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(The Day)   Five reasons why you pay $100 a month for cable and STILL can't find anything funny to watch   (theday.com ) divider line 36
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2012-07-13 09:22:07 AM  
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//p.s. Seinfeld sucked
 
Pud
2012-07-13 10:18:25 AM  
If it wasn't for the SyFy channel I would never be able to get my rastlin' fix
 
2012-07-13 10:24:35 AM  
Curb Your Enthusiasm is a better than Seinfeld, Seinfeld knock-off.
 
2012-07-13 10:53:38 AM  
Because internet is part of our cable package? We would have skipped it, but getting the phone/tv/internet package was cheaper than just internet.
 
2012-07-13 11:06:57 AM  
Did Louie get canceled or something?
 
2012-07-13 11:12:33 AM  
Fraser, Cheers and M*A*S*H re-runs are all I need, and I get them on one chanel.
 
2012-07-13 11:14:49 AM  
I started adding up all of the shows I really watch (instead of just the shows that happen to be on TV that I sorta look at), and figured out that it was much, much cheaper to cut my cable and buy the individual episodes of the shows I like from places like iTunes, or go to places like Netflix and Hulu.
 
2012-07-13 11:17:45 AM  
Because two big corporations are fighting over money and took away my comedy channel?

/Just ditch it and go Netflix already
 
2012-07-13 11:21:19 AM  
Seinfeld was and still is, awesome.

Clean humour isn't lame, clean humour is infinitely harder to do than dirty humour. Doing dirty stuff is the easy route, the low hanging fruit. To make people laugh in a way that doesn't resort to that speaks to great talent and ability. It's not a complicated concept.

That's why he was so succesful, he took the hard route, and it paid off for him.

Good entertainment, isn't easy-to-do entertainment.
 
2012-07-13 11:22:57 AM  

cirby: I started adding up all of the shows I really watch (instead of just the shows that happen to be on TV that I sorta look at), and figured out that it was much, much cheaper to cut my cable and buy the individual episodes of the shows I like from places like iTunes, or go to places like Netflix and Hulu.


Same, did this a month ago and haven't looked back.

I'm hoping not to give in when football season starts...
 
2012-07-13 11:23:17 AM  

Flappyhead: Cheers, M*A*S*H


Faulty Towers, game over, have a nice day.
 
zez
2012-07-13 11:25:29 AM  
Maybe it's because they make the comedians take out what made them interesting.

Case in point:

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upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-13 11:27:07 AM  

TheNyquilKid: Flappyhead: Cheers, M*A*S*H

Faulty Towers, game over, have a nice day.


I have it on DVD.
 
2012-07-13 11:29:11 AM  

Bukharin: Curb Your Enthusiasm is a better than Seinfeld, Seinfeld knock-off.


Yeah, the article gives all the credit to Jerry Seinfeld but I always figured Larry David had just as much to do with its success.

But the article is right about shows being watered down. Try to have a message or do anything controversial and you'll lose the prime "I just want to eat Cheetos and turn my brain off" demographic.
 
2012-07-13 11:32:54 AM  
For as much of a titan as his sitcom may have been, the show was successful for one major reason. Jerry Seinfeld, for all of his brilliance, is the exception, not the rule. No other comic has found so much success with such family-friendly material.

Ever heard of Bill Cosby?
 
2012-07-13 11:33:52 AM  

cirby: I started adding up all of the shows I really watch (instead of just the shows that happen to be on TV that I sorta look at), and figured out that it was much, much cheaper to cut my cable and buy the individual episodes of the shows I like from places like iTunes, or go to places like Netflix and Hulu.


Cable/satellite is a con-trick. Lots of advertising showing all the great content "and 200 other channels". Yeah, 99.99% garbage. The stuff they show you in the ad is about all the great content there is. If you're spending £20/month for 2 series, you're paying something like £2.50/hour for content - more than renting movies on DVD.
 
2012-07-13 11:35:34 AM  
Still waiting on the TV show centered around the characters and material of Stephen Wright.
 
2012-07-13 11:40:03 AM  

Starhawk: cirby: I started adding up all of the shows I really watch (instead of just the shows that happen to be on TV that I sorta look at), and figured out that it was much, much cheaper to cut my cable and buy the individual episodes of the shows I like from places like iTunes, or go to places like Netflix and Hulu.

Same, did this a month ago and haven't looked back.

I'm hoping not to give in when football season starts...


Assuming you can get games over the air in your area, and you don't HAVE to be watching the best game of the day every week, it's not so bad. NBC will give you the Sunday Night game online, and they do a pretty good job of it. ESPN for reasons that are retarded beyond belief won't do the same for MNF games though, or at least haven't in the past.
 
2012-07-13 11:49:32 AM  

majestic: For as much of a titan as his sitcom may have been, the show was successful for one major reason. Jerry Seinfeld, for all of his brilliance, is the exception, not the rule. No other comic has found so much success with such family-friendly material.

Ever heard of Bill Cosby?


Also, I don't recall The Cosby Show episodes that dealt with masturbation, cunnilingus, faked orgasms, or the sponge.
 
2012-07-13 11:52:41 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: majestic: For as much of a titan as his sitcom may have been, the show was successful for one major reason. Jerry Seinfeld, for all of his brilliance, is the exception, not the rule. No other comic has found so much success with such family-friendly material.

Ever heard of Bill Cosby?

Also, I don't recall The Cosby Show episodes that dealt with masturbation, cunnilingus, faked orgasms, or the sponge.


Real/fake boobs, exposed bras, toothbrush in the toilet...
 
2012-07-13 11:53:35 AM  

Bukharin: Curb Your Enthusiasm is a better than Seinfeld, Seinfeld knock-off.


I just can't get into that show. Seinfeld resonates with me way more.
 
2012-07-13 11:54:01 AM  

TheNyquilKid: Flappyhead: Cheers, M*A*S*H

Faulty Towers, game over, have a nice day.


Nice. I'll miss Community.
 
2012-07-13 12:05:39 PM  

Flappyhead: TheNyquilKid: Flappyhead: Cheers, M*A*S*H

Faulty Towers, game over, have a nice day.

I have it on DVD.


Same here. Just finished watching them all again a little while ago. One of my all-time favourites.
 
2012-07-13 12:06:26 PM  
All I need is PBS.

"Shut Your Gob!" & Do Shut Up!" FTW!
 
2012-07-13 12:21:28 PM  
Seinfeld as a show is waaaay better than Seinfeld's standup.
 
2012-07-13 12:29:28 PM  

TheJoe03: Seinfeld as a show is waaaay better than Seinfeld's standup.


What's the deal with that?
 
2012-07-13 01:12:50 PM  
Baagel
 
2012-07-13 01:41:04 PM  

Flappyhead: TheNyquilKid: Flappyhead: Cheers, M*A*S*H

Faulty Towers, game over, have a nice day.

I have it on DVD.


All I need is Netflix and metv. Done and no cable bill!!!!
 
2012-07-13 04:05:32 PM  
cache.gizmodo.com

but is it gold plated??
 
2012-07-13 04:43:08 PM  
These pretzels are making me thirsty!
 
2012-07-13 07:46:17 PM  

majestic: For as much of a titan as his sitcom may have been, the show was successful for one major reason. Jerry Seinfeld, for all of his brilliance, is the exception, not the rule. No other comic has found so much success with such family-friendly material.

Ever heard of Bill Cosby?


and George Carlin.

/I'm not a particularly good parent.
 
2012-07-13 08:18:07 PM  
Fark you, AMC, with your 10 mins of movie divided by 5 mins of commercials!

DIAF!!!
 
2012-07-13 09:46:49 PM  
Silly subtard, don't you know Your Average Witty Fark User is a hipster who doesn't have cable?
 
2012-07-14 06:38:39 AM  
Could it be that there is too many low production value tv shows that somehow grab enough viewers to merit their existence? Or perhaps there is too much crap like reality TV. What skill or occupation have I not seen yet on cable channels? I mean is it just a bunch of dwarfs that didn't know they were pregnant whose fathers are hoarders that work as loggers or truckers? Are their rich trashy sisters going to clubs every night to have cook-offs with Gordon Ramsay? What about the deadbeat brother that gets high and hunts ghosts all day with his delusional friends, which leads the family to have an intervention to kick his drug habit?

/Why, yes I don't have a clue what this article was about. You expect me to read?!
 
2012-07-14 09:16:44 AM  

browntimmy: But the article is right about shows being watered down. Try to have a message or do anything controversial and you'll lose the prime "I just want to eat Cheetos and turn my brain off" demographic.



I blame marketing departments, focus groups and the over reliance on Nielsen ratings. Rather than make a show that is witty, requires an ounce of active engagement or has any substance, Execs and marketing teams try to squeeze in the most viewers per episode/show possible, hence the stupid, predictable, cliche upon cliche crap-fest of a show:

Make sure to set the show in a big city, in a luxurious and expensive apartment where the loser characters who could not even begin to afford said apartment can argue/discuss every possible vapid and trivial "annoyance" of living in a big city.

Time to do a Thanksgiving episode - Don't forget to have the main character forget to take out the turkey's giblet bag, with an audible audience reaction of "ewwww...lololol...hahaha..."

Teenage son goes on his first date and gets his first kiss: Audible audience reaction "ooooohhhhhh"

Don't forget to have the father tell his daughter's prom date that "he's been to prison before and isn't afraid to go back" while he is cleaning his shotgun.

Speaking of prom: 250 dancing kids? Check. 2 gallon Punch bowl (which I have never seen at a modern day school dance)? Check. Rebellious Jock with a 3oz flask of peach schnaps? Check. ENTIRE student body obliterated, hammered-ass-stumbling down-annihilated-drunk because "someone spiked the punch"? Check.

Don't forget the constant portraying of men (especially husbands) as these idiotic, morans who can barely wipe their own asses.

Let's not forget the spoiled brat teenage daughter...

Or the dumb, blonde cheerleader...

Or the nerdy smart guy...

These worn out situations and cliches are what is killing sitcoms. Sitcoms appeal to the lowest common denominator of audience.
 
2012-07-14 12:20:12 PM  
Titus was a great show. The network screwed that show.
 
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