Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Marathons: A Pure Indulgence (Part 3): Something to Laugh About

There is nothing better than ending the night with a few episodes or so of your favourite comedy, especially on a cold, wet and depressing winter's night.  No matter how often you watch them they can always make you laugh.  Humour luckily never gets old... or boring.

Which is just as well as my partner and I are currently on our third re-watch of The Big Bang Theory.  Yep you heard right and in-between we've also worked our way through Will and Grace, How I Met Your Mother and Caroline In The City.  Next on our list is Spin City. 

After that who knows. Maybe you've got a favourite to recommend...

Black Books

If ever I had my own book shop it would probably be just like the one in Black Books.  And in all honestly I would be just like Bernard Black.  The foul-mouthed, drunken owner who loves books and hates his customers. Personally I can't blame him.  After all who would want to give up all those lovely books to complete and utter strangers. 

A book shop without patrons... except me.  Heaven.

The Big Bang Theory            

Soft Kitty song.

Really that's all I have to say.   Because soft kitty says it all.

If you don't know what that means then you just have to watch the show to find out.

"Dr Frasier Crane, psychiatrist and radio host navigates single life while coping with the day-to-day eccentricities of his family and patients."

This show never fails to make me laugh and it's easy to see why both Kelsey Grammar (as Frasier Crane) and David Hyde-Pierce (as Frasier's brother Niles) were nominated for a plethora of Emmy's during the show's 11 year run.

I feel another marathon session is called for...

How I Met Your Mother

This show is "legen...dary."  And if you've seen it you'll know exactly what this means.

Though it's about Ted and the story of how he met his wife the real star of this show for me is Barney Stinson, a serial playboy who uses trick in the book and more to get what he wants. Barney is sleazy and funny and romantic and... well the perfect bad boy,


"Smooth talking ex-lawyer Jeff Winger has got a lot to learn, and he’s come to Greendale Community College to avoid every bit of it. Unfortunately for Jeff, he’s not the only misfit to enroll here."

 I've got this show on my To-Be-Watched list.  It sounds like just my kind of thing.


Miranda and I are like this *me crossing fingers*

I adore this show and can only hope that they do another season. 

Because I need to know.  I have to know. 

That's got you curious. Hasn't it?


Family life.

Watching this show you'll be grateful that yours isn't as half as insane.  Or that your kids aren't smarter than you.  Because in the Outnumbered household the kids are the true masters.


Life as a politician is never easy, especially if you the newly elected Vice President.

Balancing family life, political agendas and the demands of the President are just the beginning

30 Rock

Liz Lemon's, head writer of a live variety show, life is turned upside down with the arrival of a network executive who seems determined  to interfere with every decision she makes.

For a woman with sass and sharp wit and a mean pair of glasses Liz is just the kind of woman who isn't going to back down...

The Vicar of Dibley

The Dibley Parish Council don’t know what has hit them when the new vicar arrives in the village. Because Reverend Geraldine Granger  is not only young, trendy and bubbly but also a woman.  She is also looking for love.  Will a certain tall, dark and handsome stranger be the one?  

Featuring Dawn French at her wonderful best and Richard Armitage (or RA as his fans call him) sigh...


Laura said...

This is what TV heaven looks like! (apart from Big Bang which is the WORST). 30 rock forever.

tosca said...

I'm new to the Black Books party and, even then, I had to re-watch the first 2 episodes twice because I had to get my head around the change in humour. (I'd been eyeball deep in marathon re-watches of US cop shows). LOVE IT. Love it SO MUCH, and I want to BE Bernard Black. Or run a shop like his, at least. (Only maybe with less booze and cigarettes and contempt. Maybe).

Can I say: I heart your choices here?

Anonymous said...

Big Bang Theory is really terrible low brow crap. Cringe.

tosca said...

I don't know that I'd call it low brow. But I do have a problem with it. I used to really enjoy Big Bang Theory. A lot. And then one day, I stopped, took a long look, and realised that there were some things about it that I didn't like. In fact, it made me uncomfortable. Only I couldn't put my finger on what it was exactly. I knew I wasn't happy with the way smart women were portrayed on the show, and overall I'm not so sure I was happy with how nerds/geeks were portrayed fullstop. And then I read a Tumblr post that put it in perspective for me: a lot of the humour is not about laughing WITH the characters so much as it is about laughing AT them. And as a nerd, I'm uncomfortable with that. Wholeheartedly so. I had finally thought that we would have a show for our time that honours nerds. I'm not so sure this does it.

These days, if I find myself re-watching an episode or two, I do it with that thought in the back of my head.

Link to the post:

Sally said...

I have to say that I agree with Tosca about the problems with the show, but would like to add: you can still like and enjoy something while acknowleding that it has problems. Some of my favourite shows definitely do not treat their lady characters well, and that bothers me, but if I only liked/watched things that did it perfectly there'd be very little left for me to enjoy.

tosca said...

I'm about to watch The New Girl this weekend for the very first time. I've watched one episode in its lifetime, and that was for Dylan O'Brien. (I'm somewhat unrepentant about my terrible fangirlish crush on him). I'm desperately hoping that they haven't turned Socially Awkward Girl into the bimbo of the new millennium. (Please tell me they didn't do that?).

Laura said...

The reason I don't like is that there are only so many times you can use the 'penny doesn't understand science' joke before you have to get some new material. For a show about intelligent people the jokes aren't that smart or funny. The character of Sheldon is the show's one redeeming feature but I think that's more because the actor is so talented rather than the character being very well written.

When you hold it up to shows like 30 Rock and Seinfeld it really can't hold it's own.

tosca said...

Okay, I have to ask: What is it with Seinfeld? I have not yet met one person who doesn't like it EXCEPT MYSELF. My friends are all crazy about it. I never got the humour myself. It always seemed like a show made up of whining and whinging. What am I missing? And should I re-watch it?

Laura said...

That kind of is the joke. All of the characters are terrible people who never learn from their mistakes. It's kind of the anti- family sitcom, where everyone talks about their feelings and crap.

It took me a while to get into it. The first couple of seasons aren't that great but around season 4 it gets really good (as with most shows).

tosca said...

Maybe I'll need to give it a try :/

syfygirl21 said...

Wow so many comments and such a great discussion. Agree 100% about how the women on Big Bang have been treated. Seemed to start after the actress who plays Penny broke her leg in real life. When she came back to the show they suddenly turned Penny into this dumb blonde who drank all the time. I must admit I really only love the 1st 3 seasons then, after that it's very up and down in.

I'm with you Tosca I could never get into Seinfield either. Just don't get but I also get that others do.

I'm very much a English humour kind of person so love and adore Black Books, Black Adder, Miranda etc. The humour is so me. American humour is quite different and can have a somewhat nasty side to it.