I loooooooove sitcoms. Not to make me think and understand the world and blah blah blah, but to make me laugh while I am eating soup on the couch in front of the TV after a long day at work. You know, the ones you watch over and over again and get excited when you turn on the TV at the hotel and catch a rerun you haven’t seen in a while.
I’ll start! Just to give you an idea of how very very lowbrow you can go.
Wings: Genevieve and I just bonded over this one, which inspired this post. It doesn’t want to change the world or anything, it just wants to give you a nice group of people to hang out with and laugh at while you do boring repetitive tasks alone in your apartment.
Brooklyn 99: Obviously this is the best comfort food sitcom out there today. You should all be watching it! It is happiness and delightfulness and nothing bad ever really happens, despite being set at a police station.
As Time Goes By: Did anyone else watch this British sitcom? Young lovers meet each other again in their 60s and slowly figure out how to fall in love after a lifetime spent separately, and both very settled in their ways and a bit grumpy. Plus complications from her daughter, and his more-youthful-than-him 80 year old father. Best bit is how it turns into a bit of a found family, they kind of adopt the woman’s secretary and the man’s young publisher along with the biological daughter.
The Nanny: Don’t judge me! It’s nice! Not everything has to be subtle and clever and stuff. Sometimes you just want a fish out of water average girl dumped into a rich widower’s household with a sassy butler and a jealous rich woman nemesis.
3rd Rock From the Sun: This one is actually kind of clever, but in a soothing slapstick obvious kind of way. Also, it’s just old enough that everything feels pleasantly dated and non-threatening. Oh, and you can watch Joseph Gordon-Leavitt when he was a little baby.
Okay, lay your picks on me! If they are American, very likely I have watched them too (I gobble up everything).
And if they aren’t American, I want to know EVERYTHING. Tell me about the set-up and the romance that developed and the running gags and things.