Funny Friday – A Sitcom Roundup

funny fridayThis week’s Funny Friday is brief, because most shows are on hiatus right now. All I had left were Cougar Town, Community and The Big Bang Theory – so, let’s face it, not the cream of the comedy crop.

Cougar Town was great this week, but Community continues to disappoint. The show isn’t driving with new writers and no Dan Harmon, and at a certain point (soon) we have to accept that it probably never will. I always give new comedies five episodes to impress me, and if this were the fifth episode of Community as a new show I’d be out. I’ll continue to watch, of course, but catching old episodes on reruns reminds me of how much I used to love the show.

cougar townCougar Town – “Make It Better”
This was probably my favorite episode of Cougar Town so far this season, because it played up Jules’ most likable traits. The way she took care of her dad, who’d broken his ankle, without letting him know that she was doing it was funny and sweet. But the honest, emotional conversation the two of them had about him aging was the real highlight of the episode. Cougar Town has always had a surprising amount of heart for a wacky show that’s mostly about day-drinking. Though I haven’t been a fan of the Wade/Laurie/Travis love triangle, I did like seeing Laurie and Wade double date with Andy and a drugged-up Ellie, so overall I thought this episode really worked.
Best moment: “Best” is Jules and Chick, but “funniest” is Grayson’s Matthew McConaughey impression.

Commuity - Season 1Community – “Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations”
Unfortunately for Community, this season features a lot of holiday episodes and all the dates got bumped back several months by NBC. The result tonight was a Thanksgiving episode in March. That’s fine with me as long as the episode is funny, but this one was so-so at best. Jeff meeting his dad was so built up that it needed more laughs and more unpredictability than we got, and the gang hiding out in Shirley’s garage just didn’t deliver. The show needs to stop ending episodes by stating that the moral of the story is that these friends really love one another and should get back to making me laugh.
Best moment: Shirley: “”And then Pierce did white face OVER black face. No one was amused.” Pierce: “It’s meta. Ay-bed gets it.”

The Contractual Obligation ImplementationThe Big Bang Theory – “The Contractual Obligation Implementation”
This episode of The Big Bang Theory knocked it out of the park with all three storylines. Leonard, Sheldon and Howard visited a middle school to try and encourage young women to enter the sciences. Their discussions of feminism at the beginning of the episode were funny, but the hilarity really came when they tried to impress tween girls. I mean, Leonard rapped. He rapped, you guys! Impromptu! Then, we had Penny, Bernadette and Amy blew off work (or in Penny’s case, just said “bye”) to go to Disneyland. The two storylines met perfectly when Sheldon had Amy and Bernadette call in to speak to the class – and they did it right after getting their Disney Princess makeovers. And finally, Raj and his new lady had a texting date in a library – adorable anxious and geeky.
Best moment: I enjoyed the end tag, seeing each guy’s reaction to his girlfriend dressed as a Disney princess.

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2 Responses to Funny Friday – A Sitcom Roundup

  1. lifeofmytime says:

    I actually enjoyed this episode of Community. Well, at least in comparison to the previous eps from this season. But that said, there was still a lot I’d change about it. That scene at the end almost made me gag. I kept waiting for something else to happen – like Jeff was only being nice because he wanted something. Community never had to hit us over the head with sentimentality like that with Dan Harmon at the helm. It’s kind of the classic “show, don’t tell” mistake.

    I enjoyed Jeff and Britta’s scenes (they really need to split Britta and Troy up soon – not so she can be with Jeff, but because they’re not funny together). I think Britta even had the best line of the night for me, “Oh. I see what I did there.” And Jeff’s final scene with his Dad was raw and emotional. It worked for me.

    I’m confused as to why Britta hung around after Jeff left the first time. And when he returned, I could have sworn something had been going on between Britta and his Dad. Her hair looked a little messed up and she seemed caught off guard to see Jeff come back. That could have been funny and interesting, but it wasn’t a thing in the end. Unless it turns out to be something later. Or maybe I just read too much into things.

    The other story was decent and reminiscent of the Community I love. It didn’t have enough set up, so it could have been a lot better, but I still enjoyed it. Troy’s line about having to be the third one to speak cracked me up.

    I agree about Cougar Town – excellent episode. I’m really glad to see the change in networks hasn’t messed with the quality of the show. I’m with you on not wanting the Laurie/Travis thing to happen, but I also think it was time for Wade to go. And the stuff with Jules and her Dad really resonated with me as a sibling-less adult with aging parents.

  2. shelly says:

    “The show isn’t driving with new writers” Pretty much all the writers this season are the same as last. And some have been on since at least season 2.

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