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All Gas and Gaiters 1967-1971 British classic sitcom

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There were quite few sitcoms that used unlikely themes as the basis for humour, but decision to make a bishop the main character for sitcom in All Gas and Gaiters was rather revolutionary. First of all the world of a bishop is rather limited - there are only few people in his environment, there are certain topics that can't be used in the humour (he is a priest after all), there are certain templates that can't be used. Yet in case of All Gas and Gaiters Edwin Apps and Pauline Devaney managed to avoid all the traps and make a really entertaining sitcom out of idea that seemed unsuitable for comedy.

Becker 1998-2003 sitcom

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For many people 1990s were in United States the golden era for sitcoms, there were such titles as Seinfeld, Friends, Drew Caret Show or Everybody Loves Raymond, to name just few. But not only the most widely known and remembered titles were top quality productions - there were titles such as Suddenly Susan, The Naked Truth, Caroline in the City, Frasier and many others that gathered a lot of audience and still are entertaining after the years. Becker is one of such sitcoms.



Lateline 1998 American sitcom

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Lateline creator Al Franken was in a past a comedian, writer for Saturday Night Live, he was an actor, but then he became an active politician and right now is US Senator. Lateline was his first stab at creating a sitcom, because in the past he was usually writer or co-author of the scripts. Unfortunately Lateline was a disaster...

The Dustbinmen 1969 British sitcom

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Jack Rosenthal started his career as writer for British soap opera Coronation Street, but after he wrote spin-off called Pardon the Expression (starring Arthur Lowe) that was rather typical sitcom his next project was something from completely other dimension - The Dustbinmen. The title pretty much explains the topics covered in this sitcom, but the approach to comedy was something completely unconventional.

The Job Lot British sitcom

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There are few themes that are hardly the laughing matter, like someone’s death, illness, being broke or having the personal crisis. Yet comedy series managed to deal with all those themes without actually crossing the boundries. Death? Getting on (British or American version). Illness? Only When I Laugh or Scrubs. Personal crisis? The Fall and Raise of Reginald Perrin for example. Being broke? Oh, this list would be too long - from Steptoe and Son to Married with Children and many more. The Job Lot is another example of trying to make comedy of something that on first glance seem hard to achieve - unemployment.

Drew Carey Show American sitcom 1995-2004

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Drew Carey, the Assistant Director of Personnel in Winfred-Louder department store in Cleveland, is unhappy with his job, lack of any hope to be promoted, lack of choices to change his life. And yes, it is a comedy, and for some time it was the top-level comedy.

Lab Rats 2008 British sitcom

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Since 1980s the comedy series started to look for new themes, one of which was of course the new generation of... unique young people known as the nerds. The revolution started with computers led to such shows as Dweebs, IT Crowd or lately Silicon Valley and Big Bang Theory. Lab Rats, similiar in concept and atmosphere was showing a different world - the world of scientists working on ground-breaking experiments... Well, working anyway.

Are You Being Served? British sitcom

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While Dad’s Army was in a full swing David Croft has joined Jeremy Lloyd in another project that started his long streak of successful sitcoms in his career - Are You Being Served? Just like in Dad’s Army it was based on real experience of the author, just like in Dad’s Army the idea was rather simple, and just like in Dad’s Army it proved that the simple ideas have the best potential.

Dads Army 1968-1977 British sitcom

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It was hard to predict that this comedy series is gonna be such hit - 20 years after the end of World War 2 it seemed that British viewers would prefer to leave the war themes behind, the war films were more or less dying part of British cinema. But when Jimmy Perry come up with the idea for Dad’s Army there was another snag - is 20 years after the war enough to make a sitcom about World War 2? People still remembered the blackouts, the air raids, the food rationing...

The Wackers 1975 British sitcom

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Many things can be said about Vince Powell, but certainly not that he avoided controversial topics in his sitcoms. Let’s see: George and the Dragon (mother-in-law jokes), Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width (religion), Love Thy Neighbour (race), Odd Man Out (gay character), Mind Your Language (foreigners) or Never the Twain (two nasty old men). The Wackers seemed to be rather typical sitcom of the era - story about Liverpool family living is typical small house, yet he managed to put another touchy subject in that simple sitcom.

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