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2013-01-16 08:48:30 PM
Whatever, that show is a f*cking riot. Too bad they've gone from 5-6 million viewers in the first season down to 2-3 per episode. This will probably be the last season.
 
2013-01-16 08:50:25 PM
Apropos of nothing, Richard Castle's apartment is *so* pimp (AND he can actually afford it).
 
2013-01-16 09:36:48 PM
At least Friends tried to explain away Monica's apartment as actually her grandmothers rent controlled place she inherited.

Odd that this common trope of broke twenty somethings living in huge apartments in a cool part of NY is the exact opposite of Dallas where a family of oil billionaires lived in one three bedroomed house.
 
2013-01-16 09:39:09 PM
The 20-something girls-Chloe and June-live in a massive two-bedroom apartment in what looks to be a nice area of Manhattan.

Granted I know nothing of New York real estate, but it never looked "massive" to me.


jaylectricity: Whatever, that show is a f*cking riot. Too bad they've gone from 5-6 million viewers in the first season down to 2-3 per episode. This will probably be the last season.


This. The show consistently surprises me. It's too bad it'll probably get cancelled since the 2nd season has shown marked improvement over the first. Which maybe people would notice if they SHOWED THE EPISODES IN ORDER.
 
2013-01-16 09:43:34 PM
I always just assumed that Chloe ran some scam to get a rent controlled apartment.
 
2013-01-16 09:44:54 PM
We're getting into the realities of a show that has been shelved now?
 
2013-01-16 09:46:36 PM
Wow, 19 hosts blocked by noscript. I think that's a record, congrats Gothamist.
 
2013-01-16 09:52:58 PM
The best thing about the show is the look of shock/horror/disgust that appears on Dreama Walker's face every time something outrageous happens. She does it well.

/Dreama? Really?
 
2013-01-16 09:57:59 PM
Krysten Ritter.

gothamist.com

Sweet mother of mercy.
 
2013-01-16 09:59:29 PM
This show is awesome, and it's disappointing to hear that more people aren't watching it. JVB is hysterical and I want to marry Dreama Walker.

/have had a huge crush on Krysten Ritter since BrBa.
 
2013-01-16 10:00:17 PM

fusillade762: SHOWED THE EPISODES IN ORDER.


Oh yeah, I was just figuring that out on Sunday's episode (Also why are they showing an extra episode on Sunday?) when I noticed that it looked like the episode belonged near the beginning of the series. Sunday's and last Tuesdays were supposed to be the 3rd and 5th episode of season one.
 
2013-01-16 10:03:30 PM
I thought rich older guys paid for Chloe's apartment and her lifestyle

/either that or royalties from "Tall Slut No Panties"
 
2013-01-16 10:05:52 PM

Surool: We're getting into the realities of a show that has been shelved now?


It hasn't been cancelled. For some reason ABC got the idea to show it twice a week. That worked about as well as expected so they're back to once a week
 
2013-01-16 10:13:29 PM
Thank you for explaining to us low level non-Yorkers what is and isn't reality for an apartment.

I can only count to tomato apartment
 
2013-01-16 10:15:10 PM
And the next article will be about Girls. They live in an all-white New York City! How can a show do that?
 
2013-01-16 10:16:21 PM
The couple episodes I've watched were pretty meh. Maybe it merits a second chance then.
 
2013-01-16 10:18:39 PM

JolobinSmokin: Thank you for explaining to us low level non-Yorkers what is and isn't reality for an apartment.

I can only count to tomato apartment


Considering how supposedly great NYC is, the average apartment is seemingly terrible. I would never consider living there unless I was a multimillionaire.
 
2013-01-16 10:21:07 PM

skinink: And the next article will be about Girls. They live in an all-white New York City! How can a show do that?


===============

The city isn't all white. Mayor Bloomberg spent some of his personal billions on producing a ray that renders minorities invisible, thereby increasing the city's tourist appeal.
 
2013-01-16 10:23:31 PM
I believe it was adequately explained by Matthew Perry on The Daily Show -- those apartments look nice, but only come with 3 walls, so buyer beware.
 
2013-01-16 10:24:50 PM
Doesn't really matter since they just totally canned the show.

I mean totally...took it off, running re-runs of Shark Tank instead.


/talk about being thrown out of the house...no warning, ABC friggin' just changed the locks.
 
2013-01-16 10:25:55 PM

BadReligion: JolobinSmokin: Thank you for explaining to us low level non-Yorkers what is and isn't reality for an apartment.

I can only count to tomato apartment

Considering how supposedly great NYC is, the average apartment is seemingly terrible. I would never consider living there unless I was a multimillionaire.


=============

There are nice apartments in Manhattan.......rents start at $3K.
 
2013-01-16 10:28:39 PM

Fissile: BadReligion: JolobinSmokin: Thank you for explaining to us low level non-Yorkers what is and isn't reality for an apartment.

I can only count to tomato apartment

Considering how supposedly great NYC is, the average apartment is seemingly terrible. I would never consider living there unless I was a multimillionaire.

=============

There are nice apartments in Manhattan.......rents start at $3K.


I did say "average apartment". I understand there are nice apartments there, but they are for people with 5 roommates of who make at least $250,000/yr.
 
2013-01-16 10:29:29 PM
Or, not of. Stupid iPad is hard to type on.
 
2013-01-16 10:29:44 PM

BadReligion: JolobinSmokin: Thank you for explaining to us low level non-Yorkers what is and isn't reality for an apartment.

I can only count to tomato apartment

Considering how supposedly great NYC is, the average apartment is seemingly terrible. I would never consider living there unless I was a multimillionaire.


I think the idea is that one only sleeps there.

I guess I could cut most of my cooking down to just a cast iron pan and one pot, but I'd miss my kitchen nonetheless.

Being within walking distance of places to hang out would make up for not having a yard or decent rooms for guests.
 
2013-01-16 10:34:50 PM

BadReligion: Fissile: BadReligion: JolobinSmokin: Thank you for explaining to us low level non-Yorkers what is and isn't reality for an apartment.

I can only count to tomato apartment

Considering how supposedly great NYC is, the average apartment is seemingly terrible. I would never consider living there unless I was a multimillionaire.

=============

There are nice apartments in Manhattan.......rents start at $3K.

I did say "average apartment". I understand there are nice apartments there, but they are for people with 5 roommates of who make at least $250,000/yr.


==================

Actually, the average rent for an apartment in Manhattan is now $3,418..........that's why I live across the river in Jersey.

Manhattan Apartments
 
2013-01-16 10:35:04 PM
Thanks for showing me the comparison of th.......

Oh, ya. There's no comparison.
See, I live in the valley of my state so I have NO idea. I can only guess.
Each house around me has acres of land.
So, if I click on your farking link, maybe SHOW me a NY apartment instead of showing whats fake about a fake show.

/And I'd leave it all behind if Dreama Walker asked me to.
 
2013-01-16 10:38:05 PM

rogue49: Doesn't really matter since they just totally canned the show.

I mean totally...took it off, running re-runs of Shark Tank instead.


/talk about being thrown out of the house...no warning, ABC friggin' just changed the locks.


What are you talking about? It was on just last night. And two nights before that.
 
2013-01-16 10:48:05 PM

fusillade762: Granted I know nothing of New York real estate, but it never looked "massive" to me.


As someone who does live in Manhattan on a great salary - it massive.
 
2013-01-16 10:54:46 PM
Wait wait.  You mean we're supposed to care that a show about NYC is unrealistic, when the networks based out of NYC have spent years unrealistically portraying every other city/area in America?
 
2013-01-16 10:57:51 PM
George Jefferson was a successful businessman, owner of multiple dry-cleaning locations, and lived in Manhattan in the 70s. If anything, he could have had a bigger place.
 
2013-01-16 11:00:50 PM

Flint Ironstag: At least Friends tried to explain away Monica's apartment as actually her grandmothers rent controlled place she inherited.

Odd that this common trope of broke twenty somethings living in huge apartments in a cool part of NY is the exact opposite of Dallas where a family of oil billionaires lived in one three bedroomed house.


Or Downtown Abbey, where a freaking castle only has about six rooms for the family that lives there.
 
2013-01-16 11:02:57 PM
What's going on here? Fleshtones behind pixellation always catch my eye.

gothamist.com
 
2013-01-16 11:11:00 PM

Generation_D: Wait wait.  You mean we're supposed to care that a show about NYC is unrealistic, when the networks based out of NYC have spent years unrealistically portraying every other city/area in America?


True. The bits I have seen of CSI make it look like it is filmed in a much older city, it looks nothing like Vegas.
 
2013-01-16 11:21:59 PM

treecologist: What's going on here? Fleshtones behind pixellation always catch my eye.

[gothamist.com image 640x371]


The guy in the window is their pervy neighbor. He hangs out and watches the dark-haired girl and offers advice or perverted comments.

She's just hanging out as if walking around her apartment naked is normal. That was the series opener I think.
 
2013-01-16 11:32:04 PM
Well, there's poor poor, and there's TV poor.

Didn't always used to be that way; the Evans family actually looked like they were living in a tenement on Good Times.
 
2013-01-16 11:35:44 PM
After seeing a $900 per month room with a shower in the kitchen, I said "fark this, Brooklyn it is then."
 
2013-01-16 11:42:01 PM
I wouldn't call it a 'foyer'. There's no clear delineation between the entry way and the main house. You'd need at least a doorway to separate the two before you could call it a foyer, IMO.
 
2013-01-16 11:49:29 PM
It's a TV sitcom, not a documentary. Who gives a fark.
 
2013-01-16 11:52:23 PM
I love this show. It's so much fun watching the 'Welcome to Fark' crying guy lampooning himself and taking the piss out of celebrity culture week-to-week. Plus, he's even hotter now. (That ass!)

The snarky black-humour is right up my alley, and Krysten Ritter is amazing as the 'B'. She tore my heart out and stompted it into a bloddy mushy pulp with her role as Jesse's doomed girlfriend in Breaking Bad, so I love seeing her so brilliantly, vibrantly, monstrously alive in this show. She's incredibly talented.

I really hope the network shuffling hasn't screwed this show in the ass.

/and I was hoping to see some actual examples of dumpy New York apartments these characters would be able to afford in the linked lame article. Like a converted janitor's closet or something.
 
2013-01-16 11:53:49 PM
The show has explained how she affords the apartment.
 
2013-01-16 11:55:51 PM

skinink: And the next article will be about Girls. They live in an all-white New York City! How can a show do that?


How did "Friends" do it?


jaylectricity: treecologist: What's going on here? Fleshtones behind pixellation always catch my eye.

[gothamist.com image 640x371]

The guy in the window is their pervy neighbor. He hangs out and watches the dark-haired girl and offers advice or perverted comments.

She's just hanging out as if walking around her apartment naked is normal. That was the series opener I think.


Yup. She was doing all sorts of things to get June to break the lease and move out so she could keep her money and move on to bilking the next rube roommate. *SPOILER ALERT* It didn't work.
 
2013-01-16 11:59:17 PM
Just the idea of the title shows that we are half-way to "Idiocracy".

When is the new season of "Ass" schedule to air?
 
2013-01-17 12:10:42 AM
krysten ritter

that is all

www.esquire.com
 
2013-01-17 12:14:15 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Krysten Ritter.

[gothamist.com image 640x456]

Sweet mother of mercy.


Wow, those pants are straight from "how to make an attractive woman less attractive 101".

/in before Rogen/Rudd
 
2013-01-17 12:16:32 AM

lasercannon: I always just assumed that Chloe ran some scam to get a rent controlled apartment.


Not to mention that she seems to be running scams with world leaders, or at least rich Arab dudes. The UN General Assembly is when she goes to work. And she's got a cult following in Japan, and who knows what else. Not to mention that she's got rich parents who she's grifting all the time.
 
2013-01-17 12:17:24 AM

treecologist: What's going on here? Fleshtones behind pixellation always catch my eye.


Seeing if the lipstick thing really works.
 
2013-01-17 12:20:11 AM

Generation_D: Wait wait.  You mean we're supposed to care that a show about NYC is unrealistic, when the networks based out of NYC have spent years unrealistically portraying every other city/area in America?


30 Rock's redheaded intern. I live in his actual hometown (Conyers, Ga) and my parents live in his 30 Rock's character's hometown (Stone Mountain, Ga). Conyers is much more redneck than Stone Mountain, but neither that close to what the show portrays.

That dude's mom taught my roommate sex ed. He says it was kind of awkward, since her husband was the gym coach.
 
2013-01-17 12:32:30 AM

Generation_D: Wait wait.  You mean we're supposed to care that a show about NYC is unrealistic, when the networks based out of NYC have spent years unrealistically portraying every other city/area in America?


You know what show is surprisingly accurate? Cougar Town. For realsies. The show's setting is modeled on Sarasota, and having grown up around there, it's freakish how closely they nailed the area, even down to the propensity of kids from there to all go to USF Sarasota because they're incapable of cutting the apron strings.
 
2013-01-17 12:45:56 AM
Is this really a problem? Do you think we really care that they are living in an apartment/townhouse in Brooklyn that is probably 8k a month and nowhere near realistic? We know these shows are fake and we use them to get away from our own reality every night Now STFU and get back to showing Krysten Ritter pictures.. Jesus...
 
2013-01-17 12:50:00 AM

treecologist: What's going on here? Fleshtones behind pixellation always catch my eye.




i116.photobucket.com


/Created for a Cracked contest, too late to submit
//sigh
 
2013-01-17 01:44:22 AM

BadReligion: Or, not of. Stupid iPad is hard to type on stupid.


FIFY

/worthless toy
 
2013-01-17 02:14:17 AM
Funniest show on TV. It's a shame it's not going to survive, maybe we'll get lucky and TNT will pick it up.
 
2013-01-17 02:29:21 AM
fabzz.com
 
2013-01-17 02:33:28 AM
chewthedirt.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com
 
2013-01-17 02:34:50 AM
guyspeed.com
 
2013-01-17 02:35:29 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-17 02:57:12 AM

Popcorn Johnny: It's a shame it's not going to survive


2.bp.blogspot.com

But then again, who does?
 
2013-01-17 03:12:27 AM
I have never seen this show, but is it just me or have they stolen all the will and grace sets....especially the apartments
 
2013-01-17 03:44:47 AM

jaylectricity: fusillade762: SHOWED THE EPISODES IN ORDER.

Oh yeah, I was just figuring that out on Sunday's episode (Also why are they showing an extra episode on Sunday?) when I noticed that it looked like the episode belonged near the beginning of the series. Sunday's and last Tuesdays were supposed to be the 3rd and 5th episode of season one.


They're even playing season 1 episodes in season 2 now...

• Season 1

1 1-01 1ATF79 11/Apr/12 Pilot [Trailer]
2 1-02 1ATF01 18/Apr/12 Daddy's Girl
3 1-03 1ATF09 25/Apr/12 The Parent Trap
4 1-04 1ATF04 02/May/12 The Wedding
5 1-05 1ATF03 09/May/12 Making Rent
6 1-06 1ATF07 16/May/12 It's Just Sex
7 1-07 1ATF10 23/May/12 shiatagi Nash

• Season 2

8 2-01 2ATF01 23/Oct/12 A Reunion [Trailer]
9 2-02 2ATF03 30/Oct/12 Love & Monsters
10 2-03 2ATF04 13/Nov/12 Sexy People [Trailer]
11 2-04 2ATF02 20/Nov/12 It's a Miracle
12 2-05 1ATF06 04/Dec/12 Whatever It Takes
13 2-06 1ATF11 11/Dec/12 Bar Lies
14 2-07 1ATF12 18/Dec/12 A Weekend in the Hamptons
15 2-08 2ATF05 06/Jan/13 Paris
16 2-09 1ATF05 08/Jan/13 The Scarlet Neighbor
17 2-10 1ATF02 13/Jan/13 Mean Girls
18 2-11 2ATF08 15/Jan/13 Dating Games
19 2-12 1ATF08 UNKNOWN The Leak
20 2-13 2ATF07 /13 Monday June


The production code (xATFyy) is the order they're supposed to air in...
 
2013-01-17 03:52:45 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x566]


Doing a find job of living up to your name, I see.
 
2013-01-17 03:53:45 AM
Or fine, if you like.
 
2013-01-17 04:03:35 AM

ricochet4: [fabzz.com image 850x571]


Every single proportion on that poor girl's face is so way off. It's extremely disconcerting.
 
2013-01-17 04:43:53 AM
I always thought King of the Hill nailed central Texas/north Texas almost perfectly.
 
2013-01-17 06:50:44 AM

Flint Ironstag: At least Friends tried to explain away Monica's apartment as actually her grandmothers rent controlled place she inherited.

Odd that this common trope of broke twenty somethings living in huge apartments in a cool part of NY is the exact opposite of Dallas where a family of oil billionaires lived in one three bedroomed house.


More common tropes:

The teenager with the minimum wage job who just happens to own a mint condition '57 Chevy or '65 Mustang.

The one where the supposedly working class guys who, whenever they want to bet each other, seem to always have an extra $100 each in their pocket.

Speaking of gambling, that classic trope where the character goes to Vegas, loses it all, but on the way out/home, either puts the last quarter into a slot machine and breaks even or does karaoke/something and earns enough to pay for way home or gets job, etc

Just once, I'd like so see the min-wage teen with a real beater that doesn't run too well or often.
Or the working guys bet $5 or less.
Or the Vegas person bet the last 25 cents and loose that too.
 
2013-01-17 07:14:55 AM
Wait, something on TV is not quite realistic? STOP THE PRESSES!
 
2013-01-17 07:22:22 AM

Flash_NYC: Flint Ironstag: At least Friends tried to explain away Monica's apartment as actually her grandmothers rent controlled place she inherited.

Odd that this common trope of broke twenty somethings living in huge apartments in a cool part of NY is the exact opposite of Dallas where a family of oil billionaires lived in one three bedroomed house.

More common tropes:

The teenager with the minimum wage job who just happens to own a mint condition '57 Chevy or '65 Mustang.

The one where the supposedly working class guys who, whenever they want to bet each other, seem to always have an extra $100 each in their pocket.

Speaking of gambling, that classic trope where the character goes to Vegas, loses it all, but on the way out/home, either puts the last quarter into a slot machine and breaks even or does karaoke/something and earns enough to pay for way home or gets job, etc

Just once, I'd like so see the min-wage teen with a real beater that doesn't run too well or often.
Or the working guys bet $5 or less.
Or the Vegas person bet the last 25 cents and loose that too.


People watch TV for wish fulfillment. Very rarely are you able to do that and portray reality realistically at the same time.
 
2013-01-17 07:27:08 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Krysten Ritter.

[gothamist.com image 640x456]

Sweet mother of mercy.


Good Lord I love that chick
 
2013-01-17 07:29:48 AM

Flint Ironstag: At least Friends tried to explain away Monica's apartment as actually her grandmothers rent controlled place she inherited.

Odd that this common trope of broke twenty somethings living in huge apartments in a cool part of NY is the exact opposite of Dallas where a family of oil billionaires lived in one three bedroomed house.


Aye, even in the first few seasons, you "knew" that Monica only had that apartment because her, then alive, grandmother was illegally subletting to her. (from the little I know of the history of rent control in NYC, that kind of thing was common in order to keep a good apartment).

I accepted that Chandler made good money and could afford his place.

But I don't know how Ross afforded his really nice place. A professor of paleontology can't be making the same money Chandler was.

/I know too much about Friends
 
2013-01-17 07:53:49 AM
Next you'll be telling me that Sex In the City wasn't an accurate portrayal either.
 
2013-01-17 08:01:24 AM
I would bang krysten ritter until my dick liquified it was inside her so long.
 
2013-01-17 08:31:35 AM

Badgers: jaylectricity: fusillade762: SHOWED THE EPISODES IN ORDER.

Oh yeah, I was just figuring that out on Sunday's episode (Also why are they showing an extra episode on Sunday?) when I noticed that it looked like the episode belonged near the beginning of the series. Sunday's and last Tuesdays were supposed to be the 3rd and 5th episode of season one.

They're even playing season 1 episodes in season 2 now...


Well that's exactly what I said, but thanks for the citation.
 
2013-01-17 09:05:02 AM
Gee. You could recreate Fatal Attraction in there.

And she does look like she wouldn't be ignored.
 
2013-01-17 09:16:30 AM

Flash_NYC: Flint Ironstag: At least Friends tried to explain away Monica's apartment as actually her grandmothers rent controlled place she inherited.

Odd that this common trope of broke twenty somethings living in huge apartments in a cool part of NY is the exact opposite of Dallas where a family of oil billionaires lived in one three bedroomed house.

More common tropes:

The teenager with the minimum wage job who just happens to own a mint condition '57 Chevy or '65 Mustang.

The one where the supposedly working class guys who, whenever they want to bet each other, seem to always have an extra $100 each in their pocket.

Speaking of gambling, that classic trope where the character goes to Vegas, loses it all, but on the way out/home, either puts the last quarter into a slot machine and breaks even or does karaoke/something and earns enough to pay for way home or gets job, etc

Just once, I'd like so see the min-wage teen with a real beater that doesn't run too well or often.
Or the working guys bet $5 or less.
Or the Vegas person bet the last 25 cents and loose that too.


The kid in Raising Hope works at a grocery store and drives a crappy van I think. Then his parents bought a Delorean and he got their beater car.

Of course, I think the girlfriend/fiance/whatever is supposed to be loaded.

/Mrs. Turfshoe watches a lot of tv
 
2013-01-17 09:50:29 AM
treecologist: What's going on here? Fleshtones behind pixellation always catch my eye.

Huh. I'm surprised I haven't seen you at the meetings.
 
2013-01-17 09:54:10 AM

Flint Ironstag: At least Friends tried to explain away Monica's apartment as actually her grandmothers rent controlled place she inherited.

Odd that this common trope of broke twenty somethings living in huge apartments in a cool part of NY is the exact opposite of Dallas where a family of oil billionaires lived in one three bedroomed house.


manhattan still builds new low income apartments. requirement is annual income of under $40K for a single person. and these are real 1 bedroom apartments with rent of under $1K/month. so it's kinda possible.
 
2013-01-17 09:55:38 AM
You mean television shows don't always reflect reality?
 
2013-01-17 09:55:43 AM

the_rhino: I would bang krysten ritter until my dick liquified; it was inside her so long.


I comped you a semicolon
 
2013-01-17 10:00:35 AM

Generation_D: Wait wait.  You mean we're supposed to care that a show about NYC is unrealistic, when the networks based out of NYC have spent years unrealistically portraying every other city/area in America?


Pretty much. Until I convinced my friends I really thought it was bad they made me watch episodes of Happy Endings. In it there's an unemployed guy who lives in a giant two bedroom apartment with his roommate, a guy who ran a food truck in Chicago several years before that was legal.
 
2013-01-17 10:08:23 AM

Turfshoe: The kid in Raising Hope works at a grocery store and drives a crappy van I think. Then his parents bought a Delorean and he got their beater car.


That's what I was going to say. They all work, and the dad owns a business but they are BROKE and live like it.

I like "Don't Trust the B" a lot; it is raunchy and ridiculous and even the romantic story arcs aren't sappy. Plus the actress that plays June has those eyes that almost make you distracted from her breasts which are always cleavage-on-display. Chloe is less attractive but just terrific in her evil-ness.
 
2013-01-17 10:15:06 AM

Another Government Employee: Gee. You could recreate Fatal Attraction in there.

And she does look like she wouldn't be ignored.


Alex's loft in Fatal Attraction was not particularly large or well appointed. But it was cool because it was in the meat packing district decades before that became trendy.
 
2013-01-17 10:28:47 AM

thisone: Flint Ironstag: At least Friends tried to explain away Monica's apartment as actually her grandmothers rent controlled place she inherited.

Odd that this common trope of broke twenty somethings living in huge apartments in a cool part of NY is the exact opposite of Dallas where a family of oil billionaires lived in one three bedroomed house.

Aye, even in the first few seasons, you "knew" that Monica only had that apartment because her, then alive, grandmother was illegally subletting to her. (from the little I know of the history of rent control in NYC, that kind of thing was common in order to keep a good apartment).

I accepted that Chandler made good money and could afford his place.

But I don't know how Ross afforded his really nice place. A professor of paleontology can't be making the same money Chandler was.

/I know too much about Friends


I got the impression that Ross and Monica's parents were well-off and had connections, so they paid for his education and got him a cushy job.
 
2013-01-17 10:43:42 AM

not5am: Flint Ironstag: At least Friends tried to explain away Monica's apartment as actually her grandmothers rent controlled place she inherited.

Odd that this common trope of broke twenty somethings living in huge apartments in a cool part of NY is the exact opposite of Dallas where a family of oil billionaires lived in one three bedroomed house.

manhattan still builds new low income apartments. requirement is annual income of under $40K for a single person. and these are real 1 bedroom apartments with rent of under $1K/month. so it's kinda possible.


I thought one of the criticisms of Bloomberg was that he was not building working class housing and allowing rent-control to expire in other areas.
 
2013-01-17 10:49:29 AM
There was a clever little bit on How I Met Your Mother where Ted reveals that his memory of Marshall and Lily's place may be unreliable and unrealistic. They show a shot of Marshall and Lily sitting on a couch in a much smaller, super-cramped apartment instead. I thought that was a nice way to handle the situation without actually having sets you can't fit sitcom cameras in.
 
2013-01-17 10:52:41 AM

odinsposse: Generation_D: Wait wait.  You mean we're supposed to care that a show about NYC is unrealistic, when the networks based out of NYC have spent years unrealistically portraying every other city/area in America?

Pretty much. Until I convinced my friends I really thought it was bad they made me watch episodes of Happy Endings. In it there's an unemployed guy who lives in a giant two bedroom apartment with his roommate, a guy who ran a food truck in Chicago several years before that was legal.


In Max's defense, it is a crummy quasi-illegal "loft space" that hasn't been converted over yet with a homeless artist guy living in a crawlspace. It's not glamorous like most of the one's on TV.

I believe the story is he was living there before the area gentrified and there's an episode were the landlord was trying to find ways to kick Max and Dave out so he could sell the place for $$$. It's the episode were they make a trash can stove.

He's also running boys to menorah, an illegal limousine service, and gifting his parents.
 
2013-01-17 10:58:09 AM
I love that show as well as The Neighbors which is underrated in my opinion, the running joke this week about watching Will and Grace DVDs was brilliant.
 
2013-01-17 11:04:03 AM
Charles Bronson had a great apartment in Death Wish......but, hey, he was Charles Bronson.
 
2013-01-17 11:15:48 AM

Moopy Mac: I thought one of the criticisms of Bloomberg was that he was not building working class housing and allowing rent-control to expire in other areas.


news to me. in my searches there were some nice real 1 bedrooms in the east village for $250K but noted it was because it's a rent controlled apartment. iirc they put some new low income apartments around 80th a few years ago.
 
2013-01-17 12:17:37 PM

TheJoe03: I always thought King of the Hill nailed central Texas/north Texas almost perfectly.


It did bother me that drives to Houston were so brief. Even Branson was a short drive. Other than that, everything fits. Gun nut book club, kid who goes to Wichita Falls and thinks it's heaven, teachers who suck at foreign languages, conspiracy theorists, lawn pride, stick boys, rampant sexism... damn I miss Texas.
 
2013-01-17 12:58:41 PM

moothemagiccow: TheJoe03: I always thought King of the Hill nailed central Texas/north Texas almost perfectly.

It did bother me that drives to Houston were so brief. Even Branson was a short drive. Other than that, everything fits. Gun nut book club, kid who goes to Wichita Falls and thinks it's heaven, teachers who suck at foreign languages, conspiracy theorists, lawn pride, stick boys, rampant sexism... damn I miss Texas.


Oh and schools named after football coaches.
 
2013-01-17 01:00:16 PM
The article showed us a lot of nice pictures of the ridiculously large, clean, new and well-furnished apartment from the show, but did not provide the "reality" photos of an actual NYC apartment that could be rented at the characters' estimated income level.

So no, it's not "fantasy vs. reality" it's just "fantasy".
 
2013-01-17 01:29:40 PM

MonkeyAngst: . I thought that was a nice way to handle the situation without actually having sets you can't fit sitcom cameras in.


Its just lazy production. Its entirely possible to have amazing TV done on small sets. Honeymooners, Lucky Loiue, etc
 
2013-01-17 02:41:44 PM

moothemagiccow: TheJoe03: I always thought King of the Hill nailed central Texas/north Texas almost perfectly.

It did bother me that drives to Houston were so brief. Even Branson was a short drive. Other than that, everything fits. Gun nut book club, kid who goes to Wichita Falls and thinks it's heaven, teachers who suck at foreign languages, conspiracy theorists, lawn pride, stick boys, rampant sexism... damn I miss Texas.


I never really noticed how long it took them to get to other cities, or, in fact, exactly where Arlen was supposed to be, but I do know you had to leave early to get to Dallas: " Come on, Peggy, we've got to get to Dallas before the gangs wake up. "
 
2013-01-17 02:42:41 PM
I saw it on TV, so it MUST be real. They can't put anything on TV that isn't real.
 
2013-01-17 02:54:31 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I saw it on TV, so it MUST be real. They can't put anything on TV that isn't real.


or on the internet
 
2013-01-17 03:17:04 PM

MonkeyAngst: There was a clever little bit on How I Met Your Mother where Ted reveals that his memory of Marshall and Lily's place may be unreliable and unrealistic. They show a shot of Marshall and Lily sitting on a couch in a much smaller, super-cramped apartment instead. I thought that was a nice way to handle the situation without actually having sets you can't fit sitcom cameras in.


That was when Marshall and Lily got that house in the suburbs, and then realized just how damn small their apartment was. "HOW MANY LAMPS DO YOU HAVE!?!"
 
2013-01-17 03:24:08 PM
Krysten Ritter has thick, bushy eyebrows. You know what that means.
 
2013-01-17 03:37:36 PM

Actor_au: I love that show as well as The Neighbors which is underrated in my opinion, the running joke this week about watching Will and Grace DVDs was brilliant.


www.crimsontear.com
I love The Neighbors... thought I was alone
 
2013-01-17 04:08:02 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Apropos of nothing, Richard Castle's apartment is *so* pimp (AND he can actually afford it).


Fair enough, but can you explain why the police station he frequents appears to be a Crate & Barrel showroom?
 
2013-01-17 04:30:36 PM

semiotix: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Apropos of nothing, Richard Castle's apartment is *so* pimp (AND he can actually afford it).

Fair enough, but can you explain why the police station he frequents appears to be a Crate & Barrel showroom?


He buys all that shiat for them.
 
2013-01-17 05:06:25 PM

championgoober: Actor_au: I love that show as well as The Neighbors which is underrated in my opinion, the running joke this week about watching Will and Grace DVDs was brilliant.

[www.crimsontear.com image 300x169]
I love The Neighbors... thought I was alone


You're not alone.

/also enjoy The Neighbors
//it's a very Barry Sonnenfeld-type universe
///like they combined his takes on Addams Family and Men In Black
 
2013-01-17 05:48:43 PM
Unfortunately sometimes the quality of the production design rarely keeps up with the quality of the TV show. Seinfeld and All in the Family are two that come to mind. The sets were about as far from New York as it's possible to go and still stay in the US. But the shows themselves were very New York.
 
2013-01-17 05:54:28 PM

Brainsick: treecologist: What's going on here? Fleshtones behind pixellation always catch my eye.

[i116.photobucket.com image 270x360]


/Created for a Cracked contest, too late to submit
//sigh


You made me laugh. Cracked seems downhill these days.
 
2013-01-17 06:06:05 PM

semiotix: Fair enough, but can you explain why the police station he frequents appears to be a Crate & Barrel showroom?


Police funding took a MAD hit in the Castleverse.


Mike Chewbacca: He buys all that shiat for them.


*snert*

Also a valid possibility!
 
2013-01-17 06:21:48 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Mike Chewbacca: He buys all that shiat for them.

*snert*

Also a valid possibility!


That is actually how they got their giant awesome espresso/capuccino/latte/coffee machine. Castle got tired of drinking their crap coffee.
 
2013-01-17 06:45:47 PM

Mike Chewbacca: That is actually how they got their giant awesome espresso/capuccino/latte/coffee machine. Castle got tired of drinking their crap coffee.


I want to see the police station slowly morph into Castle's apartment by the end of series, with Castle being unable to tell the difference between his two "worlds," as it were.

Yeah. I dream big.
 
2013-01-17 07:25:05 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Mike Chewbacca: That is actually how they got their giant awesome espresso/capuccino/latte/coffee machine. Castle got tired of drinking their crap coffee.

I want to see the police station slowly morph into Castle's apartment by the end of series, with Castle being unable to tell the difference between his two "worlds," as it were.

Yeah. I dream big.


Now THAT would be funny!
 
2013-01-17 07:55:16 PM

elvindeath: Krysten Ritter has thick, bushy eyebrows. You know what that means.


Excess testosterone that makes her a demon in the sack?
 
2013-01-18 05:22:49 PM

fusillade762: The 20-something girls-Chloe and June-live in a massive two-bedroom apartment in what looks to be a nice area of Manhattan.

Granted I know nothing of New York real estate, but it never looked "massive" to me.


I think this is why they do this in TV shows. In NYC, that's massive. Possibly even whatever superlative is even bigger than "massive." But most of the TV-viewing audience doesn't live in NYC. So the set designers and writers upgrade things a bit to make it "translate" to what the rest of the country is used to.

It's also probably easier to film in a big room than it is to film in a realistic NYC apartment. Your actors would never move around. They'd just come in and sit down in one of the two chairs.
 
2013-01-19 04:15:55 AM

fusillade762: elvindeath: Krysten Ritter has thick, bushy eyebrows. You know what that means.

Excess testosterone that makes her a demon in the sack?


The thick bushy eyebrow thing makes me thing of that hideous McPoyle woman from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"  24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-19 04:23:13 AM

MadSkillz: The thick bushy eyebrow thing makes me thing of that hideous McPoyle woman from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"


i.imgur.com
 
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