Fits and Giggles On Television

Here, I’ll look at some of my shows on television that’s good for a few fits and giggles. Whether public or cable television stations, we think these are television shows you should be watchin’ (or at least tivo-ing):

FAMILY GUY (Fox)
Since its first season, I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Family Guy and it’s the perfect evolution to the “family unit” television paradigm. First, All In The Family tweaked the formula (think The Flinestones) by making your central characters surly and racist. Then Married With Children tweaked it even further essentially by making all of the characters as dumb as molasses. By adding a fresh layer of absurd humor to the mix – which results in frequent, bizarre and funny-as-hell comedic asides, Family Guy has pushed the boundaries of what we’ve come to expect on television, and it’s a welcome sight.

SOUTH PARK (Comedy Central)
Actually, I wasn’t a huge fan of South Park when it first aired – for one simple reason. I didn’t catch it for the first time until at least season three. Going back to catch up on some of the more crudely-drawn shenanigans of Kyle, Stan, and Cartman in season one wasn’t easy – having gotten rather spoiled by the “polish” of later episodes – but it was definitely worth doing. The characters have always been jaw-droppingly over-the-top, and it’s nice to see that it hasn’t changed much since the first cells hit the screen. And watching how these beloved characters have matured into their own through the years has also been a revelation.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
Originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003, to February 10, 2006, Arrested Development often shows up as the number 1 on lists touting the best comedy shows. If you missed the original shows yo can see see the 15 episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix. Although it won widespread critical acclaim, six Primetime Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe Award, it received low ratings and viewership on Fox, which finally canceled the series in 2006. Nevertheless, there is a cult following including several fan-based websites. Take a look and you decide. Does it rate above South Park on your Fits and Giggles meter?

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
Interestingly It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created, developed, and produced by Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day, all of whom star in the show. This sitcom’s premiere was in August 2005. The 13-episode ninth season is set to debut Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 10pm. That’s longevity for you! It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia follows “The Gang,” a group of five depraved underachievers who run the dilapidated Paddy’s Pub, an Irish bar in South Philadelphia. You’ll watch them coming up with elaborate schemes, conspiring against one another and others for personal gain, or vengeance, although it often appears it is simply for the entertainment of watching one or another’s downfall.
I find the show hilarious.