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Oct 26, 2016, 12:57 PM
 
I never "got" why this show was so ridiculously popular. Did/does it appeal to anyone here?
     
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Oct 26, 2016, 02:14 PM
 
I assume a large part of the appeal was the cultural context of the time, which you'll have a hard time discussing amongst a bunch of people that weren't alive in the '50s.
     
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Oct 26, 2016, 02:51 PM
 
She was funny , he was Cuban and the relationship looked for real. The play between the Mertz' was also funny, and many topical subjects were portrayed in a funny way. I can't watch is much anymore because of the poor audio quality, and that they had to yell for some of the overhead mics to pick up properly. They had current stars as guests at Ricky's nightclub.
     
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Oct 26, 2016, 03:30 PM
 
It was a damn funny show.

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Oct 26, 2016, 04:24 PM
 
Maybe it's purely a taste thing. I recall it as "mildly funny".

Compared to, say... The Honeymooners.
     
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Oct 26, 2016, 04:38 PM
 
On an entirely different tangent, a woman and a Cuban don't really compute with my imagining of a titan-like pair of television moguls from the 50's.
     
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Oct 26, 2016, 10:49 PM
 
I love it and will still watch an occasional episode if I see one on TV. Lucy is hilarious and the stunts she will plays are great and very unusual.

But it must be in black and white. Color just ruins it for me.
     
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Oct 27, 2016, 03:11 PM
 
The show can be funny, but I often find myself asking the question "Why doesn't Ricky bash her skull in - like, right the f*ck in with a baseball bat?"
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Oct 28, 2016, 11:15 AM
 
Originally Posted by osiris View Post
The show can be funny, but I often find myself asking the question "Why doesn't Ricky bash her skull in - like, right the f*ck in with a baseball bat?"
Which is another reason I'm on Team Honeymooners. The conceit of Lucy is "aren't idiots so 'aww, shucks' adorable?"

No. they're not.
     
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Oct 28, 2016, 12:34 PM
 
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Which is another reason I'm on Team Honeymooners. The conceit of Lucy is "aren't idiots so 'aww, shucks' adorable?"

No. they're not.
Agreed! Though I greatly respect Desi as a producer for his other work.
But Team Honeymooners all the way! I can watch the original 33 over and over again.
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Oct 28, 2016, 01:26 PM
 
I've got to hand it to both of them. The pair were genuine moguls in an era where that label applied exclusively to white males.
     
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Oct 28, 2016, 01:33 PM
 
I'd take Jack Benny over ILL.
     
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Oct 30, 2016, 01:22 AM
 
I love Lucy more. Fact. Factual Fact. My Lucy is the best thing in this world. I haven't read the rest of the thread beyond the title, but I sometimes drop into this forum to see what's new since I frequented in 2006, saw this post title, and had to comment. My Lucy is a beautiful, wonderful, dog full of attitude.

*now to read the context*

carry on.

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Oct 30, 2016, 01:33 AM
 
...here's my take.

"I Love Lucy" was a funny show. The assembly line gag when they're making pies (?) alone, was a tremendous comedy bit. The fact that a pretty blonde (?) was married to a Cuban guy in the 50s was transcendental. That show was a staple of my weekend morning TV viewing as a child of the 80s.

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Anyway, hope all is well with you all. I know this site's news portal is no more, but I'm glad to see the community is still alive.
     
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Oct 30, 2016, 08:23 AM
 
Lucy was a REDHEAD!
     
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Oct 30, 2016, 03:59 PM
 
Trust me...Sixty years from now, people will be scratching their heads over why Big Bang Theory was thought of as funny.
     
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Oct 30, 2016, 09:19 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Trust me...Sixty years from now, people will be scratching their heads over why Big Bang Theory was thought of as funny.
Um, no, people already hate it.

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Oct 30, 2016, 10:16 PM
 
I've heard it described as "nerd blackface".
     
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Oct 31, 2016, 03:53 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I've heard it described as "nerd blackface".
That's....not inaccurate.

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Oct 31, 2016, 10:44 AM
 
The irony about me complaining about I Love Lucy, is I'm positive the only reason I watched it enough to get grumpy is it had to have been sandwiched between reruns of shows I wanted to watch... but I don't remember any of those shows.
     
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Oct 31, 2016, 11:05 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Maybe it's purely a taste thing. I recall it as "mildly funny".

Compared to, say... The Honeymooners.
I was more of a "Honeymooners" fan as well. They wee both in reruns when I was little (mid 60's). The Dick Van Dyke show was in first run then. That is still funny. Carl Reiner made a point of avoiding current music or topics for rerun longevity. A good example of the opposite is "Miami Vice" Too hip for reruns?
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Oct 31, 2016, 11:15 AM
 
The Dick Van Dyke show is the opposite end of the Lucy coin.

It never really resonated on its own, and was never stuck between shows I wanted to watch.

I get the feeling it would appeal more as an adult.
     
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Oct 31, 2016, 12:47 PM
 
I loved the everloving shit out of The Brady Bunch. Can't for the life of me fathom why.
     
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Nov 1, 2016, 11:15 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I've heard it described as "nerd blackface".
...in every reddit thread on the topic ever.

Not that I like the show, but I'm more "meh" and I appreciate that they do try to reinvent themselves, while the Internet in general seems to either love it or hate it.
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Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Trust me...Sixty years from now, people will be scratching their heads over why Big Bang Theory was thought of as funny.
No they won't. They won't remember it at all.

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Nov 1, 2016, 11:20 AM
 
And Gilligan's Island lives on!
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Nov 1, 2016, 11:28 AM
 
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No they won't. They won't remember it at all.
What shows, if any, do you think will be remembered in 60 years?

Though it looks like we're nearing the end of the "cable" era, we have had a resurgence in TV shows, especially good quality serialized shows.

Sitcoms today still look strikingly similar to I Love Lucy - studio audiences, 20-30 minute episodes, air once per week, etc. In 60 years will the format be so different from today that we wouldn't recognize it?
     
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Nov 1, 2016, 01:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I've heard it described as "nerd blackface".
That sounds about right!
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Nov 1, 2016, 01:38 PM
 
I see other shows here - Dick Van Dyke aka "Di*k Van Dy*e" (for Family Guy fans), The Brady Bunch (I watched this and still do), but also Mary Tyler Moore & The Odd Couple were great shows with great writing (most of the time!)

I guess I envied the lifestyle these shows portrayed - Brady Bunch for sure was about the opposite of my family as it gets.
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Nov 1, 2016, 01:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by BadKosh View Post
Lucy was a REDHEAD!
The Anti-Christ!!!
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Originally Posted by osiris View Post
I see other shows here - Dick Van Dyke aka "Di*k Van Dy*e" (for Family Guy fans), The Brady Bunch (I watched this and still do), but also Mary Tyler Moore & The Odd Couple were great shows with great writing (most of the time!)

I guess I envied the lifestyle these shows portrayed - Brady Bunch for sure was about the opposite of my family as it gets.
Something like Mary Tyler Moore was, I dunno... too adult for me. I wanted to like it, but couldn't relate. I liked The Odd Couple more. I'm a total slob, so I appreciated the validation it gave me. Made me like Klugman a lot. Quincy M.E. was the bomb.

In terms of lifestyle portrayal, I have to admit the one which sucked me in was Hart to Hart.
     
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Something like Mary Tyler Moore was, I dunno... too adult for me. I wanted to like it, but couldn't relate. I liked The Odd Couple more. I'm a total slob, so I appreciated the validation it gave me. Made me like Klugman a lot. Quincy M.E. was the bomb.

In terms of lifestyle portrayal, I have to admit the one which sucked me in was Hart to Hart.
I think I just liked Mary Tyler Moore as a kid - from Dick Van Dyke to MTM, loved her always.

Jack Klugman was great - such a likable actor (got to meet him as a kid when he had a chain of popcorn stores!) Quincy was a great show too, I almost got into forensic science because of it.

As for Hart To Hart : I've never seen an episode! I'll put it on the list.
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Nov 1, 2016, 05:02 PM
 
It has mild kitsch appeal, but is probably insufferable otherwise.
     
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Nov 1, 2016, 06:10 PM
 
Hart to Hart will probably age as well as the Love Boat.

I Love Lucy has its good moments, but I think half the humor was them hiding shenanigans from disapproving husbands. Oh those silly womenfolk! Ha ha!

I liked Dick van Dyke and MTM more.
     
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Nov 2, 2016, 09:21 AM
 
WKRP
Night Court
Cheers
All had their moments.

I watched Columbo and McCloud, and Those wacky UK comedies Fawlty Towers, Red Dwarf, Are you being served? Dr. Who was the defacto Sci-fi.
     
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I was thinking recently about Night Court.

Though I was a fan of the show, there was something special about it which was hard to put my finger on when it was on.

I know it will sound corny, but it was one of those shows that made you think everything is going to be okay. There's real justice in the world, even if it's shoved into this dirty corner.
     
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Here's the character that made Brent Spiner! From Night Court.

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Nov 2, 2016, 10:10 AM
 
Are you Being Served? was a lot of fun, raunchy for its time. The early episodes were very funny, though I think the show over stayed its welcome towards the end.

Surprised no one mentioned All In The Family, MASH, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Happy Days, and Laverne & Shirley on this stroll down memory lane. Okay, maybe not Laverne & Shirley, I couldn't stand it for much even as a kid.... But shows like these were such groundbreakers.
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Nov 2, 2016, 10:24 AM
 
More obscure....


The Galloping Gormet
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Originally Posted by osiris View Post
Good Times
Did anyone ever figure out the mystery line in the theme song?

Temporary layoffs...
Good Times!
Easy credit ripoffs...
Good Times!
Scratchin' and survivin'...
Good Times!
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Did anyone ever figure out the mystery line in the theme song?

Temporary layoffs...
Good Times!
Easy credit ripoffs...
Good Times!
Scratchin' and survivin'...
Good Times!
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I believe the line is:

Temporary lay offs. - Good Times.
Easy credit rip offs. - Good Times.
Scratchin' and surviving. - Good Times.
Hangin' and a-jivin' - Good Times.
Ain't we lucky we got 'em - Good Times.



great music for a sitcom!
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Originally Posted by BadKosh View Post
More obscure....


The Galloping Gormet
Cookin' Cheap
Holy cow, the Galloping Gourmet! Graham Kerr was classic. He redid the show much later, but with healthy versions of the old recipes.
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Originally Posted by osiris View Post
I believe the line is:

Temporary lay offs. - Good Times.
Easy credit rip offs. - Good Times.
Scratchin' and surviving. - Good Times.
Hangin' and a-jivin' - Good Times.
Ain't we lucky we got 'em - Good Times.



great music for a sitcom!
Wait... isn't the the last line "Good Tiiiiiiiihuhiiiiiiiiihuhiiiiiiiiihuhumhuwayyyyyyoo oooooh!"
     
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Holy cow, the Galloping Gourmet! Graham Kerr was classic. He redid the show much later, but with healthy versions of the old recipes.
And IIRC, once he stopped getting shitfaced on the air.
     
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Wait... isn't the the last line "Good Tiiiiiiiihuhiiiiiiiiihuhiiiiiiiiihuhumhuwayyyyyyoo oooooh!"
Yes, but I think that's for the closing credits... not sure how accurate any of this is, I have to watch it again but yet another lyrics site changed jivin to enjoying !! hmmm, the mystery deepens.

Good Times.
Any time you meet a payment. - Good Times.
Any time you need a friend. - Good Times.
Any time you're out from under.
Not getting hassled, not getting hustled.
Keepin' your head above water,
Making a wave when you can.

Temporary lay offs. - Good Times.
Easy credit rip offs. - Good Times.
Scratchin' and surviving. - Good Times.
Hangin and Enjoyin - Good Times.
Ain't we lucky we got 'em - Good Times.

CLOSING THEME LYRICS

Mmmmmm
Just lookin' out of the window.
Watchin' the asphalt grow.
Thinkin' how it all looks hand-me-down.
Good Times, yeah, yeah Good Times

Keepin' your head above water
Makin' a wave when you can

Temporary lay offs. - Good Times.
Easy credit rip offs. - Good Times.
Ain't we lucky we got 'em - Good Times.
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And IIRC, once he stopped getting shitfaced on the air.

That would be later in his "Mini Max" recipe days. This was after his wife Trina had a mild stroke.
NOBODY got more shitfaced than Emeril. Not even Justin Wilson.

Cookin' Cheap was a funny cooking show produced by the local public TV outlet in Roanoke VA. in the mid 1970's. It had 2 guys both making a recipe from the ones the viewers would mail in. It had to feed 4 and cost less that 5-10 bucks. Mostly it was fresh veggies and canned stuff with chicken or hamburger. One guy would start off and then as he started the sctual chopping etc the other guy would take center stage for his recipe. The kitchen set was .....unusual.

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OK Trivia fans.....


Diver Dan?

Tom Terrific?

Beany and Cecil?

My mother the car?

Pruitts of Southampton

Wonderama (with Sonny Fox)
     
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Originally Posted by osiris View Post
I believe the line is:

Temporary lay offs. - Good Times.
Easy credit rip offs. - Good Times.
Scratchin' and surviving. - Good Times.
Hangin' and a-jivin' - Good Times.
Ain't we lucky we got 'em - Good Times.

great music for a sitcom!
Start at 2:17

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i don't use flash - can you paraphrase?
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