The Office is a snooze, one degree shy of "reality" TV. When did anxiety become funny? Better Off Ted is a good answer to such lack of imagination, with every thing purposely blown way out of proportion to the drudgery of a "real" world order. The plots engagingly spin out to the nth degree what the consequences could be if the greatest company in the world could create the best products that...wait a minute, this helps us how, exactly? This show makes a good foil for all the cynicism our current economy has engendered. The apt cast dishes out pills for reality bites with all the aplomb that their wickedly stereotypical roles can garner: > Portia de Rossi is deliciously feckless as a power mad Sr. Exec. Her Veronica would no doubt be 1st in line to walk straight through any plate glass ceiling for want of noticing trifles like obstacles. Veridian Corp. IS Veronica to the "T," er, "V" is for victory, right? > Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin portray bitchy BFF lab buddies, running hamster-wheel laps around each other in their lemming-like corporate devotion to engineer the next big thing in consumer futility (if Lem is short for lemming, could Phil be short for philosophy-lite?). > Andrea Anders seasons cubicle despair as the klepto-neurotic Linda, a would-be love interest. Watch for her to kvetch and take simple pleasures whenever she can get away with them. > Jay Harrington is well positioned as a go-along-to-get-along middle management hack. Who else could make sense of criminal insanity? Episode 4, "Racial Sensitivity," hits a great stride as a hilarious send-up of denial in corporate culture where the profit motive butts up against ersatz political correctness. Or is that the other way around? Anyhow, the elevator scene was precious, as were all the grossly underpaid extras. Celebrate the return of can-do Americanism and endless possibility for fantasy fun and occupational hazard; and just be glad that your half-hour "work-day" at home doesn't have to be filled w/ sad drivel and non-committal glances. That's what reality is for.
In light of our Comedy of the Week feature today highlighting some hilarious Stewie and Brian moments , what's your favorite Family Guy moment or episode over the past 6 seasons? It's tough to choose, but my favorite is going to Stewie asking Brian about that novel he's writing - just can't get enough of it! Photo courtesy of about.com
This week's Comedy of the Week is honoring the wonders of Arrested Development ! So, as we revel in the Bluth joy, who's your favorite Arrested Development character? This is one of those shows in which they work off each other to perfection, but I think my most laugh-out-loud single-character moments go to the incredible, magical Gob! Photo courtesy of blogspot.com
Today has been declared Jim & Pam day of our The Office Comedy of the Week with the We Heart Jim & Pam feature, so what's your favorite Jim and Pam moment or episode? It's hard to choose, but I'm going with the Season 3 finale when Jim popped in on Pam's chat with the camera to ask her to dinner, leaving her with, "Great, then it's a date," and an enormous smile! Photo courtesy of NBC.com
In honor of our completely hilarious Comedy of the Week, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia , please share below your favorite episode of the program below (and include a quote if you'd like). If you should only watch a single episode of the show, I'd have to recommend Season 2, Episode 3: "Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare". I've referenced this episode already both in the Clip Show and Character Profiles . The sight of two privileged adults convincing themselves that they'd make more money being on welfare than being employed and subsequently purchasing and becoming addicted to crack so that they can collect the welfare is pretty priceless! You can watch this episode on Hulu here . Share your favorite Sunny episodes below!