Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cafe Chaos -- Movies and TV

Saturday, August 29, 2009
Hey everyone! Let's talk sitcoms today. We'll narrow it down a little bit for you. We're going to discuss sitcoms that have had their final episode. The ones you watch reruns of over and over again. Are you ready? Let's do it!

SIS Barb says...

Oh, this is so easy for me this week. I don't watch a lot of sitcoms, especially the newer ones. I much prefer the 1 hour dramas. But sitcoms of ol'? That I can handle. I grew up watching The Cosby Show, Family Matters, Mr. Belvedere, Family Ties, The Facts of Life...The list goes on and on. I loved all of them, but I have 2 favorites. These get me every time. I've probably seen every episode made and know some of the words/jokes by heart but I keep watching anyway.

My Picks of the Week: The Golden Girls (I love Sophia Petrillo) and Sanford and Son.




SIS Beth says...
Sitcoms. I love sitcoms. Do they even exist any more? Reality shows have practially obliterarted them from the airwaves. Although, wait. There are a few. One in particular features incredibly clever writing and wonderful actors. That would be Thirty Rock. Fantastic sitcom. But today we're focused on shows that aired their final episodes. Shows still alive via reruns. Shows I never tire of watching.

A few favorites in no particular order: The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, Cheers, Wings, and Fraiser. I love them all, but there is one that touches my heart above all others... A show that featured top notch writing and a stunning ensemble cast. A show that made me laugh and cry. A show that made me think.

My Pick of the Week: M*A*S*H As a point of interest, I follow the blog of Ken Levine, one of the featured writers on M*A*S*H, Wings, Cheers, and Frasier. He's amazingly entertaining, inspiring, and informative. A must read for writers and anyone who wants a behind the scenes peek at television. Click here for The World As Seen By A TV Comedy Writer.

15 comments:

Beth Ciotta said...

Barb, funny you should mention Golden Girls. A few weeks ago I walked into the living room and it was on TV. I don't think Steve was paying much attention, doin something else. I mentioned how I used to love the show and funny the 'Girls' were. I guess he agrees, because he's been watching a lot of the reruns since. :)

I have always wanted to be Sophia Petrillo when I grow up! But I fear I will be more of 'Rose'. *g*

Beth Ciotta said...

Dang. Sorry for the typos. Need more coffee!

SIS Beth

B.J. said...

Beth and Barb, I love The Golden Girls and MASH. The Cosby Show is another great one. My favotite; Malcom In The Middle.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Good morning Beth and BJ,

I understand the need for coffee. I'm just about to pour my first cup.

I don't see how anyone could not like the GOLDEN GIRLS, so I'm not surprised at all that Steve's been watching.

BJ,
Haven't seen MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, but I know it was a huge hit.

SIS Barb

Tori Lennox said...

Modern sitcoms, by and large, leave me cold. But we had a TV station that used to show the old Burns & Allen Show from the '50s and I'd laugh so hard I could barely breathe. :)

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Tori,

I'm not familiar with that one. But laughing that hard is the best feeling.

A couple others I thought of were ROSEANNE and HAPPY DAYS. Loved those too!

SIS Barb

Sisters-in-Sync said...

BJ, I've only seen MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE a few times, but I agree... it's a hoot!

Tori, THE BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW is priceless. Gracie is was a comedic genius! Have you ever seen any of the old episodes of YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS starring Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner (among others). I had tears in my eyes, I tell ya!

Barb, I was thinking earlier... I forgot HAPPY DAYS! I was hooked on that show like mad. Richie and Mrs. Cunningham were so darn cute. And the Fonz was hot!! Heeeey. Did you know Henry Winkler writes kid's books now?

SIS Beth

Taylor said...

Haha old sitcoms are way better than new sitcoms. I like sitcoms where the comedy is timeless, i.e. it's still funny to watch today. I think I Love Lucy, Golden Girls, and The Cosby Show all are like this. I love catchin them when they're on. And Beth, I didn't realize you watched 30 Rock!! It's my favorite show everrr, I have the first two seasons on DVD (season 3 comes out soon!) and I think I've watched every episode at least 3 or 4 times. How come no one has mentioned any animated sitcoms? My two favorites: The Simpsons and Futurama. Futurama is way underrated.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Taylor,

Interesting you bring up animated. I really can't get into them. I've tried but nope, can't do it. The one exception is PJ's. I think it may be considered claymation or something like that. Eddie Murphy was the star. My husband and I love it. I so wish it had made it longer. Ever catch it? If not, Larry (my husband) says you can watch it on You Tube.

SIS Barb

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Taylor,

As you know I don't get a chance to watch much TV anymore, but Steve is addicted to 30 Rock. It's one of the rare shows that make him laugh out loud. I've only seen it a few times and found it hilarious. I also have a wee crush on Alec Baldwin. That VOICE! But I digress.

Animated sitcoms. These I am also familiar with because of Steve. He is a HUGE fan of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, Futurama and whatever the one is with the CIA guy. Hence I've seen them all a few times. I think I like Futurama best. Oh, and Steve also used to be into South Park. I have mixed feelings about that one. OH! Have you ever seen THE CRITIC. It's an older one, but they're re-running it somewhere. You'd appreciate that one. Jon Lovitz is the voice of 'Jay Sherman' a geeky movie critic. Check it out at IMDB.

Barb, I've never heard of PJs. I'll have to scope it out. Sounds cute.

SIS Beth

Sisters-in-Sync said...

OH! Just thought of another sitcom--more recent--that I very much enjoyed. THE BERNIE MAC SHOW. He cracked me up most when he spoke directly to the camera. Miss ya Bernie!

SIS Beth

Brooks Conner said...

I agree with every choice so far. You've left nothing for me to comment on.

Well... there was the JACK BENNY SHOW and THE HONEYMOONERS. NIGHT COURT with John Laroquette, Harry Anderson, and Markie Post... remember the giant bailiff, Bull? How about WKRP IN CINCINATTI with Johnny Fever, FRASIER, or SPIN CITY.

Although, WEIRD SCIENCE was certainly sophmoric, I really enjoyed the performance of Lee Tergesen as brother Chett who, later, had a great dramatic run on OZ (HBO). Look up his credits from there... amazing.

Tori Lennox said...

I just remembered a new sitcom I actually enjoy! The new David, Shaun, and Patrick Cassidy show Ruby & the Rockits is really cute. It makes me laugh every week.

Olga said...

Loved GOLDEN GIRLS, too. The sitcom I didn't think I'd like but I did is MARRIED WITH CHILDREN. The current sitcom I love is TWO AND A HALF MEN.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

These are all wonderful suggestions everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by and joining us!


SIS Barb

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