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TV Shows - Comedies/Sitcoms


Posted: 5/25/2011 8:39 PM

TV Shows - Comedies/Sitcoms 

I thought I'd start a thread listing some of my favorite comedies/sitcoms on tv. Hopefully some of you will share yours.

Most sitcoms on tv these days are trash, but there are some diamonds in the rough out there. Here is a list of some of my favorites, some current and some recent (in no particular order).

1) Arrested Development - I didn't get into this until after it went off the air. It's a shame it didn't last longer.
2) The Whitest Kids U Know - hilarious sketch comedy
3) Mr Show with Bob and David - from the '90s, another sketch comedy, with Bob Odenkirk & David Cross
4) The Office (UK Version) - I was a fun of the US version until I saw the UK. Blows the US Office out of the water.
5) Extras - another Rickey Gervais masterpiece
6) Flight of the Conchords - one of the best all-time
7) An Idiot Abroad - a Rickey Gervais-produced show featuring a friend of his they send on trips to see the Wonders of the world.
8) The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret - the 3rd show on my list featuring David Cross. Only like 8 episodes long but I laughed from start to finish.
9) Workaholics - new Comedy Central sitcom- awesome
10) Running Wilde - show I've just discovered starring Will Arnett and, of course, David Cross (4th show)
11) Portlandia - great independent sitcom on IFC
12) Louie - Louie C.K., enough said
13) Tosh.0 - video show with Daniel Tosh
14) Community - one of the few major network sitcoms I can stand, this one has been awesome
15) 30 Rock - another major network sitcom, smart, fast and hilarious
16) Curb Your Enthusiasm - Larry David is a genius
17) Seinfeld - of course

I am sure there are some I am overlooking, but the above list is a pretty good one.
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Posted: 5/25/2011 9:45 PM

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I can't number them--I can't really rank my favorites, but here's a partial list:

Cheers--one of the best-written shows ever, even through the cast changes.
Frasier--maybe the only "spin-off" that was ever any good.
M*A*S*H--what more can be said?
I Love Lucy and the Lucille Ball Show--what a beauty and a pioneer she was.
Leave It To Beaver--such a great look into the innocence of early TV.

Big Bang Theory--so stereotypical without being offensive.
Outsourced--gone too soon.
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Posted: 5/26/2011 7:40 AM

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Arrested Development is a classic.  Just saw Gob on The Office last night (on DVR).

Speaking of The Office, I agree about the UK version.  I was tipped off to it from a buddy living in London at the time and got hooked.  The US version has NEVER been as funny.  It is good but not Gervais-good.  Gervais, too, was on the US Office I saw last night.  Awesome.  I miss him.

As for others...

I watch Modern Family and Cougar Town with my wife.  I really do like both shows...but Modern Family is far better.

USA is putting out a surprisingly strong run of great shows in recent years:

Burn Notice rocks (but, at this point in its life, is running on fumes...but I still wouldn't miss it).  New season starts June 23.

White Collar is really good.  New season starts June 7.

Royal Pains is good.  New season June 29.

Psych and Covert Affairs (new season June 7) can be good.

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Posted: 5/26/2011 11:06 PM

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Barney Miller is one of my all time favorites and the Murderers Row on CBS Saturday nights during the mid seventies was something else. I believe it was M.A.S.H., All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Bob Newhart followed by The Carol Burnett Show. That was three hours of great comedy.

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Posted: 8/12/2011 3:15 PM

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My wife watches Portlandia, and I've watched a little bit of that with her. She likes a lot of those premium channel originals. We both love Mad Men - not sure when AMC will crank out another season though. Seinfeld is an all-timer obviously.

I don't watch much TV these days other than movies and sports. My favorite all time comedy show is Andy Griffith. I've got the entire series on DVD, and now and then will pop a disc in and run a few episodes.

A local channel has been showing Get Smart weeknights at 9:30 for awhile now, and I am really enjoying those. My dad used to love that show.

I like the old westerns series also, like Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, etc. Encore Westerns shows those, and they are great to watch, especially since the western genre is no longer a part of network television, so it's something you never see anymore.
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Posted: 8/20/2011 8:45 AM

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Some of my favorite characters from those great comedies of yesteryear:

MASH - Frank
Bob Newhart show - Elliot
Gilligan's Island - Mr. Howell.....and of course, Maryann, who put Ginger to shame.
Mr. Ed - Mrs.Post. Probably the best looking middle aged woman to ever grace our television sets.
The Munsters - Marilyn
The Addams Family - Cadamia
F-Troop - Geesh, I forgot her name
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Posted: 8/21/2011 7:51 AM

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I have a few complete series sets on DVD, including Seinfeld (what an awesome set), Flight of the Conchords, and The Office (UK).

I know my list was all sitcoms/sketch shows, but I just have to say, in my opinion, the best show running these days is "Breaking Bad". I can't tell you how awesome that show is. I was a little late getting started with the show, but I went back and started from the first episode just last year and watched the entire series in order. Now I am caught up so I have every Sunday night to look forward to a new episode. Outstanding show.
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Posted: 8/21/2011 7:59 AM

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By the way, a few shows I thought to add to my original list:

- "The Inbetweeners" - great British comedy with plenty raunchiness.
- "The League" - great sitcom built around a group of friends who play in a fantasy football league together.
- "The Sarah Silverman Program" - she just makes me laugh in anything.
- "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" - I have just started getting into this show, but it is awesome.
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