This is part 2 of this weeks theme showcasing what I believe to be the “best on-screen antics” of any television series. I have chosen two of the most incredibly funny shows ever created: The FX hit It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Comedy Central’s legendary South Park. Both of these show push the limits in modern day comedy, one in live-action - the other in animation. Although South Park sometime is pushes the limits on comedy, I would be willing to bet that no matter who you are, you will laugh at least once or twice per 21 minute episode, of which there are 237. Now onto another pros and cons list, but in this special presentation rather than giving you my opinion, I’ve interviewed and gotten the answers from a huge South Park fan and media entrepreneur, Sarah Lindstedt -
Hey everyone, this is Sarah Lindstedt. I’m so glad I get to give my opinion on one of my favorite television series. Hope you enjoy!
1. Stan, Kyle, Eric and Kenny are a group of friends that could be at any elementary school in America, which gives the show an emotional connection to its audience. However, the situations that they get into are not so common.
2. Eric Cartman always takes everything just a little too far, which leads to some amazingly funny situations.
3. As featured in the documentary “6 Days To Air,” every episode is made over a six day period. This is not only a remarkable feat, but it also keeps the show incredibly up to date with modern-day life.
4. South Park is not afraid to make fun of anything or anyone, which leads to so many hilarious scenarios.
5. Mr. Mackey’s “Mmkay” catchphrase never fails to make me laugh.
1. My Mother HATES this show, so I wouldn’t recommend watching South Park when yours is around. The fact that Kenny continues to die almost every episode just one of the many examples of how South Park’s comedy is can be seen as distasteful.
2. The small town in Colorado that this show is based on is not nearly as exciting as the show.
3. Prevalent sex, drug, and racist related humor that can rub lots of people the wrong way.
See you later, alligators!
Thanks so much for that awesome Pros and Cons, Sarah. And thanks everybody for reading. Cheers to you all!
This week I will be showcasing what I believe to be the “best on-screen antics” of any television series. I have chosen two of the most incredibly funny shows ever created: The FX hit It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Comedy Central’s legendary South Park. Both of these show push the limits in modern day comedy, one in live-action - the other in animation.
1. Charlie. He’s hands down the most ‘extreme’ television character of any show I’ve seen and his antics keep the show evergreen with its comedy.
2. The entire rest of ‘the gang’ (Frank, Mac, Dennis, and Sweet Dee) are all hilarious in their own respects.
3. The amount of random and hilarious conversations and ideas that ‘the gang’ has are as prevalently funny as any show on TV.
4. Danny DaVito’s funniest perfeomance in anything, ever.
5. Paddy’s Pub. The sort of place that everyone wishes was in their neighborhood rather than on their televisions.
1. It’s easy to see even by just this photo that this show has quite a bit of “guy-humor” which has made this show fairly unwatched by the female demographic. I must admit though, a girl showed me this series.
2. I know it seems like I’m being lazy, but Sunny is one of my favorite shows, so I don’t have any more cons.
It helps to start watching this show from the beginning, but really every episode is laced with brilliant humor.
Hello, today I’ll be continuing this week’s focus on the “Coolest Outfits On TV” focusing on two television shows in particular Suits and Boardwalk Empire .
Boardwalk Empire has not only nominated twice for the primetime Emmy award “Outstanding Costumes for a Series,” but it has also won two Costume Designers Guild Awards for “Outstanding Costume Design for Period/Fantasy Television Series.” Not to mention, the HBO budget for each episode is estimated to be around six million dollars, which is why the 1920’s inspired costumes on the show are so expertly designed. All of this has convinced me that Boardwalk Empire might just have the absolute “Coolest Outfits On TV.” Now to my pros and cons.
1. Steve Buscemi is absolutely superb as the notorious 1920’s Atlantic City treasurer and gangster Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson.
2. HBO does an incredible job at making the old Atlantic City in the 20’s with prohibition atmosphere come to life.
3. There is an all-star cast that I believe truly has no weaknesses.
4. The vehicles in the show are all period, and SO cool!
5. Based on a true story.
6. Seriously, the male and female costumes are to die for. Any “fashion” people out there should watch this series for classic inspiration.
1. The show can be violent (even bloody) at times, so just a warning.
2. Many of the characters surrounding Nucky Thompson’s life are fictionalized.
Next week: Best on-screen antics in all of television.
WARNING: Raunchy shows!
Hello again everyone! This week, I’ll be doing “Coolest Outfits On TV” focusing on two television shows in particular - Suits and Boardwalk Empire. Now, please keep in mind that I am a heterosexual male, so I might now have a very professional taste in clothing, but I’d like to think that I have a good eye for good style.
USA’s Suits is a high-class show, no matter how you look at it. Watch one episode, and you’ll see how the sexy feel of the high-class New York lawyer life would be something that everybody wants. Oh and as far as “Coolest Outfits On TV” goes, one of the coolest styles of outfit (the Suit) is the name of this show, enough said! Now onto my pros and cons:
1. Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter is “that guy” that pretty much any right-thinking man wants to be.
2. I can’t stress this enough, the outfits on this show want me to have a bigger closet, a tailor, and lots of money to spend on a new wardrobe.
3. The show changes up its plotlines regularly from tedious litigation to passing drug-tests, which is a breath of fresh air in television.
4. The copiousness of women on the show are almost always beautiful and beautifully dressed.
5. I LOVE to HATE Rick Hoffman’s portrayal of Louis Litt.
1. The first season started off with Harvey purchasing and flaunting amazing gadgets like cars, watches, and suits. However they strayed away from that some in the second season.
2. I hate to say it, but Patrick J. Adams acting as Mike Ross can sometimes look amateurish to me.
3. The law firm where Specter and Ross work hardly ever loses a case, which is a little dis-believable to me.
This week I am paying homage to a personal hero of mine, Matt Groening; the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama. This is part two and that means a pros and cons list on the unique and hilarious Futurama! Beginning on Fox, then carried over onto Comedy Central, Futurama has only gotten better with time. It’s wacky and eccentric characters mixed with futuristic plotlines and humor, it always has me cracking up!
1. A show that gives a look at humanity 1000 years in the future is about as fore-thinking as it gets.
2. Bender Rodriguez (the bending robot) is one of the funniest television characters of all time.
3. Good news everyone! (Professor Farnsworth’s memorable tagline).
4. Action and plot driven, but there is immense character depth.
1. Often times, Bender is looked at as a poor role-model (but I think that’s what makes him so hilarious).
2. Reality is a stretch most of the time.
Next Week: Two-part special on the Coolest Outfits on TV!
My theme this week is focused on one mind who’s entire existence has been devoted to making a few television shows that have made millions of people laugh over 650+ episodes he’s had a hand in creating. This week, we pay homage to the great mind of Matt Groening.
He is best known for being the creator of the two shows that I will be focusing on this week, The Simpsons and Futurama. Fox has been running the series The Simpsons for over 20 years, and it is my father’s favorite show. I was basically raised watching it and because of this, he will be guest blogging for me today by doing my pros and cons for me. Good luck dad!
Hey everyone, my name is Daniel Dwyer and I am going to be giving you a pros and cons list on my favorite show in the world, which I have seen every episode of – The Simpsons.
1. D’oh! – Homer’s unforgettable tagline, which has now been adopted into the English language.
2. The introduction to every episode are always changed and innovative.
3. 27 Primetime Emmy’s don’t lie.
4. Maggie (the baby) is always sure to bring laughs.
5. Even South Park made fun of the fact that “Simpsons did it” because they have covered almost every social norm in their plotlines.
6. Hank Azaria is amazing!
1. Homer’s antics are a terrible example for any aspiring father.
2. There have been many critics suggesting that the show is declining in quality as the seasons rack up, but I tend to disagree because I always find it hilarious.
3. The Itchy & Scratchy show (a show within the show) is incredibly violent.
Thanks dad! And thank you al for reading my dad’s guest pros and cons.
Next time it will just be me again taking a look at: Futurama.
This is part two of this weeks theme of what the best on-screen “bromances” are. In my opinion, there is no better bromance than on the hit USA Network series Psych. Actors James Roday and Dulé Hill go back and forth almost every episode with unbelievably relevant and witty banter that makes this show upbeat and fresh. With the addition of a great supporting cast and constantly exciting plot lines, this show is one of my favorites to watch. Now to my pros and cons…
1. James and Dulé’s fist bumps.
2. The Blueberry (least cool getaway car ever).
3. The recurring pineapple in every episode is always fun to look for.
4. There is almost always an incredible guest star like Cary Elwes, Tim Curry, John Cena, Kenan Thompson, and Ally Sheedy.
1. Often times, the character depth on the show seems forced.
2. The first season was their jumping off platform, but the show was admittedly not nearly as good as it became in the latter seasons.
Don’t miss the upcoming Season 7 premier on February 27th!
My theme this week over the next two posts will focus around what I feel are the best on-screen “bromances”. As I’m sure you all know, a good on-screen bromance consists of high quality male bonding and friendly antics. Debatably the most amazing on-screen bromance in the history of television is between Zach Braff and Donald Faison on the NBC then ABC comedy Scrubs. Their chemistry is something that every show should desire to have, because of it’s downright hilarity. Additionally, this show mixes drama in with the humor as well as any show because of the immense character depth they went into over the coarse of 9 seasons. Alright, now to my pros and cons –
1. The extended fantasy sequences are the best I’ve ever seen from a non-animated series.
2. Zach and Donald’s “EAGLE” always splits my sides.
3. The medical expertise on the show was very realistic.
4. John C. McGinley is unbelievable as Dr. Cox.
5. Sacred Heart Hospital is a real hospital, which adds to the realism.
6. The soundtrack is perhaps the best of any show ever.
1. The 9th season loses several main characters, which does it NO favors.
2. Towards the end of the series, some of the jokes run flat.
Next Time: Psych
This post is part two of this weeks focus on my two favorite underground comedies - Portlandia and The Mighty Boosh. More affectionately know as ‘The Boosh’, the show was written by and starring Julian Barrett and Noel Fielding, two former stand-up comedians and radio performers. Sadly, after 3 seasons and 21 episodes of being on late night on BBC 3, the series stopped production for unknown reasons. However, the international cult following of the show is almost unparalleled. I must admit that out of all of the television that I have ever watched, I have gotten more laughs out of The Mighty Boosh than any series to date. However, I have a history with the UK that has led me to have a keen sense of British humor, both outlandish and dry. Therefore because The Boosh excels in both those areas of humor, beware of this show if you’re not into ‘that sort of thing’. Now here are my pros and cons –
1. My personal favorite comedy television series of all time (coming from someone who has watched A LOT of TV).
2. Filmed and based in one of my favorite cities - London, UK.
3. Bollo – the talking Gorilla familiar that always has a bad feeling about whatever is going on.
4. Noel Fielding is what can best be described as the new and improved David Bowie.
5. This is a show that has started many friendships for me because when someone know about The Boosh, they’re most likely going to be a friend for life.
1. The humor can best be described as nonsensical or “trippy”, so if you’re an uptight person, I wouldn’t recommend.
2. The humor is often localized to London so if you’ve never been there, some jokes might be over your head.
3. The jokes come flying at you incredibly fast, so you might have to watch the episodes a few times to soak in all of their glory.
4. Generally “guy humor”, unless you’re a REALLY cool girl.
My personal favorite episodes:
Relatively normal (Best start with these) – Party or The Crimp
Completely Mental – The Strange Tale of the Crack Fox or The Nightmare of Milky Joe
Next Time: Suits
For most people, this is going to be a relatively unfamiliar but genuinely hilarious week. Over the next two posts I will be showcasing the two best and most intelligent “underground comedy” series that I’ve even seen - Portlandia and The Mighty Boosh. Underground comedy constitutes not being on a major network nor having much funding, while pulling of an excellent program. Additionally, both these shows are written by and starring two people with a passion, in the case on Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. On a relatively ‘remote’ (pun intended) channel like IFC, the show does an incredible job of showcasing and poking fun at social trends in the unofficial hipster capital of America: Portland, Oregon. Now onto my pros and cons –
1. Extremely funny, period.
2. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have unbelievable on-screen chemistry.
3. Personally, it makes me want to pack all of my belongings and move to Portland.
4. Regular cameos from actors and musicians including Steve Buscemi, Jeff Goldblum, Eddie Vedder, and Jack White.
1. Some humor that you might not understand if you haven’t spent time around hipsters.
2. Jokes are often localized to the Northwestern states, specifically Oregon.
3. Certain sketches are recurring and if they’re not you’re favorite they can get old.