Sunday Brunch: Sitcoms

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:53 PM

Christopher just had some Sunday Brunch, so I thought I'd have some too. Join me in the comment, if you'd like.

1) What sitcom have you seen every episode of?
None. I have come quite close with I Love Lucy and I Dream of Jeannie, but despite constant reruns, a few episodes elude me.

2) What sitcom makes you laugh until you cry?
Most any one I'll waste my time watching must, at least on occasion, cause me to laugh hard enough that I cry. Let's see, that would include the two aforementioned ones with episodes such as the Vitametavegimin episode and most of the Hollywood episodes of I Love Lucy, just to name a few. Likewise, for example the Tony sounds like Caruso episode on I Dream of Jeannie. I'd also point out the Beverly Hillbillies on this point, with classic episodes such as the one where Jed, Jethro and Elly May think they are buying a piece of land for Granny and they are really buying a cemetery plot — you have to see it to understand it.

3) What sitcom do you wish had not been canceled?
I Dream of Jeannie could have gone longer, as could have Gilligan's Island. Those two are the only ones coming to me right now as shows that died before they really deserved to.

4) What sitcom do you wish they WOULD cancel?
Given that none of the modern ones intrigue me, I rather wish they'd cancel them all so perhaps the writers would go back to the drawing board and come up with something a bit better.

5) Who is your favorite sitcom character, either past or present?
Tough! Probably Lucy Ricardo. But Dr. Bellows, Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies, Mr. Bean and numerous others also are worth mentioning. Lucy gets the nod because Lucille Ball had a knack for comedy that I have not seen from anyone else. Her perfect timing on facial expressions, proficiency at slapstick and her character's general “likability” all play into this.


Re: Sunday Brunch: Sitcoms
I wish they'd cancel TV.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Jan 24, 2005 | 2:50 AM

Re: Sunday Brunch: Sitcoms
You are quite witty tonight, Ed. :-) BTW, do the old classic sitcoms come under your "wrath" (i.e. has TV always been bad, in you estimation)?
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jan 24, 2005 | 5:43 AM

Re: Sunday Brunch: Sitcoms
I left my answers on WIT :)
Posted by Flip - Jan 24, 2005 | 9:08 AM

Re: Sunday Brunch: Sitcoms
TV is under my wrath for the reasons I once posted about alpha brain waves and such. However, newer media comes under a double condemnation for taking unfair advantage of the long-term conditioning effects to destroy the rich cultural base the world once had. New sitcoms are thus worse than the old. If there were a way to do sitcom without the hypnotism factor, I'd be ready to give a fair evaluation of their content.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Jan 24, 2005 | 4:42 PM

Re: Sunday Brunch: Sitcoms
Flip: I'll have to go look. :-) Ed: I recall that post, but I seem to remember that this had something to do with CRT tubes, did it not? So if someone ships you a portable LCD DVD player and a boxed set of the Beverly Hillbillies, that wouldn't count would it (not that I have such a package ready to mail, just curious)?
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jan 24, 2005 | 8:29 PM

Re: Sunday Brunch: Sitcoms
[testing comments from Delly]
Posted by Flip - Jan 24, 2005 | 8:30 PM

Re: Sunday Brunch: Sitcoms
Hmm.. have you fixed the bug? Because I see my comment now :)
Posted by Flip - Jan 24, 2005 | 9:19 PM

Re: Sunday Brunch: Sitcoms
It works! Nice work! :)
Posted by Flip - Jan 24, 2005 | 9:20 PM

Re: Sunday Brunch: Sitcoms
No, it's not about CRTs alone, because there's a similar effect with movies at the theater. You can save your money :-D
Posted by Ed Hurst - Jan 24, 2005 | 10:33 PM

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