Watching an old episode of ‘Friends’ with my daughter got me a bit nostalgic this week.
She is obsessed with ‘Friends’ and it runs on one of the Channel 4 channels on a constant loop so I have to watch it from time to time. American sitcoms are amazing and ‘Friends’ wasn’t my favourite by a long shot. ‘Cheers’ was better. Everyone wanted a local like that.
I loved Woody, who was a few beers short of a six-pack. Know-it-all postal worker Cliff Claven (John Ratzenberger) was brilliant too with his boorish Boston accent and excruciating boring anecdotes.
Norm’s one-liner ‘Normisms’ were fantastic. Every time he walked into the bar everyone would shout “Norm”, ask him what was up or if he wanted a beer.
One reply was, “Well, I’ll need something to pass the time before my second beer”. “How’s life treating you Norm?” – “Like he caught me in bed with his wife!”.
“How you doin’ Norm?” – “Cut the small talk and give me a beer!”. “What’s the story Norm?” – “Thirsty guy walks into a bar. You finish it!”
Another couple I watched were ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ or ‘Seinfeld’
Old British ones like ‘Rising Damp’ and ‘Fawlty Towers’ are classics as well and you couldn’t beat ‘The Young Ones’ with Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson.
One escapade I remember with particular fondness was when Vyvyan Basterd the punk (Edmondson) hit Rik the student (Mayall) right where it hurts with a cricket bat. Rik’s defiant comeback was “Haha, missed both my legs!”
Makes me wonder what sitcoms future generations will look back on and consider classics.
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