The Friday Fun thread went well last week, so let’s try it again!
This week, we’ll go with something a little narrower: the five best TV comedies you’ve seen. Anything is fair game: network, overseas, subscription. As long it as it appeared on the glowing idiot box, it’s good.
Black Adder: The first series is good. The last three series are 18 episodes of awesome. Rowan Atkinson can be hilarious — his live stand-up routine is great. But he’s genius in this. Also includes Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, who are comic geniuses in their own rights.
Fawlty Towers: Not much to say about Fawlty Towers that has not already been said.
Night Court: Middle seasons only. Night Court started out OK. But once Markie Post, Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll and Charles Robinson came together, it was pure genius. The only problem was that it had a tendency to get “serious” and that tendency took over the last few seasons and made the show unwatchable.
The Honeymooners: The supporting cast were great. But what made this show was Jackie Gleason’s all-out zeal.
The Simpsons: Season 1-6. The Simpsons isn’t what it once was. It occasionally cranks out a gem, but most of the time it’s just “meh”. But the first six seasons were incredible.
Honorable Mentions to: South Park, Monty Python, Seinfeld. The latter in particular was good because it never compromised. The characters started off as self-centered jerks and ended as self-centered jerks. As noted in my Night Court selection, I hate it when comedies get serious. Seinfeld never did.
You’ll notice a lack of recent comedies. Two reasons: 1) I tend to discount recent things from these sort of lists; 2) I don’t watch a lot of TV. But I could see myself watching Parks and Rec at some point.