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In Reply to: RE: (You're easily amused) ;-) posted by RGA on December 29, 2021 at 19:13:23
David seems a bit on the harsh side.
My own reaction lies (possibly somewhat like yours) somewhere between the sourness of David's Rolling Stone review, and tinear's and oldmkvi's more unrestrained enthusiasm here on AA.
If that's a Word!
Everything in Life is a Seinfeld Quote!
. . . but, my name is Chris and I've never watched Seinfeld. ;-)
Seinfeld is a sitcom based on "observational" comedy. Seinfeld is usually compared to George Carlin in this regard. I prefer Carlin as a stand up - by a lot.
Regarding the TV series 'Seinfeld' - I found Seinfeld to be the weakest of the four cast members. Like a lot of TV series, it all depends on which one you see. Some are quite funny, some are quite crappy. Different writers write different episodes.
It is rare to have any TV series where one writer writes all the episodes.
Seinfeld did manage to avoid politics - but all four characters were smarmy and largely unlikeable shallow individuals. Part of the fun though was that they never really won. Bad stuff happening to bad people. Since you don't like any of them they deserved what they got.
This is different from a show like Taxi where even Louis De Palma had a heart buried deep.
I was never a big fan of Seinfeld (I got a few chuckles out of it) but some folks really love that kind of stuff. But then people loved Gilligan's Island (eesh) so who knows.
Comedy is one of those things that are highly personal. My favourite sitcom was Frasier. Yet Cheers was only so so for me.
Actually, I should say my favourites were Fawlty Towers and The Black Adder (after season 1).
You're over intellectualizing it. I bet you're a Friends fan.
Friends was enjoyable - I think the humour in Seinfeld is generally smarter. Friends was more the "every-person" kind of thing. I liked Friends more a decade or so after it ended. I laughed considerably more at Seinfeld however. Friends to me is a sort of comedic soap opera. I have seen Friends more recently so I may have to go back and rewatch some Seinfeld.
I am not up on most shows since about 2004. I have mostly lived in Asia without a lot of TV for the past 15 years.
I did enjoy a show called Mom with Anna Faris and Allison Janney. Considerably more realistically written women than some shows. But the language and themes most definitely wouldn't be for the Christian Right I suspect.
I was kidding, I always felt Friends was a dumbed down copycat of Seinfeld. That doesn't stop me from watching, however. :-)
Allison is one of the more accomplished comedians of the last few decades
excellent timing, body language, command of dialogue, the whole package!
it would be a shame if she never gets to work with Katy Sagal
those two in a dramady would be gold!
The only reason I bothered to watch Mom was because she was superb in The West Wing - a more serious role with some comedy - I believe she won 5 best actress awards (or more) for her work on that show.
This is an impressive scene of acting compared to most of the tripe on television.
It's overrated AND a bore....
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