Sitcoms have taken a backseat in the past years as shows like Friends and Seinfeld came to an end. Unfortunately, the humor of such programs seems to have been lost to the world, well, unless you’re watching them on syndication, I suppose. Currently, the only program on television that I would consider a worthy candidate for the “Funniest Sitcoms on TV Awards” would be Modern Family. The Office would be a close second, although as of late it has become rather boring, I guess Steve Carrell really did steer the boat on that one. Sitcoms seem to be a dying breed, in my opinion anyway. Shows like Friends and Seinfeld were consistently entertaining, unlike the more modern programming being aired today. For example, I watched five episodes, in a row, of The Big Bang Theory a few weeks ago and barely laughed once. Maybe a few light chuckles here or there, but nothing that had me reaching for the remote to pause the program so that I wouldn’t miss anything while laughing. [Insert Modern Family here] My mom actually keeps the weekly recorded episodes of Modern Family on her DVR so that she can watch them again and again for fear of missing even a second the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd time. 😀 It is just that funny! Anyway, I was watching Friends last night, as I do whenever it is on, although I own all ten seasons on DVD, and I got to thinking about something a good friend of mine and I always say:
“All things go back to Seinfeld or Friends“
What we mean by “All things” is that both shows, while primarily are revolved around nothing in particular, relate to the viewers day-to-day lives in some way or another. I cannot count how many times in various conversations or random scenarios where I have thought (or quoted) something from either program. I think that shows that actually inhabit your life so long after they have gone off the air are worth being noticed as the goal for all other sitcoms to reach. Maybe it just cannot be done, I mean, Curb Your Enthusiasm is absolutely hysterical, and of course it is just like Seinfeld, but that is to be expected since it is from the same creator. The only reason I am not including CYE in this post is because I don’t really consider it a sitcom, as it is on a network where profanities can be used, making it that much easier for them to go all out with the funny-isms. Bottom line is, sitcoms of today are getting lazy. Just because you can’t be a rockstar funny-guy like Jerry Seinfeld and his lot of negative lunatics, that does not mean you should produce sub-par programming either. This speaks to all the 30-minute “funny” folks out there. Get your acts together and take notes from the comic geniuses of the past, and the few that are in the present.
**NOTE** Whitney, Mike & Molly, New Girl and How I Met Your Mother are all pretty funny shows on the sitcom circuit right now, however, the consistency is not there throughout every episode for me. All other sitcoms not mentioned anywhere in this post are just a sad excuse for television right now. Sorry***
Some of my favorite moments: