Sunday, November 27, 2016

2016 was another horrible year for sitcoms.

When it comes to judging this year's television comedies, there's no way around the fact that 2016 turned out to be a bad year for sitcoms. Almost every show that has aired this year has been incredibly disappointing.

Not only have almost all of the existing award winning sitcoms have failed us (Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory), but those new freshman comedies that have premiered have been pretty massive failures too. 

For example, when it comes to those existing sitcoms that used to be good, Modern Family has finally, officially 'jumped the shark'. The writers on the show aren't even trying to come up with anything that would be watchable anymore. 

Instead of writing quality material, the showrunners are more interested in complaining about the presidential election. Apparently it's much more interesting to blame Bernie Sanders on twitter than it is to do their jobs.

Another long running sitcom that hasn't delivered in a long time, is of course The Big Bang Theory. This series about four nerds and their three female masters hasn't been watchable either, even though the show is still getting very high ratings.

As far as I'm concerned, it just isn't funny to watch these four geeks losing their mojos as characters. Even though the show has already reached its 10th season and is clearly running on fumes, the writers could still try at least a bit.

Naturally, dealing with the inevitable decline of these existing shows would be much easier if we could get some new shows to replace them. It would be much appreciated if we could get new sitcoms that would show at least some promise.

Instead, when it comes to those new comedies, I haven't heard any good things about any of them. Shows like 'Kevin Can Wait', 'The Great Indoors' or 'Man With a Plan' haven't gotten any good reviews from any serious people.

The only new series that was supposed to be even remotely watchable was Kristen Bell's and Ted Danson's 'The Good Place'. It had gotten some positive reviews, so I gave the series a chance, even though the trailer for it didn't impress me at all.

Not surprisingly, the show turned out to be a total abomination and didn't make me laugh even once. The first three episodes were so bad that I couldn't help but to think that the creators and the writers had to be at least a bit challenged mentally.

In any case, based on how much Hollywood has been patting itself on the back lately, should it even surprise anyone that the state of television comedies is so incredibly disappointing and depressing at the moment?

Especially when you keep in mind that the entertainment industry keeps giving their precious awards to horrible, disgusting and vulgar 'comedy' shows like HBO's 'Veep', the lack of good shows on tv shouldn't surprise anyone.

In the end, I'm obviously not saying that coming up with these new quality shows is easy or simple at all. It most certainly takes a lot of talent, dedication and luck to create a successful sitcom that works and keeps us entertained.

At the same time, the truth is that unless those in charge of the networks are willing to admit that we're currently not witnessing the 'golden age of sitcoms™', things are not going to get any better any time soon.

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