I'm one of those curmudgeons who believes that the sitcom, as an art form (ha!), peaked in the 70's and early 80's. Barney Miller, All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Taxi and Cheers. Those were TV shows. And I think they got away a lot of stuff that probably wouldn't fly on the networks these days.
One of my favorite Barney Miller episodes was the one where the entire precinct, save Barney, got high on some funny brownies.
Here's the first third of that episode. Enjoy!
Check out the rest of the episode here and then here. It really starts to kick in that 2nd clip.
PS - New porno awfulness over at the MovieGrenade for y'all to ignore. Hit that shit!
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. All the stoned 70's cops are doing it.
Curmudgeon.. now that's a very under-used word these days.
Is a Brownie the same as a Copper-crack? Don't answer that..
Great shows. I love those ones you mentioned.
I loved MASH. I would watch the reruns for hours - such an amazing show.
Oh, and I haven't seen any bad movies yet, or I would totally post on MovieGrenade.
Jimmy - I couldn't answer that if I tried.
MikeB - That was the heydey.
Avitable - No pressure at all. It's there for one thing and one thing only. If you see a bad movie...hit it! :)
They don't make em like they used to huh??
And yeah i love the word curmudgeon. Perfecto!!!
HAPPY SNOWY MONDAY!!!
curmudgeon is one of my faves!!!! HAHAHAHA!!
Barney Miller precinct stoned???How did I miss this classic??? Love it!Does Fish get high? Believe it or not I'm going to watch the whole thing. For research purposes, of course-perfect for a snowy Monday!
man i loved that episode... that one and the one where they capture the guy who swears he's a werewolf..
Michelle - We've got about a foot and counting right now. Still snowing very hard too. Feh.
Candy - oh yeah, Fish gets high. But Jack Soo is the funniest of the bunch. "Anyone seen my legs? Their about this long. Ten toes. One of them is broken." Hilarious!
Slyde - that was another one that Jack Soo was great in. "Barney! Baaaarrrrnnneeeeyyy!!!"
"And I think they got away a lot of stuff that probably wouldn't fly on the networks these days."
I take it you don't watch Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
"The Office" and "30 Rock" are pretty good these days. 30 Rock in particular gets away with an amazing amount of stuff.
I actually remember that episode of B.M.
DG - I love "Always Sunny". But it is on at 10PM on the FX network. Not one of the big 3 or 4. "All in the Family" ran on CBS during the 8 o'clock hour. Big difference.
Limpy - hey! Long time no see. I do like both of those shows. But, well..check out this clip and tell me how well it would play in today's politically correct society. On a major network. At 8PM.
Heff - But if remembering it makes one old, then...wait, what?
Yeah, and My Name is Earl is on NBC at 8 pm. And Family Guy is on at 8:30 pm on Sunday nights of all times. I gotta say, I hear folks repeat the whole "tv shows were so much more shocking!" thing all the time, and I just don't see it. What is shocking just changes with the times.
Not only does Fish get high, he chases a guy out of the precinct whom he THINKS has designs on Bernice (Mrs. Fish). After which he says, "Oh, my God, what did I just do?"
great stuff, sugar, i totally agree. speaking of pc, can you imagine trying to get blazing saddles made now? xoxo
DG - I see your point. I dunno. I just think that some things like All in the Family wouldn't really fly in today's world. I could be wrong.
Kirk - Heya! Yeah, and I love that!
Savannah - Imagine Blazing Saddles with Richard Pryor as the Sheriff. That was the original plan. He also co-wrote it, by the way.
I loved those shows... and what about Partridge Family? And Eight is Enough? And Facts of Life? (Was that the 80s?) Were those not sitcoms?
Faiqa - I don't know if Partridge Family was a sitcom. I don't think I'm old enough to have watched that when it was on except for re-runs. Eight is Enough was an hour-long show, and Facts of Life was definitely 80's. And definitely not very good.
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