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colls ([personal profile] colls) wrote in [community profile] tv_talk2017-06-18 03:06 pm
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Comedy



Do you smile when someone mentions The Big Bang Theory? Do you have fond memories of Friends? Can you quote Seinfeld? Do you think Barney Stinson has style? Do you have a slight crush on Leslie Knope?

Basically, is comedy TV your jam?
If so, tell us about your favorites!

- What is your favorite currently airing comedy?
- Favorite canceled comedy?
- What do you think would be the most binge-watchable comedy?
- What do you like best about comedies?
- Share a funny scene or favorite quote or gif

(of course pick and choose which questions you answer)
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[personal profile] alorarose 2017-06-18 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Loved M*A*S*H* so much.
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[personal profile] adafrog 2017-06-19 02:42 am (UTC)(link)
MASH was and still is awesome.
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[personal profile] timetobegin 2017-06-19 07:29 am (UTC)(link)
ohhhh in the market lol
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian 2017-06-18 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
- What is your favorite currently airing comedy?

That would be Brooklyn 99

- Favorite canceled comedy?

Better Off Ted. I actually loved Community but I feel like it got a chance to have its run, which was sadly not the case for BOT.

- What do you think would be the most binge-watchable comedy?

For me what makes something very bingeable is cliffhangers, the urge to see how a storyline is going to unspool. But most comedies are very self contained. Even ones, like Community, B99 or BOT which do have forward progress and a good deal of character development tend to have more one-shot storytelling, or seasonal arcs that aren't that crucial. I will say that B99 has really had some major season ending cliffhangers though.

- What do you like best about comedies?

That they be funny -- which is, of course, a very personal thing as to what counts as good humor or really irresistible humor. Fact is, I don't tend to watch many comedies and particularly few through all of their seasons. Even when they're well written I just don't find them as engaging, I don't know why. And I definitely bore quickly of family centered comedies. I prefer workplace or professional oriented comedies. I find it easier to say what I don't like about comedies than what I do.

Of course, it also depends if one considers work like The Daily Show and Full Frontal to be comedy shows. I actually don't even though I'm sure their stars and staff would say they are. And I think John Oliver's This Week is even harder to quantify that way. I consider them satirical news shows, frankly.

- Share a funny scene or favorite quote or gif

I'll share a great fanvid for Better Off Ted. I so miss Lem and Phil -- https://thingswithwings.dreamwidth.org/113580.html
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[personal profile] timetobegin 2017-06-19 07:32 am (UTC)(link)
ohhhh better of ted, that was sooooog ood :( so unfair!!

B99 needs to stop with the cliffhangers - too stressful for me

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[personal profile] dwell_ondreams 2017-06-18 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
- What is your favorite currently airing comedy? Brooklyn Nine-Nine!!

- Favorite canceled comedy? Um. . . Parks & Rec maybe?

- What do you think would be the most binge-watchable comedy? Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Parks & Rec

- What do you like best about comedies? I'm really not big on sitcoms. I liked comedy movies, but usually TV comedy just isn't funny to me. So I guess the thing I like best about comedy is when I actually laugh.

- Share a funny scene or favorite quote or gif
*draws circle around Ron Swanson* Nearly everything he says/does. Also, Peralta on BNN going coolcoolcoolcoolcoolcool always makes me laugh.
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[personal profile] timetobegin 2017-06-19 07:33 am (UTC)(link)
:) Ron Swanson is amazing
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian 2017-06-19 04:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh, and every time Peralta says that it makes me think of Abed on Community.

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[personal profile] lilysea 2017-06-19 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
I really liked the first two seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Also The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Also Little Mosque on the Prairie.
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[personal profile] sharksandwich 2017-06-21 06:24 am (UTC)(link)
I'm 7 episodes into Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and I loooove it so far! Have you seen more than the first two seasons, or did you not like what came after?
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[personal profile] adafrog 2017-06-19 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
Honestly, while I loved the sitcom in the 80's, and maybe the early 90's, I really am not a fan of them nowadays. Not sure if it's them, me, or a little of both.
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian 2017-06-19 04:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Do you think it's more because comedies are different or because your tastes have changed? I'm actually more apt to get into them now but I've never been that engaged by them so I'm curious how you see it.

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[personal profile] timetobegin 2017-06-19 07:28 am (UTC)(link)
- What is your favorite currently airing comedy?
Brooklyn 99 for sure. I also like Fresh of the boat, although i'm behind and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

- Favorite canceled comedy?
Probably Parks and Rec, however up until the end of the show, HIMYM was really good as well. When i was younger, definitely the Nanny :)

- What do you think would be the most binge-watchable comedy?
Any of the above really, but also Bob's burgers is amazing as well.

- What do you like best about comedies?
I just like the feel-good nature, really. Not having to think too hard and getting a bit of a laugh.

- Share a funny scene or favorite quote or gif

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[personal profile] yourlibrarian 2017-06-19 04:17 pm (UTC)(link)
My SO watches Bob's Burgers and I've read various good things about it. He finds it perplexing that I can laugh when I watch random episodes of comedies with him (he watches a lot of animation) but then am not interested in the show as a whole. I guess to some degree it's just the limited time and attention I can give shows but I find it puzzling myself. Maybe I find enough to laugh at on a regular basis but not enough to sink into dramatically?

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[personal profile] mr_picard 2017-06-19 11:55 am (UTC)(link)
ALF! AAAAAALLLFFFF! The first two seasons, anyway. (I'm just mentioning it outside of the questions because the show fits into none of them... except maybe "most binge-watchable".)

I grew up with ALF and he was a role model of mine (haha) and I STILL laugh at the jokes. I've seen the episodes a ZILLION times and yet it's still funny. I don't know why. lol

What is your favorite currently airing comedy?
Does Z-Nation count as comedy? It IS funny. lol

Favorite canceled comedy?
BLUNT TALK

What do you think would be the most binge-watchable comedy?
ALF or Blunt Talk!

What do you like best about comedies?
I'm not big on comedies but the ones I do like just have a weird kind of humor that I appreciate.

Share a funny scene or favorite quote or gif
"It was an accident!"
"You almost KILL ME and you say IT WAS AN ACCIDENT?!"
"Alright, let's call it a mistake!"
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian 2017-06-19 04:18 pm (UTC)(link)
It's interesting how many people here (and I'm guessing, more who simply haven't commented) are not that into comedies even though they can name some they liked. I always thought it was me but maybe it's more common than I realized.

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[personal profile] adafrog 2017-06-20 02:36 pm (UTC)(link)
ALF!! OMG. I didn't watch it a lot, but it was entertaining.

ITA that Z-Nation is amusing at times. One of the reasons I like it.

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[personal profile] graculus 2017-06-19 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I feel as though I have to start this post by saying that I don't really like many comedy series - I particularly dislike most US series.

- What is your favorite currently airing comedy?

At the moment, Brooklyn Nine Nine and The Good Place.

- Favorite canceled comedy?

I really liked Happy Endings (mostly because of Max, who was my favourite character) and the one-series show Go On, which didn't make as much of John Cho as it could have.

I'd also like to say something about two UK shows: Spaced and Black Books, which overlap slightly because Simon Pegg appeared as a slightly-obsessive bookshop manager in the latter. Both are excellent and well worth checking out if you don't already know them!

- What do you think would be the most binge-watchable comedy?

I can happily watch Brooklyn Nine Nine repeatedly and actually rewatched about 6 episodes from season 2 last weekend, but in terms of other shows then Black Books or Spaced.

- What do you like best about comedies?

I don't like comedy that relies on embarrassment but prefer stuff where work is done to develop the characters and their relationship, so comedy can come from that.

- Share a funny scene or favorite quote or gif

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[personal profile] dwell_ondreams 2017-06-19 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
OMG I LOVE BLACK BOOKS!!!!!
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[personal profile] jb_slasher 2017-06-20 06:39 am (UTC)(link)
I adore Black Books. :D
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian 2017-06-20 02:16 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't like comedy that relies on embarrassment but prefer stuff where work is done to develop the characters and their relationship, so comedy can come from that.

That sounds like a pretty apt description of what I prefer as well.
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[personal profile] wendelah1 2017-06-20 04:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Can you tell me a bit about Spaced and Black Books? I'd have to take the subway downtown to check them out.

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[personal profile] wendelah1 2017-06-19 06:21 pm (UTC)(link)
I used to watch more comedy TV. I don't think my sense of humor is...hip enough to appreciate most current sitcoms. I'm a square. I loved the first few seasons of Cheers. I enjoyed the first few seasons of Fraiser. The first three seasons of Community are comic gold. The next three, not so much. Of course, you could say that about most television series, regardless of genre.

My favorite currently airing comedy is The Good Place. It's well-acted, well-written, funny, and profound. For me, a good comedy needs to have characters I can care about. Also, unless there is some drama in the mix, there are no character arcs, and there is nothing at stake. I can't care about stagnant characters. You could easily binge-watch it--there are only 13 episodes. We're actually re-watching The Good Place right now, On Demand.

I also love Brooklyn Nine-Nine but I'm a full season behind because we've been watching it through the library and all they have are seasons one, two, and three.

My favorite comedy of all time was/is I Love Lucy. Lucille Ball is a comic genius in the same league as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, YMMV. I suppose some of the scripts would fail by current standards on race, sex, etc., but they still make me laugh.

Here is a clip from a classic I Love Lucy skit. I can't get it to embed so you'll have to watch it at YouTube.
Stay Tuned: TV's Unforgettable Moments - I Love Lucy "The Vitameatavegamin Episode" (1951).
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[personal profile] dwell_ondreams 2017-06-19 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh man, I love I Love Lucy. You're right - Lucille Ball was a genius.

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Why is the post locked

[personal profile] wendelah1 2017-06-20 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
Is comedy that controversial?

Just curious.