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10 Sitcoms To Stream On Netflix Instead Of Bingeing The Office Again

As much as we love to watch the hilarious cringefests that unfold inside the tiny Scranton office of Dunder Mifflin, it’s sometimes nice to have a change of pace every so often and pick up a different sitcom to binge on Netflix. Yet we think to ourselves, how could there possibly be a better option out there than The Office? What other sitcoms will offer characters that manage to make us laugh as hard as we do with Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute? How could any other TV love story compare to the likes of Jim and Pam?

These shows might just do the trick. Below is a list of the best sitcoms to watch on Netflix while you take your quick water break from The Office.

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10 CHEERS

On this classic 1980s sitcom, everyone knows everything about everyone in the little Boston bar where these memorable characters spend all their time at. Decades after the sitcom’s premiere date, Cheers still holds up as one of the best TV shows of all time. Fall in love with the fiery love/hate relationship between Sam and Diane. Crack up at Carla’s constant witticism. Clutch your heart in awe at TV’s most loveable idiot, Coach. Catch up on the show that has reshaped sitcoms as we know it.

So grab a drink and become one of the locals at the bar where “everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came”. It will totally be worth it.

9 NEW GIRL

Don’t let Zooey Deschanel’s excruciating “adorkableness” fool you. While the show might have originally been advertised as an excuse for Deschanel to clumsily trip on kittens and rainbows because she’s just so darn quirky, the writers of New Girl were quick to shy away from this gimmick and the results were glorious. The hilarious sitcom offers a peek into the lives of long-term roommates who are trying their best to navigate through adulthood despite how childish they naturally are. New Girl is underrated one of the greatest sitcoms of all time due to its perfect mix of comedy, romance, and iconic characters that you could spend all day quoting with your friends. It has everything you could possibly need in a feel-good TV show and then some.

So go ahead and give New Girl a try while joining the chaos and adventures in apartment 4D. You know you want to.

8 THAT 70S SHOW

Head on down to Eric Forman’s basement to crash with him and his oddball friends on That 70s Show. Sometimes when you’re stuck in a place like middle-of-nowhere Wisconsin and there’s nothing better to do, you’ll end up getting into some crazy shenanigans with your friends just to pass the time. This is certainly the case for Forman, Jackie, Donna, Hyde, Kelso, and Fez, who must get creative in order to have a good time- and a good time is what this crew lives for. What were kids up to in the midwest during the 1970s? This little sitcom might just have the answer!

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Plus, it’s a huge bonus to get to see Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis fall in love on-screen considering they are now married in real life and madly in love. If it wasn’t for their romance on That 70s Show, one of Hollywoods most adored “It” couples would cease the exist!

7 KIM’S CONVENIENCE

Kim’s Convenience offers the perfect amount of comedy and heart to make it a superb sitcom. The show centers around an immigrant family from Korea called The Kim’s who own a convenience store in Canada. It has all the comedy and romance that you could want from The Office, but with much more diversity. It’s refreshing to finally watch a sitcom that has characters from all different backgrounds and walks of life without ever getting preachy. The heart-warming characters on Kim’s Convenience are instantly loveable while at the same time beyond hilarious. It’s the perfect family sitcom to put you in good spirits.

6 PARKS AND RECREATION

Of course Parks and Rec is on this list. How could it not be? It is the number one show that is compared to The Office for several reasons. They’re both hilarious work-place comedies set in the form of a mockumentary with zany characters that you can’t help but instantly adore. A lot of people claim Parks and Rec is The Office without all the cringe.

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As much as we love the intentional awkwardness brought on by Michael Scott, it’s sometimes nice to take a breather from all that tension and dive into the feel-good atmosphere that Leslie and the gang never fail to offer. If you’re in the mood for one of the most optimistic shows in TV history, look no further.

5 FRIENDS

If you haven’t watched Friends yet, what are you doing with your life? There’s no bigger fantasy than living in an unrealistically huge New York apartment with all of your best friends while you spend your days dancing in fountains and simultaneously opening umbrellas. Who wouldn’t want that? Despite the impractical glamour of this sitcom, Friends lets it be known that the best things in life are free, and they come from the relationships you form with the people you love.

RELATED: Friends: Where Are They Now?

So why not soak yourself in the pool of wish fulfillment that only a sitcom like Friends could properly provide? Go ahead, jump in.

(Just don’t eat any of Joey’s food…)

4 MASTER OF NONE

Master of None has received countless awards and critical praise for a reason. It is a masterful show that has been commended for “reinventing” the sitcom as we know it.

Ansari’s show is all about one thing: Love. Love for romance, love for family, love for friendships and (especially) love for food. It is shot gorgeously and is never afraid to take risks. Unlike most sitcoms, Master of None isn’t afraid to escape the comfort zone brought on by having the same characters in the same location in every episode and season. The show deserves all of the critical praise it receives, and you can tell that Ansari has put his heart and soul into this project.

3 THE GOOD PLACE

What happens after you die? The Good Place has all the answers! Well, sort of.

The best thing about The Good Place is how effortlessly brilliant it is. It manages to be loveable and hilarious while at the same time it has an abundance of philosophical wisdom to provide viewers with in every episode. Follow the adventures of Eleanore, Tahani, Chidi, and Jason, as they attempt to navigate through their afterlives. It’s quirky, creative, and fun, with characters who are out of this world (literally).

2 LOVE

Are you a sucker for Judd Apatow romcoms such as Knocked Up and Trainwreck? Why not watch one of his romcoms in the form of a TV show? Love tells the story of Mickey and Gus, two opposites who try their best to make it as a romantic couple despite their conflicting values. What is so refreshing about Love is how realistically it depicts modern relationships. It reveals the trials and tribulations faced by people who are addicted to love and even dives into what goes on inside love addicts anonymous meetings. Will these two opposing people be able to survive their relationship despite all odds? Binge the show to find out!

1 Big Mouth

The best thing about an animated sitcom is its ability to get away with pretty much anything. Big Mouth takes advantage of this notion. The brilliant series centers around a group of middle schoolers who are trying their best to survive through the awkward stages of life that only puberty could provide.

The kids are accompanied throughout the show with their very own hormone monsters who attempt to navigate them through all the uncomfortable changes they’re experiencing as they grow from children to young adults. It is truly one of the most unique shows on TV due to how original it is, and easily one of the funniest.

What sitcom will you be watching next?

NEXT: 25 Wild Things About The Making Of The Office


2019-04-18 01:04:29

Simone Torn

15 Couples That Hurt Iconic 90s Sitcoms (And 15 That Saved Them)

One of the reasons we love to watch TV, is to watch the chemistry between the characters. The interaction between fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, and friends drive just about every show we watch. But it’s the interplay between couples in both dramas and sitcoms that usually has the winning formula for any great show. The foundation that male and female leads build can propel a series to the stratosphere for a few good years.

No matter the status of the couple (dating, married, newlyweds, complicated, friends, rich, poor, etc.), if their chemistry isn’t liked by fans, you can more or less forget about the show. Mulder + Scully = ratings; Dogget + Scully = not so much, and The X-Files didn’t last too long after that. Sometimes couples make fans long for a lasting, loving relationship even with all of the good and bad (Roseanne), some fans enjoy all kinds of fun witty banter or schmaltzy romance stuff.

Sometimes the “will they or won’t they” chemistry can completely and utterly backfire once the couple gets together (Moonlighting). Sometimes, it’s just the spark the show has been waiting for. The sitcoms of the nineties started to break the mold and completely devote from the tried and true wholesome family sitcoms of the eighties to have all kinds of situations besides familial ones.

Whether they were already established, or fans yearned for them to get together, here are 15 Couples That Hurt Iconic 90s Sitcoms (And 15 That Saved Them)

30 Hurt: George And Susan (Seinfeld)

Seinfeld has been dubbed by many fans and critics alike as the “greatest sitcom ever.” It broke down the barriers of what a sitcom could do – “the show about nothing.” For a series that had little to no dangling plot elements, they did try to inject some during the show’s seventh season.

Hapless loser George decided it would be a good idea to try and get married. He proposed to Susan, an old girlfriend. The engagement was doomed from the start and did provide some funny moments to the show. In reality, Susan ruined the dynamic of the core four; there was no way this story was going to (or meant to) last.

29 Saved: Hyde And Jackie (That ’70s Show)

Debuting in 1998, That 70’s Show was Fox’s last great sitcom of the decade. The story of six friends growing up in Wisconsin circa the seventies. Jackie was certainly the vainest of all of the kids, and Hyde was the most laid back. Clearly, these two belonged together.

It was teased several times over the years, but Jackie and Hyde finally got together in the season five opener. They had their ups and downs, but what teenage relationship didn’t. As far as TV couples go, actors Danny Masterson and Mila Kunis had a chemistry that seemed real, which made their coupling one of the more popular in the series.

28 Hurt: Jefferson And Marcy (Married…With Children)

To be honest, Ted McGinely is widely known as the signal that a TV show has jumped the shark. But MarriedWith Children played off this concept beautifully. As Jefferson D’Arcy, every so often a stranger would wander by and accuse him of being on Happy Days or The Love Boat.

The show was still classic for the seven more years of the show’s run. But the yuppie sarcasm of David Garrison’s Steve and Marcy was sorely missed, traded in for the outright silliness of Jefferson and all of his ridiculous antics.

27 Saved: Ross And Rachel (Friends)

Besides Seinfeld, Friends was THE sitcom of the nineties. The pair of shows cemented the “Must-See TV” of NBC. All of our favorite friends had some marquee moments over the years and some fun significant other (sometimes each other), but none were more symbolic of the show than Ross and Rachel.

The couple had known each other since they were kids and had an on-again-off-again relationship all throughout the series. It made for great comedy and drama. The pair ending up together was the only way to end the series.

26 Hurt: Joey And Rachel (Friends)

Every good TV relationship needs a few good roadblocks to ramp potential drama. Friends was no different. But sometimes the roadblocks seem genuine and therefore fit the story. Other times, it’s very contrived. One such obstacle in front of Ross and Rachel was Joey and Rachel.

Perhaps the one hookup nobody asked for more than this one would be Ross and Monica! But when Joey and Rachel were living together, some writers got it their head that these two should try some pair-bonding. Maybe that writer was just a tad overzealous?

25 Saved: Zack And Kelly (Saved By The Bell)

If you grew up in the nineties, more likely than not, Saved By The Bell was the jam. The antics of Zack Morris endeared himself to a generation of kids. For the kid who just about everyone either wanted to be or hang out with, he needed to have the perfect girlfriend.

Kelly was the epitome of the girl next door. Beautiful and kind with a smile that could melt the icecaps. The series began with Zack in Indiana, hanging out with Screech, Lisa, Mikey, and Nikki. But the show most fans remember and love fondly really took off once they moved to California and introduced Kelly.

24 Hurt – Stefan And Laura (Family Matters)

The world was a very different place when Family Matters was popular. The annoying neighbor Steve Urkel was a series’ sensation. The Winslows knew he had a heart of gold and didn’t even seem to mind him constantly ogling and fawning over their daughter Laura.

Steve made himself into a suave and smooth clone, Stefan. Laura was instantly smitten. It was all played for laughs. But it made Laura seem completely superficial, basically falling for the kid who was head over heels for her, just the fake version of him.

23 Saved: Cory And Topanga (Boy Meets World)

Some of the entries on this list are what young love is all about. That “puppy dog” kind of love that everyone wants to exist and tries to make it so. In reality, it’s all a Disney movie fantasy.

But Cory and Topanga showed even the most cynical Boy Meets World fan that puppy love was just pitch perfect. Even when Cory made fun of his little friend, it was apparent that it was only because “girls are icky.” They were made for each other from the start. The instant Cory realized that, the show was off to the races.

22 Hurt: Drew And Kellie (The Drew Carey Show)

Drew Carey might be the most likable guy in recent sitcom history. He was safe and knew how to poke fun at himself. That’s why The Drew Carey Show lasted nine years. But it was also his sweet crush on his friend, Kate. Then she left for Guam.

For the last few years of the show, Cynthia Watros joined the show as Kellie Newmark. While there was nothing inherently wrong with Kellie or their relationship; the writers had to shoehorn it into the show when Christa Miller left the series.

21 Saved: Jesse And Becky (Full House)

We all wanted to be part of the Tanner family, admit it. All that saccharine gooeyness was just what the doctor ordered. Everyone wanted to have someone as cool and as caring as Uncle Jesse in their lives. Since the name of the show was Full House, the writers needed to make the house fuller.

Uncle Jesse married Becky and the couple stayed in the Tanner house and had a set of twins to continue the theme of the show. But their marriage was also the only stable relationship on the show.

20 Hurt: Maxwell And Fran (The Nanny)

The well-off Maxwell Sheffield hired a hairdresser from Flushing, Queens; Fran Fine, to take care of his children. He was instantly smitten and so was she, but they both consistently readily denied their affections for one another.

Like a lot of shows though, once you get past the wish fulfillment of seeing this couple together after so many years of flirting, it’s hard to keep the romance (and comedy) alive. Even series creator, Fran Drescher knew that it changed the dynamic of the series.

19 Saved: Paul And Jamie (Mad About You)

He might have played a real jerk in Aliens, but Paul Reiser was extremely likable as Paul Buchman. Mad About You focused on the marriage of newlyweds Paul and Jamie; who was played by Helen Hunt. Despite a few episodes where a separation was teased, the couple was perfect together.

Their chemistry is what the show was based around. For it not work would have meant that the series would have never lasted. Hopefully, Reiser and Hunt will still have that chemistry when the series returns later this year.

18 Hurt: Zack And Tori (Saved By The Bell)

While new people show up at school and at work all throughout our lives, on a sitcom new people showing up could feel forced. When Tiffani Theisen and Elizabeth Berkeley decided to leave Saved By The Bell, the producers split the final season to have those two in some of the shows and Leanna Creel in the other half.

Creel as Tori might have some fans, but there aren’t much since she’s seldom brought up during any of the show’s reunions. She was introduced as the tough girl with a heart of gold and even dated Zack, but it was strange watching essentially two different versions of the same show at the same time.

17 Saved: Big And Carrie ([Love] And The City)

[Love] And The City was one of the shows that debuted and took the world by storm. Women from all over seemed to enjoy watching the exploits of New York debutantes, with Carrie Bradshaw as their fearless leader.

From the moment Mr. Big bumped into Carrie and helped her with her stuff, it was apparent these two would be a big arc for the show. I took a while and they burned a few relationships and marriages off to be with each other, but Big and Carrie became the iconic couple for the series.

16 Hurt: Jackie And Prince Carlos (Roseanne)

To be fair, the entire final season of Roseanne hurt the series. No amount of finale narration from Roseanne about how winning the lottery was a fantasy could account for the 22 episodes prior that the series went completely off the rails in its final season.

But Jackie getting courted by a Prince was leftist of left fields the show could go. Actually, having the guy be played by “Ernest” Jim Varney might be the biggest left turn the series could take.

15 Saved: Chandler And Monica (Friends)

It happens all of the time. You hang out with the same group of friends enough, that eventually you realize you like one of the other members of your squad. They like you too. Throughout the first few seasons of Friends, Chandler and Monica were very close and confided several secrets in one another that they hadn’t told the rest of their group.

But watching the two get together was fun to watch them keep it from the rest of the group and a great relief from watching Ross and Rachel pine for each other. By the time they have twins in the series’ finale, they became the quintessential couple for the show. Proof that even two goofy people can make it work.

14 Hurt: Tony And Angela (Who’s The Boss?)

Tony Danza and Judith Light didn’t necessarily invent the “will they or won’t they” dynamic, but they certainly rewrote the mold on how to play such chemistry. Who’s The Boss? became a phenomenon because of classic sitcom tropes like inadvertently seeing each other in the buff.

Over the course of seven seasons, it was apparent that Tony and Angela deeply cared for each other. During the final year, they did the tried and never true thing of getting together; proving yet again that a show originally based around tension probably shouldn’t have the leads crossing a certain line.

13 Saved: Larry And Ally (Ally McBeal)

Ally McBeal was groundbreaking. It was a quirky and funny workplace comedy that masqueraded around like a TV drama. One of the first dramedies on TV as we know it, Calista Flockhart was fetching as the series lead.

But the guy who came in and really gave Flockhart a run for her money was Mr. Iron Man himself – Robert Downey Jr. He played Larry Paul, Ally’s boyfriend. The performance was so good, that it earned the future face of Marvel a Golden Globe, and a standing ovation.

12 Hurt: Kelso And Jackie (That ’70s Show)

Besides the parents, the only relationship that was going on when That ’70s Show started was between vapid Jackie and Kelso. While they did stay together for the first few years of the show, the off and on of it all and just how poorly they treated each other really started to wain.

The show hit its stride when these two actually broke up for real. She found solace in Hyde and matured. Even Kelso grew up, although still a bit spacey. Not only would staying together hurt the show, breaking up made it even better.

11 Saved: Doug And Carrie (The King Of Queens)

The chemistry between Kevin James and Leah Remini was so palpable that a lot of people might have confused them for a real-life couple who is also playing one on TV. The Heffernans were as relatable as plenty of people you’d meet in Queens.

That chemistry allowed The King Of Queens to be the last show from the nineties to go off the air in 2007. The very same that again worked when Remini was invited to join the cast of Kevin Can’t Wait.

10 Hurt: Randy And Donna (That ’70s Show)

There could be an entire column solely devoted to shows that continue well past their glory days. The final season of That ’70s Show would be included if not right at the top of the list. With series star, Topher Grace out and new character Randy introduced, it was bad taste personified. Yes you want to continue so people keep working and trying to entertain.

But at the expense of the series is just ridiculous. To top it off, trying to pair Randy and Donna off ] leaves a bad taste in fans’ mouths and the show exits.

9 Saved: Will And Lisa (The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air)

Plenty of men would be lucky to have their lives turned upside down if it meant getting to hang out with Lisa. The couple had a fun courtship and, on several attempts, almost got married. The couple ultimately decided against it.

But Lisa gave Will the spark he needed. Instead of just being a silly guy, Lisa made him a man of commitment. Will Smith the character had matured into a man during his time with her.

8 Hurt: Mike And Kate (Growing Pains)

Growing Pains was one of the iconic sitcoms of the eighties and early nineties. Series star and teen heartthrob, Kirk Cameron played oldest kid and biggest troublemaker, Mike Seaver. He had fallen for a girl named Julie, and fans did too. But she left him the ol’ “Dear John” letter and broke Mike’s heart.

Behind the scenes, by many accounts had become very difficult to deal with. He wanted more and more wholesome stories that focused on him being a good guy instead of a delinquent. His relationship with Kate wasn’t nearly as memorable.

7 Saved: Jerry And Elaine (Seinfeld)

There is an episode of Seinfeld where after going on a tirade about not trying to be funny and asks, “is this funny,” Elaine looks at Jerry and says “a little.” The way that Elaine looks at Jerry at that moment says about 1000 things about love all in a millisecond. You can’t buy that kind of chemistry.

Writers Larry David and Seinfeld himself did the smart thing, despite what executives wanted. They kept the couple apart instead of doing what plenty of shows on this list did (put them together).

6 Hurt: Niles And Daphne (Frasier)

From the earliest of episodes of Frasier, Niles Crane had pined for his father’s physical therapist, Daphne Moon. His brother Frasier would on several occasions try to prevent Niles from revealing his true feelings for Daphne.

They finally got together during the show’s final seasons. Giving the fans and the characters what they wanted ultimately. But once they got together, the super smart writers of the series seemed to forget that much of the comedy of their chemistry came from Niles pining for her, not winning her.

5 Saved: Kevin And Winnie (The Wonder Years)

Nostalgia for days gone by is not uncommon in a TV show or a movie. The Wonder Years perfected this art form by not just telling their story during the tumultuous sixties, but also the tumultuous time in all of our lives – growing up.

For fans of the show, we got to grow up with Kevin and have a crush on his best friend Winnie. Their friendship was the backbone of the series, but they actually never ended up together. But all of the firsts that they shared together made for classic moments on the series.

4 Hurt: Fez And Jackie (That ’70s Show)

For seven and a half years on That 70’s Show, pretty much all Fez did was bother and pine for Jackie. He was the first character to note how poorly Kelso treated her. But despite coming to her rescue on several occasions, Jackie couldn’t stand the little guy.

Like many random things that happened in the final season, Jackie finally realized that she did, in fact, love Fez. After practically running from the guy for so long and clearly wanted nothing to do with him – one more reason that last season is a bad season.

3 Saved: Homer And Marge (The Simpsons)

If the marriage between Homer and Marge doesn’t work, then there is nothing right in the world at all. The Simpsons hasn’t been on for eight-hundred years because people DON’T want to see them.

Despite being cartoons, Marge might be the perfect TV mom. Homer’s an oaf, but he works hard and minus a few choke-outs and disappointments, really loves his kids and family. Homer and Marge might just be the most realistic depiction of a married couple in love on TV.

2 Hurt: Ross And Emily (Friends)

Ross getting married to Emily was a huge curveball Friends pitched its fans. They collectively screamed, “he’s supposed to be with Rachel!” They met and married quickly. But Ross only had eyes for Rachel – and accidentally called his new wife Rachel on their wedding night.

Thankfully, Emily was smarter than most sitcom girls and demanded Ross to stop seeing Rachel if he wanted her to move to New York. When Ross declined since he couldn’t do that, the marriage ended and he was able to resume his longing for Rachel.

1 Saved – Urkel And Myra (Family Matters)

Since Urkel was never going to leave Laura and her boyfriend Ted alone, they set him up with Ted’s cousin, Myra. He thought for sure that the date would be pointless until he realized that Myra was smart and beautiful.

She was a female version of Steve in a lot of crazy ways, but it gave Urkel someone to play off and realize some of his own faults through Myra’s. She was sweet in nature just like Steve, which helped this couple be a winning combination.


2019-04-14 05:04:17

Eric Rhodes

17 ’90s Sitcoms That Went On Too Long (And 13 That Were Canceled Too Soon)

The ‘90s were a crazy time for television. Though it was a period when basic network sitcoms weren’t played out yet and could still be successful, it was also a time when extremely random ideas still happened in smaller supply. Furthermore, the ‘90s have gained a certain significance with the recent bout of sequelized reboots, as many fans still want to see where ‘90s characters are now. There’s a fascination with this era that gives it a strong power over viewers.

The ‘90s turned out a lot of incredible, formative television, as well as more than a few misfires. That being said, the metrics were how TV was measured and the number of alternatives that were available made television consumption in the ‘90s very different than it is today. It wasn’t that difficult for a show with a ridiculous premise to turn into a huge success or for something truly innovative to virtually go unseen. Much like today, a lot of incredible shows were canceled in the ‘90s, and in some instances, entire seasons wouldn’t even get a chance to air.

With that said, here are the 17 ‘90s Sitcoms That Went On Too Long (And 13 That Were Canceled Too Soon)!

30 Went On Too Long: Friends

Friends got very close to overstaying its welcome, but it fortunately didn’t push its luck too far. For some shows, ten seasons is the perfect time to end. However, Friends got boxed into a difficult situation during the end of its run because the show became so popular and important to the network.

Because of this, it had to coax the cast to stay onboard for another year. Accordingly, the final seasons of Friends still feature plenty of highlights, but the writing is very much on the wall. Ending a few years earlier before series low moments like Joey and Rachel’s relationship would have given the show a more pristine image.

29 Went On Too Long: Veronica’s Closet

NBC ran through a slew of middling sitcoms during the ‘90s in the hopes to find the next Friends or Seinfeld. Veronica’s Closet was developed as a vehicle for Kirstie Alley in which she plays the owner of a lingerie company. The show presented a unique take on a workplace sitcom and had plenty of strong female characters present. However, it’s idea never fully came together.

Veronica’s Closet lasted for three seasons, but each year saw a drastic change and it’s clear that the network was unsure of how to make the program work. The final few episodes didn’t even air. Perhaps one season would have been enough.

28 Canceled Too Soon: All-American Girl

All-American Girl deserves points for being the first sitcom from the US to feature an all-Asian family, but, unfortunately, the result was a misguided, confused comedy that arguably did more harm than good. ABC wanted to center a sitcom around the comedy of Margaret Cho, but as soon as All-American Girl went into production, she had any control of the project stripped away from her and had to deal with perpetual changes that undercut the show.

It’s frustrating to see Cho’s chance to shine ruined by elements outside of her control. ABC canceled the show after one season and Cho was the one who took a lot of the ire in the end.

27 Went On Too Long: Suddenly Susan

Suddenly Susan is very much a companion sitcom to Veronica’s Closet. They both featured independent single businesswomen and NBC canceled both of the series at the same time, which seemed as if it couldn’t even tell the difference between the two shows.

Suddenly Susan starred Brooke Shields as Susan Keane, a magazine writer in San Francisco. The show balanced Susan’s love and work life as she learned more about herself. It it ran for nearly 100 episodes. The show was never a critical darling and its final season went through drastic changes in order to find a bigger audience. Quitting while it was ahead might have been the safer plan.

26 Went On Too Long: Step By Step

Step by Step was a pillar of ABC’s TGIF lineup for seven years and provided audiences with what was essentially a modern version of The Brady Bunch. The wholesome comedy looked at two single parents (who each had three kids) who spontaneously get married and become one big, blended family. The show tapped into ABC’s family-friendly approach, but it didn’t exactly do anything new.

In spite of this, though, not only did the series run for over 150 episodes, but it even survived a network change and moved from ABC to CBS. Once the show’s tenure on ABC was done, it would have been a perfect time to call it quits.

25 Canceled Too Soon: Married… With Children

Married…With Children helped put the FOX network on the map and ran for over a decade as a flagship program on the network. For 11 seasons the crude, irreverent Bundy family entertained audiences and provided something much more humbling and flawed than people were used to seeing on TV. The Bundys were clearly fools, but the writers for the show weren’t and, because of this, the series took its time examining each of the oafish individuals.

Even though 11 season is an exceptionally long run, the series still thought that it would be getting one more year, so technically this one was canceled just a little too soon. It would’ve been a lot better if the show was given the extra season to tie up loose ends.

24 Went On Too Long: Coach

You never know what’s going to resonate with audiences, which is exactly why a simple sitcom about a football coach and his supporting staff lasted for 200 episodes over the course of nine seasons. Craig T. Nelson played Hayden Fox on Coach. The exploits of this proud coach’s career and his time with his family found an interesting balance that worked for many viewers.

The final few years of Coach saw Nelson’s Hayden Fox actually become a coach for an NFL team and stretch the limits of the show’s reality to some degree. Getting out a little earlier before the show had to start turning to wackier storylines probably would’ve been a better idea.

23 Went On Too Long: Dharma And Greg

Dharma and Greg is one of the most brilliantly basic shows out there, and yet it was still able to run for five full seasons and for over 100 episodes. Opposites attract is the entire premise of this sitcom. Dharma and Greg, two polar opposite individuals, decide to get married after one date and lead a crazy life together.

Greg is a straight-laced professional lawyer, while Dharma is a yoga instructor who follows more of a freewheeling mentality. These differing point of views lead to many of the show’s major conflicts. Dharma and Greg could have ended after one season to little consequence, but its low stakes storytelling and strange energy surprisingly captured viewers.

22 Canceled Too Soon: Caroline In The City

Caroline in the City features Lea Thompson as Caroline Duffy, a cartoonist of the popular “Caroline in the City” comic strip. The comedy examines Caroline’s life along with the number of interesting characters in her orbit. It was a popular addition to NBC’s “Must See TV” lineup. The show increasingly centered around Caroline’s romantic endeavors and her “will they, won’t they” relationship with Richard.

Caroline in the City saw a healthy run of nearly 100 episodes, but it ended on a major wedding cliffhanger and the show clearly wasn’t finished telling its story. It deserved the right to end on its own terms.

21 Went On Too Long: Mad About You

Seven seasons is arguably not too long for a network’s flagship program. Mad About You was an anchor of NBC’s “Must See TV” schedule and the show won a dozen Emmy Awards over the course of its run. However, the series actually wanted to end earlier. While the show’s seventh season has a perfect finale, during the show’s fourth and fifth seasons, Paul Reiser and Danny Jacobson considered ending the series while they were on top.

The show went forward and found plenty of new territory for married couple Paul and Jamie Buchman (namely, a baby). The later episodes hold up, but ending earlier could have left an even stronger legacy.

20 Canceled Too Soon: Two Guys And A Girl

Two Guys and a Girl, or Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place, as it started, is the definition of a hangout sitcom that coasts on the chemistry and charisma of the cast. There was nothing remarkable about this show’s premise — friends live together, go to work, and pine for love together — but it featured the likes of Ryan Reynolds and Nathan Fillion, who helped to elevate the show’s material.

The series went through a bunch of retooling in an effort to find audiences. However, even though the show saw a decent run of 81 episodes over the course of four seasons, it had the juice for one more and could have easily hit 100.

19 Went On Too Long: The Nanny

The Nanny was influenced by other works, such as  My Fair Lady and Pretty Woman, as Fran Drescher’s Fran Fine indoctrinates herself into the life of the Sheffield family and slowly wins over Maxwell’s heart. The series saw a popular run for six seasons and nearly 150 episodes, but the tide started to turn during its final year.

The last season not only delayed the series finale by several weeks, but it then proceeded to broadcast a number of unaired episodes from earlier in the season, completely disrupting the show’s flow. It really seemed like CBS was over the show by its final season and ending earlier while the show were receiving better treatment would have avoided the sloppy conclusion.

18 Canceled Too Soon: Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs was a wildly bold project for its time. Jim Henson’s pet project to make a sitcom about a family of dinosaurs was continually deemed crazy, but when The Simpsons started to gain traction and popularity, ABC took a shot with the radical idea.

Dinosaurs looked at a regular working class family, but everything was set in a prehistoric setting. It’s an impressive, unique point of view that arguably works even better than The Flintstones. Dinosaurs lasted four years and went out on a conclusive finale, but there was no reason why it couldn’t have held off on that big finish after another year or two given its popularity.

17 Went On Too Long: Full House

Whatever happened to predictability, especially when a middle of the road family sitcom unceremoniously ends after a few years rather than lasting nearly a decade and then spawning a spin-off down the road that perpetuates even more of the same thing. Full House looks at the very extended Tanner family as the children grow up and learn and love along the way. It wasn’t trying to be high art, but that was fine.

Full House lasted for eight seasons and nearly made it to 200 episodes. Clearly nothing has been learned with the birth of Fuller House, as the later seasons are easily the weakest.

16 Canceled Too Soon: Ellen

Ellen DeGeneres’ day-time talk show is one of the most successful of all-time, but back during her sitcom days, she wasn’t always as fortunate. Ellen was basically DeGeneres’ Seinfeld in which she filtered her stand-up comedy and life experiences through a show. She played an exaggerated take on herself (but she ran a book store instead of being a stand-up comedian).

Ellen found success and ran for five seasons, but after DeGeneres and her character came out of the closet and the show began to center more on Ellen’s orientation, ABC began to view the series as “controversial” and later pulled the plug on it.

15 Went On Too Long: Sabrina The Teenage Witch

Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a formative vehicle for Melissa Joan Hart that actually provided viewers with a lot of original content. The problem that Sabrina faced was that the show became so successful that it was forced to keep running in a way that drastically changed the series and lost sight of what it was supposed to be.

As Sabrina moved from high school to college, the show’s cast changed and Sabrina’s aunts eventually left the picture. The show moved from ABC to the WB for its final year, but it failed to do anything worthwhile with Sabrina in its new settings.

14 Canceled Too Soon: Stark Raving Mad

Stark Raving Mad was a show that did everything right, but just couldn’t strike enough of a chord with audiences. The show featured Neil Patrick Harris as a neat freak editor who is paired up with a moody horror novelist who was played by Tony Shalhoub. In a sense, the series was a sly update of The Odd Couple, but the fact that Shalhoub’s character was supposed to be a Stephen King proxy and the fact that the show so often dabbled in horror territory made it even more distinct.

Neil Patrick Harris and Tony Shalhoub had fantastic chemistry in the show, but the series only lasted a season and four episodes went unaired.

13 Went On Too Long: Home Improvement

Home Improvement looked at the bumbling grunt-tastic adventures of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor as his extreme DIY renovations drove his family crazy. Much like many of the sitcoms that were centered around comedians, the premise wasn’t as important, as the show instead focused on the comedy and charisma of its cast. Tim Allen would hilariously throw himself into handyman adventures that often went very gone wrong. It was one of the most popular comedies on television for a while and ran for over 200 episodes.

Home Improvement doesn’t jump through any hoops during its later seasons. Jonathan Taylor Thomas left during the final season, though, so ending the show a year earlier could have provided a better finale.

12 Canceled Too Soon: ALF

In some ways, it’s kind of a miracle that a family sitcom about a sardonic, wisecracking alien that eats cats could even last for four seasons, but the ‘80s and ‘90s marked a crazy era for television. ALF’s titular character has somewhat remained in the public and everybody seems to be aware of the oddball furry alien from Melmac. However, the sitcom didn’t work out as well as the writers thought.

ALF turned out four strong seasons and easily could have gone on for longer, but the biggest reason why this cancelation came too soon was because the finale involved ALF getting captured by the government, which was a rather bleak last note.

11 Went On Too Long: Family Matters

Family Matters was a great example of the dangers that can happen when a series goes on for too long. Family Matters started as a look at Carl Winslow’s home life and the frustrations that he faced, but as time went on, it increasingly turned into “The Urkel Show.”

This became even more obvious in the show’s final seasons, which also decided to throw common sense and reality out the window, too. Urkel’s rudimentary science skills evolved to levels where he was able to travel through time, teleport, and do all sorts of impossible things that were clearly desperate attempts to keep the show exciting. Considering the fact that some episodes involved Urkel fighting pirates, it’s pretty obvious that the show outstayed its welcome.

10 Canceled Too Soon: Action

Action was a sitcom that took a deeply cynical, nihilistic look at Hollywood culture and the nature of celebrities that seems extremely prescient now. The series centered around Jay Mohr’s Peter Dragon, the head of Dragonfire Film, and offered one of the more bitingly dark parodies of the entertainment industry (it was even the first FOX series to receive a TV-MA rating). The show even featured a Harvey Weinstein surrogate character doing extremely unscrupulous things.

Though Action made a strong impression, it was ultimately too much for FOX and audiences. Only eight episodes from the 13-episode season ended up airing before the plug was pulled on it.

9 Went On Too Long: Just Shoot Me!

Much like Suddenly Susan, Just Shoot Me! was a workplace sitcom that was set at a magazine publishing company. Just Shoot Me! handled the topic successfully and also benefited from having a strong cast that really gelled well together and knew how to sell its cynical brand of comedy.

Just Shoot Me! experienced a very strong initial run, but like many shows, the network tampered with the program and created a muddled final season that felt off to most viewers. Season seven introduced Rena Sofer to the cast and a bunch of broader storylines along with her. Though Sofer’s inclusion was not a total misfire, the show should’ve focused instead on ending things on a strong note rather than including a messy final year that never did the show justice.

8 Canceled Too Soon: NewsRadio

Seinfeld and Friends are heralded as the big sitcoms from the ‘90s — and rightfully so — but NewsRadio was a strong comedy that truly understood how to use its exceptional cast. Phil Hartman was obvious standout, but everyone in the cast was a gem. The show even found a way to make Andy Dick seem affable.

NewsRadio’s third and fourth seasons are some of the most consistent work you’ll find in a sitcom, but NBC was never fully on board with the sometimes-dark series. NewsRadio still got to have five strong years, but it had a lot more to say, and even though Jon Lovitz’ addition in the final season wasn’t as strong, the show still found a way to make it work.

7 Went On Too Long: Spin City

Spin City was a Bill Lawrence sitcom that looked at the workings within the government of New York City and took a fairly unique approach to its comedy. The series centered around Michael J. Fox’s Deputy Mayor, but after the actor’s Parkinson’s Disease became too intense, he left the show after the fourth season and was replaced with Charlie Sheen.

Charlie Sheen actually did a commendable job in this show, but, unfortunately, a lot of the show’s spark was gone during its final two seasons. Several other cast members were also dropped between seasons without explanation. Because of this, ending the show with Fox’s exit might have been the better move.

6 Canceled Too Soon: Sports Night

Before Aaron Sorkin struck gold with The West Wing or found success as a director, his first foray in television was in an ABC comedy called Sports Night. Much in the style of Sorkin’s other works, the show looked at the people who worked at an average cable sports network and produced a nightly sports show.

Even for those with no interest in sports, Sports Night still sparkles. Sorkin’s dialogue and his character’s relationships were great and audiences truly felt like they knew the interesting and complex characters. It was a true gem that the network didn’t fully understand. It even tried to add a laugh track to Sorkin’s lighting fast dialogue, which didn’t work for the quick-paced series.

5 Went On Too Long: The King Of Queens

The King of Queens was your standard “dopey husband, nagging wife” sitcom that CBS was somehow able to make successful. That’s not to say that The King of Queens wasn’t enjoyable or without its charm, but something so simple didn’t need to last for eight seasons and more than 200 episodes.

So many of its’ storylines repeated the same basic idea. Just because something was popular, this didn’t mean that the producers needed to milk the series to its absolute limit. Ending a few years earlier would have made for a stronger finish. However, with shows like Kevin Can Wait happening, people are clearly still eager to see Kevin James and Leah Remini together.

4 Canceled Too Soon: Freaks And Geeks

Though Freaks and Geeks was not technically be a sitcom, it brought up many of the touchstones of the genre. Back in the days when Paul Feig and Judd Apatow weren’t high school names, they put together a beautiful little show that authentically captured the high school experience, but from the perspective of the outcasts.

Honest relationships, flawed characters, and progressive storylines all helped Freaks and Geeks stand out, but it didn’t last beyond its one season at NBC.The show has since gone on to gain almost legendary status and it doesn’t hurt that basically everyone from the show’s cast is now a huge movie star.

3  Went On Too Long: Roseanne

Even without the fresh, new tenth season of Roseanne that came last year and The Conners that’s still on television, Roseanne was still running on empty during the original run of the series. The show was supposed to be an honest look at a relatable working-class family, and when it stuck to that mission statement, it could be fantastic.

Seasons eight and nine of the series pushed the show to its limits and featured outlandish storylines that were motivated by the Conners winning the lottery. The show soon got out of hand, as it pulled off crazy stunts that didn’t feel true to its nature. Ending things earlier would have avoided some very silly decisions that diluted the show’s brand.

2 Canceled Too Soon: Get A Life

Get A Life was a sitcom that lasted for two years on FOX. In it, Chris Elliott played a thirty year-old paperboy who still lived with his parents. The show was less interested in pleasing its audiences and more concerned with stretching the boundaries of what could be done in a sitcom.

The cult favorite show featured incredible writers like Adam Resnick, David Mirkin, Bob Odenkirk, and even Charlie Kaufman. The show broke reality whenever possible, as Chris even expired at the end of several episodes and then was miraculously fine the next week. Get A Life was an exciting, innovative sitcom that was clearly ahead of its time and went over most audience’s heads.

1 Went On Too Long: The Drew Carey Show

The Drew Carey Show began with a lot of promise. It was such a boon for ABC that the network made the bold move to renew the season for several seasons at once. This led to the show sticking around for nearly 250 episodes, even though viewership greatly dropped over the final few seasons. Not only that, but the show also featured multiple reinventions and Drew got married several times, all to catastrophic effect.

The series’ final years changed even more and “event episodes” and “crossovers” with Whose Line is it Anyway? became regular occurrences. Ending the show back in season five or six before it had gone too off the rails would have been a good idea.

Are there any other ’90s sitcoms that were canceled too soon or went on too long? Let us know in the comments!



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25 Wild Fan Theories About Popular Sitcoms That Make Total Sense

Where there’s a TV show with a dedicated fan base, there’s a bunch of fan theories about the hidden truths and secrets that could be lurking between the lines or in the untold backstory of the characters. The whole “They were dead the entire time” fan theory has been overdone – and there’s someone on Reddit who has suggested that for pretty much every TV show that’s ever existed, from Friends to Rugrats. But there are much more elaborate fan theories out there, and there are ones that – whether the theorizers have figured out the writers’ true intentions or not – genuinely make a lot of sense in the context of the show.

It seems that the more light-hearted and fun the sitcom is, the darker the fan theories are. If it’s a delightful romp about the crazy shenanigans that a suburban family gets up to, then one fan somewhere will have suggested that a suicide was involved or that it was the ramblings of a mental patient whose entire family was imaginary.

If it’s an ensemble multi-camera show about some friends who hang out at a coffee shop, then there’ll be a fan somewhere who thinks they were all hooked on crack or one of them was secretly a murderer. There are all kinds of outrageous fan theories out there, and they’re a lot of fun to think about, but for every plausible fan theory, there are 99 implausible ones.

So, without further ado, here are 25 Insane Fan Theories About Popular Sitcoms That Make Total Sense.

25 Friends – phoebe hallucinated the show

Twitter user @strnks suggests Phoebe never made it off the street and imagined the whole of Friends as a homeless woman while staring through the window of Central Perk. Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, and Joey were all hanging out there every day and Phoebe was simply “projecting herself into the lives of the other five” as she watched them from afar.

How did she do this? Well, as the incredibly depressing theory goes, she was high the whole time. For ten years, she was simply hallucinating cheesecake theft and overdone fake tans.

24 The Office (U.S.) – Toby Flenderson is the Scranton Strangler

This popular fan theory pins Toby Flenderson as the elusive Scranton Strangler who he’s so obsessed with. He lapped it up when he served on the jury in the trial and later expressed regret over sentencing a man who he knew wasn’t guilty.

He wasn’t in work on the day that everyone was watching the police pursuit and also skipped the Glee viewing party later that evening. He even went to see the wrongfully imprisoned man in jail and came out with neck injuries, making the innocent man look even guiltier. All signs point to Toby being the Scranton Strangler.

23 Arrested Development – The Bluths represent Norse gods

According to one surprisingly airtight theory, as a deceitful magician, Gob is Loki, “the trickster god.” Tyr had one of his hands bitten off by a wolf created by Loki, while Buster had one of his hands bitten off by a seal released by Gob. Lindsay is Freyja, the goddess of beauty, who is also linked to fertility like a prominent Lindsay storyline, and is married to Tobias, or Od, “the frenzied one.”

George, Sr. is Odin, the father, who occasionally uses his brother as a stand-in, like George, Sr. does with his twin brother Oscar. Lucille is Odin’s wife, Frigga, “the keeper of the family’s secrets.” That leaves Michael as Thor, the heroic one who protects the family and wields a hammer, much like Michael did when he smashed a hole in the wall.

22 The Simpsons – Homer is collecting royalties from Be Sharps

Viewers of The Simpsons, between fits of laughter, may find themselves wondering how Homer has been funding his shenanigans and managed to support a family of five while barely ever going to work for so many years?

Well, according to this fan theory, the answer lies in the season 5 episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet,” in which Homer finds Beatles-level fame in a barbershop quarter called the Be Sharps. If Homer is still collecting royalties from record sales, then he’d have enough money to get by without ever going to work (and also pay for his crazy adventures).

21 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Dennis took Brian LeFevre’s identity

When the gang found a wallet belonging to a man named Brian LeFevre in the season 8 episode “Frank’s Back in Business,” Dennis posed as him for a week and reveled in the thrill of living in another man’s skin.

It is later discovered that the real Brian LeFevre had been taken out in the alley outside Paddy’s. This theory proposes that it was actually Dennis who did it, because he wanted to spend a few days assuming another man’s identity for the sheer excitement. He’s a proven sociopath, so it’s not too far-fetched.

20 Frasier – Martin kept his injury on purpose

It was mentioned a few times throughout the eleven-season run of Frasier that if Martin just did his exercises, then the bullet wound in his leg would fully heal and he’d get total use of his legs back. However, since he never does his exercises, his leg never heals, which seems to be due to laziness.

However, one fan theory suggests he avoided the exercises on purpose to keep Daphne around for Niles and also to stay in Frasier’s apartment. The flashbacks to when he was living on his own depict him as lonely and depressed, so he never wanted to leave Frasier’s apartment and go back to that.

19 Family Guy – The show is Stewie’s view of the world

Family Guy is not going for a realistic tone. In fact, it seems to be going for quite the opposite. So, since the world of Family Guy is absurd and surreal and exaggerated, one fan theory suggests it is depicted through the infantile eyes of Stewie Griffin.

While Stewie is intelligent in terms of his understanding of science and society and popular culture, his understanding of everything else is still juvenile, which would explain the tone and style of the way the show portrays the world. This also explains why everybody’s understanding of Stewie when he speaks is inconsistent and why the dog can talk – mostly to Stewie.

18 The Office (U.K.) – David Brent was edited

Unlike other mockumentary shows like Parks and Rec and Modern Family, The Office and its British counterpart acknowledge the fictional documentary and its crew. So, while David Brent looks like he’s not the smartest person in the show, he blames the way it was edited, and some fans believe him.

In the Christmas special set after the documentary has aired, he says it was “a stitch-up.” He claims the crew shot hours of footage, most of which depicted him as a fun, competent office manager, and they used all the clips that made him look socially awkward or foolish.

17 Seinfeld – how Kramer made his money

A running joke in Seinfeld was that Kramer’s source of income was never explained. He never seemed to struggle for money, and yet he never went to work. One fan theory claims this was because he was a dealer and the unseen character of Bob Sacamano was his supplier.

Kramer also mentions a guy named Lomez a lot and we never get to meet him, so he might be a regular customer or a fellow dealer. Either way, it’s very strange stuff. The theory also suggests that Kramer was getting high on his own supply, and that’s why he has such a wacky and eccentric manner.

16 Two and a Half Men – Charlie and Jake were Alan’s alternate personalities

According to this theory, Charlie passed away when Alan was little and he has lived his life with multiple personalities: there’s miserable, mild-mannered, straight-laced chiropractor Alan and debauched, wealthy bachelor Charlie. He also brought a Jake personality into the mix after the dissolution of his marriage, to represent his innocence.

When he reached a happy place, he took off the Charlie persona for real and Walden Schmidt was brought in as his 24-hour carer. With a mentally stable friend around the house, Alan could finally let go of his Jake personality, too, and live a normal life as Alan Harper.

15 The Simpsons – There is a race of molemen trying to take over Springfield

Since it’s a cartoon with an absurdist sensibility, there’s a lot of gags in The Simpsons that don’t make logical sense, so it’s not a great idea to look too deeply into them. However, one fan theory seems to make sense of the many deaths of Hans Moleman.

Rather than one character named Hans Moleman, there is actually a whole species of molemen living in the sewage system of Springfield, trying to take over the town. However, since they keep dying under unfortunate circumstances, they have so far been unsuccessful.

14 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Will is in Heaven

According to this surprising theory, when Will Smith got into that fight on a basketball court in Philly, as described in the show’s opening theme song, he was taken down, and his journey to Bel-Air was his passage into Heaven. The cab was “rare,” because it was taking him to the pearly gates.

For a low-class, streetwise guy like Will, a mansion in Bel-Air is Heaven. The theory gets very dark when it suggests that the handful of times his parents came down to visit were really them visiting his grave.

13 The Big Bang Theory – Penny is a spy

This theory seems a little wild at first, but it actually makes total sense. Penny was sent by a foreign enemy to infiltrate a group of scientists who have worked with NASA, the FBI, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Air Force, among others. It seems too coincidental that a beautiful woman with no last name happened to move in across the hall from two physicists and immediately became good friends with them.

Plus, she plays dumb whenever they talk shop to get them to drop their guard when discussing sensitive or confidential information. It also explains why she puts up with friends she seems to have nothing in common with.

12 Arrested Development – Ron Howard is Michael’s father-in-law

Season 4 reveals that Ron Howard has a number of illegitimate kids. One fan theory suggests that Michael’s late wife Tracey was one of them, thus making the famous director Michael’s father-in-law and George Michael’s grandfather.

This would explain why Ron Howard has been narrating the entire show and watching the family so closely, as well as why he’s so eager to turn the family’s story into a movie. Plus, George Michael dating one of Ron’s daughters would fit in with the themes of the show.

11 Peep Show – Mark is not the victim

Mark sees himself as the victim of Jez’s terribleness, but Jez is simply emotionally undeveloped and immature, whereas Mark is actually cunning and manipulative.

Look at the storyline where they vied for the affections of Dobby. Mark basically wanted to ensnare her, crush her ambitions, and turn her into a female version of him. Jez, on the other hand, was in tune with her fun side. He’s insane, but at least he would’ve gone Interrailing with her and supported her career with the start-up.

10 Malcolm in the Middle – Malcolm grew up to become Walter White

There’s one theory that Malcolm in the Middle is a sequel to Breaking Bad and that Walter White went into hiding as Hal and settled down to become a mild-mannered husband and father. However, there’s another, more plausible theory, which suggests that Breaking Bad is actually the sequel to Malcolm in the Middle.

It suggests that Walter is Malcolm as an adult. Malcolm is a volatile chemistry wiz, so it makes sense that he would grow up to resemble his dad and become the substance lord Heisenberg.

9 Modern Family – It’s a sequel to Married…with Children

There’s a theory that Modern Family is a sequel to Married…with Children. In both shows, Ed O’Neill is the head of a family and has a redheaded son and a blonde daughter. In Married…with Children, they’re kids and he’s married to their mother, while in Modern Family, they’re adults and he’s in his second marriage.

As a kid, the son is obsessed with girls, but as an adult, he is a gay man who came to terms with his sexuality in college. As a kid, the daughter is promiscuous, but as an adult, she is a wife and mother who uses her promiscuous teen years as a cautionary tale for her daughters. It all adds up!

8 30 Rock – Kenneth is a follower of Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne

There is an ample amount of evidence that Kenneth Parcell, the page from 30 Rock, is a follower of Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, Jon Hamm’s cult leader character who abducted Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Both shows were created by Tina Fey, and Kenneth often speaks of a “Reverend Gary,” which could be short for “Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne.” From what we hear about both reverends’ belief systems, they seem to both lead doomsday cults that deny women’s rights and predict the end of the world.

7 Bob’s Burgers – Jimmy Pesto is jealous of bob

One of the running jokes in Bob’s Burgers is that Jimmy Pesto, the rival restauranteur from across the street, is much more successful than Bob and likes to rub it in. They seem to hate each other and constantly bicker, with Bob as Jimmy’s whipping post.

However, one fan theory suggests it’s actually Bob who is winning in the relationship. Jimmy Pesto’s wife divorced him while Bob and Linda remain closer than ever, he dislikes his kids while Bob has three great ones, and although his restaurant is more successful than Bob’s, his food is worse, so his hatred for Bob is born out of jealousy.

6 Community – Leonard is Jeff from the future

This fan theory is a little out there and absurd, but then isn’t everything in Dan Harmon’s meta college-set sitcom Community? It proposes that Leonard, the softly spoken old man who wanders the halls of Greendale, is really Jeff from the future.

Years from now, Jeff will accidentally be sent back in time by Abed. He then changes his name to Leonard and spends his days watching his past self. This explains why Leonard is such a curmudgeon, and how he knew it was Jeff who ate all the macaroni.

5 Parks and Recreation – the fate of Mark Brendanawicz

Paul Schneider left Parks and Recreation after playing Mark Brendanawicz, arguably the least popular character on the show, for the first two seasons. Following failed romances with both Leslie and Ann – who broke up with him right as he was about to propose to her – Mark quit his job as city planner and was never seen again.

But it’s not just that he didn’t ever make another appearance on the show – no one even mentioned him ever again! One fan theory suggests he took his own life and that’s why no one ever talks about him.

4 Curb Your Enthusiasm – Richard Lewis is a different side of Larry David

One of the running gags in Curb Your Enthusiasm is that Larry David doesn’t seem to get along with any of his friends, but he contends with one of them in particular the most: Richard Lewis. And one fan theory suggests that this is because Richard is the embodiment of Larry’s depression.

Richard is Larry’s best friend and yet they constantly argue. They bring out the worst in each other whenever they spend any time together. Richard always wears black. Also, the kidney transplant story arc can be seen as Larry contemplating suicide and then attempting it and recovering from it.

3 How I Met Your Mother – Future Ted has memory problems

There are a lot of fan theories surrounding How I Met Your Mother, usually involving the narrator, future Ted, lying about some aspects of the story and portraying himself in a more positive light than he deserves, since no one is around to dispute his accounts.

However, one theory makes more sense than the rest: the Ted of the future has Alzheimer’s. That’s why he’s so eager to tell his kids about his life – because he is slowing losing those memories. It also explains why he took so long to tell the story, why he misremembered a lot of things, and why he was such a classic unreliable narrator.

2 The Simpsons – Homer Simpson has been in a coma

In an October 1992 episode, Homer spoke to God, who told him that in six months, he would pass away. Six months later, in an April 1993 episode, Homer was crushed by a vending machine and went into a coma.

Although he wakes up at the end of the episode, one fan theory suggests he never woke up and that the reason the show got much wackier after that – and why the characters have not aged in the twenty-five years since then – is that Homer never woke up from the coma and imagined it all.

1 Friends – Jack Geller is not Monica’s father

There have been dozens of popular fan theories about Friends, but none of them make clearer sense than this one. It claims Judy Geller was unfaithful to her husband Jack in order to conceive Monica, making Jack her father in nurture only.

This would explain why Ross is more interested in his Jewish heritage than his sister – or rather half-sister – and why Judy favors Ross over Monica. She gives Monica such a hard time because she’s guilty about her past relationship and hates the living reminder of it.

Do you agree with any of these fan theories? Let us know in the comments!



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15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped)

There are many forms of entertainment, but television is one of the most popular. Watching TV has been a popular pastime ever since the television was created in 1927. Programs can often bring families together or can even give people an escape from reality while they binge-watch their new favorite show. People used to have to pay for cable to watch their favorite shows, but now, watching TV is easier than ever with the mass amount of streaming services that have become available, such as Hulu and Netflix.

Some of the best shows are even exclusive to streaming services such as these. Even YouTube has expanded to include TV shows that come in a variety of genres. Needless to say, there is now a seemingly endless amount of programming that will entertain anybody and everybody.

Much like movies, there are a wide variety of TV shows and genres to pick from. TV networks seem to come out with a variety of different shows each year including sitcoms. While a network might release a few different sitcoms each year, a lot of them seem to flop and be forever forgotten by viewers. Other sitcoms stick around for several years resulting in many seasons worth of laughs.

Some of these shows have stuck around longer than they probably should have, but others were so terrible that they were canceled after only one season.

 Here are the 15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped). 

30 Massive Hit: The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory may have not launched any of the main actors acting careers, but the show certainly boosted them into the spotlight. The Big Bang Theory came on the air in 2007 thanks to creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The show centers around a group of geeky and socially awkward friends who hang out with a waitress named Penny.

The show has become incredibly popular during its twelve seasons on the air, with many celebrities making cameos on the show.

The Big Bang Theory became so popular that it even received a spinoff about a young Sheldon Cooper.

29 Flopped: Caveman

The Cavemen were a popular marketing image used by the auto insurance company GEICO starting in 2004. While people don’t see a lot of the Cavemen anymore, they used to be incredibly popular. ABC thought they were so popular that they should launch a sitcom featuring the GEICO Cavemen.

The show was a massive failure with viewers and critics and was therefore canceled after one season. Thirteen episodes were created for the first season; however, only six of them aired in the U.S. Caveman was such a flop that it didn’t even get a DVD release to try and make some money back. 

28 Massive Hit: Friends

Friends was a massive win for NBC and ran for ten years from 1994 to 2004. The show just follows the lives of six friends living in Manhattan, but many people loved the idea of the show.

Friends was, and still is, adored by fans and critics. The show even landed the #24 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series. The sitcom did a lot for all of the actors involved in the series, but is often considered a turning point for Jennifer Aniston’s career. 

27 Flopped: Ferris Bueller

John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starring Matthew Broderick was a hit back in 1986. Fans still love the movie to this day and even launched a “Ferris Fest” in Chicago to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie. While the film was successful, the TV series was not.

The show titled Ferris Bueller followed Ferris and his friends’ everyday life at high school. What made the first movie fun was that Ferris wasn’t in school, but NBC apparently didn’t get that since they picked up the series in the ‘90s. The show didn’t bring back any of the original cast members and ended after one season. 

26 Massive Hit: That ‘70s Show

When That ‘70s Show first came on the air, there was no guarantee that the show would succeed. The show starred primarily new young actors, with little to no acting experience. That ‘70s Show was even the very first acting job for Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, and Laura Prepon. Thankfully, the risk paid off for Fox and became a massive hit.

The series lasted for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. Besides, Kutcher, Grace, and Prepon, the show also starred Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, and Wilmer Valderrama. The cast did a phenomenal job for a total of 200 episodes, and then went on to have even more enriching careers in Hollywood. 

25 Flopped: That ‘80s Show

While That ‘70s Show was a massive hit, the success could not be repeated for That ‘80s Show. Even when Fox was still broadcasting new episodes of That ‘70s Show, they created a show about the ‘80s in 2002.

The show isn’t a direct sequel to the first show and the only way it connects to That ‘70s Show is that the main character, Corey Howard, is supposed to be Eric Forman’s cousin.

The show was created because of the popularity of That ‘70s Show, but people just weren’t interested in another show about a different decade. 

24 Massive Hit: The Office

The original The Office debuted on the BBC in 2001 and only stuck around for two seasons and a Christmas special. The concept for the show, however, was adapted eight different times for countries across the world.

One of the more popular versions of The Office came in 2005. The show starred Steve Carell as Michael Scott and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert. These two men have probably had the biggest career after the show ended, but the entire cast made a memorable group of characters that kept fans laughing for nine seasons. 

23 Flopped: George

George Foreman may be known for his impressive boxing career or even the famous George Foreman Grill, but he also got his own TV show in the ‘90s. The show ran for ten episodes, only nine of which actually ended up on the air. The show starred Foreman as a retired boxer who took care of troubled kids after school.

While Foreman’s show may have flopped, there is no doubt denying he was an impressive boxer especially since he won a gold medal in the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics. 

22 Massive Hit: How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother was a romantic comedy that aired on CBS from 2005 to 2014. The show centered around Ted Mosby, who would narrate the adventures that led up to him meeting his wife.

Apart from Ted, played by Josh Radnor, the series had several other memorable characters played by Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan. While the majority of the series was met with critical acclaim, the final two seasons are often criticized for the way it wrapped up the show. A spinoff titled How I Met Your Dad or How I Met Your Father have been in development before, but the spinoff has had some trouble taking off. 

21 Flopped: 1600 Penn

NBC has had some hits over the years, but 1600 Penn was not one of them. The series was about a dysfunctional family who lived in the White House with their father.

Bill Pullman played the President of the United States starring alongside with Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, and Martha MacIsaac. The show ultimately didn’t do well with critics who slammed the show for having too many sitcom stereotypes and being a failed parody attempt of The West Wing. The show was canceled after one season and people aren’t really begging NBC to bring it back. 

20 Massive Hit: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

There has always been an abundance of cop dramas on TV, but not as many cop sitcoms. Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars the singer of the comedy band The Lonely Island Andy Samberg, as well as Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, and Stephanie Beatriz.

In May, Fox decided to cancel the show, but the very next day, NBC picked it up and renewed it for a sixth season.

So far, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has won two Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and has been nominated for several other awards.

19 Flopped: Dads

The show Dads was created by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and premiered on Fox in 2013. Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi starred as two video game developers whose fathers move in with them. Not only was the show canceled after only one season, but it also got ripped apart by critics.

The series became known for depending on offensive gags to get laughs and having an array of unlikable characters. Along with Green and Ribisi, Brenda Song and Vanessa Lachey had recurring roles on the show.

18 Massive Hit: Modern Family

Modern Family is about three different families living in Los Angeles. Much like The Office, Modern Family was created as a mockumentary type sitcom. The series was created in 2009 and is still running on ABC. The show has won an impressive 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, which is partly because of the incredible cast.

Actors such as Ed O’Neil, Sofía Vergara, Ty Burrell, and Eric Stonestreet are some of the many talented people in the cast. While the series has been a massive hit so far, there are rumors that the show could be ending after season 10. 

17 Flopped: My Big Fat Greek Life

It isn’t every day that a romantic comedy will spawn its own TV show, but it certainly happens. My Big Fat Greek Wedding came out in 2002 and starred Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.

The movie revolved around the struggles that Vardalos’ character Toula had by marrying someone who wasn’t Greek. The TV series took place after the first film and starred Vardalos, but Corbett did not return. At first, the series had incredible ratings, but by the second episode, people had started to tune out, which led to CBS canceling the show. 

16 Massive Hit: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by Rob McElhenney in 2005 and is currently still running on FXX. The comedy is about five friends who run an Irish Bar in Philadelphia. McElhenney stars in the show alongside fellow comedians Charlie Day, Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, and Glenn Howerton. The show began with low ratings, which is why FX forced the show to add a big name actor.

Devito was added to the cast and they haven’t looked back since. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has received critical acclaim since the beginning, and now thirteen seasons later, it has become one of the longest-running live action comedies ever. 

15 Flopped: Joey

Many fans were disappointed to see Friends go off the air in 2004. While most of the cast moved on to other acting roles, one friend stuck around to try and get more laughs for NBC.

After Friends ended, Matt LeBlanc played Joey Tribbiani in the spinoff show titled Joey.

The show saw Joey move on with his life and try to make it big in Hollywood as an actor. The show couldn’t live up to the success that NBC saw with the first series and it was ultimately canceled after two seasons. 

14 Massive Hit: Arrested Development 

Arrested Development has been bringing on the laughs ever since the first episode aired in 2003. The show originally ran for three seasons on Fox but was then later picked up by Netflix. Netflix released season four in 2013 and the first half of season five this year.

The show truly has an ensemble cast, including actors Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, and Will Arnett. Tony Hale and David Cross also have the fan-favorite roles of Buster Bluth and Tobias Fünke. The entire series can be found on Netflix. 

13 Flopped: Bad Judge

While shows like Judge Judy or The People’s Court may be hilarious already, NBC set out to make an actual sitcom about a judge in 2014.

Kate Walsh stars as Judge Rebecca Wright, who works at the Los Angeles County Circuit Court by day, but is a party animal by night. NBC canceled the show before the season had even gotten halfway through, although the rest of the series came on the air as planned. Most people gave the show negative reviews, mainly criticizing Walsh’s performance and the fact that the show just wasn’t funny. 

12 Massive Hit: Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation, or simply Parks and Rec., was a massive hit for a couple different reasons. Not only was the show a sitcom, but it doubled as political satire and a mockumentary.

The show ran for a total of seven seasons, but for many people, that wasn’t enough. Parks and Rec. had an incredible cast and memorable characters that only got more hilarious as the series continued. This show most notably included Chris Pratt who has recently blown up in Hollywood, starring in many massive summer blockbusters. 

11 Flopped: Mulaney

John Mulaney is no doubt a funny guy. He is a stand-up comedian and even wrote on Saturday Night Live; however, the sitcom he created in 2014 couldn’t grab people’s attention. The show starred Mulaney himself as a comedian in New York. However, people were concerned about the show before it even came on the air.

The show had an obvious resemblance to Seinfeld and concerns were solidified when the show premiered. With Mulaney doing poorly with critics and with not a lot of people tuning in, the show was canceled after only one season.

10 Massive Hit: Community

Community’s premise centers on Jeff Winger, who is a lawyer who lied about having a bachelor’s degree and is forced to attend a community college. Community lasted for six seasons, five of which aired on NBC and the last on Yahoo! Screen.

The show became a massive hit not just because of the impressive writing team, but because of its cast.

Veteran comedian Chevy Chase stars in the show alongside actors like Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, and Donald Glover. The show also succeeded by parodying several television and movie clichés. 

9 Flopped: Rob

Some actors have a certain time in the spotlight before they fall out of it completely. Fans have seen this happen with Adam Sandler, despite his attempt to stay relevant, and also with his friend and co-worker Rob Schneider.

Schneider attempted to make a sitcom back in 2012 simply titled Rob and CBS actually picked it up. The show focused on Rob, a former bachelor who works as a landscape architect with OCD and who recently got married. Rob was canceled after eight episodes once the show was flooded with horrible reviews pointing out the show’s use of Mexican stereotypes and the weak supporting cast. 

8 Massive Hit: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Before Will Smith was a massive Hollywood star, he starred in a show on NBC called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show was a huge hit and spawned a total of six seasons and 148 episodes. Will Smith starred as a fictionalized version of himself who goes to live with his Aunt and Uncle in Bel-Air after he gets into one little fight and his mom gets scared. We all know how the rest of the story goes.

Besides Smith, the show is known for the talented cast members, the unique story, and the wide range of celebrity cameos.

7 Flopped: AfterMASH

After the show M*A*S*H ended, CBS came out with AfterMASH. Adequately titled, AfterMASH centered around Colonel Potter, Sergeant Klinger, and Father Mulch who end up in a veteran’s hospital after the Korean War ended.

While M*A*S*H did quite well for the eleven seasons it was on the air, AfterMASH only lasted two seasons before getting canceled. AfterMASH just couldn’t capture what made the first show great, but that didn’t stop CBS from trying again. The TV network would try again in 1984 with WALTER, but thankfully that show didn’t even get picked up. 

6 Massive Hit: The Middle

The Middle was just an average show about a lower middle-class family, yet it still became a massive hit. The series was created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, who previously worked on shows like Roseanne and Murphy Brown.

The show was praised for accurately capturing the lives of a middle-class family while still delivering a hilarious story and unique characters. The Middle lasted for nine seasons before going off the air this year. While the show might be over, a spinoff revolving around Eden Sher’s character Sue Heck is currently in the works. 

5 Flopped: Angel From Hell

Those who don’t remember the sitcom Angel From Hell will be forgiven since the show wasn’t really anything to write home about. In the show Angel From Hell, Jane Lynch stars as a guardian angel for a girl named Allison, who was played by Maggie Lawson.

The show came after Lynch starred in the massively popular Glee, yet Angel From Hell didn’t get as big of a fan base.

The show was canceled by CBS after only five episodes at the beginning of 2016. While CBS didn’t initially air the remaining eight episodes, the rest of the season was released starting in July 2016. 

4 Massive Hit: Two and a Half Men

Even though Two and a Half Men often got mixed reviews, it was still a massive hit for CBS. The show ran for twelve seasons before going off the air, but the show started with Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, and a young Angus T. Jones.

There was a lot of drama surrounding the show, especially after Sheen’s crazed antics, but the show continued never the less. After a feud with show co-creator Chuck Lorre, Sheen was replaced on the show with Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher stayed on for the rest of the series until the show ended in 2015. 

3 Flopped: I Hate My Teenage Daughter

Another one of Fox’s TV shows that flopped was called I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The show was about a pair of moms, played by Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran, who began to notice that their daughters were turning into the kind of teenagers who had bullied them in high school.

The show began its thirteen episode run in November 2011 and ended it in May 2012. After Fox decided to cancel the show, the remaining six episodes were never released in the U.S., but based on viewership, nobody was really watching anyway.

2 Massive Hit: Seinfeld

Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the show Seinfeld began in 1989 and lasted for nine seasons. The show was about a fictionalized version of Jerry Seinfeld who lived in New York and spent time with his friends. The show is often called one of the greatest sitcoms ever made and even landed the #2 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series.

Many shows have since tried to copy Seinfeld’s success, but none have been as original as this NBC hit. 

1 Flopped: My Mother the Car

As strange as it sounds, My Mother the Car was an actual sitcom back in the ‘60s. The show follows David Crabtree, who purchases a car that happens to be a reincarnation of his mother who passed away.

The show aired on NBC and starred Dick Van Dyke’s little brother Jerry, but even the Van Dyke gene couldn’t save the show. My Mother the Car was as strange as it was horrible, and not very many people cared for the show. NBC decided to cancel the program after just one season. 

Are there any other sitcoms that should have made the list? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-07 04:10:06 – Christopher Fiduccia

6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It)

There are sitcoms that everyone loves, and then there’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — a series which has managed to turn off many with its despicable characters and depraved sense of humor. From faking cancer to trying to eat a homeless person, there are no depths that are too low for the owners of Paddy’s Pub. But you don’t get to thirteen seasons without making a few fans in the process.

While It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia might not pull in the biggest numbers, the show has maintained such a rabid following over the years that one has to wonder if they’ve accidentally gotten there hands on some raccoon meat. But the more likely scenario is that many people have just as twisted of a sense of humor as the makers of this FX series.

The sitcom was created by Rob McElhenney with the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, who would go on to portray Mac, Dennis, and Charlie on the series. Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito fill out the rest of the main cast as Dee and Frank Reynolds, and for over the last decade, fans have been happily following the bizarre misadventures of the Gang. Of course, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else in these leading roles. With over 130 episodes, there has been no shortage of supporting characters and celebrity cameo, some of which have been a lot better than others.

Here are 6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It).

20 Saved: Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds

In a sea of despicable characters, Dennis Reynolds has slowly revealed himself to be the most reprehensible of them all. Dennis may have begun the series as one of the more sensible members of the Gang — albeit one with an extremely short fuse, but he’s slowly revealed himself to be a cool and calculated sociopath. One who also happens to have a heavy side of narcissistic personality disorder.

While Glenn Howerton didn’t want to name the character after himself for fear of people drawing an unwelcome comparison, that hasn’t stopped Howerton from taking the character to some extremely dark places. He’s more than a little convincing when he lays out one of his manipulative plans. While his temper tantrums may be over-the-top, you never doubt the authenticity of the rage and frustration Howerton has embedded into his performance.

19 Saved: Mary Elizabeth Ellis as The Waitress

One of the most prominent recurring characters on It’s Always Sunny, the Waitress has been a part of the series since the very beginning. She is the unrequited love interest of Charlie throughout the majority of the show — though it seems like the tables have turned in recent episodes.

The Waitress is portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who had previously worked with Charlie Day on an episode of Reno 911! The two were married shortly after It’s Always Sunny began, adding another layer of hilarity to the dysfunctional relationship between the two characters on screen.

Ellis fully commits to her performance as the down-on-her-luck waitress.

She’s an example of the tight-knit community working behind-the-scenes that has made the series such a success.

18 Hurt: Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty

While sitcoms usually lend themselves well to celebrity cameos, It’s Always Sunny has created such a distinct world that more often than not these cameos end up feeling out of place. There have been a few instances where they’ve managed to pull them off. Josh Groban popping up in one of Dee’s fantasies seemed fitting, and Dax Shepard manages to blend in fairly well into the episodes where Mac and Charlie join a cult.

In the case of Jason Sudeikis and a number of other celebrities, the cameos just end up coming across as distracting. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Jason Sudeikis playing Schmitty — an ex-member of the Gang who makes an unexpected return. The whole time, you never forget that you’re watching Sudeikis, which just doesn’t work for the tone of the series.

17 Saved: Mary Lynn Rajskub as Gail the Snail

Though she’s only appeared in three episodes of the series to date, Gail the Snail is definitely one of those side characters that we’d like to see more of. She first appeared back in the season five episode “The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention”, where she is the clingy cousin of Dennis and Dee who talks with a lisp and has the disgusting habit of slurping her saliva. Dennis and Dee have found that the only way to get rid of her is to dust her with salt, hence her nickname of Gail the Snail.

The character is portrayed by the talented Mary Lynn Rajskub, who is best known for playing Chloe O’Brian on 24.

This is undeniably a very different character, and it’s impressive just how committed Rajskub is to playing someone so hilariously obnoxious.

16 Saved: David Hornsby as Cricket

The Gang has dragged their fair share of individuals down into the dirt with them, but none are more apparent than Rickety Cricket. Portrayed by David Hornsby, Cricket is a former classmate of the Gang who was once infatuated with Dee. He debuted in season two as a clean-cut priest who has slowly transformed into the addicted hobo that we have today.

Hornsby has been such a prominent member of the show that last season he was given his own episode with “A Cricket’s Tale”, which cleverly intertwined the character’s other brief appearances throughout the season into the story. Hornsby has also been a big part of the show behind-the-scenes as well, serving as an executive producer and a writer of nearly 30 episodes.

15 Hurt: Brian Unger as The Attorney

It’s Always Sunny has a number of supporting characters who re-emerge every few seasons, only to be dragged down by the shenanigans of the Gang once again. Brian Unger plays one such character with the Attorney, who the Gang often visits for legal advice only to contradict everything the lawyer has to say.

As a former correspondent of The Daily Show, Unger is really good at playing the straight man.

In fact, he’s too good, which makes it hard to believe that he would put up with these self-centered, narcissistic characters for more than a few episodes. Often, these supporting characters are revealed to be a little bit off in their own right, but Unger is just too normal to make his character mesh with the series.

14 Saved: Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds

Danny DeVito first popped up in season two of It’s Always Sunny, and his casting as Frank Reynolds quite literally saved the series. While the higher-ups at FX reportedly loved the first season, not enough people were watching to warrant a second outing. McElhenney, Howerton, and Day were given the ultimatum to add a bigger name or face cancellation. While they worried how DeVito would fit into the series, the veteran actor has more than proven himself as a worthy member of the Gang.

The insane things that DeVito will do for the character are a testament to the actor’s commitment. Even more impressive is how you never feel like you’re watching a performance. DeVito becomes Frank Reynolds. Even when he’s not delivering lines, just watching him futz about in the background is already hilarious enough.

13 Saved: Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly

It’s Always Sunny has turned all of its leading actors into stars, but Charlie Day is the biggest breakout of them all. Since appearing on the show, Day has worked on a number of hit films, including Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim, and The Lego Movie.

His star power has no doubt helped the show remain on the air for so long.

Thanks to Day’s performance and musical talents, the character of Charlie has no shortage of memorable moments. Bird law aside, Charlie may be the least intelligent member of the Gang. In a lot of ways, he’s the heart of the show. Charlie certainly has his share of questionable moments, but they often stem from ignorance rather than malice, which set him apart from the other employees of Paddy’s Pub.

12 Hurt: Sean “Diddy” Combs as Dr. Jinx

Whenever Sean “Diddy” Combs pops up in a movie or TV show, he often plays a fictionalized version of himself. In It’s Always Sunny, he plays the unorthodox Dr. Jinx who utilizes alternative methods to treat his patients.

Not only is the cameo distracting, but Combs’ performance is pretty flat. It almost seems like the actor is reading off cue cards, and when Dr. Jinx is seen playing the bass guitar during a musical performance at Paddy’s Pub, it’s pretty obvious that Combs isn’t actually playing. The rapper may have stolen the show as Sergio in Get Him to the Greek, but whatever worked for him on that movie isn’t back on display in the sitcom.

11 Saved: Artemis Pebdani as Artemis

Artemis is one of the few supporting characters who can actually hang with the Gang without her life coming apart at the seams. She first appeared up in season one, where she befriends Dee after the two meet in an acting class. She’s also had a relationship without Frank throughout her time in the series.

The character is portrayed by Artemis Pebdani, who landed the role right at the start of her professional acting career.

While she’s continued to reprise her part as the fun-loving and wild Artemis, the actress has enjoyed success in a number of other shows, including Scandal and Masters of Sex. Though a number of supporting characters seem to have fallen off in recent years, Artemis has already popped up this season with “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot”.

10 Saved: Lynne Marie Stewart and Sandy Martin as Charlie and Mac’s Moms

Every since Danny DeVito debuted as Frank Reynolds, it was abundantly clear why Dennis and Dee are they way that they are. After all, Frank is just as self-absorbed and conniving as the twins. In that respect, we’ve also gotten to see how Mac and Charlie are a result of their childhoods by getting to know their moms over the course of the series.

Lynne Marie Stewart does a perfect job of playing Charlie’s mom, a kind-hearted woman who was far too overprotective of her son — which explains Charlie’s numerous irrational fears. Meanwhile, Sandy Martin is the total opposite, as Mac’s mom doesn’t seem emotionally invested in her son at all — which explains Mac’s constant desire for approval. Together, the two are a perfect comedy duo, which is on full display in “Old Lady House: A Comedy Situation”.

9 Hurt: Seann William Scott as Country Mac

In season nine, Seann William Scott made a one episode appearance as Mac’s cousin — who the Gang deems far cooler than Mac. Just like Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty, this is another star cameo that can’t help but feel distracting. Scott has made a career playing characters who are too cool for school thanks to movies like American Pie and Role Models. That might seem like he’s the ideal fit for Country Mac.

Wouldn’t it have been even funnier if the Gang idolized a character for no other reason than to get under Mac’s skin?

With the success of It’s Always Sunny, we’re sure that they could have a star cameo every few episodes. Since they’re kept to a bare minimum, it seems that even they know these roles can be a bit ostentatious.

8 Saved: Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney as Liam and Ryan McPoyle

The McPoyles are the perfect example of just how dark and twisted the humor on It’s Always Sunny can actually get. They are a large inbred family with the two most prominent members, Liam and Ryan, being former classmates of the Gang. They popped up in a number of episodes between seasons one and nine, where they’re often at odds with the owners of Paddy’s Pub.

Liam and Ryan are played by Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney throughout their time on the show. Both fully commit to the unsettling nature of these characters. They might be creepy, but that doesn’t stop them from being a hilarious comedy duo. Our only complaint is that they’ve been absent from the series for the last few seasons.

7 Saved: Catherine Reitman as Maureen Ponderosa

One of the weirdest characters in all of It’s Always Sunny, Maureen Ponderosa is the ex-wife of Dennis Reynolds who slowly makes her transition into becoming a cat in the later episodes of the show. Much like Rickety Cricket, her transition from seemingly normal to totally unhinged takes place over the course of a few seasons — better-allowing audiences to buy into the ridiculousness of it all.

Catherine Reitman seems totally devoted to this outlandish and often unsettling performance.

Since appearing on the show, Reitman’s notoriety has only continued to grow. She currently plays the lead on Workin’ Moms — a show which she also created — along with popping up as another recurring character in Black-ish.

6 Hurt: Guillermo del Toro as Pappy McPoyle

Writer/ director Guillermo del Toro was apparently such a big fan of It’s Always Sunny, that it was one of the reasons he cast Charlie Day in Pacific Rim. In return, del Toro was given this cameo appearance as Pappy McPoyle — who is most likely the grandfather of Liam and Ryan.

One problem right off the bat is that del Toro was cast to play someone who is most likely from Ireland— a fact which the director himself made fun of in a behind-the-scenes interview. This may have been the reason that Pappy McPoyle was given such an over-the-top appearance, which is really the worst part of the character. The McPoyle’s are indeed odd and unsettling, but they’re still somewhat believable.Pappy McPoyle, on the other hand, looks like some deranged wizard who has no place in the series.

5 Saved: Wade Boggs as Himself

The best episodes of It’s Always Sunny usually finds the Gang confined to a single area, where their personalities can do nothing but bounce off the walls and wreak havoc on themselves and anyone in their vicinity. This is what makes “The Gang Beats Boggs” one of the best episodes in the series.

The episode finds the five Philadelphia natives trying to beat Wade Boggs’ record of consuming 70 drinks during a cross-country flight.

While the Gang’s antics are usually based on nothing but nonsense, this true story only adds another level of hilarity to the episodes. The cherry on top is a brief appearance by Wade Boggs himself. In an interview, Charlie Day said that not only was Boggs happy to participate in the episode, but that his real-life record was a lot more impressive than previously thought.

4 Saved: Michael Naughton as the Waiter

Michael Naughton first appeared up in “The Gang Dines Out,” where he is a server at one of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia. He’s crossed paths with the Gang a number of times since, and every time the Waiter emerges worse for wear.

Just this season, Naughton appeared in “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot,” where he is now working as a flight attendant. Once again, the Waiter tries to get the Gang to acknowledge how they’ve sabotaged him in the past. But once again, the Gang can’t remember who he is.

Naughton plays the Waiter with a kind of obsessive desperation beneath his everyman facade; he seems like someone who really would let the Gang get the better of him. He’s also the kind of supporting character that rewards loyal fans every time he pops back up.

3 Hurt: Stephen Collins as Bruce Mathis

Stephen Collins popped up in season two and three of It’s Always Sunny, where he played Bruce Mathis, the biological father of Dennis and Dee. Bruce invests most of his time and money helping out various charities around the world, making him a polar opposite of his children. This also made Collins — who was best known for playing Reverend Eric Camden on 7th Heaven — seem like an ideal fit for the part.

In the years since, Collins has both been accused and admitted to being an abuser. The actor has obviously not appeared on the show since, but going back and watching these episodes with Collins can be more than a little discomfiting.

2 Saved: Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds

With Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton working on the show right from the very beginning, the actors were afforded the opportunity to mold their characters as they saw fit. However, the character of Dee Reynolds was developed before an actress was cast, and she was originally meant to be the Gang’s voice of reason.

Thankfully, Kaitlin Olson nabbed the role, and over time Dee became just as hilariously pathetic as the other members of the Gang.

Being a former member of The Groundlings, Olson clearly had talent as a comedic performer — which might also explain why Dee fancies herself as a bit of an improv comic. The actress isn’t afraid to make Dee as embarrassing as possible, which adds an element of cringe-comedy to the show that’s not found in the other characters.

1 Saved: Rob McElhenney as Mac

Without Rob McElhenney, there would be no It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The struggling actor/writer decided to put plans for the series into motion after a number of other projects fell through. With the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, McElhenney made a short episode of the series, which he used to pitch the sitcom. Over a decade later, McElhenney still serves as an executive produces while continuing to write a number of episodes.

As far as his role of Mac is concerned, McElhenney isn’t afraid to take the character in different directions.

He put on a whopping 50 pounds for season seven and Mac finally came out of the closet for good last year — just a few of the many ways McElhenney has kept the show feeling fresh after thirteen seasons.

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2018-10-07 02:10:26 – Dylan Dembrow

17 Best Sitcoms Ever Made, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 3 Stuck With 0%)

The movie and television show aggregate review website Rotten Tomatoes has been around for an astonishing 20 years. The site collects critics reviews and combines them into an average score based. If a movie or TV show scores high enough, it’s “Certified Fresh.” On the opposite spectrum, if a score is low enough, it’s considered “Certified Rotten.” The website also allows non-critics to submit their reviews, which are compiled into an Audience Score.

Rotten Tomatoes is a good starting point to obtain critiques of a show or movie to decide if you want to watch it or if you want to wait or skip it altogether. Although there are sometimes major differences in the score between critics and audience, diving into the text portion of the reviews will provide additional information for your decision.

Obviously, a higher score is what television shows want, because most people grab a first impression of a television show from the prominently-displayed percentage score. Many of the entries in the database are in the 70%-80%, but there are a surprising number of sitcoms at 95% and above.

Yes, there are a few sitcoms that have managed to get the ultra-rare score of 0%. Considering that most critics can find something good about a television show, a program must really be terrible if it isn’t able to even hit 1%.

Many older sitcoms have not been scored by Rotten Tomatoes, so you’ll find mostly newer shows on this list.

Here are the 17 Best Sitcoms According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 3 Stuck At 0%).

20 Best: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (95%)

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine saga is well-known to fans of the show and critics. The program lasted 5 seasons on Fox before the network canceled it. It only took one day – whether through hardcore fan assistance or someone saw more potential for the show – but NBC decided to continue the show for a 6th season.

The show takes place in a precinct with an odd cast of characters, focusing on Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher). Critics have praised the near-perfect casting of the characters, especially Samberg and Braugher.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been nominated for an incredible 55 awards, winning 10.

That’s an impressive record to have. NBC should be proud to have Brooklyn Nine-Nine on their network.

19 Best: The Good Place (95%)

One of the newer shows on this list is The Good Place. It’s about a group of people who find their way to the afterlife. The show has 2 seasons and 26 episodes so far and returns for a 3rd season at the end of September 2018.

The stars of the show, most notably Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, having amazing and charming performances that work well together. The first season managed a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, but the second season hit 100%.

Many fans and critics love how The Good Place sneaks philosophy and ethics into the sometimes crass, but intelligent humor. There’s little doubt that the third season will continue trending high on Rotten Tomatoes.

18 Best: Black-ish (95%)

Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as the father of an upper middle-class black family. Season 4, the most recent, has a Certified Fresh rating of 100%.

Critics love that the show still pushes boundaries in today’s modern political and racial environment.

Many of the actors and actresses, including Anderson, Tracee Ellis-Ross, and Yara Shahidi have received award nominations. Anderson and Ellis-Ross have each won multiple times.

It was easy for ABC to renew black-ish for a sixth season, with the decision coming in May 2018.

In the 3rd season, the episode “Liberal Arts” was a back-door pilot for the spin-off involving Zoey. Grown-ish will debut its second season on Freeform.

17 Best: Silicon Valley (95%)

Currently in its fifth season, Silicon Valley follows the lives of five men who create a startup computer company in Silicon Valley. One of the characters makes an app called “Pied Piper” that compresses data with a unique and outstanding method.

Everything from the acting, writing, and directing to the production value has been praised immensely by critics and viewers. Mike Judge (Office Space) managed to make a show about the computer industry that was accessible to everyone. The incredible cast includes rising star and recent Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani.

Silicon Valley was renewed in April 2018 for a sixth season.

16 0%: S*** My Dad Says

Star power is no guarantee that a TV show will be successful. The main draw of $h*! My Dad Says was, of course,  William Shatner. The supporting cast included Will Sasso and Nicole Sullivan from MadTV days.

Controversy hit the show since the first word offended many, and the FCC needed it changed if it was to make it to a primetime network. Shatner criticized the FCC, wondering why certain words are okay or saying that the first word is a natural function.

Shatner has been accused of being a cranky old man, and that’s exactly the role he played in the series.

Ratings were up and down, and the show won a People’s Choice for Best New TV Comedy. But that wasn’t enough to keep in on the air or from getting the fabled 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

15 Best: Legit (95%)

One of sitcoms on this list that currently sits at 95% is Legit, which took a tumble in ratings during the second season and was not renewed for a third. However, critics loved the show, and the audience loved it even a little more– Audience Score sits at 98%.

Jim Jefferies (also one of the creators) plays himself as an Australian stand-up comedian who is crass and rude and attempts to find meaning to his life and career. Dan Bakkedahl and DJ Qualls also star.

A few of the notable recurring roles include George Lazenby, John Ratzenberger, and Mindy Sterling, of Austin Powers fame.

Legit shows you that no matter how much a TV series is loved, low ratings are still low ratings.

14 Best: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (97%)

One of the longer-running shows on this list, It’s Always Sunny Philadelphia has managed to maintain a percentage score in the mid-to-high 90s for many years.

The show has been on since 2005, for a total of 135 episodes and counting.

While the premise seems trite and over-used, especially by today’s standards (”The Gang” is a group of dirty-minded, selfish friends who run a pub), the show has consistently achieved high ratings and award nominations almost every year since 2008.

FXX renewed the series for its thirteenth and fourteenth seasons. If It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gets a fifteenth season, it will be the longest live-action sitcom in U.S. TV history, beating out The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

13 Best: Atlanta (97%)

Donald Glover stars as Ernest Marks in Atlanta, a 30-minute comedy-drama about cousins making their way up the rap scene. Glover also is a writer and director for the show. It didn’t take long for FX to realize the popularity of the show. Just two weeks after Atlanta aired the first episode, FX wanted another season.

With the acclaim and high accolades Atlanta has received so far, its current 97% on Rotten Tomatoes actually seems low! The show has been nominated for some of the biggest awards in the industry, winning Golden Globes and Emmys.

FX renewed the show again for a third seasons, in June 2018, and has set the premiere to air sometime in 2019.

12 Best: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (97%)

Even though Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is ending after its fourth season, the show managed to snag 7 nominations for the first season alone.

Ellie Kemper stars as Kimmy Schmidt, one of the “Mole Women” rescued from a bunker a deranged cult leader (played by John Hamm) kept them in. She goes to New York City to try to get back her life.

The show was slated for NBC’s spring line-up in 2015, but NBC must not have thought the show was going to do well.

NBC sold it to Netflix, which automatically gave it two seasons before the first season aired.

The main cast, of course, is wonderful, but the recurring and cameo stars make Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt even more fun to watch.

11 Best: One Day at a Time (98%)

Based on Norman Lear’s sitcom named the same, One Day at a Time – the 2017 version – had the same basic concept, but with a Latino family. The show focuses on issues Latinos face in the U.S. like immigration and racism, as well as sexism and mental illness.

One Day at a Time has received lots of praise, even being called one of the top TV shows of 2017 by over fifteen critics. The series has been nominated for 12 awards as of this writing, winning 4 so far.

Seasons one and two had thirteen episodes each, and the third season that was approved in March 2018 is expected to have the same.

10 0%: Dads

On paper, Dads should have been a decent and funny show, definitely not deserving of the 0% it currently has on Rotten Tomatoes. With Seth McFarlane taking the executive producer role, and the show starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green, Dads had the makings of a rating hog– but that’s not what happened.

Ribisi and Green play owners of a video game development company. Their dads need to come live with them, setting up a show with predictable storylines and stereotypical characters. Many critics complained the jokes were extremely vulgar and racist.

Ratings never hit any kind of stride and the show was quickly canceled.

Not even the secondary cast of Peter Reigert, Martin Mull, and Brenda Song could save this show from 0%.

9 Best: Speechless (98%)

Speechless is about a family dealing with a teenager who has cerebral palsy, but JJ – the disabled teenager – doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him. He’s sarcastic, funny, and doesn’t take guff from anyone.

ABC ordered a 22-episode first season, with another episode added in December 2016. The show was subsequently renewed for a second season, then for a third season a year later, which will premiere on October 5, 2018.

Ratings have been consistently high, and the show has been nominated for several awards in 2017, winning the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming. TV Guide said that it was a great “addition to its [ABC} strong lineup of modern families.”

8 Best: Insecure (98%)

This show started as a web series called Awkward Black Girl, and Insecure is the HBO series it’s based on. Rae and Larry Wilmore (the latter from The Daily Show) created Insecure, with Rae and Jay Ellis starring.

Insecure deserves the near 100% score, as AFI picked the show as one of the top 10 TV shows of the year in 2017.

Rae received two Golden Globe nominations in the Best Actress in a TV Series Musical or Comedy category along with a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress for a Primetime Emmy Award.

The third season began at the start of August, and HBO has renewed Insecure with a fourth season.

7 Best: Dear White People (99%)

Dear White People is adored by critics, but struggles with non-critics, which is why there’s a large variance between the Tomatometer and Audience Score. The show did have a 100% rating for some time before dropping slightly.

Netflix approved of a series based on a film of the same name, which has won 4 awards including one at the Sundance Film Festival. Episodes are from the viewpoint of a different, racially-diverse student as they deal with the growing racial tensions on a college campus.

The streaming service has confidence in the show, especially if the director and writer, Justin Simien, continues his involvement. Netflix has greenlit a third season, but no firm dates have been set for its premiere.

6 Best: Broad City (99%)

Broad City began as a web series from 2009 to 2011. Ilana Glazer developed the web series after she received negative feedback on a project she had been working on.

Glazer and co-creator Abbi Jacobson took their real-life friendship and put it on screen.

Amy Poehler is one of the executive producers of the show and even made an appearance in the web series final episode.

The New York-based show is currently in its fourth season, with the show ending after the fifth season. If you’re a fan of Broad City and want to take it further than the screen, you can play a mobile game called Broad City: High Score, available in the App Store and Google Play.

5 Best: Master of None (100%)

In Master of None, Aziz Ansari stars as an actor whose greatest accomplishment up to the show’s start was a Go-Gurt commercial. We follow his experiences in love, work, and the experience of being of Indian descent in America. The show has tackled racism and the film industry with biting humor.

Season one and season two have garnered 100% scores on Rotten Tomatoes. Master of None has received a Golden Globe award and three Emmys. Plus, the show’s been nominated for many other awards in categories like acting, writing, and music.

As of this writing, the third season hasn’t been confirmed.

4 Best: Fleabag (100%)

Playwright and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Solo: A Star Wars Story) wrote a stage play titled Fleabag. BBC Three and Amazon Studios partnered to create a digital version of the play. Waller-Bridge stars in the TV show about Fleabag (yes, that’s her name in the show) as she navigates her personal and professional life in London.

Fleabag originally aired on BBC, but Amazon decided to premier it on their streaming service before the 1st series even ended.

Fleabag has been nominated for and won BAFTAs, as well as other British awards.

The show made the Telegraph list of “80 Best BBC Shows of All Time,” placing 61. A second series is in the works and is expected to premiere in 2019.

3 Alexa & Katie (100%)

Alexa & Katie is a Netflix original teen comedy that has two girls ready for their freshman year of high school. One of them finds out they have cancer and begins treatment. They must journey through the illness and unknown territory of school together.

Created by Heather Wordham, Alexa & Kate has Matthew Carlson as a showrunner. You might not recognize his name, but you’ll know the 2 other shows he worked on: Malcolm in the Middle and The Wonder Years.

The sitcom has already been nominated for a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award in 2018 for Outstanding Children’s Program.

The show premiered in March of 2018 and ran for 13 episodes. In April of 2018, Netflix ordered a second season.

2 Catastrophe (100%)

Another British show that Amazon picked up to host on their streaming service, Catastrophe stars Rob Delaney (as Rob Norris) and Sharon Horgan (playing Sharon Morris) as a couple who get together after Sharon becomes pregnant after Rob’s short visit to London.

Catastrophe has aired three series, all of which have gotten 100% scores. The show has been nominated for a number of awards each year since the premiere series and has one a BAFTA for Best Writer: Comedy. A fourth series is slated to release in late 2018.

Carrie Fischer played a supporting role on the show but passed away when the third series finished shooting. It was her last TV performance. She had been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

1 0%: Saint George

George Lopez has done quite a lot as a comedian: written books, starred in movies, and created an award-winning, 5-season show called George Lopez. His talk show lasted only 2 years but was nominated for a People’s Choice Award. But did he ever think he’d have a sitcom listed on Rotten Tomatoes with a 0% rating?

That’s Saint George. A working-class man finds himself a successful entrepreneur and struggles to balance his personal life, including his ex-wife, while continuing to teach history class at night school.

If you think the show sounds convoluted, you’d be right.

The show premiered in March 2014, ran 10 episodes and was canceled in June 2016.

 Maybe Lopez was a bit rusty: Saint George was the first scripted show he’d starred in since the end of George Lopez.

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2018-09-12 04:09:58 – Gregory Thompson

20 Mistakes In Iconic Sitcoms Only True Fans Noticed



Most beloved sitcoms are riddled with errors and gaffes.

Whether it’s due to a new team of writers retconning a main character’s backstory to explore new and funnier territory, or whether it’s the more run-of-the-mill oversights inherent in having to quickly produce 20+ episodes of television a year, there’s no denying that countless re-watches of our favourite sitcoms have yielded a sizeable list of mistakes.

King of the Hill, Seinfeld, M*A*S*H, Friends, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, are just a few of the most iconic and acclaimed sitcoms ever produced.

However, they have let some errors slip by that only the eagle-eyed fans and devotees have noticed.

Sometimes these mistakes are not only forgiven but are actually welcome and vital – characters grow and evolve over time, and forgoing continuity in order to explore richer comedic, and sometimes dramatic, ground is certainly what’s called for in order to keep a series from stagnating or repeating itself.

At other times, though, these mistakes simply leaving most scratching their heads, wondering how or why the heck that happened.

Here are the 20 Mistakes In Iconic Sitcoms Only True Fans Noticed.

20 Visible Fog Machine – How I Met Your Mother

Like many rom-com shows, How I Met Your Mother followed the loves and lives of a group of 20-somethings in New York City.

However, the show had a neat framing device: the main character, Ted, now 50-something, was recounting the events that led him to meeting the mother of his teenaged kids in the year 2030.

The show juggled PG-13 bawdiness and warm fuzzies with remarkable aplomb, though the later seasons received some negative appraisal from fans and critics alike.

However, How I Met Your Mother still wasn’t immune to hiccups.

Look to the extremely visible fog machine in season 1 episode 11, “The Limo”, for proof of this.

19 Rachel’s Stand In Is In A Shot – Friends

Easily one of the most popular and acclaimed sitcoms of the ’90s, perhaps its only rival being Seinfeld, Friends similarly followed an ensemble and their loves and lives in New York City.

However, much unlike Seinfeld, Friends was several traces more sentimental; they most certainly hugged and learned.

The episode “The One with the Mugging” contains a blink and you’ll miss it error, though.

However, once you notice it, you’ll never be able to un-see it. During a scene, Rachel and Joey rush to Monica’s apartment.

During a back and forth between Joey and Monica, a strange brunette appears in Jennifer Aniston’s stead, just slightly out of frame, but obviously somebody who’s not Rachel.

Possibly she is a stand-in or a random crew member who wandered into the shot? It’s difficult to say. Either way, it’s one heck of a blunder.

18 Jerry Constantly Breaks Character – Seinfeld

To work on a show like Seinfeld was, as evidenced by many of the behind the scenes bloopers, joyous and enormously difficult – and for the same reason: the main cast was constantly ruining takes by exploding into laughter.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine Benes, was notorious for her infectious laughter, often causing the shoot to be delayed (which is no small thing due to sitcoms being time sensitive).

However, she wasn’t the only one. The main man himself Jerry Seinfeld was prone to fits of inappropriate giggling, too.

Bryan Cranston, who played the dentist Tim Whatley for a half-dozen episodes, recently revealed an interesting fact.

“When you watch the show now, you’ll see Jerry smiling constantly. That’s the best take they had, of him not actually laughing, just smiling and trying to contain himself,” he said.

17 The Ever-Changing Reasons for Homer’s Lack of Intelligence – The Simpsons

With something like 600+ episodes of television, it’s natural that The Simpsons will circle back to the same plot points in different ways.

One of the old reliable ones is answering the question: just why is Homer so dumb?

There are contradictory reasons for this, which presents something of a continuity error.

In “Lisa The Simpson”, it’s stated that men are affected by an unfortunate Simpson gene, resulting in baldness, laziness, and stupidity.

However, in “HOMR”, an episode that followed “Lisa The Simpson” a mere three years later, we find out that Homer lodged a crayon up his brain as a young boy, resulting in his low IQ.

When it’s dislodged, his considerable intelligence is fully restored, though it proves to be more of a curse than a blessing.

16 Korean Villagers Speaking English – M*A*S*H

M*A*S*H, a war sitcom, aired from 1972 to 1983, running for 11 seasons. Although it was based on the Korean War, the fact that the Vietnam War was raging on at the time no doubt ensured that M*A*S*H would frequently oscillate between the comedic and the dramatic.

It was a tightrope, for sure: even to this day, a sitcom set during a war isn’t the easiest sell.

However, this is kind of funny when you consider that M*A*S*H’s finale remains the most viewed television broadcast in history, with 125 million views.

The ensemble sitcom revolved around the trials and tribulations of the personnel at the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.

While the show was fairly historically faithful in some respects, in others, it wasn’t so much.

One such oddity being that Koreans in the villagers speak perfect English.

15 Peggy’s Mother’s Personality Transplant – King of the Hill

More down-to-earth than most animated sitcoms, King of the Hill mined a considerable amount of humor in the more conventional and mundane of situations.

Set in the fictional town of Arlen, Texas, the Hill family and the surrounding community went through their fair share of embarrassing trials and tribulations, though it was all handled with a certain amount of affection from the writers and creators, and great attention to detail and continuity.

This makes the curious case of Peggy Hill’s mother, Maddy Platter, stand out all the more.

Initially introduced in flashbacks as just an older version of Peggy Hill, she was severely retooled in a later episode, “A Rover Runs Through It”.

In this episode, she was a rancher in Montana – and much grumpier and more unforgiving than her kindly early appearances suggested.

14 Wednesday is Friday – It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Blacker than midnight’s heart, It’s Always Sunny centres on a gang of demented narcissists who run a pub in South Philadelphia.

Leagues away from the aspirational nature and romance of, say, How I Met Your Mother, It’s Always Sunny is proudly vile and mean-spirited. It is also, not coincidentally, one of the funniest sitcoms of all time.

Though its brand of off-beat humour is different from many sitcoms, like most other sitcoms, it’s still prone to some hilarious oversights and errors.

One such example is in the episode “Frank’s Brother”, the opening tells us it’s Wednesday, but they receive a letter to meet Frank’s brother, Gino, on Friday at the airport.

Strangely, they leave that very day to meet Frank’s brother at the airport – and there he is, waiting for them… on a Wednesday.

13 “Goodbye, Norman” – Seinfeld

Newman is Jerry Seinfeld’s one and only nemesis. What is the origin of their enmity and disdain? It’s never explained, but this only makes it funnier – well, that and Wayne Knight’s uncanny knack for playing a verbose and petty character.

Clearly Newman is something of a wordsmith like Jerry – only he makes a living as a simple mailman, perhaps resenting Jerry’s famous status.

As a partner in Kramer’s harebrained schemes, Newman’s greed leads him to some weird places and compromising places.

Such as in “The Bottle Deposit”, when Newman takes refuge at a farm. However, he is kicked out after having sleeping with the farmer’s daughter.

As he flees, she calls out “Goodbye, Norman,” which was a mistake on the actresses’ part. However, the producers were so amused they left it in.

12 Inconsistent Ages – Friends

Minor continuity errors and little anachronisms here and there are no big deal. However, when a show can’t seem to keep the ages of the characters straight, it’s a sign of some sloppy writing.

Sure, it’s not as much of a big deal with a frivolous sitcom, but Friends was a sitcom that relied heavily on making the core cast feel like people we’d know (or at the very least, we’d like to know) in real life.

In season 7, Friends makes a point that Rachel is the last member of the gang to turn 30. The episode also features flashbacks to the others’ 30th birthday.

However, we’re told in season 1 that it’s Joey who is the youngest of the group, at 25 years old, while Monica and Rachel are just above Joey at 26 years old.

Not only that, but Ross remained 29 years old through seasons 3, 4, and 5.

11 Black Smithers – The Simpsons

Waylon Smithers made his first appearance in The Simpsons’ third episode, “Homer’s Odyssey”.

As Mr. Burns’ obsessive devotee with his nerdy appearance and ruthlessly efficient demeanour, he’s as endearing as any Simpsons character.

Although characters take a while to find their way, there was one obvious, immediate difference between this Smithers and the Smithers to follow: he was dark skinned instead of yellow skinned.

His hair was also silver/grey, suggesting that the character was perhaps originally meant to be much older as well.

However, the character was never conceived as black in the first place. Instead, this was just a run-of-the-mill coloring mistake.

Since the show had quite the low budget at this point, the time and money necessary to correct the mistake was not an option.

10 Dale’s One Uncharacteristic Suspicion – King of the Hill

One of the great running gags in King of the Hill is that paranoid conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble never, not even for a second, suspects that his wife Nancy is cheating on him with her Native American masseur John Redcorn – despite Dale’s obviously Native American “son” Joseph.

This simple joke made for some memorably uncomfortable, touching, and gut-bustingly hilarious storylines, most particularly “Of Mice and Little Green Men”.

However, judging by the pilot episode, this almost wasn’t to be.

Consider in the pilot that when Nancy scoots off for one of her “massages,” Dale says with the unmistakably cadence of suspicion, “Nancy, you’ve been going to that healer for 12 years.”

Thankfully, this suspicion was immediately dropped for subsequent episodes, with the hilarity of those storylines left fully intact.

9 Various Anachronisms – M*A*S*H

Given that M*A*S*H aired 20+ years after the Korean War, there were bound to be some little anachronisms – that is, references or bits of pop culture that do not denote the exact setting of the show.

For instance, Radar is seen reading a copy of the Marvel comic book The Avengers. The Avengers weren’t even a thing until 1963, a full decade after the Korean War ended.

Also, for a few other episodes Godzilla is mentioned, but Godzilla wasn’t released until 1954.

In terms of military equipment, there’s also a picture of a Huey UH-1, a helicopter that was designed to serve for medical evacuations.

However, this helicopter wasn’t actually introduced into the US military until 1959. So, while it’s pretty close in terms of accuracy, it’s off by a few years.

8 Charlie’s Non-Existent Sister – It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Charlie Kelly is considered to be both the wild card and the stupid one in the gang. Though he demonstrates a level of empathy and concern for social norms that the others are sorely incapable of, making him the most lovable member of the gang.

His characterization is well-drawn and consistent from season 1 onwards.

However, there are some minor flubs in his backstory.

In the episode “Charlie Got [Assaulted]”, Charlie mentions that he has a sister. Oddly enough, this sister is never seen, mentioned, or heard of again.

This little mistake is in keeping with a lot of sitcoms, where characters mention relatives who never show up or are mentioned later.

This could be because it was something possibly to be explored later or because there’s not much in the comedy tank for Charlie having a sister.

7 The Weird Mechanics of Hank’s “Bill” Tattoo – King of the Hill

“Be True To Your Fool” is an exceptionally touching episode of King of the Hill, as it’s a great little exploration of Hank’s sometimes difficult friendship with the depressive Bill, which is a recurring theme in the series.

The premise is that when Bill gives the gang lice, they’re forced to shave their heads.

Through this, and much to Hank’s surprise, it’s revealed that Hank has a rather embarrassing tattoo on his head that simply reads, “Bill”, which was done after one drunk night years ago.

This isn’t a continuity error simply so much as it is a question of logic. How can the tattoo be a surprise to Hank after all this time?

This one’s a little odd, but overall it’s definitely forgivable.

6 The Characterizations in “There’s No Disgrace Like Home” – The Simpsons

If the coloring in the early episodes were occasionally mismatched (see: “Homer’s Odyssey), then it’s also true that the characterizations would undergo some mismatching too.

This is the case with the fourth episode, “There’s No Disgrace Like Home”.

Even the premise is wildly off-base from what we know and love about The Simpsons: Homer is deeply ashamed of his family after an embarrassing company picnic and decides to enrol them in therapy.

In this episode, while Bart, Lisa, and Marge behave like dysfunctional loons, Homer acts as the sole voice of reason.

This makes this characterization mistake undeniable, given that Homer Simpson is one of the most iconic dopes in television history.

However, the most galling role-reversal of Marge and Homer’s characters has to be when Homer sells the TV to pay for their therapy session.

5 Newman’s First Appearance – Seinfeld

Season 2’s “The Revenge” is an important episode for the series. It was the first in which we got a taste of Michael Richard’s gift for physical comedy and it was the first, well, sort of appearance of Newman.

While Kramer’s scheme to get one over the laundromat was a highlight, Newman’s first appearance left something to be desired.

In this episode, he was introduced as Kramer’s clinically depressed friend.

Wayne Knight had not yet been cast in the role, so Newman remains ill-defined and voiced by Larry David (though it was to be later re-dubbed by Wayne Knight).

Despite the re-dubbing and the valiant effort to maintain some kind of continuity, it’s clear that this despondent and pathetic figure was everything the zesty and ridiculous Newman we all know and love was not.

4 Sneakers with a Suit – How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother’s season 5 episode, “Girls Vs. Suits” is considered to be one of the best episodes the sitcom ever produced.

It’s got a lavish musical number, “Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit”, a few tantalizing glimpses into the mother’s life, and it’s a gift for the fans who had stuck around for 100 episodes.

It’s very nearly a perfect episode of television, barring one little error.

During the musical number that closes out the episode, which is performed splendidly by Neil Patrick Harris and others, there’s a brief shot of an extra who’s wearing sneakers instead of loafers.

It’s possible that it made its way into the shot by accident, as actors wearing sneakers for physically strenuous scenes is quite normal.

However, the scene still stands out.

3 In The Parking Garage, The Car Actually Wouldn’t Start – Seinfeld

Sometimes mistakes in sitcoms, movies, or any television show can lead to the best kinds of scene. The Seinfeld episode “The Parking Garage” is a great example of this.

In “The Parking Garage”, the gang spends the whole episode looking for their parked car in a parking garage. Like the previous “about nothing” episode “The Chinese Restaurant”, it’s widely considered to be a Seinfeld classic.

However, without the ultimate punchline – that once they find and hop into the car it doesn’t actually start – it’s doubtful that the episode would be as impactful as it is.

Funnily enough, tthe episode was meant to end with the gang driving off, but the car wouldn’t actually start.

It was decided that this was a far funnier ending, and so it was kept in. They were all, of course, right about this.

2 Vietnam References – M*A*S*H

In some ways, M*A*S*H commenting on the on-going Vietnam conflict was done with a degree of intelligent subtlety and emotional nuance.

As the sitcom took shape and grew in popularity, it slowly began to resemble more of a contemporary piece and less of a historical one.

This was commensurate with M*A*S*H becoming less of a sitcom and more of a drama with some comedic beats. It’s one of the oddities that still makes the show unique to this day.

There were some glaring slip ups in this regard, though.

For instance, there’s often mention of colleagues being “lost in the jungle.”

While this may sounds like something you’d hear in a movie or show based on the disputes with Vietnam, the main problem is that M*A*S*H is pointedly set during the Korean War, and there are no jungle regions in Korea.

1 Jerry’s Apartment Is Completely Different In The Pilot Episode – Seinfeld

Because Seinfeld wasn’t following the standard sitcom template, it took a while for the sitcom to truly find its feet.

When viewed today, the Seinfeld pilot and its very early episodes more resemble a mundane mumblecore flick than the intricately plotted works of sharp comedy the show is known for.

The most glaring difference of course is Jerry’s apartment, which has been a main fixture in the series where the characters to talk about nothin’ – and quietly set in motion plots that pay off splendidly in the last few minutes, of course.

His apartment underwent extremely minor and believable changes throughout the series, but its first appearance is so different in every way that it’s hard to reconcile this apartment and the one that featured in the episodes to follow.

Can you think of any other mistakes in iconic sitcoms that most fans didn’t notice? Let us know in the comments!



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