In Praise of Half-Hour Comedies

These shows make me laugh:

How I Met Your Mother
Better Off Ted
30 Rock
The Office (US)
Parks and Recreation

And at the end of a long day, I really appreciate that. I’m still laughing days later at Liz Lemon wrapped in a Slanket singing “Workin’ on my night cheese…”

Check them out if you haven’t, and give them more than one episode, too. The new ones, Ted and Parks, are still getting their legs, but look quite promising.

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4 Responses to “In Praise of Half-Hour Comedies”

  1. v Says:

    Have you tried “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS? Comic/BSG/geek quotient is high, for better or worse.

  2. carolyn Says:

    pretty sure Better Off Ted has been cancelled. I guess I’ll watch it on DVD. I’m loving The Office and HIMYM both a lot this year but 30 Rock just lost me with its first five or so episodes just being absolutely unfunny. Have not been able to get back into it. And so not interested in Parks & Recreation!

    This week’s HIMYM? I was laughing straight through the entire thing!

  3. dawn Says:

    Me too! I was singing Night Cheese to myself as I made a sandwich this morning… sans Slanket, though.

  4. Steph Says:

    I’m with you on essentially all of these (some I haven’t seen - namely, Better Off Ted). HIMYM and The Office are weekly must-sees at our place, and 30 Rock we marathon on weekends after a few episode have passed (for some reason, I feel no need to watch it on a weekly basis. I find it really funny - sometimes laughing so hard I have to pause the episodes - and yet it somehow doesn’t grab me the same way the other two do.). I’ve only seen the pilot of Parks & Rec, which I didn’t think was that great, but it was the pilot so I intend to watch the more recent eps at some point to give it some time to grow (after all the first episode of the US Office wasn’t exactly stellar either). Only other half hour comedy we watch is Flight of the Conchords, which I think is no longer for this world, which makes me sad, but it had a great run while it was going.

    Unrelated largely but having to do with tv, I’m still watching Dollhouse. I think the show is improving and I’m still interested in seeing where certain plotlines are going, but there are still elements about it that feel off…