George Costanza Was Ahead of His Time!

The DeskBed is Half Desk and [Spoiler Alert!] Half Bed

If George was around now, he could just buy a napping desk and not worry about having to build one…

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If People Talked About Seinfeld Like They Talk About ‘Girls’!

Do you watch Seinfeld? Do you like it? REALLY?! Ugh, I mean it’s fine, I guess, I just think it has A LOT of problems.

The whole thing just seems SO self-indulgent. Seinfeld stars a comedian named Jerry Seinfeld who plays a comedian named Jerry. Wow. Really, Jerry? He also created the show and writes it. It’s like he can’t give up control of anything.

Sometimes it seems like he’s just using this show as an excuse to play out his fantasies, y’know? Every show opens with him performing stand-up to a great crowd that loves every one of his jokes. And he’s constantly having sex with these beautiful women. Like, WAY too beautiful for a schlubby guy like Jerry. Even George, who’s like short and fat, and Kramer, who’s just kind of gross, both also have sex with these beautiful women. It’s like, yeah, okay, Jerry. I guess enjoy the dream while you can.

 

He really seems to think he’s funny. Do you think he’s funny? I don’t think he’s funny. Like, the critics say it’s a funny show, but the comedy is kind of weird. And nothing ever HAPPENS. It’s just these privileged white people (and I mean, they’re ALL white) living their lives in New York. The only non-white characters are wacky immigrant cab drivers and soup vendors. Oh, hilarious: they can’t speak English well — what’s so groundbreaking about that?

And are we supposed to LIKE these characters? I know you say that part of the humor is seeing yourself reflected in these characters, but none of them are good people. They’re selfish, petty, narcissists. They’re constantly talking about themselves while treating other people like garbage. They claim to be friends, yet they do absolutely horrible things to each other. Are we supposed to see ourselves in this? That seems kind of twisted to me.

Did you know there’s an episode called “The Contest” that’s all about masturbation? And one called “The Apology” that’s about Jerry being casually naked around the apartment with his girlfriend. I know they’re trying to be edgy, but honestly it’s boring. Like, wow, an ugly guy doing things I’m used to seeing hot guys do. Great. It’s not funny; it’s just off-putting. And have you seen the stuff Jerry wears? He’s got big white sneakers and tight jeans – not flattering at all.

Also, did you know Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the daughter of the billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus. It seems a little disingenuous to cast her as personal assistant when she’s probably never had to work a day in her life.

And speaking of never working a day, what’s up with Kramer? He doesn’t seem to have a job and yet somehow he can live by himself in a giant high-rise Manhattan apartment. Are we to assume that his parents are giving him money? Is all this someone’s New York experience? Because it sure ain’t mine!

I guess I just like a different kind of comedy. Have you seen Louie? Now there’s a great show that can’t have the exact same criticisms leveled against it.

Top 5 SitComs!

Situation comedies are fun shows that usually last 30 minutes and give us a shot of funny during our days. There was a huge boom of them back in the 90’s but some, of quality, can still be found today. The premise is that a group of characters share a common space, like a home, bar or office. Then these characters tend to spew jokes as part of the dialogue that, for them, will hopefully turn into cultural jokes. Most of them are also filmed in front of a live audience. Here are my top 5 sitcoms:

5. Family Guy – The only animated one to make my list, Family Guy can still be really funny. I think maybe it has lost its way a little bit, but back when it started it was pretty edgy and very funny. Maybe I remember it through the eyes of a college kid, but I certainly remember laughing a lot. A couple things Family Guy does super well is whenever someone falls, the way the bodies drop cracks me up and of course, the Star Wars episodes are spot on. It is cool that a nerd made a TV show that allows for good nerd references.

4. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Saved by the Bell – Both of these shows make it due to my childhood. No two shows would be watched more in my house or with more consistency than these two shows. Saved by the Bell especially. That show was on at 6am every morning in our house and my sisters and I  (and even my father, as much as he doesn’t want to admit it) would sit around and eat breakfast before school and watch that show. Fresh Prince was just the opposite, we would watch that as soon as we got home from school and when homework started. Both shows provided powerful moments, funny moments, and even a star or two. Thank you for shaping my childhood!

3. The League – As an avid fan of fantasy football, this show hits home in the best possible way. The show follows a group of friends through their lives as well as their League, which is a Fantasy Football league made up of them and some other people you never see. With cultural slang (eskimo brother, sorbet patting) and appearances by real football players (Antonio Gates is still awesome) and real actors (Jeff Goldbloom is hilarious) this show has successfully converted itself from a “must watch” to a “rewatchable” show for me.

2. How I Met Your Mother – Perhaps the best traditional sitcom still on the air today, this show follows a group of characters through flashbacks told to the main character Ted’s kids by Ted in the future…get all that? So the premise is that Ted is telling his kids the story of how Ted finally, through all these girls and trials and tribulations, finally found his wife and the kid’s mother. Now the show has been on for like seven years and we still don’t know who the damn mom is, so its probably shit or get off the pot time with this show, but in the mean time it has been a wonderfully funny seven years. Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) certainly steals the show, but the ‘real’ moments with Robin are awfully powerful and  the relationship between Marshall and Lilly is perhaps the strongest relationship on television. The story telling of the show is one of its strong points and it does a brilliant job. Now, if only Ted would stop being such a dork and find a girl already…

1. Seinfeld – Well, this should come as no surprise. Perhaps the best sitcom of all time, Seinfeld is a show that can still be seen about 25 times a day on 14 different channels (those numbers are made up, but probably pretty accurate). The show follows for friends in what should be their mundane lives as they live in New York. But these four friends happen to be some of the worst people ever, finding things to complain about over and over. Cultural significance of this show is so great, some times people who have never seen the show utter lines or labels from the show. Things like “no soup for you” , the contest, “man hands” or calling Wayne Knight “Newman” no matter what he is in are a few examples. Hell, we call my uncle John George Costanza all the time for his similarities. Seinfeld also has one of the highest rewatchablility ratings for any show I have ever seen. 76 million people watched the finale, which meant that without TiVo or online downloads, 58% of the people watching TV that night were watching this little sitcom.  Well done Seinfeld. Well done.

This is a billboard right out side my apartment. Not only does it show the popularity Seinfeld still has, but it also has an Aids Walk banner right in front of Kramer…If you have seen the show, you will get the joke.

What are your favorite Sitcoms? Write up a list and leave it in the comments!

Top 5 TV Shows You Would Love To See Come Back!

Don’t you just wish you could get one more season, or in some cases, more than one season overall for that awesome show you loved?! Some shows (like Lost or House) ended on their terms, but some shows were perhaps cut a little short leaving us wanting more. What are the top 5 shows you wish would return?

5. Deadwood – This spot could have gone to any number of shows. I thought of every childhood show I loved, The West Wing, Studio 60, Six Feet Under, Battlestar Galactica, etc, but then I gave it to Deadwood for one reason: Al Swearengen. Is that enough for you to understand? No? Well Swearengen is one of my favorite characters of all time. Dude is the epitomy of bad ass. He is the foul mouthed brothel owner that simply does not care about you or the horse you rode in on. Alas, when you make a show about a town that burns down, you have an expiration date. Sort of like making a movie about the Titanic. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to see more of Al Swearengen.

4. Party Down – Seriously, this show was stopped way too soon. Again, a show that might have been before it’s time, it was a show that lost actors to other roles. Jayne Lynch left for Glee and Adam Scott left for Park’s and Recreation, which is too bad since this show was better than both of those shows! There is at least a little hope for this show making a comeback, at least in the form of a movie. Evidence here.

3. The Sopranos – Maybe it ended on a weird note and I honestly believe that Tony Soprano was shot and killed, but do they have to take that away from us?! What if he wasn’t? I know there wouldn’t be much of a show without Tony, but there is no closure for the family either! AND WHY COULDN’T MEADOW JUST PARK THAT DAMN CAR!? This was a show that left us with some many questions they should make one more season just to let us know!

2. Seinfeld – Maybe everyone is a little older. Maybe the actors are finding other interests or just huge racists, but I would wager the 76 million households that watched the Finale would probably tune in to see a reunion as well. In the meantime, we will have to get our fix on the endless repeats that can be found at almost any time of the day and with some Curb Your Enthusiasm.

1. Firefly – Obviously. If you haven’t seen this show yet, please do yourself a favor. A show that was utterly screwed up by FOX by airing episodes out of order, this show was perhaps before it’s time. Were it aired now, in a culture much more accepting of “geeks and nerds”, it might have thrived. This is the show that everyone hopes might make a comeback some day, and with the success of Joss Whedon and the Avengers, who knows? Maybe someday? We can at least hope for it!

 

What are some shows you want to see return?!