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Needed: more comedy!

We've now finished season 5 of The Office on DVD, and thus must sit around impatiently until season 6 is done and out on DVD. (No, we don't have Tivo, nor is it realistic with yon small children for us to get episodes from online and sit around a computer watching. No, we don't have devices to transfer them from online to TV, as far as I know, nor the time to do it, so just never mind because this isn't the point.)

I want recommendations for another good comedy series to watch. No, a great comedy series. Hopefully without too much violence, but some sex and innuendo is fine since it goes right over the little ones' heads. (And honestly I think it does way less traumatic harm than viewing violence.) And I warn you, we have serious and perhaps unreasonable aversions to laugh tracks.

Incidentally, I normally read spoilers happily, sometimes even seek them out. But somehow I never saw the one about the big revelation at the end of s5 there (involving Jim/Pam). And I'm so glad, because it was a joyous surprise. And so well played, too. Glee!



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Oct. 29th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Boston Legal - utterly fabulous.
Oct. 29th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
second boston legal, but that might be a bit too much if there are young ones near-by.

golden girls is great! but alas it has an audience/laugh track
Oct. 29th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
I adore Boston Legal!
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
Thanks--I do love Spader, so I may try it out sometime!
Oct. 29th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I highly highly highly recommend Curb Your Enthusiasm

There's five seasons of that on dvd through netflix.

Arrested Development (whimpers) - it got cancelled, but what's available is hilarious.

I think Black Books (british series) does not have a laugh track.

Extras is frigging awesome to the sauce.

I've heard good things about Always Sunny in Philadelphia - can't remember if it has a laugh track.

How I Met Your Mother has frequent moments of brilliance but I think it has a laugh track (alas), as does Big Bang Theory.

I also effing ADORE Entourage - it may or may not be your cup of tea.

Unfortunately, Glee is still in first season, and so just online and first run - it's wicked good.

Edited at 2009-10-29 03:17 pm (UTC)
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Ooh, good list o' stuff! I've been curious about several of those and may add 'em to the queue to sample. Cheers!
Oct. 29th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Arrested Development is fabulous. It reached a perfect conclusion at its termination.

30 Rock is lots of fun as well.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think those were contenders in my mind, from what little I know of them.
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
My sister and I recently got sucked in by Community on NBC. It is the kind of funny that is incredibly clever without being redundant, or lame. :P
How I Met Your Mother is also very choice.

If you're not against any type of British comedy, I recommend these if you have not already seen them, of course:
The Vicar of Dibley
The IT Crowd
Keeping Up Appearances
Top Gear - Yes, it's a car show, but it's fantastic!
A Walk on the Wild Side - Just look it up on YouTube and you'll see what I mean.
Nov. 1st, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
I second Top Gear, even though I haven't the first clue about cars...a very entertaining show.

And I don't know if you've already watched Scrubs. but we truly adore it here at the Anderson Ancestral Abode. I suspect you guys would really enjoy it. I am also partial to the Big Bang Theory, but your aversion to laugh tracks, might make such a love impossible for you.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
I really want to find Top Gear, but it seems hard to get hold of in the states, darn it. Will keep looking.

You know, I was considering going back and seeing Scrubs properly. Every time we caught an episode at random, something in it cracked us up. And Big Bang is getting so many votes, I may try it anyway. After all, Frasier had a laugh track and I liked that quite a lot...

Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, we watch Top Gear anytime we're at my folks' house and it's on...every now and then BBC America runs a marathon. Just priceless watching those three guys try to one-up one another constantly.

Do try Big Bang if you think you can stand the laugh track. I don't care for them, either, but this show is worth putting up with it, in my opinion. Geek humor and sex in equal measure. I kind of want to have this show's babies.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Cool--nothing against British at all, quite the contrary. I'll look up bunches of these!
Oct. 29th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Dunno if you've tried it or not, but Big Bang Theory is awesome. New Adventures of Old Christine is also pretty good generally, although a bit wacky, or of course, Red Dwarf ;)
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
May have to brave Big Bang despite laugh track. It gets a lot of votes...
Oct. 29th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
I would also recommend Big Bang Theory, although there may be a laugh track. I think it's worth it though. Also, second the IT Crowd. It is so hilarious, although you'll go through those quick as there are only 18 total episodes currently.
I would recommend Top Gear but I don't know how you'd be able to watch it. They might be available on dvd but I kind of doubt it.
Oct. 31st, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Lemonlye's husband here - if anyone knows how to get a hold of Top Gear in the states, let me know. I've been looking for it for years. Netflix does not have them, as far as I can tell.


Nov. 6th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
season 10 was recently released in America. You can also download episodes from a few other season through zune marketplace but unless you have an xbox you'd have to watch that on the computer. Netflix has Season 10 available. The only thing with the dvd is that some of the news segments are cut as well as some of the celebrities which is unfortunate 'cause those are pretty funny, even for us Americans. Still, better than nothing.
We've got all of them from torrents, but if you guys don't want to do that then you'll just have to cross your fingers that they'll eventually release more here. :-)
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
IT Crowd seems a logical follow-up to The Office...maybe that'll be next!
Oct. 29th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
I was gonna suggest The IT Crowd, but I guess I'll just third the motion. It's hysterically funny at times, and always quite solid.

I know it isn't quite in the right genre, but I just have to put a plug out for Gilmore Girls. It can be ridiculously funny and I just love the witty dialogue.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Ah yes, we saw a good 75% or so of Gilmore Girls. Good stuff! And maybe the IT Crowd will be the proper next thing after The Office. Thanks.
Oct. 30th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
The Big Bang Theory..

And maybe

The Middleman? The Middleman was only on for one season, on ABC Family, but wow was it awesome. I loved it, and bought it the second they (finally) released it onto DVD. Each episode references something in the scifi genre, and I loved picking all the references out.

Hope you find something good!
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Cool, hadn't heard of The Middleman. Will look it up and see! And may try Big Bang (despite laugh track), what all the mentions it got. Thanks!
Nov. 3rd, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
30 Rock and the Middleman, def.
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