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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.

Bottle Boys 1984 British sitcom

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Vince Powell was author of several sitcoms, most of them gained with time poor, although not always well deserved, reputation. Bottle Boys from the beginning was more or less doomed to fail, although this time it had nothing to do with anything controversial that Vince Powell would do - there were no controversial topics, characters nor scenes, just a story of few milkmen working in depot in London.



Ned and Stacey 1995 American sitcom

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Just imagine that you finally got the chance to create your own sitcom, it is mid-1990s, the golden era of sitcoms in US, you get a star from another sitcom booked to be in the cast, you get the perfect spot between two most popular shows in recent years (The Simpsons and The X-Files), you have no sitcoms competition in your spot and all you have to do is come up with the perfect idea for the show. I bet your choice would not be "two complete strangers pretend to be married to solve their puny problems". Well, but that’s what Michael J. Weithorn did in 1995...

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.

Chelmsford 123 British sitcom

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Blackadder as sitcom set a new quality in British television - historical show that made fun of the British past wasn't that original (to recall Dad's Army or The Almost Complete History of Britain), but the level of humour and great characters made it a classic. But just like in The Life of Brian there was another show, who did not made it to the top, although it had all the components to be great - Chelmsford 123.

ElvenQuest - Lord of the Rings parody

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Every great work sooner or later will be the basis for a parody - from Godfather to Citizen Kane and from westerns to sci-fi. The success of Lord of the Rings film adaptation was a momentum that started many different project, some of them good, some of them bad, but at least one of them - ElvenQuest - great!

Hut 33 World War 2 radio comedy

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After great success of such TV series as Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum or ’Allo ’Allo it seemed that World War 2 as theme for comedy has run dry - what more can be said about the Blitz, ration books and shouting sergeants? Another approach to war was Then Churchill Said to Me starring Frankie Howerd that made very little impact when finally has premiered. Later Goodnight Sweetheart was pushing the envelope by introducing time travel element, but idea for radio show that takes place during World War 2 seemed like really, really far fetched.

Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully radio comedy

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One of the explanations behind the theory that American government hides the fact that aliens have landed on our planet is that people are not ready for the information that there are other life forms in the universe so mass panic would just burst and put the whole into planet. Of course the explanation is completely bogus - there are no things that would put the WHOLE planet into chaos or standstill. Need a proof? Take Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully as a guide book.

NewsRadio the ill-fated American sitcom

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There were few comedy series that gave the opportunity to take a look what is going on behind the media that we know - television, radio, newspapers. NewsRadio was created by Paul Simms, who previously worked as author for Late Night with David Letterman, which gave him the insight into the media and sitcom The Larry Sanders Show (which was sort of parody of David Letterman).

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...

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