Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sitcoms Rule

A TV tabloid site has chosen the worst sitcoms ever. I find the inclusion of Mr. Belvedere, My Two Dads, Charles in Charge and Double Trouble appalling. These are 80's classics! And don't even get me started on Small Wonder, a TV gem leaving kids everywhere begging their parents for a robotic sibling.

While we are all tired of lists about this or that, I highlight this list simply because the beautiful sitcom seems to be disappearing from current TV lineups. I love sitcoms, but children aren't growing up with great sitcoms anymore. There are no classic sitcoms on TV in 2008 (other than the modern-day cartoon sitcoms like Family Guy). Some may say CBS delivers a few to the airwaves, but really, CBS is just lame.

To add to the list dialogue, below are a few of my least fave sitcoms that the PopCrunch folks neglected to list (in no particular order):
  • Alf - pure torture delivered by an annoying, furry animal.
  • Beverly Hillbillies - even for "early days" sitcoms, this is unwatchable!
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun - Aliens plus John Lithgow equals absurdity.
  • Harry and the Hendersons - Alf failed, why would this be any better? Even more scary is that this show was on for three seasons.
  • Step by Step - Suzanne Somers jumped the shark with this family crap.
  • Dharma & Greg - lead characters not interesting enough for a show, with Jenna Elfman annoying everyone.
  • Ned & Stacey - yet another show with boring characters. Do people really get married for a good apartment?
  • Three's a Crowd - one of the dumber ideas for a spinoff. Poor Jack Tripper.
  • Roseanne - yeah, I know some people really dig this show, but Roseanne was annoying and hard to watch. Same with her lug of a husband.
For a full list of sitcoms, visit your pals at Wikipedia (this is an awesome list).

1 comment:

The Pop View said...

This is crazy talk. We've discussed the differences in our views of television before, but this is unfathomable.

While I'm no fan of Beverly Hillbillies, it was typical for its time and no worse crafted than its competition. Roseanne was (for a time, at least) a brilliant sitcom, although I acknowledge she can be annoying at times. 3rd Rock from the Sun was sometimes amusing. And Alf really got much better after the first season.

But I would rather watch a marathon of any of these before watching one episode of Mr. Belvedere, My Two Dads, Charles in Charge, Double Trouble, or (God forbid) Small Wonder.

What was that thing in the Eighties and Nineties for this type of crap, insubstantial sitcom?