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What old sitcoms are you watching?
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:27:53 PM »
Question's in the thread title, but I want to clarify that I don't mean old old. Any show that's been around for at least 5 or 10 years qualifies.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 08:29:42 PM »
"Corner Gas", a wonderful Canadian sitcom created by & starring Brent Butt. Google it. Also, every episode is on Youtube now.   8)
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2013, 08:32:03 PM »
I'll start things off (edit: or keep things goings :)) ...

- Cheers

- Everybody Loves Raymond
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2013, 09:14:44 PM »
30 Rock. All seven seasons are on Netflix now! :D
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 09:24:00 PM »
Family Ties via Netflix.  I bet your ^ show rocks.  :)
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013, 09:39:26 PM »
I caught my wife watching "Mad About You" with Helen Hunt and Paul whats his name. Funny
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2013, 10:06:14 PM »
Family Ties via Netflix.  I bet your ^ show rocks.  :)

Tried Family Ties a year or so ago. For my taste it was just too ... well, something.

30 Rock. All seven seasons are on Netflix now! :D

Indeed. I've seen the first 6 seasons. I'll be getting back to it one of these days.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2013, 12:05:33 AM »
I caught my wife watching "Mad About You" with Helen Hunt and Paul whats his name. Funny

You do have the worst taste.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2013, 12:07:04 AM »
A few months I watched all of Seinfeld.

It was surprising how much story arc was there. Having seen it in syndication here and there, it was a nice treat. Made it more brillianter with great callbacks.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2013, 12:08:23 AM »
It ain't old. But the last installation of 30 Rock hit streaming. Getting ready to start that.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2013, 12:10:00 AM »
To prove to myself I was beyond my time, I've been revisiting Soap! and trying to decide whether to go through with someone else. I actually liked it before I was in kindergarten.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2013, 12:11:48 AM »
Now that all the competing interests have cleared up the legal morass, the Larry Sanders Show is finally available in its totality rather than the chopped Best of we had to make due with for a decade.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2013, 01:23:02 AM »
Until MeTV shifted their Fall schedule, I was watching Rhoda.  Now, I'm stuck with Gilligan's Island (if that can be considered a sitcom).

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2013, 03:56:51 AM »
I caught my wife watching "Mad About You" with Helen Hunt and Paul whats his name. Funny

I always enjoyed that one.


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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2013, 03:59:42 AM »
The Andy Griffith Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Frasier
Seinfeld
King of Queens
Taxi
M*A*S*H*



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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2013, 08:34:29 AM »
The Andy Griffith Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Frasier
Seinfeld
King of Queens
Taxi
M*A*S*H*



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Taxi . . . another good one.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2013, 08:40:37 AM »
Until MeTV shifted their Fall schedule, I was watching Rhoda

I saw a couple of those back in (?) the late 90s. Might get into it someday.

A couple years I tried another MTM-spinoff, Lou Grant. Kinda liked it, but after 5 or 6 episodes I decided it didn't have enough substance for an hour-long show.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2013, 06:25:13 PM »
One of my favorite old shows is "Night Court"

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2013, 07:48:36 PM »
One of my favorite old shows is "Night Court"

Did you see their "reunion" episode on 30 Rock  8)?
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2013, 08:32:13 PM »
Did anyone ever watch Get a Life with Chris Eliot? I'm not sure if was really a good show but I really enjoyed it as a kid. Especially the episode where he build a submarine in his bath tub.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2013, 08:39:48 PM »
Frasier via Netflix.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2013, 08:55:44 PM »
Barney Miller
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2013, 12:31:45 AM »
Did anyone ever watch Get a Life with Chris Eliot? I'm not sure if was really a good show but I really enjoyed it as a kid. Especially the episode where he build a submarine in his bath tub.

Werd. I love him on Letterman when he was bit player. "The Fugitive Guy" was classic.

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2013, 12:33:29 AM »
Barney Miller
WKRP



The first has music which drives me to want to jump off a bridge and the claustrophobia I get from the set design is intense.

The second, I dunno. Outside of Soap! I am trying to think of a 70s sitcom that I liked. Again I was like 6 when I saw this stuff.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2013, 12:53:22 AM »
Did anyone ever watch Get a Life with Chris Eliot? I'm not sure if was really a good show but I really enjoyed it as a kid. Especially the episode where he build a submarine in his bath tub.

Werd. I love him on Letterman when he was bit player. "The Fugitive Guy" was classic.

I was born an insomniac.

Yeah, I'm not familiar with Get a Life. But I do enjoy Chris Eliot, all the way back to his days on Letterman. Sure, he plays the same character in every role, but he does it so well and he cracks me up every time. I have really come to appreciate actors who know what they're good at doing at stick with that. Unlike Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who was pretty much born to play Phillip Seymour Hoffman (and is darn good at it), but feels the need to prove his versatility and winds up being a ham.


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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2013, 01:09:28 AM »
Did anyone ever watch Get a Life with Chris Eliot? I'm not sure if was really a good show but I really enjoyed it as a kid. Especially the episode where he build a submarine in his bath tub.

Werd. I love him on Letterman when he was bit player. "The Fugitive Guy" was classic.

I was born an insomniac.

Yeah, I'm not familiar with Get a Life. But I do enjoy Chris Eliot, all the way back to his days on Letterman. Sure, he plays the same character in every role, but he does it so well and he cracks me up every time. I have really come to appreciate actors who know what they're good at doing at stick with that. Unlike Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who was pretty much born to play Phillip Seymour Hoffman (and is darn good at it), but feels the need to prove his versatility and winds up being a ham.


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You have to see at least one episode. It's hilarious in a bad and good way as I remember it. If you like Christ Elliot, you'll like it.

The opening credit sequence is great.

To PSH, what has he done, you think is hammy? Which reminds me, I have to still watch The Master. I've had a stack of screeners from the Academy for forever I keep forgetting about.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #26 on: October 11, 2013, 01:35:19 AM »
Fawlty Towers

Cheers

Frasier

Scrubs

30 Rock

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2013, 01:57:05 AM »
Did anyone ever watch Get a Life with Chris Eliot? I'm not sure if was really a good show but I really enjoyed it as a kid. Especially the episode where he build a submarine in his bath tub.

Werd. I love him on Letterman when he was bit player. "The Fugitive Guy" was classic.

I was born an insomniac.

Yeah, I'm not familiar with Get a Life. But I do enjoy Chris Eliot, all the way back to his days on Letterman. Sure, he plays the same character in every role, but he does it so well and he cracks me up every time. I have really come to appreciate actors who know what they're good at doing at stick with that. Unlike Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who was pretty much born to play Phillip Seymour Hoffman (and is darn good at it), but feels the need to prove his versatility and winds up being a ham.


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You have to see at least one episode. It's hilarious in a bad and good way as I remember it. If you like Christ Elliot, you'll like it.

The opening credit sequence is great.

To PSH, what has he done, you think is hammy? Which reminds me, I have to still watch The Master. I've had a stack of screeners from the Academy for forever I keep forgetting about.

I think he was still within his element when he did Doubt and Pirate Radio. But he lost me with the Truman Capote thing. And I confess, I didn't see it. But judging from the trailer, it looked horrible. My prejudices about Truman Capote aside, it just seemed obvious that PSH was trying to act like somebody else. It's the old adage about if you can tell they're acting, then it's not very good acting.

As for The Master, yes, I've been looking forward to your thoughts on it. I liked it very much. Not the greatest movie ever, but well worth watching. It did a good job of portraying the cult of personality. The theme of the movie applies equally to religious cults and politics.

But PSH is a great actor, and he's been is some very good movies. So I don't mean to say that he's a ham. Just that on occasion he gets too far out of his element. But he can be forgiven. His resume is impressive, and he's earned the right to stretch it a bit.


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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2013, 06:05:25 AM »
I don't watch TV--pulled it out in 2010.  I do have my favorites from back in the day, though, that I buy on DVD:

MASH
Fresh Prince
Night Court
Wings
Jack Benny
Roseanne (until they had Dan 'wander' and Roseanne winning the lottery)
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Watched Rhoda and all the Lucys

Otherwise enjoyable series King of Queens, Home Improvement, and Everybody Loves Raymond were spoiled for me somewhat by lead male characters drawn to be wimpy, whipped, and inept. 

And I just discovered completely by accident an old show--not a sitcom--called Wanted Dead or Alive with a very young Steve McQueen.  I'm now on the lookout for the second season. 
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2013, 10:58:41 AM »
Wings

I gave Wings a tried a couple years ago, but only got through the first few episodes. (But it was interesting to finally see "Around the world in 80 years" because it was discussed in a homily I heard 20 or so years ago.)
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #30 on: October 11, 2013, 01:58:18 PM »

I never had cable TV, and was always limited to whatever came across the antenna.

With digital, there are more channels.  Some of these show reruns of oldies but, goodies.

I've been able to watch some old shows I never had seen before like:

Hazel
Bachelor Father
Father Knows Best
Dennis the Menace

 ;D

...and I thoroughly enjoy them!!!!  I would rather watch the old B/W's over the modern stuff, any day of the week!!!!

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #31 on: October 11, 2013, 02:28:07 PM »
Well, I don't watch that many sitcoms these days, but I do have a lot of good memories from growing up in the 90s:

The Cosby Show
Home Improvement
Everybody Loves Raymond
That ´70s Show
Friends
Keeping Up Appearances
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #32 on: October 11, 2013, 02:48:13 PM »
None. I tried some when I was still living with my parents but all seemed fairly bad. Never had TV once I moved out.

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #33 on: October 11, 2013, 03:59:25 PM »

I never had cable TV, and was always limited to whatever came across the antenna.

With digital, there are more channels.  Some of these show reruns of oldies but, goodies.

I've been able to watch some old shows I never had seen before like:

Hazel
Bachelor Father
Father Knows Best
Dennis the Menace

 ;D

...and I thoroughly enjoy them!!!!  I would rather watch the old B/W's over the modern stuff, any day of the week!!!!



Yes, I agree!  My husband is too frugal to pay for cable or satellite tv so I had to go through withdrawal at first.  So now it's PBS and old shows coming over OTA broadcast of ME TV and Antenna TV.

  I fall into the Gen X category regarding age..... but I don't like the darkness that seems to be in modern tv shows.   (The big loss in our house has been when ME TV stopped showing Lassie recently. ) 

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #34 on: October 11, 2013, 05:15:02 PM »
Roseanne

I can't believe no one has said it yet. It is perhaps the greatest sitcom of all time. I love the fact that unlike The Cosby Show and Leave it to Beaver for example, Roseanne does NOT glamorize the world and present a perfect, pseudo 1950s household with absolutely no problems or suffering. Roseane is good because it's gritty, it breaks the stereotypes, it's crude, and presents humanity for what it really is. The parents are fat and can't run their household, the whole family is dysfunctional, the sister Jackie is high all the time or something, they live in a depressing town with real problems, and aren't afraid to be politically incorrect or touch upon serious issues.
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #35 on: October 11, 2013, 09:11:22 PM »
It ain't old. But the last installation of 30 Rock hit streaming. Getting ready to start that.

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #36 on: October 15, 2013, 04:51:24 AM »

I gave Wings a tried a couple years ago, but only got through the first few episodes. (But it was interesting to finally see "Around the world in 80 years" because it was discussed in a homily I heard 20 or so years ago.)

Ironic, since I always hated Wings when it was still being produced.  Tried several times to make it through an episode, and it struck me as just a soap opera with an occasional joke.  Not sure what changed, but years after it went into syndication, I started to really get into it, especially the character of Antonio Scarpacci. 

"We are all sitting in ducks!"

Easily, my favorite character.  Here's a youtube of a scene where they're having a paper airplane competition:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2S47otA-TQ

And then another scene with Roy Biggins giving Antonio dancing lessons.  Fast forward to 2:25, and make sure you don't have any food in your mouth when you press 'play':  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inSnj-ObfvU


I could just sit here and do nothing but post youtubes from Wings.  Here's another one: Antonio's bleak outlook on life:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgWo-i6qgks
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #37 on: October 15, 2013, 06:24:32 AM »
Roseanne

I can't believe no one has said it yet. It is perhaps the greatest sitcom of all time. I love the fact that unlike The Cosby Show and Leave it to Beaver for example, Roseanne does NOT glamorize the world and present a perfect, pseudo 1950s household with absolutely no problems or suffering. Roseane is good because it's gritty, it breaks the stereotypes, it's crude, and presents humanity for what it really is. The parents are fat and can't run their household, the whole family is dysfunctional, the sister Jackie is high all the time or something, they live in a depressing town with real problems, and aren't afraid to be politically incorrect or touch upon serious issues.
LOL I didn't even see this post and I was actually watching it yesterday.

Roseanne doesn't like when people say that show portrays "blue collar" because she thinks it obfuscates the class.

Roseanne

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #38 on: October 15, 2013, 06:33:10 AM »
I never had cable TV, and was always limited to whatever came across the antenna.

With digital, there are more channels.  Some of these show reruns of oldies but, goodies.

I've been able to watch some old shows I never had seen before like:

Hazel
Bachelor Father
Father Knows Best
Dennis the Menace

 ;D

...and I thoroughly enjoy them!!!!  I would rather watch the old B/W's over the modern stuff, any day of the week!!!!


And here I was thinking you were a regular of the DIY network ;)
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #39 on: October 15, 2013, 06:52:03 AM »

.....that, too!  ;D

But, only the channels that still come over the air.

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #40 on: October 15, 2013, 07:24:05 AM »

I gave Wings a tried a couple years ago, but only got through the first few episodes. (But it was interesting to finally see "Around the world in 80 years" because it was discussed in a homily I heard 20 or so years ago.)

Ironic, since I always hated Wings when it was still being produced.  Tried several times to make it through an episode, and it struck me as just a soap opera with an occasional joke.  Not sure what changed, but years after it went into syndication, I started to really get into it, especially the character of Antonio Scarpacci.  

"We are all sitting in ducks!"

Easily, my favorite character.  Here's a youtube of a scene where they're having a paper airplane competition:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2S47otA-TQ

Thanks for the link. I knew Tony Shaloub was in it, but I didn't get far enough in the series.

Actually, though, I thought the linked Galaxy Quest deleted scenes were better (fans of The Office might notice someone):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b4s5CfPD4Y
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #41 on: October 18, 2013, 07:32:07 AM »
One of my favorite old shows is "Night Court"

Did you see their "reunion" episode on 30 Rock  8)?

Yes, I recall liking it. (Though I never saw Night Court.)
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #42 on: October 18, 2013, 11:03:19 PM »
I absolutely LOVE The Golden Girls! Still funny after all these years. Friends too (is that considered old?  ;) )
And I have Three's Company on dvd - my parents' favorite show after they immigrated from Greece and I grew up on it. And I Love Lucy - my favorite actress of all time.

I don't watch ANY primetime tv. Garbage.

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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #43 on: October 19, 2013, 11:28:48 AM »
And I have Three's Company on dvd - my parents' favorite show after they immigrated from Greece and I grew up on it.

+1, except that my parents didn't emigrate from Greece.  :P
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Re: What old sitcoms are you watching?
« Reply #44 on: October 31, 2013, 02:43:15 PM »
I caught my wife watching "Mad About You" with Helen Hunt and Paul whats his name. Funny

You do have the worst taste.

The episode I saw had Helen Hunt's sister admitting to their liberal parents that she is in love with a guy. To that point she had been a lesbian and since her parents are so liberal they were very disappointed and didn't know what to say to their friends.. Having a lesbian daughter apparently gave them some status.

I say that's funny. 
Your idea has been debunked 1000 times already.. Maybe 1001 will be the charm