2010 in review: TV – Comedy Edition

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I had the best of intentions to get all of the best of 2010 done during 2010, but illness and fun got in the way in equal parts. So here it is, my 2010 TV roundup, but jsut the comedies. Because it turns out I have a lot to say about TV.

It turns out that, despite liking them a lot, we watch a lot less comedy than we do drama. We often find that we’d like to watch something in the 22 minute range, but all we have is one-hour dramas waiting for us. All the same, there are a few comedies we watch faithfully. The Office and Community are our never miss shows, while we tend to catch up on the Simpsons a few episodes at a time. Mike likes Family Guy and American Dad, while I’m not really willing to admit that sometimes I do.

Thoughts on Community:
Love this show! The second season is less funny than the first, but it’s about 3% less funny, leaving it at a solid 95% hilarious. I can tell I love this show because I watch it faithfully despite having crushes on no one on the show. Well, John Oliver, but he isn’t there half the time, and I still love it.

Funniest line:
“Would that this hoodie were a time hoodie” – Dean Pelton, Community

Most touching/funny line:
“I don’t even believe in God, but I love me some Abed.” – Britta, Community

Community + Betty White + Inception = Hilarious

Thoughts on The Office:
Yes, yes, it’s not as good as it used to be. You can make an argument that it’s all been downhill since Jim and Pam got together, but going downhill from the peak of Everest still leaves you well above everyone else. The episodes this year were good sitcom, but for the first time in a while I think we saw two episodes that were of the quality of the second season. The Office’s Christmas episodes have always been wonderful, but this year’s was the best in a few years. Sad, funny, incredibly cringe-worthy (in the style of the British version) and heart-warming and redeeming all at the same time.Darryl’s daughter’s face when she saw the vending machines made me feel all Christmassy.

The other episode this year that I adored was Andy’s Play. My love for Ed Helms is well-documented, the episode was hilarious and painful, and at the end he sung Macy Gray’s “I Try”, which is one of my favorite songs. I can’t find a clip on YouTube anymore, but if you get the chance, I highly recommend it.

The moment that had me in tears:

Thoughts on The Simpsons:
Look, people, and you know who you are. Quit your whining about how it’s just not the show it used to be. Even a “weak episode of the Simpsons” is still better than most shows’ averages, and better than many shows’s best episodes. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it, but if you’re still watching it you must still like it, so just admit it and move on.

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