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Old 08-10-2017, 12:04 PM
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Default The Short List: Sitcoms/Short Comedies

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1. Simpsons
2. Parks & Rec
3. Married... with Children
4. Taxi
5. Bojack Horseman
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:19 PM
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1. Simpsons
2. Arrested Development
3. Futurama
4. Roseanne
5. Bob's Burgers
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:21 PM
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I'm assuming sketch comedies aren't included;

1. The Simpsons
2. Brooklyn 99
3. Newhart
4. 30 Rock
5. Seinfeld
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:25 PM
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Gonna limit this to pure sitcoms so it's possible

Arrested Development
Community
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Seinfeld
The Simpsons

Edited to fix an egregious mistake
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:31 PM
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Simpsons
Cheers
Parks & Rec
Broad City
Bob's Burgers

I'd love to consider Cheers/Frasier to be one mega-show but they're pretty different from each other.
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:38 PM
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I'd love to consider Cheers/Frasier to be one mega-show but they're pretty different from each other.
Cheers is a bougie paean to the working class, while Frasier is the Clintonite upper-middle class laughing at itself. The class perspective is the same but the sentiment is totally different.
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:47 PM
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Default I WANT TO INCLUDE 12 OZ MOUSE ON HERE, BUT IT'S NOT REALLY A COMEDY.

5. I dunno, I don't actually watch that many comedy TV shows.
4. I guess Futurama should be somewhere in here but if this list was completely honest it would be nothing but First Generation Adult swim shows in all their mad zero-animation-budget glory.
3. Harvey Birdman Attorney at law
2. It's Always Sunny In Philidelphia
1. Aqua Teen Hunger Force

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Old 08-10-2017, 12:50 PM
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  1. Parks & Rec
  2. Arrested Development
  3. Peep Show
  4. The Venture Bros.
  5. Party Down
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:52 PM
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12oz Mouse was a revelation, and I'm legit the tiniest bit disappointed that adult swim never followed up on that vision.

I am legit very disappointed that adult swim said fuck it and became a festering pit of insane racism
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:57 PM
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The Simpsons
Futurama
NewsRadio
Arrested Development
The Critic
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:01 PM
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The Dick Van Dyke Show
Sgt Bilko
The Larry Sanders Show
Police Squad
NewsRadio

(In a particular order)
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:02 PM
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Parks and Rec
Simpsons
Seinfeld
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Scrubs (yeah I still like it)
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:17 PM
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Spaced, and that's it for me.
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:38 PM
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This is my list as it stands, but if we are allowed to do sketch shows and talk shows, it is subject to change.

1. The Simpsons
2. Arrested Development
3. Look Around You season 1 (season 2 is still funny, but it is a different animal)
4. The Venture Bros.
5. NewsRadio

#4 was the hardest to put in, as there is a crazy number of animated comedies of nearly equal quality that also happen to has some surprising depth in their characters. Venture Bros only one out because it also hit my nerd buttons.
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30 Rock
Sunny
Arrested Development
Bojack Horseman
The Mindy Project (yes)
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:59 PM
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Geez, I dunno. This is hard! HARD, I say!

(Early) Simpsons
Futurama
Cheers/Frasier
Night Court
Barney Miller

Red Dwarf is too inconsistent to make this list, although when it's good, it's REALLY good. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air quickly developed into an excellent sitcom, and could probably replace Barney Miller if I were in the right mood. Sledge Hammer! should have lasted longer and some episodes are a drag, but the concept of a gun-happy, hyper-violent cop is strong. The Critic nearly reaches the heights of classic Simpsons, but frequently turns into the Maurice LaMarche variety hour. I like the Golden Girls, but admit that it's not exactly... good.
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:07 PM
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30 Rock
The Simpsons
The Office (US)
The Golden Girls
Arrested Development

I love Bojack Horseman, but I don't think I watch/enjoy it as a sitcom. (I'm not saying it isn't a sitcom, only that that's not how I enjoy it, personally.)

My husband watches The Golden Girls as a comfort show fairly regularly, and at first I kind of made fun of it, but after paying attention to it over the years I've really came around on it? At first it was just occasionally admitting, "Okay, now that was actually a pretty good joke," but now I think it's all around a smart and funny show that was probably ahead of its time.

The US version of The Office has has an amazing extended cast that are constantly doing great work. Of all these shows, it probably has the weakest core cast (I guess by this I mostly mean that I am bored by Jim, and I am bored by Jim&Pam stuff — but Pam is great, though), but side characters like Angela and Kevin make the show for me.




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Old 08-10-2017, 03:53 PM
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Old 08-10-2017, 04:10 PM
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The Simpsons
Futurama
King of the Hill
Seinfeld


Last place is a toss-up up between Parks and Rec and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

I like the Office as well, but it's too intentionally cringey and drab/depressing for me to want to watch in large bursts. It's very funny, but also hits too close to home for me.
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:29 PM
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Drew Carey Show
Night Court
Taxi
King Of The Hill
Scrubs
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:02 PM
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I feel like my list would be invalid until I watch more 30 Rock and Parks & Rec. Otherwise it looks a lot like the rest of these lists.

I just don't really watch many sitcoms by myself because they're almost always better with company, so that's a limiting factor. It's gonna be great when I move in with my girlfriend because she's never seen much of The Simpsons or Seinfeld.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:03 AM
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I don't think Drew Carey Show gets enough love for greasing the skids for the more aggressively surreal stuff that came later. It was nearly always funny, though the nonstop transphobia of later seasons must go over like a fart in church these days.
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The Simpsons
Arrested Development
Parks and Rec
The Office (US)
Newsradio
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I don't think Drew Carey Show gets enough love for greasing the skids for the more aggressively surreal stuff that came later. It was nearly always funny, though the nonstop transphobia of later seasons must go over like a fart in church these days.
I liked the show, but after the first three seasons (when Christa Miller left to join Scrubs, I think) it lost its way. I was ready to move on when Drew had an out of body experience, with his soul resting in Mimi's newborn child. Check please!
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:31 PM
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It gave us a live action Captain Marvel. I will remember it fondly.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:37 PM
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30 Rock
Arrested Development
Home Movies (Bob's Burgers had probably eclipsed it, but sentimentality.)
Always Sunny
Spaced

I could easily lose one of those five for Futurama or The Office (US) or Better Off Ted or Bob's Burgers or Parks and Rec. That's my Top 10, and after AD and 30 Rock they are mostly interchangeable.
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I watched a lot of sitcoms as a kid/teenager and I think most of them were pretty bad. Recently I discovered Brooklyn Nine Nine and Community, both of which I think are leagues better than most of what was on the air in the 90s. The big exception is The Simpsons, which was just outstanding at its peak (I pull for seasons 3 through 8).
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:36 AM
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The majority of the good half-hour comedies in the 90s were on premium cable, where they could use tits and cusses to bring in the people who would otherwise not have given one shit about experimental comedy.
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Flight of the Conchords was pretty great.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:02 PM
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Simpsons
Night Court
Community
Kids in the Hall
Reno 911

Honorable Mention for Different Strokes. That show has the most overt messaging its insane. Arnold is introduced to drugs, alcohol, and prejudice. Kimberly is kidnapped and has attempted rape. Was this show written by an education board? The comedy is so at odds with the messaging that its kind of awesome. I almost always end up watching the full episode when i pass by it flipping through channels.

I like all the Night Court mentions in this thread. Cheers is a great show. It had great characters and great chemistry. But Night Court was my favorite comedy in the late 80s early 90s.
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