Thursday, July 8, 2010
Comedy is not about having characters in implausible situations.
I've been lately watching critically praised shows like Parks & Recreation and Community.
I didn't really expect them to be any good since there hasn't been any 'real' buzz over these shows. Nevertheless, I decided to give them a go.
Well, it wasn't exactly a good idea. I didn't end up liking either show at all.
That is because both are poorly acted and poorly written. Both have uninteresting characters. Both have 'jokes' that aren't funny.
Community especially excels in being completely chaotic. Nothing makes sense whatsoever on the show. It's just rapid fire stuff - and then to the end credits.
Shame, shame, shame.
But I guess watching those shows wasn't that bad of an experience to me. Because it made me think why these two comedy shows and too many others aren't really funny at all.
Good question, right?
Bad writing - yeah, I guess, but so? Uninteresting characters - yes but so? Unfunny jokes - yes but so?
Doesn't really explain that much.
If I had to sum up in one sentence why comedy shows aren't really good anymore, I would say that it's because we don't see characters in ordinary situations anymore.
I know, sounds lame and unhipster and uncool and so on. But the truth is that every funny comedy series has more or less been based on real stuff.
Like All in The Family, King of The Hill, The Simpsons (the early seasons), Family Ties...
All classic shows. These sitcoms respected you and me and life in general. These shows had storylines that we all could relate to.
We had characters that were real. Problems that were real. Pain that was real.
Alex Keating dating an older woman. Hank Hill having serious problems with his bowel movement. Marge Simpson having an 'affair' with her instructor. Edith Bunker being sexually molested.
Those days seem to be gone. Now we have shows like Community being written by people who don't seem to know much about life.
How things have changed... ...and not for the better.