- 1. Main character has amnesia
- 2. Adding a baby
- Dad can't change diaper
- Child takes dump at a time when you can't change it
- Dad is incompetent with baby
- Dad misplaces baby
- Grandma saves crying baby
- New parents cant sleep
- New parents get baby sitter and guilt ruins first night out
- Dudes use baby as a prop to pick up women
- Grandma has zany story about parent when they were young
- Murphy Brown
- Growing Pains
- Family Ties
- Cosby Show
- Full House
- many. many. more.
- 3. Killing a character that doesn’t help story
- 4. Not paying attention to main point of the show.
- 5. The musical episode
- 6. Forgetting about laws
- 7. Can’t Afford where they live
- 8. Unemployment has no lasting ill effects
- 9. No real work hours or responsibilities
- 10. Wife is out of his league
- 11. Jumping The Shark
- 12. Clip Show
- 13.We love Alcoholics
One of the laziest things a show can do is give a character amnesia. We all know the only reason they use this tactic is to to get latecomers up to speed. You have to reintroduce every character in the show and every plot twist the character who doesn't remember. How an actor would agree to play character it Is beyond me.
A lazier point about amnesia is when they use it to change how a character behaves for a single episode. Take Sonny Crockett of Miami Vice ended up with getting amnesia on a season cliff hanger. He is rescued by the drug dealer and thinks he is an undercover drug dealer.
Smallville is the 50 first dates of television shows. Literally, everyone on the show has memory loss at one point.
I hate when I show adds babies to the cast. This usually happen around season 5. They ran out of story ideas so they resort to all the hi-jinx that comes with being a new parent. These jokes wear thin quick and peter out about half way through the season.
Examples of terrible new parent Jokes
My hatred of this comes from season that follows the arrival of the baby. You can only go so far with strollers. You magically age the baby to 4-5 years old. However, the cliffhanger and the character do not ages a second. The baby becomes just old enough to talk and say a stupid lines that even a laugh track has a hard time faking a happy ending. The only reprieve from this travesty is the show is beyond watchable and moved to Tuesday nights to die.Examples:
Remember the Jason Bateman sitcom from the 80's? It was called Valerie, then it was called Valerie's family, and ultimately the Hogan Family. Why? The shows start Valerie Harper got into a spat and they killed her character. At the time it was as big as killing Kevin James from Kevin Can Wait. Nothing to shocking but you killed the name of the show because of a contact dispute. How did the show fair? It lasted a few more seasons with Sandy "Glass-eye Duncan as the live-in aunt with the same lame jokes. Not to worry, Jason Bateman ended up just fine.
How I met your mother- Ted wants to tell his kids about all the women he boned besides there mom. This is probably the worse example of this point. Imagine the Agents of Shield being told from the view point of Hydra. Every sitcom has that dram episode. Think about Alex Keaton getting hooked on diet pills or when their Alcoholic uncle (Played by Tom Hanks) tried to drink maraschino cherry juice because of the alcohol content. Memorable episodes, but we watch that show to laugh.
WTF? I hated the Sound of Music no matter how hot Julie Andrews was back then, I am not a fan of musicals. Especially, when it happens in Scrubs, How I met Your Mother, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, That 70's Show, Community, Fringe, The Flash, 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, The Magicians, and (for the love of god) The X-files. These are throw away episodes. Go back to the room, take a pencil, write a new episode, make it suspenseful and aire something memorial for other than "WTF was that?"
Laws are sometimes forgotten in these TV worlds. We forget that assault, sexual assault, tax evasion, fraud, and stalking are serious crimes that do not deserve a laugh track..
Two broke girls who work as a waitresses in a seedy New York diner that live in a $2,700 a month loft. The median cost of a two bedroom, one bath apartment in the West Village is $5,100 a month. Monica and Rachel had several bouts of unemployment and could still afford their $5100 a month apartment. They would have been able to easily if they started walking the streets at night. After giving the pimp their cut, I am sure two beautiful women like them could pay the bills.
This is not a problem limited to young white women trying to make it in Frank Sinatra's town. Al Bundy was a women's shoe salesman. He was a bad salesman. The amount of money that he made would have paid the mortgage, but not the lights. Danny Tanner would have had to pay 133% of his salary to pay the San Francisco rate for his house. Why else would he have strange men share his home with his three young daughters.
Like I mentioned earlier, Monica and Rachel from Friends had seasons where they had a hard time finding work. They must had large trust funds to cover the gaps in employment. On How I Met You Mother, Marshall was a law student and had to pay his part of a two bedroom apartment. Even with his Kindergarten teacher girlfriend, they could not cover his half. Marshall is not alone. Nick Miller from New Girl was dirt ass poor. Laughable sitcom poor. In real life he would have been thrown out and become homeless. Or worse, forced to do degrading things to make money.
Unless the show takes place in the Office or the ER, the characters are always available to go on road trips or spur of the moment trips. These characters are always in position to drink until the sun comes up and no worries about getting up. Halloween doesn't always fall on a weekend no matter how much I want it to be.
Dexter would have to be on some form of a stimulant to pull the hours. He would work all day, kill and dismember the body, transport the body, load the boat, go to international waters, dump the corpse, return to marina, drive home, sleep, shower, spend time with family, and repeat all in a 24 hour day. I have never killed and hid a body before but I imagine it would take a few hours. Dexter was meticulous and covering up forensic evidence at the crime scene. Covering an entire room in plastic and then removing the plastic in a way where no blood wood spill would have to take a long time. Dexter would have to be in so much crank he would slip up somewhere.
We all know that we expect eye candy from the male character's ol' lady in a television show. There are plenty of cases of men who are not up to the standard set by their wives. We all know that Leah Remini is way to attractive for Kevin James. This makes the suspension of disbelief hard to get past. Let's look past those and take a look at some of the weirder odd marital matches.
First such is Earl and Joy. Earl Hinkey (My Name Is Earl) is different from some of the others in this part. Earl was tricked into marrying a pregnant woman so she would be taken care of. The joke was on Joy, Earl had baggage in the form of his 6' 4" 300 lb man-child brother. Regardless of this, Joy was to hot for the likes of Earl. No matter how trashy she was.
Next, We step back to the 80s to the Keaton family. The Family Ties matriarch, Elyse, was a successful liberal post-hippie architect that had a weird looking Michael Gross as a husband. The pencil necked odd beard wearing freak that spewed bullshit life lessons to his kids in that nails on a chalkboard voice. Steven Keaton worked at a public television station. I worked a a public access television station. No women cared about my job. So a beautiful, successful , and independent woman, like Elyse, wouldn't give two shits about him either.
Lindsay Bluth Funke (Arrested Development) was married to Tobias Funke. However, this was a way to get back at her mother. Tobias was a Analysist and Therapist (AnalRapist) that lost his license and is now an unemployed actor. Lindsay is way out of the league of Tobias.
Why did you wear the Jacket on the water Fonzi? Why?
The Simpsons had the "138 show spectacular". After that, you should stick to making those in a direct to YouTube capacity.
Alcohol is a truth serum and liquid courage. We all have a story about that time we did something while drunk. Your version of this funny event in your history might not be as funny as you remember. TV shows have a way of showing the story from the drunks point of view. They don't show you the evil side of the story. Mashable has a great infogram showing the showing the cost of their "habits."
Here is my to 13 Favorite drunks.
- Jim Lahey - Trailer Park Boys
- Lucille Bluth - Arrested Development
- Rick Sanchez -Rick and Morty
- Edina Monsoon & Patsy Stone - Absolutely Fabulous
- Homer Simpson - The Simpsons
- The Gang - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- Bender - Futurama
- Foster Brooks
- Don Draper - Mad Men
- Frank Gallager - Shameless
- Al Bundy - Married... with Children
- Ders, Adam, Blake - Workaholics
- Karen Walker - Will & Grace
Honorable mention: Rustin “Rust” Cohle - True Detective, Otis Campbell - Andy Griffith Show, Fun Bobby - Friends, Barney Gumble - The Simpsons, Peter and Brian Griffin - Family Guy, Guzzler’s Gin - Red Skelton, Norm Peterson - Cheers, Dean Martin, Archer, Bo-jack Horseman, Marshall "Beercules" Eriksen - How I Met Your Mother