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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:10 pm 
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I was wondering about a few things and wanting opinions and I'm sure people have shows like that all the time. Anyways, here are two I'm curious about.

1) Smallville - Did anyone watch it? Is it worth watching at all? I caught the final like 15 minutes of an episode from season 1 today and it didn't seem terrible.

2) More of just an opinion. FRIENDS. Who liked it? Anyone? Because as a show I enjoyed it. This show seems to split people into "yeah, I enjoyed it" and into "Fuck you. That show is trash. You need to die now."

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On Smallville, I've seen episodes here and there, it's a nice spin on the Superman story but I think Hardcore DC fans will be turned off by the deviations and all that...

Friends... I fall into the second category...

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Also, really hope the soundtrack CD for the movie is the stuff from the actual movie, because this might be the first soundtrack I've actually bought from a movie since like...fucking Pokemon The First Movie. Yeah, I bought it, I was like 12 when it came out, big whoop, wanna fight about it?


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Friends is an odd show. It somehow gained a reputation, at least by me and many people I know, for being aimed very much at a female audience. But looking back at it now and catching reruns, it was a great fucking show. The cast worked really well together (very much less so apart) and the writing was pretty damn good. There's a reason it stuck around for 10 seasons.

How about Sons of Anarchy, or Rescue Me? I've been thinking of starting one or both of these shows and would like to hear more about it.

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Friends became terrible after it stopped trying to be a comedy and became a vaguely comical melodrama in order to cater to all the die-hard fans who cared more about which character got paired off with which than about if the show was funny.

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I would enjoy people's take on Rescue Me as well. I have always wanted to get in on that. Is it worth time investment?

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SoA is pretty good. though ron pearlman is just a boss in general.

smallville; superman sitcom. i found it pretty hokey a lot of the time, but occasionally it was cool. i didn't watch consistently though; just an episode here and there when i was eating. never caught my interest.

friends; ross being a goob, joey trying to sleep with everyone, chandler being high strung, phoebe being weird, monica being ocd, and rachel being the attractive 'one' gets old really fast. every now and then there was s good episode, like the free porn episode. but you can only get so far with the same jokes. I think it was kinda like family guy. everyone thought it was so revolutionaty when it first came out only to see later that they are just rehashing the same shtick over and over. i didn't like the show because i thought the characters were boring. if all you have going on is characters that doesn't fly. i think it got as popular as it did due to most people loving trash. look at what happened with twilight; you can't say they don't. a lot of people really are that dumb and we all know it. recognition is not an inherent indicator of the subjective 'good'.

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I suddenly want to change my avatar and I don't know why... :coookieesssss:

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illblamesum1else wrote:
S1eepy wrote:
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I suddenly want to change my avatar and I don't know why... :coookieesssss:

a friend of mine recommended i watch City of Lost Children
its a french movie that i'm pretty sure casts mr.pearlman as a pedophile.
i finished watching and could not figure out exactly what the fuck i just watched.
his character looks pretty hilarious. i think its worth it to see that alone.

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S1eepy wrote:
SoA is pretty good. though ron pearlman is just a boss in general.

smallville; superman sitcom. i found it pretty hokey a lot of the time, but occasionally it was cool. i didn't watch consistently though; just an episode here and there when i was eating. never caught my interest.

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S1eepy wrote:
the free porn episode.


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Never really got any interest in either of them. I can't stand laugh tracks, and I've never been big on the whole superman mythos. So, neither show really appealed to me.

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I can look past laugh tracks if I think the people/content of a show are worth it. What bothers me a little more is when a show is clearly not filmed in front of an audience and theres still laugh tracks. Fuck you, Fred Flintstone.

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illblamesum1else wrote:
I can look past laugh tracks if I think the people/content of a show are worth it. What bothers me a little more is when a show is clearly not filmed in front of an audience and theres still laugh tracks. Fuck you, Fred Flintstone.

Dude, no way. The Flintstones was so in front of a live audience. A-yup. Back then, they just held up a flip book in front of the audience, and had the voice actors do their lines for it from a script in the back ground. And everyone loved it, and then you young whippersnappers with your fancy horseless carriages and MTV Coca-cola had to go and screw up a good thing!

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Yeah but wasn't Flinstones supposed to, like, be a parody of sitcoms

iirc the fake laughtracks are part of the joke

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Yeah, I think something like that.

It was one of the first adult cartoons, and as such, I think they modeled it after a sitcom or something to make it seem more adult oriented.

But then oddly enough they made all those kids movies of the show, and then the Flintstones Kids spin off...and Jetsons Meet the Flintstones.

Also, why the hell does Firefox know who the Flintstones are, but not the Jetsons? I'm not trying to spell Jettison, you twat. :cookieshmm:

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Yeah but wasn't Flinstones supposed to, like, be a parody of sitcoms

iirc the fake laughtracks are part of the joke

Maybe so. It was just the first thing that came to mind as an example. I was going to use M*A*S*H as an example, as most of it was filmed in mountains in the Malibu area and not on soundstages, but the first few seasons had laugh tracks. I just figured Flintstones might be much more recognizable to everyone here, since I don't remember anyone but me ever mentioning a single episode of MASH. It was distracting at first, when much of the first season or two were cheesy 70s spun-off-of-movie-sitcom, but as the show got a little more serious they phased it out.

My point being, laugh tracks never really bother me if it's clearly a 3 camera setup, in-studio kind of show. A lot of those times, there's actually an audience there laughing, and maybe they just add to it a little more in post production. But throwing a laugh track over MASH was like throwing a laugh track in Scrubs or Arrested Development. It clearly wasn't taped in front of a live studio audience. Don't try to make it sound like it was. There's no one sitting there laughing at what they're seeing live.

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Yeah but wasn't Flinstones supposed to, like, be a parody of sitcoms

iirc the fake laughtracks are part of the joke

Maybe so. It was just the first thing that came to mind as an example. I was going to use M*A*S*H as an example, as most of it was filmed in mountains in the Malibu area and not on soundstages, but the first few seasons had laugh tracks. I just figured Flintstones might be much more recognizable to everyone here, since I don't remember anyone but me ever mentioning a single episode of MASH. It was distracting at first, when much of the first season or two were cheesy 70s spun-off-of-movie-sitcom, but as the show got a little more serious they phased it out.

My point being, laugh tracks never really bother me if it's clearly a 3 camera setup, in-studio kind of show. A lot of those times, there's actually an audience there laughing, and maybe they just add to it a little more in post production. But throwing a laugh track over MASH was like throwing a laugh track in Scrubs or Arrested Development. It clearly wasn't taped in front of a live studio audience. Don't try to make it sound like it was. There's no one sitting there laughing at what they're seeing live.


I never really watched MASH, but I did see the movie, and I was Trapper John in a play version of it in high school.

If it's actually a live studio audience there watching and reacting in real time, I can live with that. I mean, it's kind of like seeing a play, you know? But, I agree, the artificial canned laughs just makes me kind of angry, haha.

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Sometimes a typical soundstage kind of sitcom will throw in fake laugh tracks. Like they won't actually shoot the show in front of an audience. I think How I Met Your Mother does that. But I'm still okay with that because it fits the style of show, how every set they ever use only has 3 walls. It's still shot in a studio, just with no audience. A show shot that way I think would seem odd WITHOUT laughter.

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Sometimes a typical soundstage kind of sitcom will throw in fake laugh tracks. Like they won't actually shoot the show in front of an audience. I think How I Met Your Mother does that. But I'm still okay with that because it fits the style of show, how every set they ever use only has 3 walls. It's still shot in a studio, just with no audience. A show shot that way I think would seem odd WITHOUT laughter.


The show is also legit funny. That alone overcomes the use of any laugh track. Something a show like HIMYM doesn't get credit for.

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In show questions....Key and Peele? I've seen one preview skit that I liked, but I don't know if the rest of the show is as good.

Example skit I saw:


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There skits are pretty funny, but the in between skit banter they do for the audience seems kind of like they're trying too hard sometimes.

But, the skits are pretty good. I hope these guys don't just end up being another failed attempt to replace Chapelle, because there's been a lot of good comedians thrown into a sketch comedy show that just doesn't fit their formula and they end up crashing and burning because it's not something that they're used to.

See: Jeff Dunham, Demetri Martin, Carlos Mencia (He was never good. Doooh ho ho :coookieesssss: )...umm...dunno if Gabriel Inglasias's show is still on the air...

Point being, they've tried to fill Chapelle's old slot with a lot of other comedians that just tanked, and that makes me sad, because some of them did have potential.

But, these guys seem to have pretty good sketches so far. I hope they work out.

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I saw their premier when it aired and thought it had already been on the air about 3 weeks for some reason. (probably all the heavy plugging from Comedy Central) The opening sketch was hilarious but the lil' Wayne one rubbed me wrong due to just watching Chappelle's Lil Jon stuff. But this sketch is hilarious:


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I loved the ending of it, too. It was just so out of nowhere, haha.

*floating off into space* "I said Biitttcccchhhhh

But, yeah, I think they've got potential. They seem pretty funny. A couple of their sketches actually made me laugh out loud, which is more than some of the other shows they've had on Comedy Central have done for me.

I think Ugly Americans is the first show they've had on after South Park in like 2 or 3 years that's actually pretty consistently funny.

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I loved the ending of it, too. It was just so out of nowhere, haha.

*floating off into space* "I said Biitttcccchhhhh

But, yeah, I think they've got potential. They seem pretty funny. A couple of their sketches actually made me laugh out loud, which is more than some of the other shows they've had on Comedy Central have done for me.

I think Ugly Americans is the first show they've had on after South Park in like 2 or 3 years that's actually pretty consistently funny.

The Manbirds was lulz.

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