My very favorite television genre is and always has been the sitcom. It’s not the “wrap up a weekly situation with humor in just 22 minutes” big picture aspect that I like; it’s literally the humor and only the humor. I like to laugh.
The 80s (when there were far fewer television choices, by the way), were the Golden Age of Sitcoms. Sadly, they don’t make ‘em like they used to and they don’t make nearly as many of ‘em as they used to. I still seek them out, though.
A few months ago Jim and I were scouring Netflix for something new to watch, something more funny and less dramatic. We landed on “Episodes,” which I had heard of before. I was intrigued by it because it starred Matt LeBlanc of “Friends” as a fictionalized version of himself, opposite British actors Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan as television writers who were brought to a Hollywood studio to recreate their BAFTA-winning sitcom for American audiences. The five-season show, by the way, is not a sitcom; it’s a comedy. That means things don’t necessarily get wrapped up each time, which is perfect.
It is so funny. SO FUNNY. (Not “too funny.” I don’t believe that’s possible and the phrase itself is a huge pet peeve for me. Now you know.) Spoiler alert: Matt LeBlanc is no Joey Tribbiani.
We’ve been watching episodes of “Episodes” here and there (we don’t binge-watch shows), and finished up the series tonight, and I was so incredibly relieved that the finale was SATISFYING. Often a not-so-great series finale can make a person question why they wasted so much time watching the show in the first place, and I was so happy with how this one ended. In fact, I’m going to miss it.
Now I’m going to continue working on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” but I need more. Do you have some funny recs to share? Let me have them, please and thank you!