Saturday, July 15, 2006
Do you remeber when WPIX and WNYW were the only games in town? I have made a list of the 5 best New York based sitcoms of all time. I hope you enjoyed these shows as much as I do, and please don't give me that crap that you had other interests. That gets so tired.
It's easy to say that Seinfeld is the funniest show of all time. It's the most contemporary show on my survey. I don't know if a network televison show ever made me laugh harder. I'm glad Newman made it to this picture. I love me some Newman.
All In The Family is clearly one of the most influential shows in the history of television. The show was brilliant for many years and the chemistry between the four main characters is almost unparalleled in any endeavor before or since. It was also one of the most innovative sitcoms. Before All In The Family you had Green Acres and Mayberry FDR starring Ken Berry.
The Honeymooners is the first show about the working class slob and his best friend and their wives. The network executives said that this show would never work. What do those idiots know? It scares me how much I behave like Ralph Kramden at times.
The Odd Couple is probably the weakest show on the survey. However in my opinion it deserves to be up there with the best of them. This is one of the few shows that I think was better then the film version unlike Mash for example. It was also a play. An honorable mention goes to Howard Cosell for his guest appearances playing himself. This show also had a very metropolitan feel to it.
I Love Lucy, if you love the sitcom like you say you do, then you have to love this show. It is the quintessential sitcom. The formula and most of the humor that you find in sitcoms today comes from this show. The most notable aspect of this show is that a woman had top billing and it was about an interracial couple, in 1951.
I would like to thank the Grumbler for the webpoll bit. Most of these shows can still be viewed on WPIX channel 11 in the tri-state area. I Love Lucy and All in the family played on channel 5 before cable. WPIX was also the home to Star Trek and the New York Yankees for a long time.
Pix, pix, pix...If you know what this means then you are ok in my book, if not ax Lou.