Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Rebirth of the Situation Comedy


So I ended up watching some network television in the main lodge last night at tennis camp, and on my brother's recommendation I sat through "The Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother." Now pardon me if I'm getting to the party late, but how great are these two shows? I've always loved Johnny Galecki from "Roseanne," and the chemistry he has with fellow physics geek Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and their bombshell neighbor, Penny (Kaley Cuoco), is endearingly delightful in this hilarious if somewhat formulaic sitcom. And despite all the hype it got when Britney guest-starred, I still had no idea that the even more wonderful "How I Met Your Mother" was such a well-written and well-acted little gem, or that it stars so many great people besides Neil Patrick Harris. The whole cast is great, including Jason Segel (who was so sweet in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), Alyson Hannigan (Miss Band Camp herself), Josh Radnor (loved him on the short-lived "Miss Match"), and Cobie Smulders, whose former Canadian pop star character, Robin Scherbatsky, aka Robin Sparkles, is responsible for one of the greatest parody songs/videos of all time, "Let's Go to the Mall" (see video above!). Some really great stuff that has me believing in scripted television again for the first time in years.

UPDATE: It's now 2020 and I never watched either one of those shows again. Glad I shared that moment with my brother, though.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. You are a little late to the party, but we're so glad you came. Big Bang Theory feels a little formulaic, but only because Chuck Lorre is the creator. I say that's a good thing, though. As for How I Met Your Mother, it's so full of pop culture references and thirty-something slang, it makes my head spin in a lovely sort of way. If you loved Robin Sparkles' "Mall" video, wait til you see the follow-up video -- this time it's a slow dance number, complete with a beach walking scene straight out of a Debbie Gibson video. Find it now.