour. I'd rather just tune into the 'oldies'.
Posted 13 March 2006 - 10:54 AM
An older "me" loved Golden Girls and still watch reuns every chance I get. An even older me loves..loves ..loves The Fresh Prince. Carlton cracks me up more so that Will Smith!
I am addicted to Nick at Nite all all the Roseanne reruns. The newer sitcoms don't seem as funny to me. Maybe it is because I have seen so many that the plots have all been written before.
The best? They all are/were!
Posted 13 March 2006 - 01:43 PM
That's interesting. I recently bought the entire series of "Amos 'n' Andy" on DVD and was disappointed. I haven’t even watched them all because I lost interest. I’ll have to get them out and watch a few more. I wasn’t that big a fan of the radio show either. There was one line where Andy and Kingfish are checking the books of their cab company. Kingfish says, “Last month the business lost less money than any other month.” Andy: “That’s because last month was February, and February has the fewest days in it.” Kingfish: “If we could find a month with few enough days, we might make a profit.”
Now Jack Benny, there was one of the funniest shows on radio and TV. I listen to the Jack Benny radio shows almost every day (I’ve got about 600 of them). Rochester could really steal the show. They did a lot of shows on military bases, and when they’d introduce Rochester Van Jones, the crowd would go nuts.
I have speakers in every room, and listen to my old time radio in every room. There was this guy who’s black that used to work for me and he would ask me if I thought it was proper to play shows with stereotypical black people. ?? He could never pin-point a racist remark, but would ask about a line every so often. There was one I remember, Jack wanted to brush up on his boxing and recruited Rochester as his sparring partner. Jack was asked how he did against Rochester, “I can still mix it up, I gave Rochester a black eye.” Rochester: “Well that’s what you claim, but you’ll have to peel me to prove it.”
I’ve got the few Jack Benny DVDs that are out. They always make a big deal out of guest stars, and I think the best moments just came from Jack with the regular cast members.
Jack still holds up well, but I’ve learned that many should stay pleasant memories. I’ve want to update my Wish List pages for quite some time. I’ve asked for a lot of shows that I have since watched and are not very good. Maybe that’s another thread.
Posted 05 April 2006 - 02:33 AM
I agree strongly with Morty about MASH as being wonderful for its first three seasons in particular but not so much for the remaining ones (although many good moments too).
For me, MASH 'jumped the shark' somewhere in the middle and I cant even stand to look at the last few seasons.
All in the Family has to be right up there as an all time best and I still howl at the classic Sammy Davis Jr episode, which they say has the longest sustained laugh in Sitcoms .. and it wasnt 'milked' either but OConnor and Davis actually had to interupt the roaring crowd after what seems like minutes of hysteria just to keep the show going.
Im also a huge fan of the Olde Time Radio comedies and years ago I listened to a classic which featured 'Gracey' from Burns and Gracey and some other bigger names... (remember these were live as in LIVE) ....in which the performers went into the most brilliant improvisation, following some botched lines and they had the audience just ROARING.. and when I say roaring, i mean the din from the screaming and hysterical laughter actually overwhelmed the audio and for what is minutes you just hear this howling roar, interjected with the actors trying to speak only to set the audience back to a hysteria that drowned out the show.
Its wierd that I cannot remember any of the actual lines, yet I still can replay just how funny that was and still smile and laugh at the scene.
Anyways, I want to mention The Jeffersons because I did think that was one of the best that has been underrated the most.
Posted 05 June 2006 - 10:55 PM
from those few choices the comedies i watched over and over and remember loving now were: Alice,Sanford and Son, and the Jeffersons
as an adult, i pretty well have never sat through sitcoms....i did watch and enjoy Night Court,Seinfeld,and started watching a few of Roseanne after it went off the primetime schedule
Posted 12 June 2006 - 01:14 AM
Posted 12 June 2006 - 04:26 AM
Who's the Boss
Posted 13 June 2006 - 06:38 PM
My choices would be:
Bob Newhart (second one)
Mary Tyler Moore
The Dick Van Dyke Show
...and I'm leaving the last choice blank because I know I'm forgetting one that I'll think of later!!
Posted 13 June 2006 - 06:41 PM
SEINFELD, SEINFELD, SEINFELD!
Posted 15 June 2006 - 10:21 AM
SEINFELD, SEINFELD, SEINFELD!
crappy- what's your favorite Seinfeld episode? I love the soup nazi eppys and the one where Jerry is imagining himself and his penis (with Jerry dressed up as his penis-am I allowed to say that here? ) playing chess/checkers is priceless!! I know many say "The Master of My Domain" episode is #1...
Posted 22 July 2006 - 06:52 PM
Mad About You!! Love it! I am watching the reruns of it now on Nick At Nite.
I also have a question, Does anyone here have the complete series of Party Of Five, commercial free and in great quality, I am wanting to get the complete series as a gift so i would really like them in very good quality, so hopefully someone here has them and will sell them to me.
Posted 24 September 2006 - 09:27 AM
"Friends", only occasionally.
I totally forgot "Beavis and Butthead"-----rolling on the floor hilarious at times.
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