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Old 05-12-2009, 10:10 AM   #1
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American comedy

To counter the British thread. Oh yes, it's an unfairly broad genre, but this way you only have to post in one thread rather than ten. And just as some Americans might wrongly think that British comedy is nothing more than silly walks and that putrid Ricky Gervais character, here some Brits may learn that American comedy is more than just loud laugh tracks and fat husbands.

Some of my favourites:

Mr. Show
Arrested Development
Get Smart
Police Squad!
Seinfeld
The Jack Benny Show
and of course, it's easy to bring up the many movies, stand up comics and animated sitcoms, although for now I'll refrain (and since that really is crazy massive, maybe we should just stick to TV and maybe radio).

Bring the love!
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Everybody Loves Raymond
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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Everybody Loves Raymond
I was just going to say that!

Very few TV shows genuinely make me laugh out loud. This is one of them.

Seinfeld and Friends also do the job too.
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Arrested Development
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30 Rock
The Simpsons
South Park
The Daily Show

Arrested Development is amazing.
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The only US shows that have really made me laugh out loud is Seinfeld, Frasier, M*A*S*H , and Three's Company < with that having mainly to do with John Ritter's antics. I sure do miss him.
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Arrested Development and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia are better than any British television comedies I can think of.
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Seinfeld is king.



Friends is overrated.
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Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier, and Home Improvement never did anything for me.

I love Everybody Loves Raymond, and a lot of the old TV Land shows that my parents always watch (Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Lucy, Honeymooners). With a few exceptions (The Office, Conan, Colbert), I just don't think most TV is that funny nowadays.
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Scrubs
Arrested Development

I rest my case.
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Arrested Development and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia are better than any British television comedies I can think of.
Apart from anything Ricky Gervais-related.

Everybody Loves Raymond is not that funny to me, then again, it's not too relatable either.

Curb Your Enthusiam and The Larry Sanders Show belong on that list. Not to mention all of the classic sitcoms of the '60s and '70s. I know Three's Company was a remake of a German sitcom, but what a hilarious show.
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^shit....that's right. Forgot about Curb!
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Everybody Loves Raymond is not that funny to me, then again, it's not too relatable either.

Curb Your Enthusiam belong on that list.
Bravo...
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Also, Tyler Perry's House of Payne.
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