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Postby Caravan Ray » Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:30 pm

stateshirt wrote:Forget #2 through #5.

#1 is obviously Small Wonder.


Wow, there's one I didn't need to be reminded of.

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Postby Freudian Slip » Sun Nov 21, 2004 4:27 pm

I'm probably going to get blasted for this, but I disliked "The Wonder Years" with a passion. Never got all the hype about "Friends" either. "Sitcoms" in general,were never my favs for watching-- unless you count the cartoon versions and/ or variants like...
1. South Park
2. Simpsons
3. Lexx (and the other cartoonlike aliens on a spaceship Sci fi show)
4. Benny Hill (probably not considered a sitcom-- but damn and I loved that show)
5.Ab- Fab- Haven't seen many, but THAT was a funny show

MST3000 ( OK, that one's probably not considered a "sitcom" either...)
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Postby HeuristicsInc » Sun Nov 21, 2004 5:16 pm

Freudian Slip wrote: MST3000 ( OK, that one's probably not considered a "sitcom" either...)


No, unless you just count the little skits in between movie segments.
But if it did count, it would jump to the top of my list (:
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Postby Jim of Seattle » Sun Nov 21, 2004 6:17 pm

Freudian Slip wrote:4. Benny Hill (probably not considered a sitcom-- but damn and I loved that show)


That show flip-flopped between incredibly stupid and really funny. I mean minute by minute. A few weeks ago it was playing in a video store, and on the show there was this couple making out, then the girl pulls away and looks down at his pants and says "What is this thing called, love?" and Benny Hill comes out as a director and says "Cut! Cut! You've got it all wrong. It's supposed to be 'What is this thing called Love?" I laughed at that on and off the rest of the day.
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Postby Freudian Slip » Sun Nov 21, 2004 6:38 pm

Jim of Seattle wrote:
Freudian Slip wrote:4. Benny Hill (probably not considered a sitcom-- but damn and I loved that show)


That show flip-flopped between incredibly stupid and really funny. I mean minute by minute. A few weeks ago it was playing in a video store, and on the show there was this couple making out, then the girl pulls away and looks down at his pants and says "What is this thing called, love?" and Benny Hill comes out as a director and says "Cut! Cut! You've got it all wrong. It's supposed to be 'What is this thing called Love?" I laughed at that on and off the rest of the day.

Which was *exactly* what I loved SO much about it.
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Re: Top 5 Sitcoms of All-Time

Postby Caravan Ray » Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:02 am

Caravan Ray wrote:(carried over from Seinfeld thread)

TOP 5 SITCOMS OF ALL-TIME:
1. Blackadder
2. Fawlty Towers
3. The Simpsons
4. Seinfeld
5. Get Smart

(Honourable mentions which just miss the list: The Office, Red Dwarf, The Young Ones and South Park)


I think I'll have to increase this to a Top 6 and include Yes, Minister.

I recently bought a DVD box set of all the Yes, Minister shows and they are brilliant. Even though the shows are over 25 years old, it's depiction of government is still amazingly accurate.

Especially now that I'm a public servant and I actually have to write briefing notes and answer questions from Parliment etc. for my own Minister - when I watch Sir Humphrey Appleby I get a cold chill up my spine.

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Re: Top 5 Sitcoms of All-Time

Postby Kamakura » Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:17 am

Caravan Ray wrote:I recently bought a DVD box set of all the Yes, Minister shows and they are brilliant.

And, considering your job, a tax write off to boot!
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Postby Steve Durand » Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:16 pm

My top five based simply on their ability to make me laugh.

in no particular order:

Get Smart
Seinfeld
Taxi
Night Court
The Simpsons


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Postby obscurity » Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:34 am

In order:

Blackadder (except season 1, which was crap)
Red Dwarf (except the last 2 seasons, which were just OK)
Joking Apart (Hardly anyone else ever seems to have heard of this one, so sadly I doubt it'll ever see the light of day on DVD :( )
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Coupling (except the last season, which was just OK)
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Postby Niveous » Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:42 am

obscurity wrote:Coupling (except the last season, which was just OK)


I concur that Coupling is brilliant. (I must also say that the last episode of Season 4 was phenomenal and makes up for the mediocrity of the other 5 episodes.
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Postby roymond » Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:42 am

Oh, just saw this thread for the first time. Not sure if anyone cares, but my 5 favorites are/were:

Get Smart
Coupling
Faulty Towers
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Postby HeuristicsInc » Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:16 pm

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Postby Caravan Ray » Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:23 pm

Niveous wrote:
obscurity wrote:Coupling (except the last season, which was just OK)


I concur that Coupling is brilliant. (I must also say that the last episode of Season 4 was phenomenal and makes up for the mediocrity of the other 5 episodes.


I just saw in the local TV guide there is apparently an American version of 'Coupling'. WTF!
I thought 'Coupling' was made as an English version of 'Friends'.
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Postby roymond » Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:56 pm

Caravan Ray wrote:I just saw in the local TV guide there is apparently an American version of 'Coupling'. WTF!
I thought 'Coupling' was made as an English version of 'Friends'.
Is Pop eating itself?

Yes, I always thought so. But where Friends was largely nutural in boy-girl presentation, Coupling is largely driven by the women, who are appreciatively carnivorous in nature.
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Postby mkilly » Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:39 pm

1. Arrested Development
2. Arrested Development
3. Arrested Development
4. Arrested Development
5. Arrested Development

Honorable mentions: Undeclared, Freaks & Geeks, Simpsons, Futurama, Strangers With Candy, The Office (BBC), Black Books.
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Postby Bolio » Fri Oct 14, 2005 11:45 am

roymond wrote:Faulty Towers


Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Tower
Farty Tower
Faw Ty To Wer
Warty Towels
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Postby jack » Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:23 pm

jack wrote:1. the simpsons
2. seinfeld
3. the andy griffith show
4. all in the family
5. the mary tyler moore show


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Postby raisedbywolves » Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:39 pm

These are my favorites. I can't say they are necessarily the best

1) Simpsons
2) NewsRadio
3) Larry Sanders Show
4) Futurama
5) Seinfeld
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Postby roymond » Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:01 pm

jack wrote:It is one of only three series in TV history to bow out at the top: The others are "I Love Lucy" and "Seinfeld."

I don't have access to such stats but MASH was still pretty high up there when it said goodbye, wasn't it?
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Postby HeuristicsInc » Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:30 pm

i have been enjoying "how i met your mother" - not much in the way of insult comedies (that's good) and it has neil patrick harris, who everybody used to think i looked like.
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Postby melvin » Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:51 pm

Anyone remember Chris Elliot's short-lived (1990-92) masterpiece, Get A Life?
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Postby Calfborg » Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:16 am

melvin wrote:Anyone remember Chris Elliot's short-lived (1990-92) masterpiece, Get A Life?

I thought that show was kind of lame.
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