In yesterday’s blog post I mentioned some old TV shows that make me laugh out loud, but the memories made me laugh so much I never got to current shows. If laughter is the best medicine, here are a few current shows that provide me with a weekly dose.
Modern Family This show deserved all of the Emmy awards it won this week, as far as I’m concerned. I love the sweetness that lies beneath the humor, the way all of the characters think of themselves as the “normal” one in the family. (Spoiler: None of them are.) I’m not generally a fan of the mockumentary comedy format for sitcoms, but I like this one.
Parks and Recreation I like this mockumentary comedy, too. The characters are somewhat over the top, but all the actors play them so earnestly that it’s impossible not to like them while you’re laughing at them. The show also manages to skewer the bureaucracy and politics of government while celebrating the dedication and hard work of those in the government. Well, some of those in government. As Rob Lowe’s character would say, “This is literally the funniest small town government show I’ve ever seen.”
Big Bang Theory To be honest, if you read me this show’s description out of TV Guide and asked me if I wanted to watch it, I’d probably say no. And yet I never miss an episode. Yes, it’s got all the stereotypes of nerdy smart guys and hot young women, but it goes beyond the surface stereotypes to develop real three-dimensional characters. And yes, some of the humor is sophomoric, but it’s still humorous. Love the guest stars, love the interaction between Penny and the guys, love it when Leonard realizes (again) just how nerdy he and his friends are. Plus Sheldon is the most arrogant, obnoxious, lovable intellectual since the Crane brothers on Frasier.
I’m planning to check out some of the new sitcoms this fall–you can never have too many shows to watch when you need to laugh. But for now, these are the ones I rely on to get me through the week. What about you? What shows make you LOL?