Thanks, Paula, for having me on the blog today to rave about something I’m a fan of. I ‘fan girl’ about a lot of things (so I’ll HAVE to come back to the blog again sometime!), but decided for today I’d discuss a few of my favourite TV sitcoms!
There’s nothing like a good, well-written, laugh-out-loud sitcom with authentic characters you care about and believe in. And as a writer, sitcoms are great inspiration for the romantic comedy stories I love to write. I love how they’re fast-paced, funny, and often extreme. They take real life scenarios and give them a fresh, unique spin.
So here are four of my favourites, which are sadly not on TV anymore 😦
Probably my favourite show of all time. Who can go past an episode of Friends? Even though I’ve seen every episode a zillion times, it still makes me laugh. I am the proud owner of a Friends boxed set, which I watched with my son from beginning to end as soon as he was old enough.
Friends also has a great romance – Ross and Rachel. When they finally got together at the end of ten seasons I think I cried a little. Or a lot.
Remember when Rachel said: “I got off the plane.”? Waaa!
Do you have a favourite Friends character? I find it hard to play favourites, I think somehow all the characters combined to create one whole entity, and it wouldn’t be the same if one of them wasn’t there. Having said that, I do love Phoebe’s quirkiness, and Joey’s loveable nature, not to mention his trademark “How you doin?”
Some of my favourite scenes from Friends are:
- The one when Ross gets a fake tan and counts to three, ‘Mississippily’, which gives him a very dark tan ononly half his body.
- The one where Ross gets his teeth whitened and they glow like the Cheshire Cat when he’s on a date.
- The one where Monica and Chandler get engaged. All those candles – wow!
- Any episode where Phoebe sings a ‘smelly cat’ song.
- The one where Rachel watches the prom video and then kisses Ross.
- And… there are too many more to mention!
3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN
I didn’t watch this much when it was on TV, but I got it on DVD and watched the whole series (again, with my son, who LOVED it). A sitcom about a four aliens who come to Earth in human form to learn our ways, 3rd Rock is hilarious, wacky, and has memorable characters.
How cute was Joseph Gordon-Levitt when he was younger? He played Tommy, the Information Officer who was really an old guy (or alien) in a teenage boy’s body. French Stewart, who plays Harry, was hilarious as the transmitter of messages from the Big Giant Head on their home planet. Dick “Oh my God, I’m gorgeous!” Solomon is sort of the leading man, who strikes up an on-again off-again romance with his just-as-wacky (though completely human) colleague Dr Mary Albright. My favourite character is Sally, the kick-ass heroine of the show – a combat specialist in a voluptuous female body who thinks she’s the luckiest woman alive to have scored Don, the incompetent cop.
My favourite moments:
- When Harry gets hypnotised
- When Dick’s evil twin takes over
- The Soloman family’s first Christmas
- When they stay in a hotel and get their first taste (and expense) of‘room service
I watched this on and off when it was on TV, and later got the DVDs. I don’t think I’ve seen every episode, and certainly not in order. But it’s the type of show you can watch at any stage and get a good laugh. It’s a slightly quirky sort of comedy, so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m all for wacky comedies!
JD’s a bit of a wimpy doctor character who runs the show, alongside his talkative female sidekick, Elliot, and his confident best friend, Turk. I love how the show often has actual scenes to show what’s going on inside a character’s mind, and there’s a lot of slapstick physical comedy reminiscent of movies like The Naked Gun. Despite this, the show manages to balance out the humour with deep, heart-felt moments here and there.
- When JD and Turk haven’t seen each other in ages and Turk waves out the window, then runs back inside to try and meet JD but they keep ending up in opposite locations.
- There was one episode that was completely in musical form, and everyone sang. Brilliant.
- Any moment where the janitor (did he have a name?) got the better of JD
“Oh my stars!” …An oldie but a goodie, this is pure comfort television viewing. I’m a huge Bewitched fan, and own all of the DVDs as well as a big Bewitched companion book. The premise – mortal everyday guy marries a witch and has to put up with her interfering mother-in-law and crazy relatives – allowed for endless possibilities and storylines for the characters to get messed up in. I love anything that resembles real life with a bit of magic thrown in, so Bewitched presses all the right buttons for me.
I loved how Darrin had to try to make everything appear normal while trying to win over new advertising clients and dealing with his demanding boss, while Samantha’s magical attempts to thwart the spells of her mother’s provided much humour and fun.
I think the unique secondary characters really made this show – the nosy neighbour who always saw the magic but no one believed her, the incompetent Esmerelda, the wacky Uncle Arthur, the meddling Endora, sneaky Serena, and of course the cute little daughter, Tabitha!
I love this show so much I’m planning on writing a Bewitched-inspired story one day 🙂
Two other sitcoms, The Big Bang Theory and I Dream of Jeannie, have together inspired a novella of mine which is being published on September 1st, called I DREAM OF JOHNNY. It’s about a woman whose wish on a magic lamp for a Greek God goes hilariously wrong, when she ends up with a Geek God instead. My current release, FAST FORWARD, is a romantic comedy where each chapter is like a little ‘episode’ in the story. Like my favourite sitcoms, it’s a bit wacky, has many embarrassing yet funny moments for the main character, and has a touch of magic in the form of time travel, when the main character, Kelli, is catapulted 25 years into the future to her 50th birthday.
Are any of these your favourite sitcoms too? What other sitcoms do you enjoy?
Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author with a background in dance, art, internet marketing and perfume sales (yes, she was one of those annoying people in department stores who spray you with perfume). Nowadays she prefers to indulge her propensity for multiple careers by living vicariously through her characters. Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends her days homeschooling her son and running her internet business, and her nights writing fiction while doing her best to avoid housework. Connect with Juliet at her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.