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Top Ten TV Shows
#31
I don't know much about the...franchise(?), I've never seen the original show or any of its spinoffs. I only know that Fonz and the Happy Days Gang exists because a certain person on YouTube who reviews cartoons. But that's kind of hilarious, that the spinoffs got spinoff cartoons as well. Which of all the spinoffs/cartoons is the absolute worst, and which is the best? Is the original show leagues above all else?
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#32
(01-26-2019, 04:01 PM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: I don't know much about the...franchise(?), I've never seen the original show or any of its spinoffs. I only know that Fonz and the Happy Days Gang exists because a certain person on YouTube who reviews cartoons. But that's kind of hilarious, that the spinoffs got spinoff cartoons as well. Which of all the spinoffs/cartoons is the absolute worst, and which is the best? Is the original show leagues above all else?

Well it is not like today, there was no planned franchise.  I doubt producers were even thinking in those terms.  TV Networks were pretty simple, if something is a success, let's make more of it.  Hit movies would get ripped off and turned into tv shows.   A hit tv show would get a spin-off.   

Hhhmmmm.... maybe things haven't changed at all... LOL!

Of the cartoons, they are ALL TERRIBLE.   Tongue  They have nothing to do with the live action shows.  Skip them. lol

Of the HAPPY DAYS shows, all were produced by legend Garry Marshall, who knew how to balance quality with network demand.
And he was smart enough to make each spin-off show unique in its own right, always with a focus on characters (or maybe just excellent casting?) and heart.

HAPPY DAYS is the best of the bunch for me, just because it stayed the course for its 11 season run.  Even with major cast departures, the show's quality remained pretty strong and consistent.  It is a story of a family and their friends in 1950s and 60s middle America, a coming of age story... it could be heartfelt and sad, it could be slapstick, it could be over the top adventure.... it did it all.   As I said the show was huge... I remember how they would do big epic 3 part episodes to launch each new season or climatic character in danger cliffhanger two parters.  All very new for tv sitcoms at the time.  It seems bizarre to say, but Happy Days was in its own right a revolutionary tv comedy for its time.  It really does not get the recognition or praise it deserves.

side note:  Originally Happy Days aired as pilot as part of the anthology tv series LOVE AMERICAN STYLE.  The network passed on it.  But when the movie AMERICAN GRAFFITI (also starring Ron Howard) was a box office hit, the ABC Network looked to cash in and realized they already had the perfect project in the can.


LAVERNE & SHIRLEY starts out strong in its early seasons, the story of two lower class working girls in the 1950s trying to get ahead in the world and their zany friends.  It is a relatable story to anyone first starting out in life with all the odds against them.  Sort of think of it as a predecessor to the current TWO BROKE GIRLS.   The series takes a nose dive in the last two seasons, as the characters get moved to California and Shirley is written out of the show due to contract dispute (or was it a pregnancy... I can't remember).  But still worth watching for the first 4-5 seasons.


MORK AND MINDY, honestly the only reason to watch this show is for the genius of Robin Williams.... well, Pam Dawber is gorgeous and was a fantastic straight man to William's kooky madness.   A very silly show, but again lots of heart.  It only ran 4 seasons and each season it would get a slight retooling as the producers never seemed sure what to do with the characters.... eventually Mork and Mindy get married and have an adult baby (hatched from an egg) played by the comedic legend and Williams's hero, Jonathon Winters.
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#33
All very fascinating to read! Thank you for your insight. I will definitely have to check the original series out sometime, as you make it out to seem amazing. There are so many classic or popular shows that I've missed out on, I'm realizing.
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#34
(01-26-2019, 10:50 AM)bionicbob Wrote: TOP TEN FAVOURITE TV COMEDIES:

1.  The Wonder Years
2.  30 Rock
3.  The Office
4.  Cheers
5.  Happy Days
6.  The Dick Van Dyke Show
7.  The Andy Griffith Show
8.  Wings
9.  Seinfeld
10.  The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Big Grin

Dammit!  Just realized I forgot THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW!!!!!!!!!!


Maybe a Top Ten Variety show list is needed....  Tongue
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#35
You certainly make compelling argument for Happy Days. I remember watching it as a kid. It was part of the Tuesday night block on ABC. Happy Days then Laverne and Shirley then Three's Company. 

Can you imagine what it would be like to only have three network stations and PBS? Everyone was so excited when FOX came along.

Anyway...I loved all of those shows. I guess I liked Three"s Company best. John Ritter as Jack Tripper is comic legend.

I haven't a seen Happy Days since I was younger. I have box sets of the other two. I need to reinvestigate. I remember digging The Fonz. "Ayyy....."
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(01-26-2019, 05:37 PM)Denizen Wrote: Anyway...I loved all of those shows. I guess I liked Three"s Company best. John Ritter as Jack Tripper is comic legend.

Love, love, LOVE Three's Company.  John Ritter was a physical comedic genius!

One of the reasons it did not make my Top Ten, while it was delightful 70s fluff television, it became so formula prone.
Almost every episode was "what comedic misunderstanding" will happen this week?

It is also a show that ran too long imo... the later seasons not as funny.  Terri and Cindy were never as funny as Christy.  But I did love Mr. Furley when he replaced the Ropers (another terrible spin-off).... Don Knots, another comedic genius!

And then the horrible spin-off, THREE'S A CROWD.  Sick
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(01-26-2019, 05:53 PM)bionicbob Wrote:
(01-26-2019, 05:37 PM)Denizen Wrote: Anyway...I loved all of those shows. I guess I liked Three"s Company best. John Ritter as Jack Tripper is comic legend.

Love, love, LOVE Three's Company.  John Ritter was a physical comedic genius!

One of the reasons it did not make my Top Ten, while it was delightful 70s fluff television, it became so formula prone.
Almost every episode was "what comedic misunderstanding" will happen this week?

It is also a show that ran too long imo... the later seasons not as funny.  Terri and Cindy were never as funny as Christy.  But I did love Mr. Furley when he replaced the Ropers (another terrible spin-off).... Don Knots, another comedic genius!

And then the horrible spin-off, THREE'S A CROWD.  Sick

The mishaps is exactly why it was funny...and Jack having to pretend to be gay...very avante guarde for its time. I liked Don Knotts but not as much as Norman Fell. I agree about the later seasons. I rarely watch them. If they have Crissy...I love them.

Never even watched Threes a Crowd.  Big Grin
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#38
bionicbob the best way to deal with a show that runs on way too long is to just stop watching it.  I checked out after S9 of The Simpsons and in my mind it's still the best comedy ever, because it had an amazing run and knew exactly when the well was dry. Wink
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(01-26-2019, 06:45 PM)TVs Frink Wrote: bionicbob the best way to deal with a show that runs on way too long is to just stop watching it.  I checked out after S9 of The Simpsons and in my mind it's still the best comedy ever, because it had an amazing run and knew exactly when the well was dry. Wink

True.

Though sometimes you don't realize how bad a show has gotten until it is too late LOL.
Or you keep watching out of loyalty, hoping it will improve.... and it doesn't.... Tongue

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#40
The only show I can think of that I stopped watching when it got bad was Death Note. After the death of a certain character, the show becomes a mess, introducing two new obnoxious and annoying characters. My first time watching the series, I stopped right at the afformentioned point. Then I tried watching it more recently, and I kept watching past that point, and I just couldn't keep going for long. I think I was only two episodes away from the finale, but the whole second half was unmemorable and I ended up finding distractions to get out of paying attention to it half the time, the finale would be lost on me. And I don't care, because the halfway point is enough of an ending.

I know I put it on my list of Japanese animated seried I'd finished, but while making that list I completely forgot that the second half existed.
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