Tuesday, September 28, 2010
How about showing some class on tv?
Another Chuck Lorre entry? Yes, but he unfortunately earned it. Let's take a look at what we have seen on his sitcoms lately.
Last week's Two and a Half Men episode: 16-year old kid has a threesome.
Last week's The Big Bang Theory: One of the guys uses a robot to masturbate.
This week's Mike & Molly. Discussion and 'jokes' about masturbation and oral sex.
This week's Two and A Half Men: Co-protagonist professes his love to his girlfriend but casually cheats her in the very same episode.
That's three different shows and four episodes in a row.
When you have that many sitcoms on air and almost all we get is stuff about sex and cheating then I guess you have to describe that as rather depressing.
I was especially disappointed in Mike & Molly. It's not exactly a good show and it may get cancelled, but it's nevertheless supposed to be good-hearted fun. Too bad it wasn't in that episode.
Alan cheating his girlfriend at the end of Monday's episode of 2 1/2 Men - what in the world was that?
You know, I'm not saying that you can't or aren't allowed to write about outrageous and raunchy stuff. Because South Park has managed to pull it off again and again and again.
The difference here of course is that while Trey Parker and Matt Stone have artistical integrity and ambition, Lorre and his folks are out there more or less to make an easy buck. (at least when it comes to 2 1/2 Men)
In a way it's amazing how on South Park you can even write an episode about queefs (google it if you don't know and want to know) and still come out smelling like roses.
But that's the way it is when you know what you're doing and you actually have something to say.
On the other hand, when you have no passion for what you're doing...
We can only hope that Chuck won't completely destroy his only good show, The Big Bang Theory.